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Meet Our Team

Claudia Murphy, Director

Claudia is originally from Argentina where she lived until she was 10 years old. She grew up in New Jersey and attended Rutgers University where she earned a BA in Psychology and Early Childhood Education. After graduating she chose to pursue a career in finance where she spent 20 years as a Foreign Equity Trader in an International Investment Bank. Claudia took a couple of years off after leaving Wall Street and eventually decided to go back to her first passion – teaching. She worked as an ELL tutor for the New Canaan School District, working one on one with non-English speaking students and their teachers in grades K-8. In 2011 she took a position as a permanent sub at the New Canaan Nature Center and in 2012 was offered full time position. During that time she has taught children ranging in age from 2-5. While at the Nature Center, Claudia along with her team conducted the majority of their classroom “work” outdoors. There, the daily curriculum consisted of writing on snow or forming letters using sticks, tapping maple trees and making syrup, creating igloos or lean-to’s and feeding the animals in the school’s 40 wooded acres. Claudia relocated to Charlestown RI in June with her husband, four children, and 2 black Labs where she enjoys all things to do with life at the beach. Claudia loves paddle boarding, boating, is an avid beach walker and knitter, but she also treasures the art of just sitting in quiet contemplation.

Sonia D'Amico, Classroom Teacher

Sonia is originally from Barranquilla, Colombia where she attended North University receiving a BS in Industrial Engineering. After working for years at one of the largest cargo airlines in Colombia as an Inside Sales Executive and Customer Service Representative, she made a life changing move to the United States. Sonia enjoys working with children and has worked as a nanny for local families, a translator and interpreter in the Westerly public school and a volunteer at Deans Mill School. She was also a very active volunteer at CNS during her daughter’s 2 years here. Sonia began substituting at CNS and has now joined us as an Assistant Teacher. Sonia lives in Pawcatuck with her husband and daughter. During her free time, Sonia enjoys cooking and sharing new recipes and working on her vegetable garden. She also has a passion for photography and traveling to new places with her family.