Colonial Nursery School Staff

Ms. Carolyn


Carolyn is the Director of Operations at CNS. She oversees daily operations and helps families with enrollment and co-oping requirements, but her favorite part of the job is assisting teachers in the classroom.

Carolyn has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Special Education from the University of Maryland. Before moving to Annapolis, she taught grades 1-5 in Washington, D.C. and participated on leadership teams with a focus on family engagement and school culture, served as a mentor teacher, and hosted teachers from across the city in her classroom lab site.

Drawn to the cooperative school model and its ‘it takes a village’ philosophy, Carolyn started at CNS as a parent in 2017. She served on the CNS Board as the TTh3 Room Parent and then Membership Chairperson. When she’s not obsessing about all things CNS, she is wrangling her three children, enjoying time with family and friends, and trying to perfect her at home yoga practice.

Ms. Nicole


Having worked in various aspects of healthcare for the past 17 years, 12 of those years being spent at the Children’s hospital of Philadelphia, Nicole has much experience with children of all ages.

Nicole was selected to serve on various safety and education committees, due to her passion and love of learning. She went to a hospital based Radiology program, and went on to earn a BS in Allied health from Widener University.

After moving to Annapolis last year, and spending a wonderful year co-oping at CNS, Nicole is excited to join CNS as a teacher. Nicole has two amazing little girls and loves to travel with her husband. She enjoys all things coffee, dogs, and a great heart pumping workout. Nicole looks forward to getting to know you and your awesome kiddos this year!

Ms. Lindsay


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. She is thrilled to be playing with the twos for another year!

Ms. Alicia


Alicia O’Brien is thrilled to be joining the CNS team this Spring as a teacher’s assistant. 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 2nd year at CNS. Her younger sister Laura (2) can’t wait to go to CNS next year. Since the O’Brien family joined CNS, Alicia has served as the 2’s class (volunteer) teacher’s assistant and on the Board as a 2020-2021 room parent.  
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 a part time group fitness instructor at Edgewater Fitness and Annapolis Athletic Club. Alicia enjoys reading, cooking, all kinds of exercise, and volunteering at her church.