Meet Our Staff

Nina Tebaldi, Director
Nina received her Bachelor’s degree from New York University, is an EEC certified Director and is currently working towards a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Before becoming Director, she taught in the Pre-K class for 3 years. She has spent many years living and working abroad, in France, Switzerland and Italy. Now settled in Newtonville, she has been an officer of the Cabot Elementary school PTO, active room parent and serves on numerous Cabot PTO committees. She and her husband Diego have two daughters, Chloe and Madeleine.

Karen Solari, 3-Day Lead Teacher
Karen Solari received her BA from Wheelock College in 1992, majoring in child development. She is an EEC certified Lead Teacher. After graduating, she taught in Newton for 8 years in grades kindergarten through grade three. Since the birth of her oldest daughter, Karen has been at home raising her four children. Karen is extremely active in the PTO and the Understanding our Differences program at Horace Mann elementary school in Newton. Her love of young children inspired her to return to the classroom setting, creating a love of learning through play.

Emily Carroll, 3-Day Assistant Teacher
Emily is an EEC certified Lead Teacher, and received her Master’s in Early Childhood Education from Lesley University in 2015. After working for years in fundraising and the arts, she decided to make a career change as she recognized the importance of preschool, through her own children’s experience. While pursuing her degree, she worked last year at Charlestown Nursery School with 3-5 year olds. She has 2 children, attending the Shady Hill School in Cambridge. She has co-chaired the annual Shady Hill Fair, and remains an active volunteer at SHS. She lives in Newton with her family.

Veronika Lubbe-Lynch, 5-Day Lead Teacher
Veronika is an EEC certified Lead Teacher, she received her BA from Dickinson College, and a joint master’s in Elementary Education and Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley University. She has taught Pre-K, elementary school, and high school students in both private and public schools. After moving to Massachusetts, she mentor-taught beginner teachers as they worked with at risk students in Cambridge. Veronika taught abroad in Argentina while chaperoning students on an exchange program. She is also involved in and holds various PTO committee position at Horace-Mann Elementary School where her two daughters (both Bowen alumni) attend school.

Christopher Button, 5-Day Assistant Teacher
Chris Button grew up in Rochester NY. He is a recent graduate of LeMoyne College in Syracuse where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. He also obtained his Teaching Certification from LeMoyne. Chris has worked in various school settings, most recently as a special education aide and after school teacher in the Brookline Public Schools. An avid lacrosse player, he has also done a good deal of coaching both at the youth and college levels. He recently became an assistant coach for the Mount Ida Lacrosse team. Chris currently lives in Brighton, his hobbies include playing lacrosse and hockey.

Sarah Wyllie, Pre-K Lead Teacher
Sarah is an EEC certified Lead Teacher, she received her BA in Early Childhood Education and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Special Education at Lesley University. Sarah has been teaching for nine years in private schools around the Boston area. Her experience has ranged from traditional, Montessori, to Reggio, teaching every level from toddler to Second Grade. Outside of the classroom Sarah has organized and served on various committees and initiatives, not only at her schools but also at her daughter’s school.


Martine Tsingos, Pre-K Assistant Teacher
Martine Tsingos received a B.A. in Psychology from Boston University and a M.Ed. in Educational Research from Northeastern University. For many years, she was a clinical research analyst at Massachusetts General Hospital in various fields, such as Pediatrics, Dermatology and Cardiology. She decided to become a teacher, as she loves the reciprocal relationship of teaching and learning that it offers. She lives in Needham with her two boys, Evan and Otis, ages 11 and 8. She loves keeping active with her children, cooking, biking, fishing, and exploring new places.

Paula Gannon, Music Specialist
Music with Paula
Paula is a classically trained musician who received a Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance from the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford. She spent many years performing and teaching private lessons to aspiring musicians of all ages. Paula began providing music and movement for her son’s preschool and is thrilled to share her children’s repertoire with the Bowen students.

Brian Kelly, Movement Specialist
Movement with Brian
Brian, founder of Be Ahead of the Game, Inc., has been a coach and physical education teacher for over 18 years. He offers exercise programs in numerous area preschools, elementary schools, after-school programs and rec centers. He also coaches soccer for a number of organizations throughout Massachusetts, including Mass Youth Soccer, Newton Youth Soccer, Delta Football Club, FC Greater Boston Bolts and New England Football Club. Brian holds a BA in Biology from Plymouth State University, and is a member of the National Sports and Conditioning Association and the National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association. He earned his Advanced National Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in 2013.

John Carver-Gustin, Movement Specialist
John has been working for Be Ahead of the Game since 2009. He runs Creative Movement and Introduction to Sports classes, as well as flag football clinics and private/small group athletic trainings. John graduated from Springfield College with a degree in Sport & Recreation Management. He enjoys working with all types of kids, playing all types of games, and most importantly having a lot of fun! John is also a NASM certified personal trainer and fitness enthusiast and is CPR and first aid certified.

Steve Lechner, Science Teacher
Steve, owner and operator of The Science Works!, has been educating children and teachers for over twenty-five years. He holds a degree in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College and a M.Ed. from Lesley University. He is a former Education Director of the Discovery Museum in Acton and has taught elementary science at all grade levels. He currently presents science to pre-schools, their teachers and in camp settings.

Maureen Finnegan, Art Specialist
Maureen, a parent of two Bowen alum, George and Meg, volunteered to create art projects while her children were in nursery school. She continued to work with children in all classrooms on collages for the Bowen auction for many years. Conspiring with her children and their school-mates at Shady Hill School, Maureen helped create individual art projects, classroom-wide compositions, grade-wide murals, and a school-wide art installment to which all 509 students contributed! Maureen double-majored in Art and Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, and, has a Masters degree in Philosophy. She loves biking, snowboarding, traveling and reading with George, Meg, her husband, Dan, friends and family.