Nichole Olson, Executive Director

Nichole was raised in Central Massachusetts where she received her Bachelor’s 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.

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 to raise her two children and explore new opportunities. She is an ordained Episcopal priest, writer, experienced teacher and a pretty good cook in addition to being an organized and energized development professional.



Morgan is a Nantucket native and has a strong devotion to the island. Morgan received both her Bachelor’s 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, Lead 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. 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 travel.”


Kimberly Alexis, Teacher

Laine Cutts, Teacher

Marie Kimball, Lead Teacher

Scallops: Young Toddlers

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

Scallops: Young Toddlers