We are looking for 3 year olds for the 2017 - 2018 school year. Fall classes start on Sept. 5th.

Call 508 - 548 - 1050 before August 17th or come on Labor Day, Sept. 4th, to our Open House from 3:00 to 5:00.


Nora Richards

NoraNora Richards is the owner and director of The Sandpiper Nursery School. Nora has been in the field since 1976, having graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education in 1976, and a Master’s Degree in Child Development and Curriculum in 1991 from Wheelock College in Boston Massachusetts. She taught in two day care centers in Boston, and at Small World School in Falmouth before opening The Sandpiper Nursery School in June of 1991. She is activly involved with The Coalition For Children,  the state funded Falmouth Community Partnership of early childhood professionals, sits on the advisory board and is an adjunct professor in the Early Education Department at Cape Cod Community College, sits on the Kindergarten Readiness Committee for the Falmouth Public Schools, and has received a Pilot Program Grant for the Universal Preschool initiative in Massachusetts three times.

The Sandpiper Nursery School has received national accreditation three times. Nora has been very interested in the educational philosophy of the preprimary schools in Reggio Emilia, Italy. She has taken several classes, attended three national conferences, and has gone to Reggio Emilia itself to learn more about this educational philosophy. Reggio inspiration has lead to deeper relationships with teachers, children, and their families at The Sandpiper. Our attempt to make young children visible to the adult community has lead us to document our work with children more fully, to learn to allow the children to initiate their own activities, and to collaborate with each other to understand and further both the children’s learning and our own.

Nora, Joe, and their son Jonathan live in Falmouth. Outside of school Nora is an avid reader, a hopeful gardener, and a lover of the outdoors, most especially the beach!


Joe Richards

JoeJoe and Nora met in Boston at Wheelock College where Joe earned his Bachelor's degree in 1975 in Early Childhood Education.  In 1981 he and Nora moved to Falmouth when Joe got a job at Cape Cod Child Development.  At Wheelock Joe's concentration had been early childhood education in an urban setting.  He expected to be working in an inner city environment, but instead found himself defending young children against territorial swans on Siders Pond!  He worked at Cape Cod Child Development for several years in Falmouth and Hyannis, then at Small World School in Falmouth, and with the birth of their son, at the Cape Cod Federal Credit Union as the assistant book keeper.  When Small World School closed in 1991, Joe and Nora set up The Sandpiper Nursery School with three of the teachers from Small World School.  Joe currently  volunteers at The Sandpiper as the business manager.  He occasionally helps in the classroom, drives the Sandpiper school bus, and adds music and theater curriculum to the three classrooms with his guitar and puppets.  Joe believes in "jazz teaching", which like the music, goes along at an uneven pace in sinc with the children around him; slowing down here, running fast there, with embellishments and switchbacks all along the way.

When Joe is not at school, he enjoys acting with several local theater groups.  He was honored to work closely with Edward Gorey for many years, and even traveled to Boston and Los Angeles to do Gorey plays.  Joe also has a love of cars, history, and crossword puzzles (which he always does in pen).


Jennifer Rose

JenniferJennifer and Nora have been co-teaching since 1983.  At Small World School they had the four year old class, a Transition To Kindergarten class, and a kindergarten class before the school closed it's doors in 1991.  Jennifer and Nora have continued their partnership at The Sandpiper Nursery School in the four year old classroom since 1991.  Jennifer knows that the most important aspect of classroom teaching is in the relationship built between herself and each individual child.  She dedicates herself to the establishment of that relationship, and in so doing creates the "family" that is The Sandpiper. 

When Jennifer is not at school she and her husband enjoy a busy life of travel, cooking, dancing, and social networking. 


Louise Bombara

Louise Louise Bombara is an early childhood educator who has dedicated her adult life to nourishing childrens' emerging potential. She is an aspiring naturalist, and guides children in noticing and studying the the natural world around them. She believes that a child's first school experience should be positive and affirming. Louise believes that learning how to be a friend and part of a school community, when balanced developmentally appropriate educational experiences enables children to be balanced and curious life-long learners. As a curious life-long learner herself, she enjoys seeing the world all over again through the eyes of the children she has the privilege of knowing.