Magic Years Cooperative Nursery School In Manchester-by-the-Sea welcomes preschoolers from the following communities on the North Shore - Beverly, Wenham, Hamilton, Gloucester, Essex, Magnolia, Prides Crossing
Our teachers are early childhood specialists who strive to educate the whole child; with a large focus on kindness, making friends, and solving problems with words. They make children’s first schooling experiences filled with engaging lessons while always promoting curiosity.
The Dolphin Room Teacher
The Starfish Room Teacher
Heather Skuse comes with 8 years of teaching at the early childhood level and three years as a parent in the Magic Years cooperative. She comes with a strong background in early literacy and math and understands well how to help children learn the necessary skills in each area while building, playing, acting, and exploring.
Heather plans with intention. She is an expert at designing lessons and activities that allow the children to gain many early learning skills. Her project based teaching approach engages children immediately, making learning fun. Her hands on lessons are visible throughout the day at Magic Years.
She earned her B.A. in business at Champlain College and her M.S.in Early Childhood Education at Lesley University. She resides in Beverly with her husband Nathan, son Nate, and daughter Allie.
Wendy Sullivan is our director and completing her tenth year at Magic Years. With two decades of teaching experience, Wendy is an experienced leader in education and extremely involved in our community and the perfect fit for our director role.
Wendy has a knack for helping children transition to their first experience in school. She is able to make them feel safe and comfortable while teaching them many school ready skills. Wendy has a calm and consistent manner which allows children to gain independence and learn the necessary social skills in preschool. Through song, play, stories, and other activities, children learn a lot about their community, their environment, science, math, and social skills.
Wendy earned a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Colby-Sawyer College and a M.S. in School Administration from Wheelock College. She resides in Manchester with her husband Ereck and two daughters, Sophia and Emalia.
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