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The Children's School Faculty & Staff

Jennifer Conheeny - Owner & Director

Mrs. Conheeny holds the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education as well as a Master's in Education. She also completed a program to become National Board Certified in Early Childhood Education. Mrs. Conheeny came to own The Children's School after enrolling her own children at the school. All three of Ms. Conheeny's children have completed the three year Montessori program at The Children's School. In addition to her dedication to TCS, she is a teacher in the Newport Public School System.
Pamela deHorsey Perl - Montessori Lead Teacher

Ms. Perl is a 26 year veteran Montessori teacher, having attained her Montessori Preprimary certification from the New England Montessori Teacher Education Center (NEMTEC) in Cambridge, Massachusetts which functions under the auspices of the American Montessori Society (AMS). In addition, Ms. Perl has a degree in Fine Arts. She acquired the Spanish language while living in Mexico and is the School's Spanish language teacher. A Portsmouth resident, Pamela is also loves being in the outdoors and is the mother to an adult son.  
Doreen Lepage- Head Teacher

Mrs. Le Page has a Master in Arts from Salve Regina University and Bachelor of Art Degree from Roger Williams University in Developmental Psychology as well as Early Childhood Education. She holds a Rhode Island teacher certification in both Early and Elementary education. She has also earned numerous certifications in the field of Child Development including certification in RI early learning standards. Ms Doreen has extensive experience in leadership and management in early childhood settings and the development of the young child. With more than 30 years of experience, her knowledge of children and their development is all embracing. She is the mother of two adult daughters.
Debra Gowen- Montessori Co-Lead Teacher

Debra is the newest member of our teaching team. She is an AMS certified teacher also having attained her certificate through NEMTEC and holds a degree in Early Childhood Studies. In addition, she brings over 25 years experience as an educator. Her knowledge of content and the Montessori philosophy is superlative. Debra is an avid nature enthusiast and the mother of two daughters.

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