Rachel Scobie was raised in a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts, where she spent her days making home movies and drawing cartoons with her 5 older siblings.
After graduating from the University of Vermont with a degree in Art History and Italian Studies she studied photography at the New England School of Photography. It was during this time that Rachel had her first experiences as a caregiver for children while working as a nanny for one of her nephews. Rachel then made her way to New York City, where she worked in advertising at Saatchi & Saatchi and J. Walter Thompson. After 5 years in advertising Rachel made the decision to follow her heart and get her MS in Early Childhood Education from Hunter College, where she received an award for excellence in student teaching.
This is Rachel's 11th year at WNNS, having started as a Head Teacher in the 2s in 2008. Rachel is proud to work at a school whose philosophy is firmly founded on the tenets of progressive education.
Rachel lives in Sunnyside, Queens with her husband James and their adorable cat, Reggie. In her spare time Rachel enjoys going to the movies, camping, eating everything, and spending time with her family.
Sarah is so excited to step into the role of Education Director this year. This is Sarah's seventh year at WNNS, and she spent the first six as a lead 3s teacher in the Orange and Yellow Classes. Sarah grew up in Massachusetts, and before becoming a teacher, studied acting and playwriting, earning a BFA in Theater Arts from Boston University. After her undergraduate work, Sarah joined the Education Program at Shakespeare & Company, a theater company in Lenox, MA. Here, Sarah directed plays and led workshops with children, ages 3-18. At Shakespeare & Company, Sarah discovered her love for working with children, and the power of learning through play.
Sarah earned her Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College in 2010. In 2012, Sarah was delighted to join WNNS, a school in which children are encouraged to explore and create in order to better understand the world and themselves. She is so proud to help lead a school that cultivates kindness, independence and community in young children.
Sarah is Mama to a two-year-old, who will begin school at WNNS this fall! She lives in Carroll Gardens with her son, husband and dog. Sarah spends much of her free time at the playground, feeding the goats at the Prospect Park Zoo, and occasionally escaping to the Berkshires.
The teachers at The Williamsburg Neighborhood Nursery School are an extremely dedicated, passionate, warm, caring, and well-qualified group of educators. They are committed to bringing patience, joy, curiosity, and warmth to the process of learning each and every day, and take great pleasure in being able to watch their students gain life skills and a love for learning that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. They are additionally extremely attentive to the importance of bridging the gap between home and school, communicating plentifully with parents about each child's developments, successes, and any concerns that may arise over the course of the school year. Considering an open, supportive, and trusting relationship between parents and teachers as a partnership that can greatly enhance a child's school experiences and their growth and development, in general, WNNS teachers are always available to meet with parents face-to-face, communicate via email, or to schedule a phone chat, as needed.
All of our teachers possess a strong passion for early childhood education, with all Lead Teachers holding Master's Degrees in Early Childhood Education, or working towards a Master's or Certification via a DoH and DoE approved study plan, and all Assistant Teachers holding a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in an area related to education. With many of our teachers having attended Bank Street School of Education or Hunter College's early education undergraduate and graduate programs, our teachers have taken their own diverse educational experiences and translated them to methods and approaches that fit into WNNS' progressive philosophy.
To find out more about our wonderful teachers, please select a class below!
Our school is made up of not only wonderful children, but also amazing parents. We welcome parent involvement and strive to provide not only educational, but also community-building opportunities for current parents. Each year, WNNS enlists the help of parents to help make our school fundraising events successful, to maintain and beatify our space, and to reach out into the community.
Parent committees are a vital part of WNNS, and through them parents have the opportunity to get involved with many projects that support the development of our school, from fundraising to community outreach to gardening. We encourage all parents to participate, and welcome all of their contributions!
We offer a variety of evening educational workshops and events to parents in the WNNS community throughout the school year. Past events have included the following:
Ongoing Schools Night
Challenging Behaviors Workshop
Group Meditation and Parent Support Group
Q & A with a local Child Psychologist
In the spring, after children have become comfortable and confident at school without their grown-ups present, we invite parents to spend the morning in his/her child's classroom. This opportunity provides parents with an excellent view into their child's day, the materials she/he uses at school, the children with whom they spend time, and the ways in which teachers interact with children during the day. We always look forward to this time of year and thoroughly enjoy giving parents a peek into what goes on while they're away!
Board of Directors
WNNS' Board of Directors is composed of alumni parents who are passionate about the direction of the school and who provide input on all major educational and operational decisions.
Emily Spunt Yemini