Elizabeth Lyng–Creative Movement

Elizabeth was introduced to MWS when she enrolled her son in preschool after moving from the metro-Atlanta area to Lexington. A year later, she joined our staff as a teaching assistant and continued in that position for two years before becoming our Creative Movement instructor.  Her love of children is obvious and began many years ago. She earned a Bachelor ... read more

Una Gillis, Business Manager

The first person to greet you when you arrive at the school office will most likely be Una Gillis.  Her warm smile and Irish voice welcome everyone immediately and signal that Una can't wait to show off the preschool that she loves.  Born in Galway and educated at St Patrick’s College of Education and University College Dublin, Ireland, Una worked as an ... read more

Sharon Bush

After returning to Lexington to raise her children, Sharon Bush lucked into MWS, when she stopped by Hastings Elementary School to enroll her older daughter. The laughter and joy she saw coming from the MWS playground made her walk through the school door and ask about the program that very day. When she visited the school with her daughter, she learned that ... read more

Pat McClure

Pat was a philosophy major in college because she was interested in how & what people think, but she always knew it wouldn't prepare her for any kind of real job. Her mother, a longtime teacher, convinced her that teaching young children would provide another--equally satisfying--window into "how people think."  Because you should always listen to your ... read more


As in all schools, our staff work with children because they love the challenge and joys of teaching. Six dedicated lead teachers form the solid foundation of our school, supported by about 20 hard working and talented teaching assistants. In the background, the administrative staff offers structure, guidance, help and support to the teachers so the ... read more

Teachers Assistants

MWS has a wonderful teacher-student ratio. We also have a unique program for staffing our classes with teacher assistants: we offer parents the opportunity to work one day a week in a class for the whole school year. In exchange for their teaching assistance, we give participants a significant tuition discount:  $1000 off tuition for first year assistants ... read more

Pat McClure, Co-Director

Pat started at Methodist in 1986 in the same way most of our teachers did: as a teacher assistant when her children attended. She worked with 3-year-olds until 1990 when she became Lead Teacher of her own group of young 4's--the age group she still teaches. In January 2000, she became a co-director of the school with Ruth Carlson while maintaining her ... read more

Ruth Carlson, Co-Director

Ruth’s degree from Framingham State in Early Childhood Education and psychology was the perfect preparation for her life’s work as a teacher. After being a permanent sub for two years, she retired temporarily from teaching to become a full time mom in 1977. Seven years later, she returned to teaching as a teacher assistant at MWS when her second child ... read more

Chrissi Oliver

When she enrolled her daughter in the afternoon transition class at MWS in 1999, Chrissi was working as a financial analyst at Compaq Computer. She arranged her business schedule so she could also work as a teacher assistant for us. After two years as a TA, Chrissi gave up her corporate job in order to become certified to teach her own class.  Beginning in ... read more

Noriko Wada, Music Specialist

Born and raised in Kobe Japan, Noriko worked professionally as a director in many productions of major opera companies in Japan. Since she came to the United States, she has dedicated her professional life to teaching. She has over 20 years experience teaching music and the Japanese language to all ages. She is the mother of three girls ranging in age from ... read more