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.

We learn about our natural world with our teachers.We learn about our natural world with our teachers.

Carole smallCarole 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.