“Childhood is not a race – it is a journey”

We have over 300 years of combined experience with children between us. Rare is the situation that one of us has not come across… and we are happy to share our expertise with you.

Our commitment to early care and education is strong, and we spend many hours in team discussions, in-service courses, area meetings and workshops, increasing our knowledge and perfecting our techniques with the children. The number of teachers with teaching degrees at Sherwood School is astonishing. Eleven of our teachers are parents as well as educators, knowing full well the heartbreaking separations, teary new milestones, and the way we felt when the lunchbox was missing again! Every year calls for a fine-tuning with a new group of children, for our job is to meet the varied and intricate needs of every child and family.

Nancy Marston

Nancy Marston is the Director and founder of the Sherwood School. This is her 62nd first week of school, and thirty fifth year at The Sherwood School. Her degrees are Psychology and Education with a Master’s in School Psychology. She is certified in the State of Connecticut. As many of you know, the school was founded when she discovered a need in the area for high quality early childhood programs when she was searching as a mom. She is active on the local level with all early childhood councils, Youth and Family Service bureaus, and behind the scenes with the The Connecticut Association for the Education of Young Children after being a board member for many years. She regularly presents workshops to teachers at conferences in the region and has taught early childhood classes at area colleges. She also serves as a consultant for the State Department of Education. On the national level, she has served as a validator for The National Association for the Education of Young Children, mentoring directors and programs, and worked on validation teams for centers seeking accreditation. She has also founded the Old Saybrook Early Childhood Council. Her commitment to families is unwavering and is always available to sit down and chat about any early childhood issue. Nancy is mother of two, grandmother of four, and enjoys cooking, gardening, reading and travel-especially to Portland, Maine and Boston to visit those babies!

Carina Risatti

Carina Risatti is in her sixteenth year with us. She was born and raised in Argentina, and is the mother of two, Maria, teaching in Spain, and Santi.  . She is a warm, wonderful, engaged teacher and brings a bilingual approach to her teaching. Carina is always one of the first on staff to spot an interesting workshop or class to add technique or new research to our repertoire. Carina has a degree in Early Childhood Education. She enjoys hiking and biking with her husband, cooking, travel, and spending time with friends. Carina is the Program Manager, and is present in both buildings.

Lois Bancroft

Lois is in her twentieth year with us, and is a Head Teacher. (Did you know that a ‘head teacher’ has to be “certified” by the State Department of Education, with enough experience and college credits specifically in Early Childhood Education to meet their requirements? Did you know that our license requires that ONE head teacher is present for 60% of the day for the entire program?) Our standards at The Sherwood School are quite different! An Early Childhood degreed and very (40 plus years!) experienced teacher, Lois’ Pre- K group is known for their intricate science activities, their love and respect for nature, and developing a lifelong love of books. Lois is a mother of three, and grandmother to two. She loves her cats, volunteers at Forgotten Felines, and spends her time hiking, kayaking and mountain climbing.

Paula Marshall

Paula Marshall is going into her seventeenth  year with us. She holds a Child Development Associate’s Degree and has twenty nine years of experience teaching young children. Paula is a loving and thoughtful teacher. Her patient and caring ways create a warm community. Paula is mother to Nathan, who has completed his anesthesiology fellowship.  Paula enjoys gardening, sewing, baking and walking through her beach neighborhood with her husband. Paula works hard to make sure the children’s environment and materials are developmentally appropriate,engaging and tied to our current curriculum.

Nicole Walker

Nicole is in her eighth year with us. She is a member of the Three’s team. She is degreed and certified, in both Early Childhood Education and Special Education. Nicole has an infectious laugh that she shares frequently in the classroom! She enjoys hiking and reading in her free time. Nicole’s daughter will be joining us this Spring.

Asmaa Ayaz

Asmaa has a BA in Speech and Language Pathology, and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. Her speech background is an amazing asset in our Toddler classroom. She has worked with young children for over ten years and is thrilled to be with our ever curious toddlers. She is fluent in three South Asian languages. Asmaa enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. Her oldest just started her freshman year of college. When time allows she likes to read and travel.

Molly Lombardi

Molly Lombardi is a degreed and certified teacher. She comes to us with years of experience, and a jot for working with young children. Molly has three children of her own, and enjoys spending time with them, reading and enjoying the outdoors.

Bryana Gedney

Bryana joins our Toddler team, after a student teaching observation this past Summer. Bryana is working on her Early Childhood degree. The children love her gentle spirit and calm demeanor.

Shaleigh Reynolds

Shaleigh Reynolds continues as Office Manager, in her twenty third year with us. All questions regarding tuition should be addressed to her on Mondays and Thursdays, from 9-12, or put in writing. We try very hard to make our policies clear, but know that questions will arise. Shaleigh always welcomes your calls to clarify or explain anything you may have a question about. Shaleigh is the mother of three wonderful girls. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family.

Judy Potter

Judy Potter has been at Sherwood for six years. She is our Creative Dramatics teacher and joins the upstairs classroom twice a week during the Extended Day Program. Judy’s amazing storytelling skills bring all of her stories to life. Her love of children is clear as she guides the children though creating their own plays. When Judy is not with the children, she enjoys boating, swimming, cooking, and playing the guitar and piano. Judy also enjoys trips to the Poconos with her husband of thirty nine years.

Jonathan Kehew

Jonathan joins us for another great year of music! Jonathan is owner and teacher at Corner Music, bringing songs and many instruments to life every day! We have known Jonathan for many years, his son is a Sherwood School alum! We are so happy to welcome him back. Jonathan joins us each week to share wonderful folk and classic children’s music. Thank you Jonathan for bringing songs to life with different instruments each week and unbridled enthusiasm!