Small Friends Nantucket


Jacqueline McGrady, Development Director

Jackie was raised on Nantucket and after graduating from the public school system here, went on to receive degrees from Amherst College, Harvard University, and General Theological Seminary. She returned home to the island about eleven years ago to raise her two children and explore new opportunities. She is an ordained Episcopal priest, gymnastics instructor, writer, experienced teacher and a pretty good cook in addition to being an organized and energized development professional. 

Morgan Lindsay, Head Teacher

Morgan is a Nantucket native and has a strong devotion to the island. Morgan received both her Bachelors degree (2009) and Masters degree (2013) from Wheelock College in Boston, MA. Using open ended materials that encourage children to create and define their purpose, Morgan also develops curriculum based on developmental goals and emergent interests of your children. She strives to make learning visible by documenting your children's efforts. This not only shows the child how we value their work, but also allows us to assess their learning. The passion Morgan has for working uniquely with each group of children she discovered while working at Strong Wings in 2007 and has been involved in the field since then.

Joanne McAveety, Head Teacher

Joanne has been with Small Friends since 1999, as a teacher in the infant room. Joanne is originally from Belfast, Ireland where she attended the University of Ulster. Her daughters Katie and Amy Rose are both Small Friends alums.

Assistant Teacher

Assistant Teacher

Marie Kimball, Head Teacher

Marie joined Small Friends in September of 2004. Marie earned an associate’s degree in early childhood education from the New Hampshire Technical Institute of Concord, and has a wealth of experience working with young children in a variety of settings.

Teneshia Chennis, Teacher

Teneshia joined the Small Friends family in September, 2011. She has worked with children of varying ages in a number of different capacities, including being a mother. We are excited for Teneshia’s future as part of the Scallop team.

Assistant Teacher

Assistant Teacher

Sarah Lanctot, Head Teacher

Sarah is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she studied Psychology. She has worked in a number of different early childhood settings, including a Head Start program. Sarah provides a warm, nurturing environment for the Starfish class.

Jane Morrow, Teacher

Jane joins the Small Friends family with over nine years experience working in the early education field. She attended Forest Park Community College where she obtained her Early Childhood Associates degree. Upon moving to Nantucket Jane started her own home day-care, she is now a loving member of our staff and works beautifully with the students.

Mary Michetti, Assistant Teacher

Mary Michetti

Amanda Shay, Head Teacher

Amanda Shay

Lora Nikolova, Head Teacher

Lora photo Lora Nikolova

Ashley Lawson, Assistant Teacher

Ashley Lawson

Carol Pillion,Teacher

Carol is a Teacher in the Bluefish Room. She received her Bachelors in Business Administration from Bryant University before eventually working in the Nantucket Public Schools for 11 years, 6 of which were involved in the Special Education Department as a Teaching Assistant. In addition to teaching, Carol comes to us with a banking and paralegal background. She is a member of both the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce and Nantucket Petticoat Row, a group of women in support of women entrepreneurs.



Ally Diamond, Assistant Teacher

Ally joins Small Friends as a Teacher Assistant in the afternoons. She has her BA in Child Development from Mitchell College and had received her EEC Certification.   She is Teacher I/T, LT P, Director I and II certified. Ally has previously assisted with the Pathways preschool and STAR program on the island.

Amanda Torchia, Head Teacher

Amanda T photo

Amanda Torchia

Jen Dunbar, Head Teacher