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Principal: Joan Schell, EdD
Teacher Leader, General Administration: Nancy Garlock
Teacher Leader, Special Education: Administration: Elizabeth Bednarski-Mahon
Parent Outreach/CFCE Coordinator: Kimberly Shippee-Hicks (; 413-772-1313 x2)

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To inquire, please call 772-1390 and leave a message or email Nancy Garlock at

Dear Families

We have completed another wonderful year at AEL. It has been an honor to watch your children grow and thrive in our school environment. We have had so much wonderful support from families this year and it is this team work that has been so essential to the success of our program. From the PTO, to volunteers, to family donations; all of these contribute to the smooth running of our program. We couldn't do it without you. Thank you, families!

We wish you all a fun-filled summer. For those of you who are moving on, we wish you the best of luck wherever you go!

For those returning families and new families joining us, classroom assignment letters will be mailed on August 1st. This letter will outline when Visiting Day is scheduled, your child's teacher and classroom hours. If you have not completed your paperwork for the fall, please submit it as soon as possible.

We have staff here during the summer school program (July 7-31, Monday-Thursday 8:30-noon) but the office is not staffed beyond those weeks. If any questions arise over the summer, please email me at: or leave a message on the answering machine (which is checked weekly) and some will get back to you. 

Have a wonderful summer and we look forward to seeing you all in the fall!
Nancy Garlock, Program Coordinator


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Academy Staff
Full-Day Classrooms
• Jennie Horton (teacher)
• Janice Fuller (teacher)
• Julie Letendre (teacher)
• Claire Glabach (teacher)

Half-Day Classrooms (morning & afternoon)
• Caissie Putnam (teacher)
• Tara Perna Half Day PM (teacher)

Intensive Special Needs Classroom
• Liz Bednarski-Mahon (SPED Coordinator & teacher)

All-School Staff
• Nancy Garlock, Program Coordinator
• Liz Bednarski-Mahon, Program Coordinator
• Keith Urkiel, Custodian
• TBD, School nurse
• Maggie Padilla, Administrative Assistant & Tuition Coordinator
• Renee’ Southwick & Donna Gaylord, Speech & Language Pathologists
• Tarah Perna, Wrap-around care


Our Mission

The Academy of Early Learning provides quality pre-school education and support services in a safe, nurturing public school environment. We believe young children learn best when discovering and exploring their world through play. We are dedicated to being a responsive, community-based preschool while meeting all district, state and national performance standards for excellence. We are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).


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Page last updated: June 19, 2014




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