Meet the teachers

“Children, Children, it’s time to…..”

If you visit The Children’s Nursery School you might hear this phrase being sung throughout our courtyard by a dynamic teaching team who absolutely love children.  Kate and Resa have been the coop’s loving guides for many years. Separately they have impressive experience working with children in Maine, but together they guard the heart of our lovely school.

Kate Williams-Hewitt
Lead Teacher/Director

Teacher Kate has dedicated her 35-year career to children.  She began as a special education teacher and moved to preschool with her own four children opening On Our Planet Day School with a friend. Volunteer extraordinaire from kindergarten through the school board in her town, Kate continues to advocate for what is right for all children.  2019/2020 will mark the 13th year that Teacher Kate has brought her wealth of early childhood knowledge and love of children to the coop.  Her connection to CNS started in 2002 when her son attended and her family participated! Kate keeps the magic of cooperative learning alive by her continued enthusiasm for her craft of teaching.  Over the years, she has elevated the play-based learning structure and incorporated best practices in all aspects of the program. In 2017 Kate led the process for the school to achieve NAEYC accreditation.

When she isn’t working on CNS, Kate enjoys spending time knitting for friends and family as she travels with children and family.

Resa Jones
Assistant Teacher

Resa has been caring for children for 28 years in various capacities as well.  She joined CNS as a coop family in 2005. She served as the Co-chair of the Board of Directors before transitioning into the Assistant Teacher role in 2011.  As a seasoned teacher in her own right, Resa guides the children towards their best selves. Resa brings her knowledge of American Sign Language, Spanish and music education to the CNS program to the delight of children and parents alike.  Her commitment to teaching has her completing continuing education credits each year while maintaining volunteer schedules throughout the community.

When she isn’t at CNS Resa manages a busy Inn in Ocean Park, Maine.  For some fun, she and her two boys love to go skiing and indoor rock climbing.