MEET OUR TEACHERS AND STAFF
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. In 2020 Sondra became CPR and First Aid instructor qualified, and trains all of our staff.
"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 biking, hiking, skiing, and enjoying time with my family. I also enjoy going to the beach, and attending community events."
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.
Mariette Linscott joined the team as a co-lead teacher in the toddler room in 2022. She graduated with her degree in Early Childhood Education from Indiana University and holds her Montessori Certification in Infants and Toddlers. Mrs. Linscott worked with a variety of ages, finding her favorite with the youngest students! She is excited to re-enter the field professionally after staying home with her children Addison and Everett. Everett recently graduated from Exeter Day School and during his time there Mrs. Linscott served on the Board of Directors and helped lead the Parent's Committee. She enjoyed volunteering with Girl Scouts and End 68 Hours of Hunger.
Mrs. Linscott wants to create a warm atmosphere for children's first school experience, she loves incorporating literature and nature into her teaching!
Mrs. Linscott lives in Exeter with her husband and two children. She enjoys running, reading, and exploring the seacoast!
Karen Veilleux is our Float. She works primarily with the 5 day classes. We are happy to have her join us after working at Main Street School in Exeter for 13 years as a Literacy and Math Specialist. She lives in Epping with her husband. Her oldest child has grown and her youngest is in college.
Jessica Murphy is our Float. She assists primarily in the 2 and 3 day classes of all ages. After years of working in the field she stayed home with her daughters before joining our school. She lives in Fremont with her Husband and two daughters