Our staff excels at making young children feel loved and welcome, and helping them develop into confident, caring, school-ready people. Teachers work as a team in order to offer your child a continuum of care as she progresses from one classroom to the next, ensuring that her development is consistent and thorough every step of the way.
All teachers in our early childhood classrooms are early childhood professionals with college level credentials. They must also meet National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and New Hampshire licensing qualifications, and are required to attend professional development training sessions throughout the year. All teachers in our School Age programs are qualified after school professionals who meet or exceed New Hampshire Licensing standards.
We meet or exceed child-to-teacher ratio standards, which enables teachers to give each child the extra time and attention they deserve, so they can thrive in our care.
Planning and assessment time is allocated into each teacher’s schedule, enabling them to strategically incorporate every child’s interests into classroom activities, making learning fun and relevant for all.
Peter B. Gilmore is the Executive Director of Seacoast Community School. He was born and raised in Plymouth, Massachusetts, attended local public schools, and always knew he wanted to be an educator. He went on to study at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester earning his BA in History, and later graduated from Harvard University earning a Masters in Education with special emphasis in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy. Over the years Peter has worked in many types of independent schools and in many capacities. These include traditional boarding and day, single sex and co-ed, religious and nonsectarian, as well as schools specializing in learning differences. Most recently he was Head of School at Vermont Commons School, and also served on the Board of Directors for the Vermont Association of Independent Schools (VISA). He has worked in private business specializing in educational software, and has operated his own consulting firm as Gilmore Educational Consulting Services. Peter is excited at the challenges and opportunities of joining a wonderful organization such as Seacoast Community School!
Kelly Lee is the School Age Program Director for Seacoast Community School. After earning a degree in physiological psychology from Western State College of Colorado, Kelly left her home state of Colorado and moved to New Hampshire. She began working in the Center's school age program in 1993 where she served as a teacher for several years before becoming an administrator for the agency. Kelly's own daughter attended the Center's programs from the time she was 10 weeks old through her Kindergarten year. As a teacher, an administrator and a parent of Seacoast Community School, Kelly not only offers her experience and expertise, but is both professionally and personally committed to the school's mission and long-standing work in the community.
Alicia Tonelli is the Early Childhood Program Director for Seacoast Community School. When Alicia began with us in 2003, she started in our Kindergarten program then moved on to be our Greenland Site Director for the Community School Preschool Program and the PEAK Program. She also served as the Program Assistant to the Early Childhood Education Program Director, managing all National Accreditation reporting and assessment activities for the school. She lives in Exeter with her husband Scott and daughter, who attends SCS. Alicia has a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education as well as a Bachelors in Business Administration. She has worked in the field for 15 years and feels passionate that all children should have access to quality early education.