Colonial Nursery School Staff

Ms. Kristine


Bio coming soon!

Ms. Katelyn

3s Teacher

Katelyn Jacobson is thrilled to be returning to the Annapolis area after living in California for the past three years. Working with tiny people has been a passion of hers since an early age and she entered the education field after graduating from Mississippi College with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Since marrying a Marine, her classroom has moved from her home state of Mississippi to California and now to Maryland. When not in the classroom, she can be found adventuring with her boys club of an 18 month old son, husband, and Golden Retriever; planning her next trip hiking mountains, or getting ready for the next Naval Academy game. Go Navy, Beat Army!

Ms. Penny


Penny Vail is excited to bring her 15 years of teaching experience to CNS as an assistant teacher! Penny is the mother of two model CNS students, Kellan and Bronwyn (Winnie).  The learning-through-play model at CNS has been greatly beneficial for her children, and she is delighted to join the rest of the CNS staff to foster the development of all the CNS students.

Penny moved to Annapolis from Washington D.C., where she was an elementary school physical education teacher. Penny taught for ten years at Two Rivers Public Charter School, an expeditionary learning school, which also specializes in project-based hands-on learning, similar to CNS.

As a P.E. teacher, Penny was the founder and director of her school’s outdoor education program where students were given a chance to explore outside the city, experiencing activities like hiking, rock climbing, and camping.

More recently Penny founded a week-long overnight summer camp program, where kids are able to explore their environment through hiking, fishing, orienteering, and wilderness survival skills.

When away from school, Penny enjoys being outside! Penny’s favorite activities include Paddle- boarding, hiking, reading, and spending time with friends and family. 

Ms. Lindsay

Assistant Director 3s/4s Teacher

Ms. Lindsay is a 2006 graduate of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland with a degree in Finance. After moving around the country (and internationally) and staying home with her children for several years, she decided to pursue new career opportunities in education. She earned her Lead Preschool Teacher Certificate from Anne Arundel Community College in 2018.

Ms. Lindsay strives to create a caring and fun learning environment for our youngest friends through thoughtful and often messy activities. Ms. Lindsay began at CNS in 2017 as a parent and transitioned to teaching the two year old class in 2018.

Ms. Alicia

2s Teacher and Assistant

Alicia O’Brien is thrilled to be joining the CNS team this year as 2’s teacher! Alicia’s family has lived in Eastport since her grandparents bought the house where she now lives in 1939. Alicia’s mother grew up attending Eastport UMC and Alicia went to Sunday School as a preschooler in some of the very classrooms that CNS uses now! When it was time to find a preschool for her older daughter, Theresa, CNS was first on the list. Theresa is 4 and in her 3rd year at CNS. Her younger sister Laura (2) is VERY excited to join the 2’s class this year. Since the O’Brien family joined CNS, Alicia has served as a volunteer teacher’s assistant, on the Board as a 2020-2021 room parent, and on staff as an assistant teacher.
Alicia has a BA in English from Bryn Mawr College, a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School, and a Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University of Maryland. She is a licensed professional counselor in the state of MD, primarily working with children and families. Prior to having kids, she worked as a school and clinic-based therapist at Villa Maria Community Resources, and as Program Director for Seeds 4 Success. Since summer of 2017, Alicia has primarily been a stay at home parent, but is also a part time group fitness instructor at several local gyms. Alicia enjoys reading, cooking, all kinds of exercise, and volunteering at her church.