Nancy Simoneau- Director
For 19 years, Nancy has been the Director of the Village Nursery School. She is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the school. She is also one of the lead teachers in the program. Nancy is originally from Burlington, VT, but was raised in Laconia. After graduating from Laconia High School, Nancy attended the University of New Hampshire, where she received her B.S. in Early Childhood Education. Prior to working at the VNS, Nancy was employed at the Lab School at Endicott College, the Concord Children's Center in Concord, MA, the Laconia School District, and was a Kindergarten teacher in a parent cooperative program in Gilmanton, New Hampshire. In 2014, Nancy became a Master Professional in Early Childhood Education, with the endorsement of Program Consultant, and was credentialed as an Early Childhood Master Teacher Level 2.i
Kathy Dahll- Teacher
Kathy Dahll has worked at the Village Nursery School since the spring of 1999. She was born and raised in MA. After graduating from North Andover High School, she received a BA in Sociology from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. Kathy became interested in early childhood education when her first daughter attended the Danbury Cooperative Preschool in Danbury, NH. Kathy served on their board. Later she received Childcare Assistant and Childcare Teacher certificates in Wisconsin. She worked as an assistant teacher in a cooperative preschool in Williams Bay, WI for three years prior to moving back to NH. Kathy also holds an Autism Early Intervention Specialist Certificate, which she received in 2011 from NHTI in Concord. In 2014 she became credentialed as an Early Childhood Teacher level 4 and an Early Childhood Master Professional with the following endorsements: Individual Mentor and Program Consultant.
Jennifer Watson- Teacher
Jennifer graduated from Western New England College with Cum Laude honors and was a member of Psi Chi Honor Society. Upon graduation, she worked at Connecticut Children's Medical Center School as an Assistant Teacher. While employed at the CCMC, she took graduate classes in Special Education at Central Connecticut State University. Jennifer left CCMC in 2005 to be a stay at home mom with her daughter, Emily.
In 2007, Jennifer and her growing family relocated to Gilford, NH. Shortly thereafter, her second daughter, Abigail, was born. She continued to be a stay at home mom to both her daughters, until her youngest entered kindergarten. Jennifer was offered a great opportunity to go back to teaching at the Village Nursery School. She started working at the Village Nursery School in the fall of 2013.
Abby Weismantel- Teacher
Abby has lived in Gilford, NH with her husband and two boys since August of 2013. In 2005 she left her career as a NH licensed Cosmetologist to be a stay at home mom to her son, Benjamin. In 2010, her youngest son, Cameron, was born. Benjamin currently attends Gilford Middle School in the 6th grade. Cameron is a second grader at Gilford Elementary School and is also a 2015 Village Nursery School graduate.
Once both of her children were in school, Abby began taking classes at Lakes Region Community College in Laconia, NH. She was an active member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Abby completed her student teaching rotation at Gilford Elementary School. She was also a substitute teacher and a member of the Parent Advisory Council, PTA, and the Volunteer Steering Committee.
In 2016, she earned an Associate of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education and graduated with highest honors.
In March of 2017, Abby was graciously offered the opportunity to come back to the Village Nursery School as a classroom teacher. She now enjoys her new role teaching along side of Nancy Simoneau, VNS Director.