HCNS Teachers

Meg O'Leary is our 4-day teacher, and was appointed Director in 2015. Meg has been with HCNS for 10 years, teaching the 4-day class, helping out with the Afternoon Program, teaching the 2-day class, and teaching the summer program. She received her BS in Elementary Education/Special Education from St.Joseph College in West Hartford, CT, and her Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Phoenix in 2007. 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 Etna with her husband, and they have three grown children, two grandsons, and one granddaughter..

Susie Matter, our 2-day teacher, graduated from Duke University in 2000 with a BA in Spanish and an Elementary Education certificate. She also earned an MA in Counseling in 2005. She has taught and worked with children of all ages and in several different settings, including teaching third grade, teaching middle school Spanish, counseling middle school students, mentoring college students and most recently developing and directing the children's programs for children ages 4 months through 5th grade at a church in Philadelphia. Susie and her husband Drew have three young children of their own. She loves exploring the outdoors, reading and making creative messes with her kids. Susie is thrilled to be part of the HCNS team and loves the challenge of balancing the freedom and intentionality of the school's play-based philosophy.

Sandy Bailey, currently our 3-day teacher, has been involved at HCNS since 2002. She has been 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 graduated from William Woods University with a BS in both Equestrian Science and Business Administration. She has completed twenty hours towards her Masters in Early Childhood Education at the University of Edmond, Oklahoma. 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.

Giovanna Lepore, our afternoon outdoor program teacher, 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. Giovanna has a BA in studio art, and graduate studies in elementary education and ESL. 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.

The HCNS teachers guide by example, instilling in children values of respect, kindness, love and curiosity. They inspire me to be a better parent, to be more patient and engaged with the joys and frustrations of childhood.

Mother of three HCNS students

Classroom Activities (2015-10-20)