PNS is fortunate to have teachers with a strong, positive connection to the school. With a parent body that changes each year, our teachers are the backbone of the school’s curriculum and philosophy. Our teachers have advanced degrees in early childhood education, and specialize in a play-based curriculum that fosters social and emotional development.


Lisa Botelho

Lisa Botelho has been in the field of education for over 20 years. She began her career as a preschool teacher, then moved on to administration. Lisa has worked for Head Start, Early Intervention, and in the public school system as a Reading Interventionist and Science teacher. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology from Roger Williams University and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College. Lisa has a strong science background and loves to teach hands-on science and in natural environments. Currently, she resides in Fall River with her husband, two teenagers, two dogs and three cats.








Kristen Patrice
Kristen grew up on the north shore in Newburyport, MA and has a degree in early childhood development from Lesley University. A dedicated preschool teacher with over 25 years experience, Kristen first taught at PNS from 1996-2000. She took time off to have her two daughters and returned in 2007. Kristen strives to provide an environment where the children can practice and develop social and emotional skills. She enjoys observing and facilitating play interactions and conflict resolution.

She currently lives in Cambridge with her husband and two teenage daughters.

Weather permitting, you can see her happily riding her bike to and from PNS.