The teachers at ESNS are responsible for developing the daily program, implementing our philosophy, and assisting the board of directors in establishing the school’s policies.
Carole Coleman O’Halloran, our head teacher, earned her degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Massachusetts. She has held three previous head teacher positions. She taught kindergarten in Oregon, returned to Massachusetts to work in an Early Childhood Center with 3 to 5 year-olds, and later taught a mixed-age group of 2 to 5 year-old children at the Boston University Children’s Center. Carole is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Her son and daughter both attended East Side Nursery School. She has been teaching at ESNS since 1994.
Karen Welser has been a member of the East Side Nursery School community since 2001, when the first of her four children began in the Tuesday/Thursday class. She has served on the ESNS Board for eight years, including five as President of the Board. Karen graduated from Swarthmore College in 1992 with a degree in English Literature. Children and education have been longstanding passions for Karen: with her own children she has experience in public, private, and home-school education at all levels, from preschool to college. Karen currently leads an online international adoption support group, and has previously developed, written, and taught an original religious education curriculum for children ages 3-9. She occasionally moonlights as a technical copy editor of scientific articles, but much prefers chatting with four-year- olds at the play-doh table. She is thrilled to be teaching at East Side Nursery School this year.