Our staff undergo extensive training every year. Recently, staff participated in anti-bias curriculum training that spanned the entire school year. This type of immersion in a continuing education program provides our staff the opportunity to thoughtfully integrate new ideas into the classrooms. While grounded by tradition and a commitment to a play-based, emergent curriculum, educators at Hills & Falls keep pace with the latest developments in early childhood education and implement new, innovative strategies as appropriate.

Educators are committed to meeting each child at his/her developmental level. Carefully assessing each child, they gain insight and an understanding of a child’s needs and consider strategies and tactics to help the child progress. Parents/guardians at Hills & Falls take comfort in knowing that their child is nurtured by educators who love their work and revel in the uniqueness and splendor of each child.

Meet Our Staff

Hills & Falls takes pride in the excellence of its teaching staff. The director and teachers are chosen based upon their qualifications, educational philosophy and personal warmth.

Judy LoPorto

Judy LoPorto

Substitute Teacher

Mary Ann Wilson

Mary Ann Wilson

Co-Lead Teacher - Bunny class

Lee Thurston

Lee Thurston

Assistant Teacher - Bunny class

Anne-Marie Hayden

Anne-Marie Hayden

Lead Teacher - Dino class

Ally Leipzig

Ally Leipzig

Assistant Teacher - Rainbow class

Melissa Decina

Lead Teacher - Rainbow class

Erin Comella

Erin Comella

Assistant Teacher - Dino & Rainbow class

Tucker Wood

Tucker Wood

Assistant Teacher - Dino class

Karly Loyer

Co-Lead Teacher - Bunny Class

Julia Fein

Assistant Teacher - Rainbow Class