Meet the VNS Staff


Erin Keiran



While this will be Erin’s seventh year as Director, she has been a part of VNS in every capacity for many years. First as a student at VNS herself, a preschool and kindergarten teacher, a parent, and now as Director. Erin holds a BA in Developmental Psychology from Boston College and has studied Early Childhood Education at The Lesley University Graduate School of Education, and has more than twenty years of experience teaching young children. Erin is a certified Toddler Teacher, Lead Preschool Teacher, and Director II.

Erin believes strongly that by truly knowing children and their families well, and focusing on best teaching practices as well as meaningful experiences, children gain tremendous confidence in themselves and in their learning. Although no longer a classroom teacher, Erin enjoys spending time with all VNS children and their families, and working closely with her amazing group of teachers.

Erin lives in Harvard with her husband, Bill, son Patrick (19) and Sadie (17) and their Black Lab Silas. When not at VNS, she enjoys watching her children’s sporting events, skiing, yoga, and hiking.



Maureen Bajko


Assistant Director

Maureen has been teaching toddlers and preschoolers for twenty years, this will be her eleventh year at VNS. Maureen holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Education and has completed studies towards her Master’s in Education, as well as additional coursework in Early Childhood Education. Maureen is a certified Lead Toddler, Lead Preschool Teacher, and Director II.

Maureen believes in hands on learning experiences to foster children’s growth in the classroom. Maureen lives in Lunenburg with her husband, fifteen and nine year old daughters, and their dog Cookie.  Besides spending time with her family, she loves to read, run and enjoys hiking. Maureen looks forward to another great year at VNS!


Emilie Staiger


Emilie has been teaching young children for more than twenty years, and has a particular interest in curriculum and planning engaging activities for children. She has a degree in Elementary Education from Green Mountain College and is a certified Lead Preschool and Toddler teacher. Emilie lives in Harvard with her husband, son, and twin daughters. In her free time she enjoys going to concerts, spending time with her family, and baking.


Jennifer Hamilton



Michele Borsari

Young Fours


Michele is looking forward to her tenth year of teaching at VNS.  “My youngest son, James, attended VNS and I was so pleased with the school and the teachers.  I am really enjoying working with all of them.”

Michele has lived in Bolton for the past 16 years where she raised her four children. She holds a BA from Villanova University and a JD from The Dickinson School of Law, and is a certified Lead Preschool and Lead Toddler teacher.


She has been extremely active in the public schools her children attend, both in the classrooms and the PTA’s. For fun, Michele enjoys attending her children’s athletic events, exercising, reading and cooking.


Deb Barton



Deb is no stranger to VNS, as her youngest daughter (now a college sophomore) attended preschool at VNS.  Deb has a Masters of Fine Arts from RIT, with a focus on metalsmithing, with minors in woodworking and ceramics. She has been an active volunteer in the Harvard Public Schools and Harvard community since moving here in 2004. Deb has enjoyed coaching soccer over the many years her daughters played. She is excited to bring her art experience as well as lifelong love of Children’s Literature and storytelling to VNS. “Some of my favorite pieces of art that my daughters made came from her time at VNS!” Being around children is one of her greatest joys in life. She also loves her family, daughters, Grace and Izzi, and husband Bill. Outside of VNS, Deb enjoys nature, reading, swimming, boating on Bare Hill Pond, skiing, traveling and cooking for family and friends.


Sue McClain


Creative Connections

We are happy to be welcoming back Sue for her sixth year at VNS. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College, and has completed graduate work in Early Childhood at Lesley University. Sue has a total of 15 years of preschool teaching experience in both public and private settings in the Boston area and is a certified Lead Preschool Teacher.

Sue lives in Harvard with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs. Outside of teaching, Sue enjoys walking her dogs, yoga, running, gardening, and being with her children.



Carley Rigby

Young Fours

Carley began working with preschool children over twenty years ago while attending Saint Michael’s College in VT. There she completed courses in Early Childhood Education and received a BA in Fine Arts. She is a certified Infant/Toddler and Preschool Teacher. Carley went on to teach at the Child Care Center at Newton Wellesley Hospital before taking leave to raise her children. She is thrilled to be a part of the VNS community.

Creative expression is something Carley feels strongly about and believes it is closely tied to a child’s confidence and ability to learn.

Carley lives in Bolton with her husband Bill, her daughters Sydney (11) and Rowan (9) and their dog Penny. Some or her favorite activities include soccer, hiking, landscaping, cooking, painting and playing board games with her family.


Heather Thomas



Heather is excited to start her new journey with VNS.  She and her family moved to New England from Arizona nearly 5 years ago.  Heather has been involved with children for many years: coaching soccer, ski team, teaching yoga to adults and kids and volunteering in her children’s school.  She is looking forward to spending more time with the twos this year. Heather has a BA in Mathematics and Computer Science, she enjoys hiking and creating with yarn and paper.


Katie Ward



We’re thrilled to be welcoming back Katie in the Threes! Working in the medical field for many years, Katie is enjoying being in the classroom, and it shows! Katie lives in Leominster with her partner, John, three children Johnny (15), Trevor (14), and Scarlett (4, and in the Pre-K), and dog, Roxy. She is a member of both the Middle School PTO and High School Football & Cheer Booster Club. In her free time you can find her cheering on local sporting events and spending time with my family.