OUR DIRECTOR/TEACHER ~ Diane Nicholson is the owner/director of Ledgemere Country Day School. She graduated from the University of Maine-Orono with a B.S. in Business Administration, concentration in Marketing. In May 2006, Diane earned her Masters in Education with a specialization in Early Intervention from the University of Maine-Orono. Before purchasing Ledgemere in 1997, Diane owned and operated a licensed family child care home for four years in South Portland. She was a member of the executive board of Southern Maine Child Care Providers Association from 1993 until 1997 and from 2001 until 2002, serving as membership coordinator, officer at large and vice president. Diane is currently a member of National Association for the education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). Diane is currently a Level 8 provider on the Maine Roads to Quality Registry, which is the highest obtainable level within the registry. Currently, Diane is also the Cape Elizabeth High School JV Field Hockey coach. She has also coached Middle School field hockey for the Cape Elizabeth School Department and has volunteered her time as a coach for Cape Elizabeth Little League, with 4-H and Cape Elizabeth Community Services travel basketball program. Diane and her husband, BJ, are both graduates of Cape Elizabeth High School and live at Ledgemere with their three children, Lauren, Shannon and Megan.
TEACHER ~ Mary Burke-Smith has worked at Ledgemere since the Fall of 1999. Mary has volunteered her time with the Cape Elizabeth School department, 4-H and Girls Scouts of America. Mary's recent continuing education includes topics in Toddlerhood and Sensory Integration. Mary and her husband, Brad live in Cape Elizabeth with their four children, Emylee, Nolan, Ada and Eli.
TEACHER~ Kathy earned her Associates degree in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Southern Maine. She has worked as an Occupational Therapist Assistant at the Spring Harbor Hospital in Portland. Kathy joined the Ledgemere staff in the Fall of 2005. Kathy is also a substitute teacher at Pond Cove Elementary school in Cape. Kathy has volunteered extensively for the Cape Elizabeth School Department, with H.O.P.E. and with the Girls Scouts of America. Kathy resides in Cape Elizabeth with her husband Johnny and their children Alexia, Talia and Nikko.