Lower School

North Shore’s lower school introduces children to a love of learning while building a solid academic foundation.

Our children are known, valued and stretched academically and explore ideas and learn from each other, all within a safe and nurturing environment. Our lower school is distinguished by its creative and innovative curriculum where each child’s growth is understood and fostered.

Small-group instruction in reading, language arts, mathematics and lab science allows for the full participation of each child. Independent and cooperative group projects stress organizational and study skills. Classes in art, computers, music, reading, science, Spanish and physical education round out a stimulating and invigorating schedule that encourages independent inquiry, group-project skills and fun.

Tim Sheehan
Head of Lower School

What Our Lower School Parents Say

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We sent our children to NSCD due to the early child development program. The approach of developing the complete child matched our family values.

Renaat Ver EeckeLower School Parent

Knowing my children would have the opportunity to be loved and valued and shaped by my colleagues was everything to me as I was thinking about becoming a mom for the first time. And now that I've been witness to the insane talent of my colleagues as a parent, I'm awestruck. I'm grateful. I'm invested. Annie CollinsLower School Parent, Science Department Chair & Lower School Science Teacher 

NSCD is a place you come when you want to be part of a family. The students become close and develop a respect for each other that transcends the classroom. The teachers care about each and every student even if they are not their own.  The administration has an open door policy and wants to hear from parents on how the school can improve. In every aspect, there is a connection that is invaluable. 

Ashley Palmer Weathers '04Lower School Parent

This will be our first year at North Shore and what attracted us was quality of education and commitment to building critical thinkers.Johnathan AndersonLower School Parent

Distinctively Lower School

Program Overview

Meet Our Lower School Faculty

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Cristen Athas

Cristen Athas

1st Grade Teacher; Reading/Language Arts Academic Team Leader
Dara Brown

Dara Brown

Early Childhood Assistant Teacher
Anne Collins

Anne Collins

Science Department Head; Lower School Science Teacher
Emily Culbert

Emily Culbert

Lower School Visual Art Teacher
Libby Ester

Libby Ester

5th Grade Teacher
Zoe Finkelstein

Zoe Finkelstein

1st & 2nd Grade Assistant Teacher
Marcy Giesler

Marcy Giesler

2nd Grade Teacher and Later Raiders Co-Director
David Green

David Green

3rd Grade Teacher
Winder Holeman

Winder Holeman

Lower School Spanish Teacher
Jordan Holod

Jordan Holod

Senior Kindergarten Teacher; Coach
Kristi Kamen

Kristi Kamen

Junior Kindergarten Teacher
Linda Kiracibasi

Linda Kiracibasi

Lower School Music Teacher
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