Meet Our Teachers
Melanie Dawson joined Wellesley Nursery School in the Hills as the new Director in September, 2020. Melanie is a graduate of Boston College holding a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood and Special Education, and a Master's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Connecticut. Melanie’s years of classroom teaching experience, partnerships with parents and leadership positions gives her the background necessary to take on her new role at WNSH. Melanie’s philosophy of hands-on, play based learning, in conjunction with developmentally appropriate academic opportunities, correlates to the WNSH philosophy of developing a happy, inquisitive, well-rounded child.
Melanie and her husband Dave have lived in Medway for twenty years where they raised their four children Andrew, Brendan, Patrick and Emily. On the weekend, Melanie enjoys traveling, watching college hockey & field hockey, walking and cake decorating.
Ages 2.9 - 3 years • 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.
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 3.4 - 4 years • 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.
Ages 4.1 - 5 years • M, T, Th, F: 9:00 am -1:50 pm; W: 9:00 am -12:00 pm • 5 days
Carrie graduated from Westfield State 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.
Ages 4.8 - 6 years • M, T, Th, F: 9:00 am - 1:50pm; W: 9:00 am- 12:00 pm • 5 days
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 Ashland with her husband 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.