Teachers

Photo of Preschool Director Meg O'Leary

Meg O'Leary

Director, 2-Day Teacher
Meg was a Lead Teacher at HCNS for 10 years and was appointed Director in 2015. Before joining the HCNS staff in 2005, Meg was a respite-care provider for children with special needs, worked at the Ray School as a Preschool/Elementary Special Educator, taught preschool in Massachusetts and New York, and High School ESL classes in Oregon. Meg was born in Hanover, but grew up in Korea, and speaks fluent Korean. She presently lives in North Hartland, VT with her husband, and they have three grown children, three grandsons, and two granddaughters.

BS in Elementary Education/Special Education, St. Joseph College
MA in Early Childhood Education, University of Phoenix

Photo of Preschool Teacher Sandy Bailey

Sandy Bailey

3 Day Teacher
Sandy is our 3-day teacher and has been involved at HCNS since 2002. She was a helping parent at the school for both of her sons. She has also been a soccer coach, a lunch leader, and a classroom rep. She loves animals, being active with her family, gardening, and baking. In 2015, she started a non-profit called Stoneledge Stables with the mission of connecting rescued farm animals and preschoolers for social/emotional development.

BS in Equestrian Science & Business Administration, William Woods University
MA studies in Early Childhood Education, University of Edmond, OK

Photo of Preschool Teacher Giovanna Lepore

Giovanna Lepore

Afternoon Teacher
​Giovanna is our afternoon outdoor program teacher and started working with HCNS in the fall of 2015. She enjoys exploring the outdoors and nature with children, incorporating the sciences with art, language and literacy. In addition to her passion for nature, Giovanna paints and cares for her three horses on a Canaan farm she shares with her husband Dave.

BA in Studio Art
Graduate studies in Elementary Ed and ESL

Photo Preschool Assistant Teacher Erika Breton

Erika Breton

Assistant Teacher
HCNS was our first Upper Valley connection as I enrolled my eldest son in the 3 day class in 2011, before we moved to the area from Maine. I have been a part of the Hampshire community ever since then. Although my academic background is in Land Surveying, with a degree from the University of Maine, my interests have been redirected since beginning the journey of raising my own children. I enjoy facilitating the interaction between children and the natural world. In addition to working at Hampshire, I also teach skiing to children of all ages at the Dartmouth Skiway, and coach soccer at the Lyme Elementary School. I live in Lyme with my husband, two sons, one dog, and a variable number of chickens.