Puckihuddle Preschool

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Our Philosophy
Puckihuddle Preschool is dedicated to providing your child with the best first experience at school. Our safe and nurturing atmosphere is filled with interesting and developmentally appropriate experiences which foster your child’s physical, social, emotional , adaptive, and intellectual development. 

Through a careful balance of teacher-directed and child-selected activities, your child will have the opportunity to play, explore, discover, inquire and learn. Our engaging, exciting developmentally appropriate curriculum encourages each child to grow and develop at his/her own pace. 

While in our care, we will offer your child consistency, security and safety in a warm, nurturing environment, allowing them the opportunity to acquire a true love of learning.



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Our Educators

All staff members train and update their skills regularly with classes and workshops. 
They are also certified in First Aid and CPR.


Director: Kathy Palmer joined the Puckihuddle team in 2020. She lives in Grafton with her husband and two children. She has a Bachelor's degree from the University of Rhode Island in Family Studies and is Director I and Director II certified through Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. Kathy has been teaching for over twenty years and still gets excited to learn with each age group. For the past 12 years Kathy had worked at Sunny Hill Preschool in Sudbury. She was a lead teacher for 9 years teaching in both the 3 and 4 year old classrooms and for the past 3 years she was the Assistant Director. Kathy is thrilled to be part of the Puckihuddle team.


Lead Teacher: Noelle Buffone, resides in Sutton and has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She is Director II certified through the DEEC and taught preschool and kindergarten for over ten years before coming to Puckihuddle in 2006.


Lead Teacher/Assistant Teacher: Deena Gramstorff, has a Bachelor's Degree from Bryant University and is Preschool Teacher certified through the DEEC. She spends her summers teaching swimming lessons at her home in Sutton. Deena has been at Puckihuddle since 2010.


Assistant Teacher: Cristina Couture, studied Portuguese and French at UMass Dartmouth and worked in the insurance industry for 25 years before joining our Puckihuddle team in 2012. She is currently pursuing her EEC Preschool Teacher certification and resides in Sutton. 


Lead Teacher/Assistant Teacher: Liz Keyes, from Sutton, has a Master’s Degree in Psychology. She also works as a counselor and runs therapy groups for children who are experiencing anger, stress, and anxiety, and struggling with emotional regulation. Liz previously taught at HeadStart and worked as a substitute teacher in the public schools. Liz is Preschool Teacher qualified through the DEEC and she has been with Puckihuddle since 2014.


Assistant Teacher: Karen Samson, from Sutton, has a Bachelor's Degree in English and Elementary Education from Assumption College.  She taught second grade for seven years before staying home with her two children, both Puckihuddle alumni.  She worked as a substitute teacher at Puckihuddle for two years, and officially joined the team in 2019. Karen is Preschool Teacher certified through DEEC.


Assistant Teacher: Angela Draper has a bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has taught in daycare, kindergarten and first grade and was an assistant teacher at Puckihuddle for 10 years. She spent the past three years tutoring Chinese students online. Angela is Lead Teacher certified through DEEC. She is very excited to be back at Puckihuddle Preschool!


We believe children learn best through play.  

Our curriculum is developmentally appropriate and provides materials which encourage creativity, problem solving, and a love of learning. The children learn teamwork and respect for the needs and feelings of others. Limits are set in ways that develop self-control and preserve self-esteem. Each week is carefully planned around a theme with the age and skills of the group in mind.  

We believe children learn best by doing.  

Our structured, yet flexible daily schedule is filled with hands-on learning activities. There is a delicate balance between child-initiated and teacher-guided activities, as well as time for individual, small group and large group instruction. We incorporate art, blocks, books, cooking, dramatic play, small and large motor, games, language and literacy, math explorations, music & movement, nutrition, outdoor play, puppets, puzzles, science discoveries, and sensory play into our day. Each of these learning centers provides a place for children to explore, imagine and grow. Reading, writing, math, science, and social studies skills are a major focus of our program and are incorporated into our thematic curriculum during our meeting times, carefully planned lessons and learning activities.

We believe in each child’s individuality. 

Each child is unique and we want to nurture the individual spirit. We are prepared to meet the individual needs of each child and help achieve his/her highest potential by fostering curiosity, extending the child's thinking and making learning FUN! 
Our Curriculum