Our Director and Staff
Michelle Zoila-Shaffer, our director, has been a mother for over 15 years. Children have always been, and continue to be her true passion. She believes that with the right environment and care, a child will be happy and thrive.
Michelle founded the ECE philosophy of small, community-based, child-centered teaching.
This offers each child many different roles and helping jobs within their small communities. These roles change as they grow to suit each learning stage in an age appropriate way.
Michelle holds a bachelors degree from Emerson College in Boston, MA., has done some graduate work at UCLA, and In her chosen field of Early Childhood Education, she has completed her undergraduate studies, and is currently pursuing a masters degree. She uses her education and extensive experience with children to bring a high level of professionalism to Ross Cottage Nursery School, as well as a love of learning, lots of fun and joy, and exceptional care to the children who attend.
June Friedman, our assistant director has worked with children since 1994. Her Early Childhood Education and extensive experience has led her from positions at other top schools to Ross Cottage Nursery School. She comes from not only a private tutoring background but also a background in Montessori teaching. She combines her various skills in order to create a perfect fit for the RCNS philosophy of teaching which pulls from what we feel are the best parts of each Early Childhood Philosophy to create our unique approach.
Kindness and acceptance are a constant message given to each child at RCNS. Each child gets as much individual attention as possible, as our caregiver / child ratio is excellent.
RCNS's director and staff are fully trained in CPR and first aid, and have had an extensive background check and fingerprints taken. They also have early childhood education and extensive child care background and experience.