Our Amazing Staff

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Samantha Wessner - Preschool Teacher

"It is so nice to work and to be a part of such a wonderful community both in and out of school. As a teacher I really enjoy watching and being a part of our youngest learners grow each day. My husband and I both grew up in Barrington and feel lucky to be raising our two children here as well. Teaching in the same district that I myself graduated from makes working at Primrose Hill very special to me. I have a rescue dog who I love taking for walks and spoiling. His name is Buoy, which is a sentiment to my love of being on the water, especially boating in the summer months. "

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Sierra Bloom - Preschool Teacher

"I love being a teacher here at Primrose Hill. I am so grateful and lucky to teach with such amazing students, families and teachers! I love seeing my students gain a love of learning! Primrose Hill feels like a home away from home now. However, when I am not at school I enjoy traveling with my family and exploring different places around the world."

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Karen Igoe - Preschool Teacher

"I am so excited to be part of the Primrose Hill preschool team! Throughout my 28 years in early childhood education, I have continued to wholeheartedly enjoy being part of the journey of learning with our youngest learners. I strive each day to tap into children’s innate sense of wonder and joy to help them learn new skills, build important social emotional competencies and make discoveries through play! Being able to see such amazing growth in each individual throughout a school year is simply the best reward for all the hard work that goes into teaching. In addition to being an educator, I greatly enjoy spending as much time as I can outside with my family and friends, especially during the warmer months!"

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Sherry Emrich - Preschool Teacher

" I enjoy providing a second home for children, one that is comfortable and enjoyable. Making school fun, inviting, and interesting through songs, games, stories - just makes my day! I have been teaching for over 15 years. We are a retired Coast Guard family and have settled in Barrington. I am beyond thrilled to be a part of the Primrose Hill Community."

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Nicole Blount - Preschool Teachers Assistant

"I have worked at Primrose Hill for several years now. I love working in the Preschool Program; it’s a very special part of PHS! When I’m not at school, I’m exploring Lil’ Rhody, by land and sea, with my husband and two children."

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Leslie Moody - Teacher Assistant Special Education II

"I have worked at PHS for 12 years. I’m so happy to be part of the Preschool Team. We have a lot of fun with our students, and I enjoy helping them grow and learn. My husband and I have three sons and two grandchildren. When I’m not at school, I love spending time with my family. I also enjoy knitting and reading. "

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Lynn Roy - Program Assistant

"I have been a Program Assistant for over 25 years in the Primrose Hill Preschool. I love watching how much our students grow to be independent, and eager learners. When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy spending time gardening, bike riding, going for walks and playing golf!"

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Paige Webster - Teacher Assistant Special Education II

"After years working in the marketing and sales management fields, I finally filled my dream of working with children. I started as a long-term substitute and became permanent in Fall of 2021. I live with my daughter and my grand-cat. I also have a son who is senior at URI."

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Cathy Oliver- Teaching Partner

"I am so excited to be working in the preschool at PHS. I’ve love nature and have organized environmental education activities with children in my past positions. I love hiking with my son and daughter. We also have a tuxedo cat that our family gives lots of love to."

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Nicole Snape- Teaching Partner

"I am so excited to be part of the PHS family. For many years I coached tennis to children and loved it. When I decided to switch careers, I became a teaching partner here at PHS. I lived in the UK for 10 years and loved it. I love spending time with my husband and daughter walking our three dogs, playing tennis and just being outdoors."

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Julie Power- Teaching Partner

"I have been a teaching partner for over 10 years for Barrington Public Schools. I live in Bristol and have two wonderful daughters and two grandchildren. When I’m not at school I love spending time with my fiancé, my daughters and friends. I love going to concerts and long weekends away."

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Tracey Maura - Physical Therapist

"I have been a PT for 25 years, the past three years here in Barrington. I am a yoga instructor for adults, teens and children. I have two children and love to go to Disney with my family - the happiest place on earth. I also paint and hike in my free time. "

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Alicia Boddie - Occupational Therapist

"I’ve been an OT for over 12 years -- always working with children. I’ve worked at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and the past several years in the school setting. I have two children who keep me busy. For fun, I love to garden, read and do crafts with my children."

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Leanne Berlinsky - Speech Therapist

"I have been a Speech Therapist in Barrington for the past 15 years, and this is my second year at Primrose Hill. After spending many years working with preschoolers, I have become an expert on dinosaurs, superheroes and Paw Patrol! When I'm not at school, I love spending time with my daughter and son, and taking walks with my dog, Calvin."

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Michele Marcello - School Social Worker

"A native New Yorker, I came to Rhode Island for college and never left! I have worked with families and children at risk and/or special needs for 21 years in both private and public school settings. I am the mom of two boys and love to go for walks with my husband and family. I also practice yoga and mindfulness which I encourage everyone to try!"

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Alison McCullen - School Psychologist

"I’ve worked in education for the past five years, this is my first year in Barrington. I am a native Rhode Islander – growing up in Bristol. I love gardening and in fact, I have 3 chickens. In my spare time, I love hiking with my dog, Georgia, spending time with my friends, reading and just love being outdoors."

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Coleen Smith - Principal

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Susan Constable - Early Childhood Coordinator

"After being a preschool teacher for 10 years and then working at the Department of Education and Rhode Island College for 18 years, it is so fun to be in a job at the local level again. I love seeing the children in their classrooms learning such important skills to prepare them for kindergarten. I am lucky enough to be the first person to welcome our youngest children into the district and help them transition into early childhood special education. We have a wonderful, hard working team at the preschool who are fabulous to work with."