Since its founding in 1968 from the inspiration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision of racial peace, the school has provided the opportunity for children of different backgrounds to play and learn together.  Changing family needs have prompted expanded scheduling. The diversity of programs make the school attractive to an eclectic group of families.

Saugatuck Nursery School provides a comfortable, relaxed environment where children experience carefully designed, enriching activities.  They are lovingly guided and taught by seasoned professionals, whose passion is educating young children.  

Forty-eight students, ages 2-5 attend various facets of the morning, before and after school program .  The ten month school year offers, part-time and full-time options from (7:30 a.m – 6:00 p.m.) from early September through mid-June.  Summer Camp is held for eight weeks.

SNS has a long-standing reputation of lovingly providing for each child’s needs and gifts. Each program encourages the children to develop life skills, including language, reasoning ability, problem solving, and conflict resolution.

Lessons are designed to stimulate critical thinking, creativity, and curiosity. Open-ended questions encourage problem-solving and safe risk taking. The development of imagination and creativity is more important than the “right” answer.

Art is for the experience, not the product. Children are encouraged to enjoy the texture, color, and experimentation. Building is mainly for the experience, not the structure. The act of cooperative building is more valuable than the finished project.

A typical day’s activities are adapted to the developmental level of each child.  Realistic individual goals challenge our students to achieve his or her highest potential while increasing self-awareness, independence and a positive self-image.  Activities include music , science, dramatics, imaginative play, art, dramatics, problem-solving, storytelling, predicting, cooking, block building, outdoor play, monthly in-house and off campus field trips and weekly enrichment programs such as yoga, science, music, Zumbatonics and more. 

The goal of our play-based approach is to offer a curriculum rich in experiences that foster problem solving, development of skills and Kindergarten preparedness.  

The school is guided by a Board of Directors comprised of parent representatives from each class, alumni and interested professionals from the community. 

Saugatuck Nursery School is a non-profit, interfaith, multi-cultural school licensed under the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood.

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OUR PROFESSIONAL STAFF

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Executive Director

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Ellen De Huff joined Saugatuck Nursery School in 1997 as a substitute teacher. Shortly thereafter she cotaught the three’s class for four years before becoming Executive Director in 2001. She is a native Westporter and raised her son and daughter her and now lives in town with her husband and two Shih Tzu’s. She graduated Cum Laude from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She has studied extensively at the graduate level in the field of Early Childhood Education. She often boasts about having the most joyful job in the world.


Administrative Assistant

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Miss Stephanie began working at SNS in 2016 as a regular substitute and is now the full-time Administrative Assistant. She was born in Queen, NY and received her Associate’s Degree in Marketing from Nassau Community College. She worked in the retail sector for nine years in New York City, before becoming a stay-at-home mother. She moved to Westport in 2005 and lives here with her husband and family. Her daughter attended the school and she instantly loved the warm and nurturing atmosphere.


BLUE ROOM 2's

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Miss Angela was born and raised in Stamford, Connecticut. She graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Relations with a focus in Early Childhood Education. She continued on to receive her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Sacred Heart University and taught in the Stamford and Greenwich Public School Systems. After getting married in 2005, she moved to San Diego, where her husband was stationed in the Navy and began her teaching career in the preschool setting. After moving back to Connecticut in 2010 and having two of her children successfully go through the Saugatuck Nursery School program, she decided to join the team of professional, loving and caring teachers in 2015. She currently lives with her family in Norwalk.


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Miss Liana was born in Connecticut, grew up in Portugal and returned to the U.S. as a young adult. She joined Saugatuck Nursery School in 2015 assisting in the 2’s program. Her passion for teaching young children has grown while she is furthering her formal education. Her dream of working in the field of Early Childhood Education is evident as she dedicates herself to her class.

 


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Miss Julie has been closely affiliated with SNS since 2003, when her first child attended our school. She was born and raised in Brockton Mass. And attended Northeastern University, earning a Degree in Science. She has been a two’s teacher since its inception in 2011. Prior to that, she substituted on a regular basis. As a former parent and a teacher, she feels privileged to be a part of SNS and be involved with so many terrific parents and grandparents and most importantly the children. She looks forward to continuing her career path in Early Childhood Education. She has lived in Westport with her family since 1995.


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Miss Lauren joined SNS when her son began attending in 2015. She moved to Westport after receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from Siena College in marketing management and working in advertising for 10 years in New York City. She wears many hats…assisting in the two’s program and being an active member of the planning committees as well as an Officer on the Board of Directors.


Red Room 3’s

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Miss Kerrin joined Saugatuck Nursery School in 2017. Prior to that she taught at the former Tumble Bugs Preschool in Norwalk for 3 years and locally at Christ and Holy Trinity Preschool for 14 years. After graduating with a B.A. in Human Services and certification elementary education, Kerrin taught special needs children at a high school level in Natick, MA and elementary schools in Cheshire, CT. She spent the next several years in advertising and corporate communications in Boston and White Plains, NY, before returning to education. Kerrin recently visited preschools in Copenhagen, Denmark, where she studied abroad in college. Her interests outside of work include travelling, skiing, hiking, biking, walking at the beach and enjoying time in NYC with her daughter


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Miss Lisa joined Saugatuck Nursery School in 2006. She began as a substitute when her children were in attendance and she never left! She began teaching in the Red Room in 2012 and also supervises the extended day program. Lisa has lived in Westport since 1994. In her free time she enjoys outdoor activities with her family and dogs. Hiking is one of her favorites.


Purple Room 4’s and 5’s

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Miss Meredith has been an integral part of our school since 1996. She attended Sacred Heart University and Norwalk Community College, where she earned her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. She also holds a head teacher certificate from the State of Connecticut. She strives each day to provide her students with a loving, nurturing and challenging environment in which to learn and grow.


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Miss Ann joined SNS in 2012 and was a preschool teacher for a number of years beforehand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She enjoys being a part of a child’s early school experience and strives to instill a love of learning. Her reward is seeing a child’s face light up with every new discovery.


Lunch Bunch and Extended Day

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Miss Joanne is an extended day teacher in our afternoon program for the three and four year olds. Prior to joining SNS in 2013 she taught preschool in Fairfield for 18 years. She studied at Pace University in New York. She takes pride in fostering a nurturing, fun, engaging and safe environment where children feel free to explore, experiment and learn. In her spare time Joanne enjoys reading, walking and spending time with friends and family.


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Miss Kim joined SNS in 2015 as an assistant responsible for the supervision of playground and lunch duty. She is also a regular substitute. Formerly a Corporate Trainer with Citibank and Bank America, Kim grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Philosophy from Boston College. Kim lives in Fairfield with her husband, family and dog Charlie.