Danielle Biggins, Director

I have been the Director at New Nursery School for 3 years. From my very first interview I felt a strong connection to the school and knew this would be a great team to be a part of. I have my Bachelor’s degree in Human Growth and Development from Radford University in Virginia and my Master’s degree in Leadership and Policy in Early Education and Care from Wheelock College. I am Lead Teacher and Director certified through the MassachusettsDepartment of Early Education and Card (EEC). I have worked with young children and families in various capacitates for over 18 years. Previously as a classroom teacher, parent educator, education specialist and child development specialist, I have gained experience working with young children and families. My husband, Dan and I live in Rockland with our three boys: Gavan, Ronan & Shea. They are full of energy, adventurous and silly!  Being a mom of boys is so much fun! Being a parent gives me the unique perspective on the needs of quality preschool programming. I can understand the balance necessary to meet the needs of all children and the expectations of parents, while supporting a strong community of teachers. My values include family, teamwork, and community. I am excited to be part of such a wonderful community of educators so truly dedicated to children and families.

Joan Aigen

My husband Mark and I have lived in Norwell since 1972. I graduated from Bridgewater State College with a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education and taught fifth grade until I had children. My sons, Mathew and Joshua, attended Norwell Public Schools. My youngest son, Joshua attended New Nursery School and that was only the beginning of many wonderful years here. I started as an Assistant Teacher and soon after became an EEC certified Lead Teacher. By 1999, I was hired as the Director and enjoyed that role for 11 years. I appreciated the hours that suited my family and loved getting to know the children in the context of their families. As I am back to teaching in the classroom, I am enjoying the transition to working hands on in the classroom and having fun with the children and connecting with their families.

Jeannie Bailey

I am married with 2 children, both whom attended New Nursery School. In my “previous” life I was employed with Reebok International for 11 years. After the birth of my daughter I made the decision to leave my position, and stay at home with my children. I hold my Bachelor’s in Business Management from Westfield University. I have always wanted to work with young children and have been taking classes over the last 2 years in Early Childhood Education. I recently became EEC Lead Teacher certified. Ever since my children attended NNS, I knew it was a special place. I feel fortunate to have a job where I can influence the children’s lives in a nurturing and caring environment as well as work along side a wonderful staff.

Wendy Ellison


Kim Foster

I am pleased to be part of the teaching staff as well as shared time as an administrative assistant in the office. As a parent while my children attended New Nursery School, I served as the President of the Board of Directors. I hold a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Northeastern University. I am EEC teacher certified and currently working toward lead teacher certification. I live in Norwell with my husband David, our two sons Sam and Nate along with our dog Maisy. I feel fortunate to be part of such a caring and nurturing environment that was such a great fit for our boys and our family. I look forward to continuing to provide that experience that makes New Nursery School such a special place!

Lori Gates

I am thrilled to continue my career as a pre-K teacher at NNS! I hold a Massachusetts teacher’s license in early childhood, a master’s degree in elementary childhood education from The University of Hartford and am a teacher at heart! I have taught Kindergarten in Weston and Weymouth school districts and most recently in Rockland public schools. While I loved teaching kindergarten, I very much look forward to teaching pre-K. I can’t wait to spend my day with your children and watch them play, grow and develop a love for learning. I know we will have a productive and successful year together! While teaching children is my passion, I also love spending time with my husband Peter and our two children, Lyla (6) and Zach (9). They keep me very busy! We love to swim, play on the beach and ski in the winter.

Lynn Hirt

I am married to my husband, Steve and am the mother of four boys, Chris, Cal, Tucker and Reed. Our family also includes a cuddly Golden Retriever named Macey. I graduated from Lafayette College with a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Economics and a minor in Psychology. After moving back to the area, my two youngest boys attended New Nursery School. In 2007, I began teaching at NNS and attained my Lead Teacher certification in 2012. I enjoyed the nurturing environment as a New Nursery School parent and continue this legacy as a teacher. My favorite subject is Mathematics and helped to create “Shape Monster” at school. I also enjoy children’s literature, singing and creative Art. My hobbies are reading, taking care of my English Roses and sports.

Sonia Kleimola

I am so grateful to be a part of the team here at NNS. I fell in love with the school while my daughter was a student here. When it was time for her to move on to Kindergarten, I decided that I just couldn’t part ways with the NNS family. So despite having a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Michigan, and 10+ years of experience working in advertising/marketing, I decided it was time to pursue a new path. I started taking Early Education classes and recently became Teacher-certified by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). I have loved every minute working with the kids at NNS and I couldn’t be happier with my new career choice. The children at NNS are at such a precious and fundamentally important age; to be a part of this time in their lives and to help each child as they learn and grow is such a gift. It has been an absolutely rewarding experience! I am eager to continue my Early Education courses while enjoying every minute of my time in the classroom with my students. My husband and I live in Hanover with our daughter, Scarlett, and our two dogs.

Cindy Lazarovich

I am a wife and mother of three grown children, all whom attended New Nursery School.  While my time as a NNS parent, I served on the Board of Directors as president and ran the yard sale at the Spring Fair.   I hold my Bachelors degree in Business Management from Chamberlain School of Retail in Boston.   After raising my children I wanted more time with children. I received my EEC Lead Teacher certificate and began working at NNS in 2000.  With my love of children, I could not imagine doing anything else!  I find the job both rewarding and fulfilling at the same time..

Sarah McGuirk

I am so excited and proud to be a member of the NNS team. Not only did my three children Dylan, Jake and Ella go to NNS; but I attended as a child, also! My husband, Chris, and I are both from Norwell and eventually found our way back here to raise our children after owning a deli/convenience store in Portsmouth, NH for eight years. During those years up north, I was also enrolled in an Elementary Education Certification Program at Franklin Pierce University. While attending classes, I worked in the Portsmouth NH School District as a substitute teacher and a para professional for the Special Education Department in grades K-8 for three years. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree from UMASS Amherst with a major in Sociology and a minor in Psychology. I am EEC Lead Teacher certified. My love for working with children, especially younger ones, has always been a dream of mine. After being home with my own children for ten years, I’m thrilled to be starting this new chapter of my life here at NNS, a most special community of teachers, families and children that truly embodies a warm, nurturing and self- discovering learning environment.

Kathy Sheehan

I am married to my husband Tom and we have lived in Norwell since 1975. I have two boys who both attended New Nursery School. During their time here, I served on the NNS Board. I joined the staff in 1986  and  I am EEC Lead Teacher Certified. Four-year-old children are sweet, sassy, inquisitive, playful, competent and lovable- why wouldn’t everyone want to be around them? I truly feel it is the best job in the world..

Becky Spelman

I am excited to be teaching at The New Nursery School.  Although I am new to the staff at NNS, I have been a part of the school as a parent when my own children attended. We loved it so much; I needed to have a reason to come back! I earned my Bachelors’ degree in Early Childhood Family Studies from the University of Rhode Island and am EEC Lead Teacher certified. I previously taught at a preschool in Hingham and before that ran my own home based day care for four years. I look forward to working with your children and seeing the joy in their eyes as they continue to grow and explore. In my spare time, I love to spend time with my family, read, practice yoga and walk my dog in Norris reservation. Let’s have a fabulous year!

Linda Svensen


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