Central Nursery School was established in 1970 under the sponsorship of Central Baptist Church and open to children of all faiths and traditions. Its purpose is to create and educational environment for the preschool child. The goal is to supplement and enrich the child's basic learning with his family and prepare the child for the beginning school years with a curriculum that will enhance his life experiences.
Recognizing that the three and four year old child is growing physically, socially, intellectually and emotionally, Central Nursery School is focused on the development of the whole child. The goals of the school are to promote motor development, personal independence, self-confidence, and cooperation with others. The school partners with family and members of the community to achieve its goals.
Lauren received her undergraduate degree from Iona College. She graduated from the school of business and majored in marketing/advertising. She is a Rhode Island Highly Qualified teacher and also has her masters degree in education. She started her teaching career at a private school in New York. She taught there for three years, until she got married in 2006 and moved to Rhode Island.
Lauren is the director and lead pre- school teacher at Central Nursery School in Westerly, RI. Her approach to early childhood education is through hands-on exploration and authentic experiences both in and out of the classroom. Her nurturing and caring approach to instruction provides a safe and loving environment for children to develop and grow. She started working with the CNS team in 2009, and has loved getting to know each and every child that has gone through this wonderful pre school program. Lauren is a mother of two young boys and enjoys traveling, shopping and reading.
Lorie Smith, BS Early Childhood Education
Lorie has a BS in Early Childhood Education as well as a BA in Psychology from Gordon College. She is a certified teacher for the State of Rhode Island. She has been at Central Nursery School for 4 years. All three of her children are graduates of Central Nursery School. Prior to being hired at CNS, Lorie was a stay at home mom for 9 years and has enjoyed volunteering in the Westerly School system. She has always enjoyed being with children and loves watching them grow and develop.
Lorie's hobbies are horseback riding, biking, walking, writing and knitting.