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Nancy Loftus

Pre-Kindergarten Lead Teacher
I moved to the Seacoast full time in 2013 after living in Upstate New York for most of my life where my husband John and I raised our four children.
I had been working in a small independent school where I fell in love with teaching the youngest students from three-year-olds up to Kindergarteners.  Following retirement from his career of 42 years going to sea, John wanted a change of scenery and happily we ended up in Rye, New Hampshire. I quickly set to work looking for a new position to continue teaching in an early childhood program. I first joined Berwick as the lead staff member for After-Care where I met so many of the families in our community and faculty families that are what make Berwick the special place that it is. The next year I filled in as Kindergarten assistant for a maternity leave that turned into a permanent position for that year and the next. I am thrilled to be leading the Pre-K program this year in the Lower School with our youngest students leading the way. In my free time I enjoy gardening, cycling, reading, and discovering the beauty of the outdoors along the Seacoast. I have a BA in Elementary Education from Boston College and an MA in Learning Disabilities from The College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY.
 
Why do you enjoy teaching Pre-Kindergarten?
I am passionate about teaching our youngest learners as their curiosity about everything under the sun keeps them wondering. I am so excited when watching them make connections that sometimes answers their questions and empowers them to keep on discovering!
 
How do you define great teaching?
I define great teaching as never stopping to look and learn new ideas about my craft. Using hands–on experiences such as observing Monarch caterpillars in their life cycle in the classroom and garden help make learning real and exciting. Being responsive to students’ interests as well as the ability to incorporate the teaching of literacy and mathematical skills in the process.
 
Describe your classroom in five words.
Five words that describe my classroom; Safe, Stimulating, Fun, Engaging, Silly
 
What do you like best about the Lower School?
My Colleagues in the Lower School are probably the most supportive, experienced, collegial, group of individuals I have known in my career. I also enjoy getting to know the wonderful families of my students during the year through our mutual efforts to support the children each day.
 
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