Nichole Olson, Executive Director

Nichole was raised in Central Massachusetts where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Worcester State University. Nichole has over 18 years of experience in childcare and the non-profit sector. She was the Child Care Director at her last center before becoming the Senior Program Director where she oversaw youth programming, summer camp, after-school programs, and child care. Nichole is very excited to have the opportunity to get to know you and your child.

Jen Dunbar, Lead Teacher

Jen has been with Small Friends since August 1992 when she began teaching at the Vesper Lane campus. She has worked with the pre-k group since September 1995. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from the University of Delaware. What do you love about teaching? “I love watching my students master skills throughout the year such as writing their names. I love singing with them. I love performing plays with them based on books that we love.” What do you like to do outside of Small Friends? “I love writing songs with my husband, Rob. I love doing sing-a-longs with him when I play the ukelele and he plays the guitar. I enjoy going for walks with our dog, Nutmeg.”

Joanne McAveety, Teacher

Joanne has been with Small Friends since 1999. Joanne is originally from Belfast, Ireland where she attended the University of Ulster. Her daughters Katie and Amy Rose are both Small Friends alums. What do you love about teaching? “I love the babies because they are so much fun and it is great to watch them grow and learn. They are so smart and loving.” What do you like to do outside of Small Friends? “I like movies, going out to dinner, and traveling.”

Sarah Lanctot, Teacher

Sarah has been with Small Friends since 2013. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Rhode Island. She has worked in a number of different early childhood settings, including a Head Start program. Sarah provides a warm, nurturing environment for her class. What do you love about teaching? “I love the openness and curiosity of the students.” What do you like to do outside of Small Friends? “I enjoy hiking, reading, and going to the beach.”

Barynn Boucher, Teacher

Barynn is a certified Infant and Toddler teacher. She was born on Nantucket and has lived here her whole life. What do you love about teaching? “I enjoy sharing the natural beauty of our island with the children. I love getting on the children’s level and playing with them.” What do you like to do outside of Small Friends? “Outside of Small Friends I enjoy going for hikes and walking my dog.”

Clara Jeffrey, Teacher

Clara has been with Small Friends since 2020. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development and Family Relations with studies in Individual and Family Studies and Education. What do you love about teaching? “I like being able to watch the children grow, and see their different personalities start to show. I love that moment when a child has been working so hard on something and then they can do it without help!” What do you like to do outside of Small Friends? “I enjoy mountain biking when I get the chance. I love to read, travel, and listen to live music.”

Tahirah Newman, Teacher

Tahirah has been with Small Friends since 2019. What do you love about teaching? “I love witnessing the children’s developmental milestones.” What do you like to do outside of Small Friends? ” I enjoy watching the sunset with friends.”

Emily Sebilian, Teacher

Emily has been with Small Friends since 2020. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  What do you love about teaching? “I love being able to watch students use their imagination and creativity.” What do you like to do outside of Small Friends? “I enjoy hiking, all things arts and crafts, and traveling.”

Jane Morrow, Teacher

Jane has been with Small Friends for 9 years.  She is a certified Infant, Toddler, and Preschool Teacher. Jane has called Nantucket home for many years and raised her family here. What do you love about teaching? “I bring my love of music to the classroom and I love to dance and sing with the children as much as I can.”

Carol Warburton-Ellis, Substitute Teacher

Carol has been with Small Friends since November 2018. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Applied Social Relations from Eastern Connecticut University and a diploma in Teacher Education: Secondary, Mathematics and General Science from Mico Teacher’s College in Jamaica. What do you love about teaching? “It is fun as you watch them evolve from a stage of dependency to independence. Watching them learn through play and develop their leadership, teamwork, and conflict resolution skills are even more rewarding.” What do you like to do outside of Small Friends? “I enjoy reading, cooking, meeting people, and going to church.”

Heidi Fee, Administrative Assistant

Heidi has been with Small Friends since 2015. She holds an Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from Fisher College. She is Lead Teacher and Director II certified by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. Heidi is a Nantucket native and resides on island with her husband, and three children.