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Here at NEST Chestnut Hill, we are experts in parent-child enrichment and child development programs. Our experienced program directors and instructors have designed unique and creative class curricula, catered to meet your child’s interests and abilities.  With the support of our team, your child will have the opportunity to build confidence and express their individuality in any one of our classes.



Penny Brodsky
Art, Enrichment

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Penny currently lives in Lafayette Hills. She is married, with one daughter and a grandson. Penny comes to NEST Chestnut Hill with great experiences from her 30 years teaching at Gymboree. She also brings a strong learn through play philosophy which is evident in all her classes here at NEST!







Ali Richardson
Music

Molly Hare

Tumble

Molly moved to Philadelphia from Charleston, South Carolina a little over a year ago. She holds a degree in Early Childhood Education (development ages birth to age 8) with a minor concentration in Theatre from the College of Charleston and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Counseling. Having left a teaching career in the classroom and the robust arts scene of Charleston to be a stay at home mom and move to PA for her husband's work, she is THRILLED to have found a creative space to come spend time with children and families doing what she loves: teaching the arts!






Jamie Palazzo
Assistant General Manager/ Preschool Bound Supervisor 
 
Born and raised in New York City, Jamie began working with children when she interned for the New York City public school system.  She later moved from NYC to Portland, OR in 2009.  She was a preschool teacher there for many years. After meeting her fiancé in Oregon, She moved to Philadelphia in August of 2015. Jamie has always loved working with children and has been an advocate for art in education.






Brianna Burrell
Event and Community Outreach Manager
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Brianna "Bri" loves nothing more than the City of brotherly love. Bri received her bachelors degree in Human Development and Community Enagement from Temple University. For as long as she can remember Brianna has always loved working with children. For five years, she was a counselor and program leader at a camp called Dragonfly Forest. The camp specialized in working with children with special needs. Along with working at NEST, Brianna loves spending her days with her family, especially her young nephews. She is excited to be a part of the NEST team, and help the business “hatch”!


 
Regina Faustine
Preschool Bound Teacher/ Art Instructor
Regina was born and raised in Lansdale PA, where she still lives. She was always organizing games with the neighborhood kids, no matter the age, and still loves playing games that require tons of imagination. As a child she wanted to be a Paleontologist for nearly 12 years, but eventually found her true passions through teaching children and writing stories. Regina has attended college for a Bachelor’s in Creative Writing and plans on going back to school for more Childhood Education courses. She has taught at two different schools; The Montessori School and a privately owned daycare called Hey Diddle Diddle where she has been able to learn at least as much from her students as they learned from her. Regina is so happy to teach at NEST Chestnut Hill and looks forward to seeing how the classes expand over time!







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