Kate Frantz has an A.S. Degree from Monroe Community College, attended Salve Regina University where she studied Human Resource Management, and has 14 years of experience working with young children through different organizations such as MOPs, Girl Scouts, School Volunteer Reading Literacy Programs, and Christian Education at Portsmouth United Methodist Church where she chaired the department for 3 years.   She has recently completed training for aligning curriculum with the Rhode Island Early Learning Standards through URI.  Kate enjoys nurturing the social and emotional well being of the children within the classroom. This  year will be Kate's 7th school season at The Poplar School.  Her teaching philosophy is centered around the whole child, believing that the emotional, social, intellectual and physical development all work in harmony with one another.    Kate is most proud of her experience as a stay-at-home mom to her two daughters, Emily and Julia, now age 16 and 13.    


Nancy Coll is Director and Lead Teacher of The Poplar School.  She has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from James Madison University.  She is celebrating her 11th year anniversary of opening The Poplar School.  Before founding The Poplar School, Nancy taught kindergarten and first grade for thirteen years in public and private schools in Virginia and Rhode Island.  Her focus is educational activities that prepare children for success in kindergarten and first grade.  A gifted artist, she likes to paint and sculpt, and she brings her artistic gifts to the classroom to nurture children's love of art.  She is the mother of two children, Albert and Celia.

Sue McGee has a B.S. degree from Longwood College with a double major in Sociology and Teaching.  She obtained Virginia State teacher certification for Nursery and grades  K-8, and is currently continuing her early childhood education at CCRI.
This will be her second season with The Poplar School.  She is the proud mother of three daughters, Anna, Ellie, and Juliet.  Ms. Sue enjoys the creative expression in The Poplar School classroom believing that it allows children to fully  engage a number of different skills essential to child development.   She provides an environment where children can create something distinctly their own.

Debbie Carney has been at The Poplar School for three school seasons.   She is an active parent volunteer within the Portsmouth School community and the mother of two children, Patrick, 16, and Jessica, 13.  Ms. Deb believes that play is the main process through which children learn.  She enjoys helping the children in their listening and understanding, their speaking and communicating.