Hello and welcome to the Treehouse School! We are now operating in two locations- Portsmouth, NH and Charlestown, MA. We are a preschool educating children ages 2.9-5 years old, offering early morning and extended day programs for your convenience! Founded by Kristin Fichera, a private school educator from New York City, The Treehouse School prides itself on its progressive teaching methods. Unlike any other school in the area, we believe that there isn't just ONE approach to learning. That's why we have a hybrid philosophy. So what does that look like?
Children learn best through imaginative play. Exploration and peer interaction lay the foundation for a successful student. However, The Treehouse also believes that a child must have direct instruction in literacy and mathematics for his or her academic future.
Incorporating our philosophy is at the roots of this treehouse, yet we NEVER lose sight of our #1 goal: Always have fun!
Hello! My name is Kristin Fichera, owner and head teacher at the Treehouse School. Opening my own preschool has always been a dream of mine. Education and teaching is my passion and I truly feel that it's a privilege to work with your children everyday! I have taught Pre-K through 2nd Grade for the past twelve years and have my M.Ed from Lesley University. From progressive private schools in Boston and NYC to the honorable public schools in Massachusetts, I find my diverse experience has allowed me to develop a unique mission. To me, a Treehouse represents a pillar of strength, grounded in roots. It represents exploration and adventure...climbing to new heights and seeing the world from a different perspective. Come join me as we watch your children learn, grow and have FUN!
Assistant Director/Lead Teacher- Owl Classroom (4 Year Olds)
Jaime has received her Masters in Childhood and Special Education and has been an elementary school teacher for 7 years. She teaches children's yoga and incorporates movement and mindfulness into her classroom. She believes that children should experience 3 things at school each day:
love, learning, and laughter.
Head of Afternoon Program/Lead Teacher -
Penguin Classroom (4/5 Year Olds)
Stephanie has received her Bachelors of Science degree from Northeastern University in Elementary Education and Psychology in 2016. She has been teaching a range of students from Preschool to 6th grade since graduating. She brings laughter and joy into the everyday lives of her students so that they not only love learning, but are excited to come into the classroom each day! Her classroom is filled with color, music, and plenty of dancing!
Lead Teacher - Chickadee Classroom
Jill’s experience includes a Masters Degree in Music Education, 25 years as a Kindermusik Educator with newborns up to age 7, and served preschools in NC, NJ, CT, and Rye, NH. Through the years, I have been fortunate to work in a variety of learning environments with young children from families with diverse backgrounds, cultures, and ideals. She believes children have so much to teach us adults and so much to share with the world!
Assistant Teacher- Owl & Chickadee Classrooms
Mercedes received her BA in Elementary Education and Psychology from Keene State College in 2012. After graduating she went to work at Miss Porters School in Farmington, Connecticut for four years as a housing director. She has also worked in my home town public school system in Bristol, Connecticut. She is committed to making a positive impact in her student’s lives and creating a developmentally sound foundation for a lifetime of learning.
Lead Teacher - Chickadees Classroom
Katie has her B.A in Sociology from the University of Colorado and is currently pursuing my master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been working with children for nine years and this will be my fourth year working in early childhood education.She has always loved working with children and believe every child should feel valued. She believes education has the power to break molds, create positive contributions, and help build a sustainable future.She is a certified Yoga teacher for children and adults and look forward to bringing mindfulness and Yoga into her classroom.
Lead Teacher - Chickadees Classroom
Emily graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2016 with a degree in Psychology. Currently, she is pursuing her master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and will graduate in May! She has been working with children ever since she can remember. She simply loves kids! She is excited to be a part of the Treehouse and cannot wait to meet all of you and your wonderful children! Emily loves teaching children the skills to reach their full potential and feels each child brings something unique and special to the classroom.