The finest feature of our program at the Acton Barn is the quality of our teaching staff. They are caring, loving people who nurture and teach both the children and their parents. In a cooperative, the parents are afforded the unique opportunity to work with the teachers to educate their children. Our teachers are selected with this in mind. All of them are committed to the concept of cooperative education and enjoy their work with both children and parents alike.
Carol Pikcilingis – Lead Teacher/ Director
Carol started her involvement with the Barn when her two children attended. She worked in various capacities including serving on the Board as membership Co-Chairperson and Chairperson of the Board of Directors. In 1984 she was hired as teacher and worked in this capacity for five years. In 1989 she took over the Teacher/Director position. She received training as an R.N. from Boston Children’s Hospital School of Nursing in 1972. During the following years, she worked at various nursing jobs oriented towards children and their families, encompassing their emotional needs as well as their physical well being. This work included four years as a nurse on the Psychosomatic Unit at Boston Children’s Hospital. During the last two years, she was the Assistant Head Nurse. This unit specialized in the care of adolescents and pre-schoolers, including a therapeutic preschool and various types of family counseling. Carol continued her education at Northeastern University, Wheelock College, and Lesley University with courses oriented towards early childhood and business management. Most recently she received a degree in Human Development with a specialization in Early Intervention from Lesley University. Carol is on the Board of Educators for the Children’s Discovery Museum and is the Co-Chair of the Early Childhood Council for Acton, Boxborough, Littleton and Harvard. She continues to expand her education taking courses at Lesley University for advanced study in Children with Challenging Behaviors and at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center for advanced study of the ECERS-R, a rating system for early childhood classrooms. This combination of experiences as well as a total commitment to the Barn’s philosophy makes her a most valuable member of the Barn Community.
Nancy Tang – Lead Teacher/ Director
Nancy first came to the Barn as a parent in 1993. Over the three years that her two children attended the Barn, she worked on the fundraising committee and served on the Board of Directors as Secretary. Nancy began teaching at the Barn in 1997 and took on administrative duties as Assistant Director in 2004 and became Co- Director in 2010. Nancy obtained a Masters of Education in Elementary Education at Boston College in 1987 and has continued taking classes in Early Childhood Education and Administration at Wheelock College and Lesley College. Nancy ran her own home day care for ten years where she taught infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school age children and worked for three years as an English as a Second Language teacher and administrator/teacher at a large after-school program located in Chinatown, Boston. Nancy also served two terms on the School Advisory Council for the Norman E. Day School in Westford and worked as a team coach for the divergent thinking program Odyssey of the Mind. Nancy’s extensive experience working with children of all ages and their families, combined with her academic background and her commitment to the Barn’s philosophies, make her a valuable addition to the Barn Community.