belmont cooperative nursery school

130 Common Street
Belmont, Massachusetts 02478

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Our director and teachers are devoted, creative, nurturing individuals whose enthusiastic and supportive approach and belief in freedom within limits helps children develop self-esteem and respect for others. Two certified and experienced teachers lead each class. The teachers are assisted each day by 1-2 parent-helpers.

Parent conferences are held mid-year but can be requested at any time. Communication between parents and teachers is always welcome and encouraged.


Director, Teacher

Krissy WatersKrissy Waters' deep investment in Belmont Cooperative Nursery School, as well as the Reggio Emilia based educational philosophy that is embraced by the school, has continued through many year: first as a parent, then as a teacher, and now as Director of the school. Krissy even attended BCNS and is an alumna, class of 1978. During her years as a parent at BCNS, Krissy had the opportunity to serve as President, Treasurer, and chair of the Publicity Committee. Krissy attended Tufts University, receiving a bachelor's degree in Economics in 1995. Krissy is currently pursuing her master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Lesley University, and continues an ongoing exploration of Reggio Emilia through numerous courses and discussion groups.


Teacher, 4-day class

Maf Terry is part of our dynamic 4-day teaching team. She has a Masters of Science in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education from Wheelock College, and has a wealth of teaching experience. Before having her children, Annie and John, she was the Short Kindergarten Program Coordinator for Devotion Primary Extended Day Program. She then transitioned to a head teaching position with Beacon Hill Nursery School. She lives in Arlington and has a 1st and 3rd grader.


Teacher, 4-day class

Jaclyn SchelziJaclyn Schelzi is the 4-day co-teacher. She attended Saint Anselm College and received her bachelor's degree in Sociology and her master's in Early Childhood Education from Lesley University. Jaclyn began as a volunteer at Belmont Co-op, where she completed her early field work for her master's, and then worked as a substitute teacher.


Teacher, 3-day classes

Erica Hammerlind began her journey with BCNS as a student intern. After completing her degree at Wheelock college, double majoring in Human Growth and Development and Developmental Psychology, she joined us as a teacher in the 3-day classroom. She currently teaches the 2- and 3-day classes and also supervises our lunch bunch program.


Teacher, 3-day classes

Brenna BannisterBrenna Bannister graduated from Boston University in 2012 with a degree in Early Childhood Education. Before coming to BCNS, she worked at a Harvard Affiliated Childcare Center and taught dance. Brenna is currently a teacher in the 3-Day classes and also works at the Devotion Primary Extended Day Program. Brenna loves cooking, dancing, reading and doing open-ended art activities with children, in addition to being very interested in the Reggio Emilia philosophy. In her free time, Brenna can mostly be found dancing, especially with the group she formed called Alive Dance Collective.


Teacher, 4-day class

Jan ToscanoJan Toscano has taught preschool for nearly two decades. She started her teaching career at the Beth El Temple in Belmont (now known as the Children's Corner). Later she taught at the Payson Park Nursery School in Belmont before coming to Belmont Co-op in 2003. Since 1990, Jan has also been working in the Kindergarten Extended Day and After School Care programs offered by Belmont's Burbank School. Countless Brownies and Girl Scouts have known her as their troop leader, and Jan also finds time to act as a CCD teacher. She and her husband William live in Belmont, where they have raised four children and now enjoy being the grandparents of four. In her free time, Jan loves to spend time with her family, visit Cape Cod beaches, and hole up with a great book.



Parent Involvement

Parents have a crucial role in the operation of the school. They assist teachers in the classroom approximately once a month. They also participate in the school's fundraising events and indoor/outdoor morning cleanups.

In addition, one parent from each family is required to serve as a committee chair or member.

Executive Board Members:

3-Day A Vice President
3-Day B Vice President


Future Planning
Indoor Maintenance
Outdoor Maintenance

Parent Jobs:

Attorney Advisor
Health Care Coordinator 
Special Events Coordinator
Webmaster/Newsletter Editor

The board of directors, the director, and teachers meet monthly. All parents are invited to attend any board meeting, and are urged to attend at least one board meeting a year.