Staff and Staff Development

Cristina Maddocks, Executive Director

Cristina relocated to Manchester in the summer of 2012 with her husband, Alden, and sons, Cooper and Henry Alden. She came to Northshire Day School first as a prospective parent and then as a teacher in the Infant 2 classroom before transitioning into her role as Executive Director in July 2013. Cristina has been working with children and their families for 10 years in various roles as teacher, therapist, and advocate. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College, Cristina worked in a private residential school and daycare center in the Burlington area. She then went to University of Vermont for her Master’s in Counseling. Cristina loves spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys going to concerts, snowshoeing in the winter, and going to the local farmers’ markets.


(We wish Carol Kern the very best on her retirement. She will be greatly missed and we thank her for all that she has done for NDS as she made it what it is today.)

Jane Gras, Head Teacher/Curriculum Coordinator
Jane has been a resident of the Northshire area for over 20 years. She began her career in education back in 1988 here at the Northshire Day School, after graduating from Green Mountain College with a Bachelors Degree in Behavioral Science. After working the school age summer program at NDS, Jane continued her education at Castleton State College where she obtained her Master’s in Education with a teaching license for early education and K-6th grade. This brought her back to NDS and she became the Director/Head Teacher for five years. Leaving NDS in 1995 Jane worked at Middletown Springs and Tinmouth Elementary schools, providing Title One reading services to children from K-6th grade.  The year 2000 brought Jane back to NDS where she currently is the co-director. Jane is on the Bennington County Child Care Association Board of Directors. She enjoys running, hiking and spending time with her two children, Emma and Austin. 


Stephanie Thompson-Roy, Office Manager

Stephanie has lived in Manchester for her whole life and still currently resides there with her husband, Marc and daughters, Katie and Morgan. She began her career working at Factory Point National Bank (now Berkshire Bank) for six years before deciding to start a family. She then left the bank and began working here at NDS in the year 2010. Stephanie enjoys going for walks and spending time with her family.


We believe the quality of our program is directly related to the quality of our staff. All Northshire Day School staff has one or more of the following degrees: Child Development Associate, Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education, a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field. Also, each staff person has an Individualized Professional Plan. This plan is reviewed yearly by each staff member and the Director. Yearly goals are set for staff members to work toward in the field of early childhood education. Once the goals are met, new goals are set. All staff is required by the state to have at least twelve hours of educational training each year i.e. course work, workshops, and or training. Northshire Day School encourages all staff to attend twenty-four hours by providing educational workshops on site. We also provide substitutes for our staff when training occurs on a work day.

Infant One Staff
Infant Two Staff          
Crawler Room Staff
Toddler Staff

Senior Toddler Staff

Pre-K Staff      

Pre-school Staff 


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