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 Morrissey 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, NH in the town where I grew up, and I have one daughter named Camryn. 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 in the Toddler Room. Shannon lives in Portsmouth with her husband Conor and hound dog Bonnie. In her free time she enjoys early morning runs, horse back riding, and spending time with her family and friends.
Stephanie Fiore is an Assistant Teacher in our Toddler program. Her experience and passion for working with young children comes from years of providing care to local families out of her home. She lives in Raymond with her two children and significant other.
Tara Merithew is an Assistant Teacher in one of our 3 year old classrooms. Tara has been in the Early Childhood Field for nine years. She has her associates degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor's degree in Human Services. She is passionate about the growth of her students and being a positive role model. She has works with children ages infant through 8 years old and loves to implement yoga and music in the classroom!
Maegan McCauley started at EDS in 2009 as a substitute teacher. She is now our afternoon K-2 After School Enrichment teacher. Maegan has a BS degree from Weber State University, as well as Dual Teaching certificates from Great Bay Community College. Maegan lives in Exeter with her daughter, Peyton, who is an EDS alum.