Director and Teacher
Jen received her MS degree in Care and Education in Early Childhood Settings and Educational Leadership from Wheelock College in 2007. Her Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development is from Colby-Sawyer College. She specialized in Early Childhood Education and obtained her NH Teaching Certificate (N-3) in 1999. She gained her Montessori Teaching Certification (ages 3-6) in 2014. She spent two years as a lead primary teacher at The Newport Montessori School in Newport, NH. Prior to that she served in a multifaceted role as an educator in Colby-Sawyer College’s Social Sciences and Education Department. Her twelve years teaching in the college’s lab school, mentoring college students, serving as a TA, collaborating with colleagues, families, college students and children have instilled in her an unwavering dedication to the field of early childhood education and a ceaseless quest to further her understandings of best practices. The Reggio pedagogy and emergent curriculum have been a part of her learning journey since 1996. They have penetrated her actions, interactions and perceptions on early childhood education at every level. Jen joined the Emerson team in 2016 and serves as the executive director and pedagogical leader of the school. She teaches in the MWF-AM class She brings with her an open mind, a true love of teaching, learning and collaboration, and a dedication to support Emerson’s vision, philosophy, mission, goals and operation.
Jen resides in Newbury with her husband and two children. She loves spending time with her family exploring all the natural beauty New Hampshire has to offer. She is passionate about learning new things, writing, music, drawing, photography and African drumming...and she never passes up an opportunity to dance!
Office Administrator,Registrar and Substitute
Faith Barry earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Studies from the University of New Hampshire where her concentration was in Early Childhood Education. She loves to witness children growing in independence and maturing socially and emotionally and encouraging them in these areas. She has taught the Tuesday and Thursday morning class at Emerson since 1998. We lovingly call Faith our administrative goddess because she also maintains the responsibilities of office administrator and registrar. After 22 years of teaching in Emerson's T-TH class and 30 years in the field of ECE, Faith is now retired from her teaching role at Emerson. We are so fortunate that she continues in her office administrator and registrar roles. She serves on occasion as a substitute teacher in all of our classes. Faith lives in Deerfield at the end of a dirt road with her husband Kevin. They have three grown children, four grandsons and two granddaughters. She enjoys gardening, reading, family time and volunteering at her local food pantry.
Tabitha Riley received her Bachelor’s degree from Bates College and her Master of Education from Antioch University New England. She holds NH certification in both Early Childhood and Elementary Education. We first welcomed Tabitha as a student teacher in the spring of 2014. She has been an Emerson educator since 2015. Continuously, Tabitha solidifies her sincere respect for the capacity of young children, her commitment to play-based learning and emergent curriculum, and the essential value of actively engaging families in the school environment. Tabitha teaches in the MWF AM class and the T-TH class. When not at Emerson, Tabitha loves to be in the mountains with her family and her dog. She is interested in learning more about EVERYTHING!
Pam joined Emerson Preschool in the fall of 2018 as a MWF PM class teacher. She fell in love with Emerson’s philosophy of child-initiated, collaborative, emergent curriculum when her two children attended Emerson in the mid-90s. Pam received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from the University of New Hampshire and her Master of Education from Plymouth State University. She has taught 3rd, 4th and 5th grades in Concord Public Schools. Research shows that social, emotional and intellectual learning are intertwined and Pam is honored to journey with parents and Emerson teachers as children grow in so many beautiful ways. Pam teaches in our T-TH class and our MWF PM class. Pam’s interests include mindfulness, yoga, reading, discovering fabulous picture books (for people of all ages), gardening and pickleball.
This year we welcome the arrival of Christina Oliva as our team teacher for the MWF AM class, MWF PM class and the TTH class. Christina has served as the Vice Chair on the Emerson Board of Directors, she serves as our Data Coordinator on our Pyramid Model Implementation Leadership Team, she is the parent of a recent Emerson graduate, and she served as a substitute teacher both short term and long term last year.
In Christina’s Board of Directors bio, she stated, “I bring to the board my experience as a parent and 20 years teaching children in the outdoors. I've taught tennis and swimming, directed summer camp, led backcountry expeditions, and worked as a teacher/naturalist with children from preschool to high school. I have had a lot of fun. :) I also have a background in organizing, advocacy and fundraising in the non-profit sphere, and management as a business owner.
When not at work or school, my family loves being creative in the kitchen, growing food in our yard, tending to our animals and exploring near and traveling far.”
Christina is a 2004 graduate of Skidmore College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies and a 2009 graduate of Antioch University of New England with a Master of Science degree in Environmental Studies specializing in Environmental Ed & Integrated Learning. Her most recent work was as a lead teacher at another Reggio Emilia inspired preschool program where she:
-Co-created daily schedule/rhythms and inside/outside classroom environment.
-Designed/led small and large group curricula based on seasons and children’s interests.
-Set up provocations and invitations for play and exploration.
-Documented children’s learning based on Reggio Emilia philosophy.
-Advised staff on environmental education techniques and natural history.
-Explored and grew alongside her students in the fields and forests of the program.
We are so fortunate and thrilled to have Christina serving in her new role and we cannot wait for you and your children to get to know her more throughout this school year!
Assistant & Substitute Teacher
We are SO excited to welcome an additional member to the phenomenal Emerson teaching team!
Madalena is currently pursuing her Bachelors of Science in Human Development and Family Studies as well as Theatre: Design/Technology at the University of New Hampshire. She hopes to continue onto a School Psychology track at Plymouth State University in the summer of 2022. Maddie has begun to combine her love for theatre and art with her passion for psychology and helping kids develop in healthy, supported ways. She has gained much experience working as a long term sub at Mascoma Valley Middle School in the summer of 2021! Maddie is excited to learn and work alongside such wonderful teachers. She will be support for the Wednesday PM class, T-TH AM class and all classes on Fridays!
Maddie resides in Concord with her partner, his family, and their dog, Darcy. She loves theatre, learning, traveling and relaxing with her family.
Cleaner, Support Staff & Teacher
Kim (of all trades) is the lovely person responsible for maintaining Emerson’s clean and beautiful environment. After many years of working with a landscaping company and in a perennial nursery, Kim decided to start taking on gardening clients of her own in the Spring of 2020. Although Kim has been working in the perennial and gardening business for quite some time, she received her degree in Early Childhood Education from NHTI in 2014. Joining the Emerson team in January of 2018, she was thrilled to be involved in the care of such a beautiful space. Kim's understanding of child development, joy in the work and expressions of children, respect for childhood, respect for the work of the teachers as well as her appreciation of natural beauty is reflected in the time, effort and love she puts into maintaining the Emerson environment. Kim brings warmth, a peaceful energy and a healthy dose of humor to her support role which is valued deeply by our entire community. Kim has a wonderful, natural way with children. She is deeply creative, kind and compassionate with a delightful sense of humor. She is enthusiastic about and invested in the work unfolding at Emerson by the children and staff alike. We’re so excited to have more time with Kim in our classrooms!
When she isn't working, Kim enjoys music, creating one-of-a-kind cards, and spending time with her kitty, Mr. Furley.