Prelude Preschool Classroom Teachers
Whitney Thompson Romeo, Lead Teacher and Assistant Director, has been working with preschool age children for over twenty years, including eight years as a Director of a preschool program. She has her Associates degree in Early Childhood Education and a Masters degree in Human Services and has worked extensively with at-risk children. She looks forward to applying her Prelude training and early-education skills to her students to foster a dynamic and creative learning experience.
Alison Needham, Lead Teacher, has a BS in Art Education and has been in the field of early education for 15 years. She has experience as a public-school art teacher and has made art the focus in all the years in which she has been teaching. She is a mural artist and currently has work displayed in a few schools in Springfield, including Prelude! She is also a mother of 2 boys, Emmet and Jacob, who are the world to her.
Donna Allard, Lead Teacher, has been a Lead Teacher at Prelude Preschool of the Arts for ten years in the Pre-K classroom. She has been teaching in the field of Early Childhood Education for almost 25 years and has received her Lead Teacher Certificate, as well as attended additional training courses. She has a natural passion for early education, by enriching young minds through play and learning experiences within a classroom setting.
Bella Nettis, Lead Teacher, has been in the early childhood field for nearly 4 years and continues to love working as well as growing as a teacher. She is passionate about helping her students succeed and developing their young minds. Bella also has an associates degree from STCC and is EEC certified. She is excited to use more of an integrated arts approach with her students and let them use their creative abilities to lead their educational experience. Bella appreciates the inclusiveness of a small preschool center environment and is excited to be the newest member of the Prelude Preschool and to think outside the box!
Mariah Roman, Assistant Teacher, has worked with children for more than three years at a local nonprofit. She is a passionate artist in her free time. She is in her final semester of her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her next journey after that will be to continue on to her Master’s in library science and a life of enriching the community she lives in with art and literature.
Cathy Heaton, Substitute Teacher, has been teaching preschool for over 20 years. She is EEC Lead Teacher certified. She loves teaching children empathy and coping skills. When she’s not teaching, she loves to spend time with her grandchildren and she loves to help others.