Our Teachers

Our teachers are professional educators who work to create a caring and stimulating environment that supports every child’s journey to understanding. At The Children’s Garden, teachers are researchers, and the school becomes a laboratory, as children are encouraged to question, explore, imagine and construct. Through this learning process, children become persistent and flexible problem solvers. Children are viewed as active learners whose opinions and ideas are valued and fostered.


Shannon Harrison: Director

Shannon Harrison has been in the field of early childhood since 1996. She taught the integrated preschool program in West Newbury, Massachusetts until June 2014 when she purchased The Children’s Garden. She has a BA in Elementary Education from Rollins College, and her M. Ed from Cambridge College, along with 18 years of professional development in the area of early childhood education. Shannon lives in Portsmouth with her husband and 2 children and is very excited to carry on the wonderful tradition of The Children’s Garden.


Founders: Nancy Hotchkiss and Connie Parsons have been the figures that many young and eager-to-learn faces have grown up seeing over the last 35 years at The Children’s Garden Preschool. (Read the entire article “Passing on a nature of nurture at Children’s Garden,” published in the Portsmouth Herald.)