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We Love Our Teachers

Rising Tide Preschool isn't just made up of our staff, but also our dedicated board members who put so much time and effort into each and every aspect of our preschool.

Want to join the board? Contact us today!

Meet our Dedicated Staff


"Miss Meghan"


A native of Nantucket, serves as the head of school/director for Rising Tide Preschool. She has worked with the youth of Nantucket for the past 16 years and with all different age groups. She has and continues to actively serve on different boards and organizations that service Nantucket children such as Cyrus Pierce school council and Nantucket Little League. She is passionate about early childhood education and is committed to providing Nantucket with a quality year round preschool. In addition to working with children, Meghan enjoys spending time with her husband and four children.

As the oldest of 10 children, Iesha has always been a natural caretaker. She began working with children as a teaching assistant at RTP over two years ago. She is now teacher certified and helps out in all of the classrooms.  In her free time, Iesha loves experimenting and trying new recipes, reading and spending time with her boyfriend.

"Miss Katie"


Katie Malone has been working with children for over 6 years. She started working with preschoolers as an assistant teacher in 2016 and is now the lead teacher in the Dolphin classroom. She loves to watch the children in her classroom progress throughout the year and watching them grow and learn. She is often enrolled in an early childhood education course, as “there is always so much to learn in this field”.  When she is not teaching, Katie enjoys reading and going to the beach with her husband and their two dogs.


"Miss Iesha"


"Miss Debbe"


Tre, a Nantucket native and Wee Whaler graduate of 2008 is a teaching assistant that primarily works with the Dolphins and Minnows. Tre is frequently using his artistic ability drawing and doing arts and crafts with the children. He enjoys working out, bowling and playing video games in his free time.


"Miss Paula"


Paula Murray is a teacher in the minnow classroom and has worked with children of all different ages. She taught elementary aged children for 24 years in Jamaica before moving to Florida where she taught high school science. She moved to Nantucket in 2017 and began working as an assistant preschool teacher. When not working, Paula enjoys reading and completing crossword puzzles. She also enjoys traveling with her husband and daughter.

"Mr. Tre"



"Miss Meg"


Megan Murray is the lead teacher in the Minnow classroom. Megan has worked with children for over 10 years. With all of her experience with different age groups, Megan enjoys working with this age and is excited to share her creativity and energy with the Minnows. Megan loves to watch the children grow and flourish and is thrilled to be part of Rising Tide Preschool . Meg loves to cook for her friends and travel with her boyfriend.

Debbe Nicholson has spent 31 years teaching, nurturing and playing with children at 16 Newtown Road. She is a graduate of Boston University School of Education. She is the lead teacher in the starfish classroom. She loves preparing children for kindergarten and beyond. Debbe loves exploring our island with the children and teaching them about our community. When not at work, Debbe keeps busy gardening, reading, attending theater productions and making her famous beach plum jelly.

"Miss Maria"


Maria has worked with children her whole life, ranging in age from infants to teenagers through Head Start programs and the Boys and Girls Club. She is now a teacher in the Starfish Classroom. Maria is fluent in many different languages including Spanish and Portuguese  and is incredibly artistic and is constantly decorating and designing things for the school. She loves helping children discover their hidden talents.  When not working, she continues this passion at home with her own children and grandchildren.


"Miss Fernanda"


Fernanda, proud mom of an RTP graduate, is a teaching assistant and can often be found in either the Dolphin or Minnow Classroom. After moving here from Brazil in 2017 with her husband, she began babysitting for friends and family. When she is not working, Fernanda loves to spend time with her family, reading and dancing.

Board Members

Our Board Members

Board Chair - Erica Kiley

Clerk - Thayer Hale

Treasurer - Lisa Cranston 

Head of School/Director - Meghan Washington 


Kristie Ferrantella

James L. Malone III

Kate M. Barney

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