Meet Our Staff

Laura Stone

Laura Stone comes to us with many years of experience in early childhood education, and as a director of a public school preschool program. Deeply experienced in the Reggio Emilia school of early-childhood education, Laura brings her educational philosophy into every aspect of the school day:

“Children learn through play and hands-on exploration in an atmosphere where they have the opportunities to observe, interact with materials, peers, environment, and community; and the encouragement to create, try out new things, share thoughts and ideas, and take new risks. Our job as teachers is to help children develop a sense of curiosity, independence, self-confidence and self-esteem: these skills will help them to be successful learners. We do this by creating a joyful, rich, developmentally challenging, and respectful environment where children can explore and develop as individuals and within a community setting.”

Melissa Sanchez

Melissa Sanchez was born in southern France, to a family of second-generation Spanish immigrants, Melissa had a bilingual childhood. She earned a Master’s degree in Education and is licensed in France, specializing in preschool, elementary school, and language teaching. Melissa arrived in Boston in September 2015 with her husband. Along with teaching French to children and adults in different schools in the greater Boston area, during her three years at a local Reggio-Inspired program, she integrated French with the exploration activities of the children. During her spare time, she is part of two dance teams and enjoys social dancing. She is also an accomplished naturalist, passionate about nature where she gets to paint and draw in her favorite environment.

Laura Stone

Laura Stone comes to us with many years of experience in early childhood education, and as a director of a public school preschool program. Deeply experienced in the Reggio Emilia school of early-childhood education, Laura brings her educational philosophy into every aspect of the school day:

“Children learn through play and hands-on exploration in an atmosphere where they have the opportunities to observe, interact with materials, peers, environment, and community; and the encouragement to create, try out new things, share thoughts and ideas, and take new risks. Our job as teachers is to help children develop a sense of curiosity, independence, self-confidence and self-esteem: these skills will help them to be successful learners. We do this by creating a joyful, rich, developmentally challenging, and respectful environment where children can explore and develop as individuals and within a community setting.”

Melissa Sanchez

Melissa Sanchez was born in southern France, to a family of second-generation Spanish immigrants, Melissa had a bilingual childhood. She earned a Master’s degree in Education and is licensed in France, specializing in preschool, elementary school, and language teaching. Melissa arrived in Boston in September 2015 with her husband. Along with teaching French to children and adults in different schools in the greater Boston area, during her three years at a local Reggio-Inspired program, she integrated French with the exploration activities of the children. During her spare time, she is part of two dance teams and enjoys social dancing. She is also an accomplished naturalist, passionate about nature where she gets to paint and draw in her favorite environment.

Gail Curtis

Gail Curtis has lived, and been with children much of her life, in MA. and the coast of Maine.  International teaching took her to Pakistan, Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Moldova. She  worked with children through the Peace Corp as well as in private programs. She has a love of poetry, cooking and nature, that she shares enthusiastically with the children. Gail opens her heart to children by listening, learning and laughing.  As well, she is ever mindful of simplicity, silence and solitude.

Aleksandra Buncic

Aleksandra Buncic is a Research Fellow at the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University. Her research topic is The Sarajevo Haggadah.  Aleksandra is from Sarajevo. As a graduate, trained in pedagogy at the University of Sarajevo, she worked towards creating efficient and effective teaching methodologies and strategies. In collaboration with The US Embassy in Sarajevo and the Commission to Preserve National Monuments, she designed the educational curriculum and a new approach to introducing heritage topics to kindergarten and primary school children, including a focus on children with special needs. By 2010, she and her team delivered lectures and visited 56 educational institutions in all parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina, establishing a permanent network between museums, kindergartens and schools.  

Judi Zalles

Judi Zalles is the Director of Kesher Nevatim. Passion, experience, perspective, partnership, and purpose are at the core of her work to support and empower children, educators, program directors and boards. Above all else she is an advocate for our children; honoring their uniqueness and the special time of childhood. She has a diverse experience and range of perspectives gained through varying roles in the private sector, Head Start, college instruction, Montessori Teacher Training, ECE advisory councils, Board memberships, workshop and conference presentations, and private consulting and coaching. She currently sits on the four-person executive committee of the recently formed Cambridge/Somerville Early Childhood Community Council. She is an avid proponent of research supporting practice, and draws from multiple pedagogies in her educational perspective and approach.

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(617) 440-6014

13 Garden Court, Somerville MA 02143.

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