Sarah joined the Cocoons staff as the Director of Finance and Admissions in 2006 and as preschool teacher in 2012. In 2019 she became the Director.
Sarah earned her bachelor's degree from Colby College with a concentration in Mathematics with a minor in Education. Before joining Cocoons she was a public accountant in Portland for 5 years, as well as, an accounting manager at Pierce Promotions for several years. During her tenure at Cocoons she has completed hundreds of hours in Early Childhood education. She spends her free time chasing around her two young boys with her husband and enjoying the Maine outdoors.
We were thrilled to welcome Miss Kaitlyn as a member of the Cocoons staff in 2015. Miss Kaitlyn earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern Maine in 2014 with a concentration in Elementary Education. As part of her education, she has had impressive field experience student teaching in a kindergarten classroom in Wells; supporting early english learners from all over the world; working with children with special needs; and facilitating early literacy development.
Miss Kaitlyn has also worked as a full-time nanny and as the kids out-site director at the York County YMCA in Biddeford. Clearly Miss Kaitlyn brings a lot of wonderful experience and education to the classroom, but most importantly she brings a contagious enthusiasm and love for young children!
We were thrilled to welcome Miss Lydia as a member of the Cocoons staff in 2016. She is a co-teacher in the toddler room. Lydia earned her BLS in Early Childhood Education from the University of Maine. Her passion is teaching toddlers! Lydia not only has years of experience designing and implementing developmentally appropriate curriculum, she prides herself on maintaining strong and open communication with parents. She loves animals, outdoor exploration, and gardening-which she makes integral parts of the toddler curriculum.
Lindsey teaches in the first year preschool classroom. Lindsey is a Kennebunkport resident and mother of two sons. She was actively involved at the Consolidated School where she was a volunteer and substitute teacher for several years. Lindsey earned her BS in education from Keene State College. She speaks fluent Spanish and teaches Cocooners how to speak Spanish. Lindsey is an accomplished athlete; loves the outdoors; and is passionate about making outdoor exploration an integral part of the Cocoons curriculum.
Sandy Nadeau has had more than 50 years of Early Childhood teaching experience. She operated her own highly successful Children's Center for more than 15 years in New York before relocating to Kennebunk in 1999. She worked as a professor and as the director of the University of New England Campus School before founding Cocoons in September of 2001.
Sandy graduated from the University of Maine in Orono as an All Maine Woman and earned her Masters of Early Childhood Education from the State University of New York. Sandy has been happily married to Ed Nadeau of Kennebunk for 50 years and has three successful grown children and five grandchildren. As you can imagine, she is hoping for many more grandchildren! She retired in 2019 but stays on as a day to day consultant.
We were thrilled to welcome Miss Shannon as a member of the Cocoons staff in 2016. She is a co-teacher in the 2nd year preschool room. Shannon earned a BS in Childhood Studies from Plymouth State University. She has impressive experience teaching in a Montessori school where she planned daily lessons; was in charge of the composting system; and designed and maintained indoor and outdoor gardens. Shannon has been a camp counselor, nanny, and an apprentice at the Rancho Mastatal Sustainability & Educational Site in Costa Rice. Farm-based education is Shannon's area of focus in early childhood education. Her mission is to create a fun-filled engaging environment. She loves telling stories, being silly, doing yoga, and exploring in nature.
Miss Peggy joined the Cocoons teaching staff in September 2003. She is a co teacher in the 2nd year preschool program.
Peggy earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Maine at Farmington. She has had many years of teaching experience in both the public school system and as the lead teacher at Kennebunk Montessori for five years. Miss Peggy is a Maine State Certified Kindergarten/ 1st Grade Teacher. She is also the mother of two successful children. Peggy's compassionate way of dealing with children and her never ending sense of humor make her an ideal early childhood teacher.