MEET OUR STAFF AND TEACHERS
Ali Lafreniere (Ms. Ali) is the lead teacher in our five day, full day pre-kindergarten program. She joined the Exeter Day School team in 2017 and has been a preschool teacher since graduating from St. Michael’s College in 2001. Ali studied English and Early Childhood Education at St. Mike’s and continues to attend workshops to stay current with early childhood practices. Her goal is to make sure that each child feels special and well-loved and that her students are excited to come to school everyday. She promotes and supports independence, process over product, hands-on experiences and following her students’ interests and curiosities. Ms. Ali loves getting her students outdoors and feels so fortunate to have the PEA trails to explore. She often refers to the woods as their outdoor classroom.
Ali lives in Exeter with her husband Josh and their two little girls, Evie and Josie. They have a fun pup named Lulu and a cool turtle named Reggie. When she is not at Exeter Day School, you can find her gathering with friends and family, walking through Exeter with her girls and Lulu or spending time at the lake or ocean.
Amie Morgado is the Lead Teacher in our 5-day 4-year old morning classroom, having also co-lead our toddler classes in previous years. She has an associate's degree in Early Childhood and, before having her own children, spent ten+ years working in infant and toddler classrooms on the Seacoast. During this time, she also directed and ran her own school. Her children came to EDS for preschool and, during those five years, she was an active member of the parents' committee and always enjoyed volunteering. Amie is happily married with two daughters.
"In my classroom children will be able to express themselves as individuals while also working together as a team. There is a wide variety of activities provided to help foster their love of learning. I want the children to enjoy learning with hands on experience and play. I believe with a balance of structure and play based learning the goals we achieve can be endless. Moving around the classroom through centers the children will experience writing, math , sensory , science, building , reading , art and social aspects. Incorporating themes that interest them in the classroom will be an exciting adventure always changing and reflecting us as a whole. In the end I wish for each child to leave class ready for the next adventure in life ! "
Sondra Barker is the Lead Teacher in our 3-day 3 & 4 year old classes. She has been working with children since she was 16 years old at an afterschool program and graduated from college with a degree in Early Childhood Education.
"I live in Hampton Falls, NH with my husband, daughter named Camryn, and two step children. When I am not teaching I can be found on the softball field. I play coed softball, coach my daughter’s team, and enjoy watching and cheering on her travel team. I also enjoy spending time with my family, going to the beach, and attending community events."
Shannon has her undergraduate degree in economics and philosophy from Bucknell University, and her graduate education from Lesley University. She is the Office Manager at Exeter Day School and certified Lead Teacher. Shannon lives in Portsmouth with her husband Conor and hound dog Bonnie. In her free time she enjoys early morning runs, baking and eating delicious treats, and spending time with her family and friends.
Katie Drouin is the 3 year old Lead Teacher. She joined Exeter Day School in 2018 as our Toddler Teacher. Katie worked as the Preschool Teacher at Child's Place before managing Artastic in Hampton Falls. She lives in Exeter with her Husband and daughter.