Meet Our Staff!
Kevin Lenane, Preschool Program Facilitator
This is Kevin's third year as the Preschool Program Facilitator of the Newton South Preschool and his second year teaching the Human Growth and Development course here at Newton South High School. Kevin has been a special education teacher with the Newton Public Schools since 1996. He worked ten years as a preschool teacher at the Newton Early Childhood Program from 1996-2005 and worked as an Inclusion Facilitator at Newton South High School for ten years.
Kevin graduated from Assumption College in 1989 with a B.S. in Social and Rehabilitative Services. He earned an M.S.Ed. in Severe Special Needs from Simmons College in 1992 and an Ed.S. from Simmons in Special Education Administration in 2005. Kevin has been on the faculty at Simmons since 2005 teaching Assessment and Curriculum Development for Severely Impaired Learners and Inclusion Consultation and Collaboration.
Kevin and his wife Christine own The Adams Street Early Learning Center in Milton MA.
Loretta Wieczner, MS, CCC/SLP, Educational Consultant
Loretta has enjoyed a close relationship with the Newton South Preschool Program for many years, both as an Educational Consultant and as a past co-director for four years. She is certified in both Speech and Language Pathology and Special Education, and has experience as a Speech and Language Therapist, an Early Childhood Educator, Special Education and Integrated Classroom Teacher, and Regular Education Preschool Director and Teacher. Loretta works closely with teachers and parents to help develop successful learning strategies and/or materials pertaining to all areas of skill development which benefit individual children as well as the entire classroom. Her emphasis is on helping children develop social competencies as well as language and early literacy and math skills through a wide variety of experiential learning activities. Loretta is available to meet with parents and caregivers, and enjoys collaborating with families to develop successful strategies dealing with challenging behaviors or situations at home.
Nicole Maloney, Lead Teacher, Preschool Two
Nicole is thrilled to begin her twelfth year as lead teacher at the Newton South Preschool. She earned her M.Ed. in Special Education with a focus in Early Childhood from Boston University in 2013. In 2007, she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Hartford.
Nicole believes that providing a positive and nurturing experience during the first years of school can lead to a life-long love of learning. She adds, “There is nothing I love more than encouraging and guiding a child’s first school experiences and supporting developmental growth and successes.”
Nicole is a new mother to baby Abigail and loves watching her experience the world for the first time. Nicole also enjoys practicing yoga, visiting the beautiful beaches on Cape Cod, and spending time with her family, including their dog, Sasha.
Lauren Atkinson, Lead Teacher, Preschool Two
This is Lauren’s sixteenth year with the Newton South Preschool Program. This will be her twelfth year as a lead teacher at the Newton South Preschool and her second year as the Early Childhood Education high school teacher.
Lauren started her teaching career in a Headstart program as a teacher’s assistant in Dorchester, MA. She stayed at Headstart for almost three years, discovering that she "loved being in the classroom." She simultaneously attended Lesley University where she earned a Master's degree in Multicultural Education. We were thrilled to have Lauren join the Newton South Preschool Program in 2003. Shortly after joining the team, Lauren headed back to graduate school, this time completing the Master's program in Special Education at Cambridge College.
Lauren believes in creating a classroom environment where all children with varying learning styles, first languages and cultural backgrounds can learn and succeed.
In her free time Lauren enjoys spending time with her family; husband Alex and kiddos Ella and Charlie.
Sarah Thorne, Assistant Teacher, Preschool One
This is Sarah’s second year of teaching at Newton South Preschool.
Sarah graduated from Boston University’s School of Education with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education and received her Massachusetts Teaching License for Early Childhood, PreK-2nd in May 2016.
Sarah is deeply dedicated to early childhood education, and the importance of a child’s first learning experience. She believes in giving all children the opportunity to learn and grow in a classroom that recognizes and supports each of their individual developmental needs. She strives in creating a safe classroom environment where children can have meaningful learning experiences through play and exploration.
In her spare time, Sarah enjoys dancing, Crossfit, reading, spending time with family and friends, and visiting Maine.
Jilleen Songin, Assistant Teacher, Preschool One
This is Jilleen’s first year of teaching at Newton South Preschool.
Jilleen graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2016 with a B.S. degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Jilleen began working with preschoolers during her sophomore year at the University of Rhode Island's Child Development Center.
Jilleen is passionate about working with young children and early childhood education. She believes that children learn through play, as well as by exploring and questioning the world around them. Jilleen uses a positive approach to teaching that supports each child’s individual developmental needs.
In her spare time Jilleen enjoys spending time with friends and family, going to the beach (in every season), painting and drawing, and listening to music!
Daniela Ostreicher, Assistant Teacher, Preschool Two
Daniela is very excited to be starting her first year at Newton South Preschool.
Daniela graduated in the spring of 2016 from Clark University with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Education and again in the spring of 2017 from Clark University with a Master of Arts and Teaching (MAT).
Daniela strongly believes all children should be allowed to discovery new interests and explore their surroundings without limitations. She also believes in a hands-on positive social learning environment in which children can flourish in academics and social situations with peers. She enjoys watching students grow from their first day in the classroom until the last day when they are ready to move to kindergarten.
In her spare time, Daniela enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing with her rabbit, Coconut, and being creative with ceramics and painting.