Heather Baranick joined Wellesley Nursery School in the Hills as its new Director in June, 2015. She holds a Master’s in Education and a BA in Management from Eastern Nazarene College. Her 20+ years of experience in education as a teacher, assistant director and director make her a natural leader at the school. She strongly believes in the school’s philosophy of fostering children’s emotional and developmental growth through play and hopes to instill a love of learning during these important years.
When not at school, Heather can be found traveling, at the gym or spending time with her family and friends. She lives in Raynham with her husband, John and her fur babies, Chloe and Riley.
Ages 2.9 - 4 • Monday - Friday • 8:40 - 11:40am • 3-5 days a week
Jeana is a graduate of Salem State University, where she received a BA in Early Childhood Education. Jeana joined Wellesley Nursery School in the Hills in 2016. Prior to joining WNSH she worked as a preschool teacher in Andover for 6 years. Most currently she has been working as an ABA therapist. Jeana resides in Bedford with her husband and two children.
Tara graduated from Liberty University with a B. S. in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Special Education. She has spent the past several years working with young children as both a nanny and educator and is excited to start a new journey teaching at WNSH! Tara loves working with young children because it is a joy to see them learn, grow and discover the world around them. Tara lives in Sharon with her husband. In her free time she likes to spend time with family and friends, travel, read and spend time outdoors.
Courtney is a recent graduate from Fitchburg State University where she earned a BA in Early Childhood Education. During her last semester she interned as a preschool teacher at The Guild of St. Agnes in Devens, MA. Her time there reinforced that teaching young children and watching them learn is what she was meant to do. During her free time she likes to dance, take Zumba classes, and hang out with my family and friends. Courtney joined the WNSH teaching team in 2019.
Ages 2.9 - 4 • Monday - Friday • 8:40 - 11:40am • 4-5 days a week
Michelle moved to the United States from England in 1981, graduated from Babson College with a business degree, and then began working at State Street Bank in their Mutual Funds Custodial Division. After a few years at State Street, Michelle took a “career break” to be with her four children and found her true passion: the care and education of young children. She finds that there is no greater joy than to observe learning in action; to see the delight in a young face when an elusive concept is finally understood. She knows how important the formative preschool years are to raising confident, capable, independent people. She has been a teacher at WNSH since 2007. During this time, she has enjoyed working with a variety of age groups and being part of a very talented, professional, and nurturing staff. Michelle lives in Natick with her husband and four children.
Tracy is a graduate of the University of Richmond, where she received a BA in English and Journalism. Since that time she has worked as a writer and editor for the Boston Museum of Science, the Boston Parent’s Paper and as a paralegal. Tracy and her husband, Curt have lived in Wellesley for more than 25 years with their three children, Nicole, Benjamin and Anna. Throughout their youth, Tracy was a frequent volunteer in the Wellesley Public School classroom and at other school events. She began substitute teaching at WNSH in 2015 when her youngest daughter was a sophomore at Wellesley High School. After spending time in all four classrooms, Tracy is excited for the opportunity to help nurture these young learners and support their teachers on a regular basis. When she is not at WNSH, you may see her in town at Wellesley Books, where she works part-time in the gift department.
Christin earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Dartmouth College. After college she worked with students facing significant cognitive, physical, and behavioral challenges before pursuing a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy at Boston University. While raising her children, Christin enjoyed volunteering in the Wellesley Public Schools in the classroom and Performing Arts Department. Christin began working as a substitute teacher at WNSH in 2018. She immediately loved being part of the school’s nurturing environment and working with the other teachers to instill a love of learning through discovery and play. Christin and her husband Pat live in Wellesley. Their youngest of four children currently attends Wellesley High School. In her free time Christin enjoys running, being outdoors and spending time with her family and dog, Leo
Ages 4 - 5 • M, T, Th, F: 8:40 - 1:30pm; W: 8:40 - 11:40am • 5 day program
Carrie graduated from Westfield College and worked as a police officer for nine years before taking time off to raise her children. She then went back to school and became lead teacher certified. For twelve years, she taught at a private preschool in Weston and has been teaching at WNSH since 2014. Carrie has two children and lives with her husband in Natick.
Karen started at WNSH as a substitute teacher in 2015, and never left! She has a BA (with a Social Science Concentration), and began her professional career in hospital administration. She raised her own three children in Wellesley, and her youngest, a junior at WHS, is now the last one at home. Karen knows it’s a cliché, but she says “the years flew by,” and it “seems like yesterday” they were all in preschool. Karen loved that time and made it a point to volunteer in her children’s classrooms on a regular basis. She is happy to be back in the midst of young children. She finds them to be joyful, honest, caring, curious – and sometimes fragile - and feels honored to be a part of their days to support, encourage, and enjoy them. In Karen’s spare time, she likes to ski, bike, and take long walks in the woods.
After graduating from Duke University with a BA in History and Comparative Area Studies, Dana worked in children’s and art book publishing at Little, Brown and Co. in Boston in both production and editorial. She and her husband Mark have lived in Wellesley since 1993. She raised her three teenage/college boys in Wellesley, and sent all of them to WNSH. She was a frequent volunteer for the schools her kids attended.
She began her teaching career at WNSH in 2014, has a passion for the fun, learning and discovery that goes in the preschool years, and is very excited to be part of the Pre-K team!
Ages 5 - 6 • M, T, Th, F: 8:40 - 1:30pm; W: 8:40 - 11:40am • 5 day program
Margie received her BA from George Washington University and her Master’s in Special Education from Lesley University. For several years, she taught children with behavioral and learning issues in both public and private schools. She became active in the Newton Public Schools, where her sons Adam and Josh attended, serving as PTO President in their elementary school. Margie she has taught preschool since 2006, and joined WNSH as lead teacher in the TK class in 2014. She lives in Newton with her husband Jeffrey.
Jessica is a graduate of Wheelock College, where she earned a B.S. and Master's in Early Childhood Education/Language and Literacy. She has been in the field of early education since 2010. Prior to joining WNSH in 2017, she taught Preschool in Newton and in the City of Cambridge. Jessica is enthusiastic and passionate about challenging young children intellectually. She believes in providing hands-on learning experiences in the classroom as means for children to develop important cognitive skills like critical thinking and observation. Jessica resides in Natick with her fiance and their two furbabies. When not at school, she enjoys being active in the gym, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
Lynn is a graduate of Syracuse University where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree. As a teacher she strives to create a nurturing, safe environment where children are encouraged to try new things and take some risks in learning. It is important for her to get to know each individual child while building relationships with their families. Before coming to WNSH, Lynn worked as a teacher at Weekday Nursery in Newton. Lynn currently lives in Needham with her husband and two sons.