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Rye Country Day Staff

Professional Staff

With a knowledge of child development, our dedicated teachers prepare the learning environment and plan appropriate experiences for each child. They provide the opportunity for guided choice among activities, materials and equipment. They allow time for exploration through active involvement. They encourage sustained engagement in an activity by asking questions to extend learning and by making suggestions to stimulate thinking. The teacher's physical proximity, ability to focus attention and verbal encouragement facilitate the child's completion of a chosen task.

Here at Rye Country Day, the teachers become models for the development of self-esteem as they demonstrate respect for and acceptance of the children as well as their own teaching peers. They share ideas and utilize each other's strengths to present a well-balanced, creative and challenging program.

Administrative Staff

Owner: Katherine M. Hodgeman

Director: Ann McNamara

Administrative Assistant: Nancy Philbrick

Our Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Our Teachers

  • Develop a partnership with parents in caring for and teaching their children.
  • Have teaching degrees in early childhood education or a related field and teaching experience.
  • Participate in ongoing teacher training throughout the year.
  • Provide appropriate teacher-to-child ratios.
  • Have current first aid and Infant/Child CPR certificates.


Our Director

Ann McNamara, has been with Rye Country Day School for almost two decades teaching both preschool and Kindergarten and Directing for the past several years. She holds a Masters Degree from UNH in Early Childhood Education with an extensive background in management. Ann lives in Hampton with her husband and has two grown children who are both graduates of Rye Country Day School.


Serving Seacoast Families Since 1974

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