Our Teachers

drawn by a Bethesda Student

The Goodbye Window is a Bethesda tradition
that helps children separate from their
families by waving goodbye through
the memorable window. 

The view through the goodbye window.

A portrait of three happy teachers
drawn by a Bethesda student.


A strong teaching staff is defined by experience, continuity, and continued growth.  At Bethesda Nursery School, we recognize our teachers to be our primary asset.  Our teachers are enthusiastic, educated, and involved in continuing their own professional development.

Sara Gannon, Teacher & Director
(M.A., Early Childhood Special Education, Southern Connecticut State University)

Sara has been teaching at Bethesda since 2003.  She has a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education and is a CT certified teacher for pre-k to grade 3.

Jack Ellis, Teacher
(M.A., M.Phil., English Literature, Yale)

Jack has been teaching at Bethesda since 1983.  He has served previously as Head Teacher, Assistant Director and Director during his many years at Bethesda.

Rachel Basset, Teacher
(M.S., Homeland Security-Intelligence Analysis, B.A., Administration of Justice, Specialization in Child Development Psychology, Salve Regina University)

Rachel has been teaching at Bethesda since summer 2016.  Rachel and her family have been a certified foster family for DCF for 16 years.

Kate Flanagan, Teacher
(B.A., Fine Arts, Tufts)

Kate has been teaching at Bethesda since 2003.
She is a children’s book author and illustrator.

Tara Dumont, Teacher

Tara has been teaching at Bethesda since 2009.  She is pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education from Gateway Community College and Southern Connecticut State University.

305 St. Ronan St., New Haven, CT 06511   •  (203) 787-5439  •  bns@bethesdanurseryschool.org


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