Our Administration

An excellent administration is the foundation for an outstanding school. Our dedicated administrators work together to ensure the fulfillment of the school’s mission and philosophy. The administration is comprised of experienced staff committed to delivering the best in early childhood education. 

Joan Wain

Executive Director

My love for teaching began early in life and by the teen years I was working as a counselor in a special needs camp. As a college student at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts I honed my teaching skills. Lesley afforded me the opportunity to work in a variety of school settings while earning my degree in elementary education with a minor in special education. 

As an educator for over thirty years, I have had the opportunity to work in a wide variety of schools including public, private, and even my own preschool! All have been unique experiences and provided me with a healthy perspective about differences in educational philosophies. When I became a teacher at LANK, I employed the best of all these philosophies to guide my teaching. While at LANK, I enjoyed teaching in both the five day program and kindergarten. LANK is a special school with great heart. The community is warm, involved and welcoming! As the school's director, I am delighted to be able to share my own joy of teaching with our talented staff, and my love for LANK with the community at large. 

When I am not at school, I enjoy all aspects of living; travel, theater, hiking, books, and of course my wonderful husband John and three grown children. 

Patty Marsh

Administrative Director

My love for LANK began In 1983 when I first became a LANK parent and frequent classroom substitute teacher at LANK. My background is in special education and art history. Upon the departure of LANK’s Administrator, I was asked to assume those responsibilities and became a staff member.  My children had attended LANK, and I could not have imagined a more perfect environment in which to work.  After more than 30 years as Administrator and Assistant Director, that love continues.  This warm, nurturing little preschool that fosters a love of learning in toddlers and preschoolers is truly a unique place that nurtures its staff as well as its students.


In my spare time I enjoy gardening, needlepoint, and travelling with my  husband, children and grandchildren.

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