Our wonderful staff members have degrees in early childhood education, they have considerable knowledge and experience of child development, and are certification in child first aid and CPR. Each preschool class has two teachers, providing a good ratio of adults to students. Our staff are dedicated and experienced and are very warm and caring toward the children.

Director and 4-Day Class Teacher: Kelly Downing

Kelly Downing

Ms Kelly in the playground

Kelly Downing (Ms Kelly) is our director and primary teacher for the 4-year-old program, as well as the extended day program. Kelly holds an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education and NH Early Childhood Professional Development Credentials as Director Level 1 and Master Teacher. Kelly has been at LNS since 2000 and working in the field of ECE since 1997. Kelly and her husband live in Lyme and have 2 grown sons. In addition to her administrative and teaching roles, Kelly enjoys reading, cooking, gardening, spending time outside, riding motorcycles and being on the water.


3-Day Class Teacher: Jodie Rich

Picture of Ms Jodie with lots of kids

Ms Jodie with Bears

Jodie Rich (Ms Jodie) is our teacher in the 2 year old and 3 year old programs and assists with the extended day program. She has a NH Early Childhood Level 4 Teaching Credential.  She joined the school in 2014 and enjoys exploring nature with the children, both indoors and outdoors. She embraces play in preschool curriculum. Jodie lives in Lyme with her husband, has 2 grown sons and 6 grandchildren, all-residing in Lyme. She has served on the board of the school, the scholarship committee in the past and other community organizations. In her spare time, Jodie enjoys spending time with her husband & family, gardening, cooking, exercising and being outdoors.


Assistant Teacher: Olivia Garrity-Hanchett

Picture of Ms Jodie with lots of kids

Ms Olivia with a kitten

Olivia Garrity-Hanchett – Olivia has been at LNS since 2014 as a one-on-one aide. Beginning in the fall of 2016 she will take on the role of assistant teacher working with the 2 , 3 & 4 year-olds, as well as the extended day program. Olivia attended Lyme Nursery School as a preschooler, attended Lyme Elementary School from kindergarten through eighth grade and graduated from Thetford Academy. She is currently taking Early Childhood Classes. She lives in Lyme with her fiancé. When Olivia is not at work she loves spending time with her family, doing crafts and being outside.