Research shows that some of the most critical brain development takes place before children even reach Kindergarten. Our Early Childhood program will help set up your child for lasting success.
Our youngest students derive such pleasure from their cozy classroom time and from being vital parts of the larger school. They are known by everyone as superstars in the community, which is a major confidence builder. While the classroom sharpens the mind, the community strengthens character. With additional support from our learning specialist, counselor, and Chaplain, our talented faculty nurtures each of our learners.
I have been involved in early childhood education for over 30 years, and, for the last 17 years, at Washington Episcopal School. I have taught all grades and levels from preschool up to Grade 3 as well as serving as a teacher, mentor, head librarian, reading teacher, and administrator. It is my profound privilege to welcome you to the WES Early Childhood program and share with you all the robust curriculum, DC area field trips, thematic explorations, and wonderful community members that comprise our extraordinary program.
Mary Lee Nickel
Early Childhood Director
Mary Lee Nickel is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she received a Bachelor of Science in Education. Mrs. Nickel is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, National Association for the Education of Young Children, The Director’s Exchange in Washington, DC, and the MAESA Early Childhood Conference Planning Committee.