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Meet our Staff

The staff at Learning Tree hold degrees in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. They Are EEC  Lead Teacher and Director 1 certified.

***Both First Aid and CPR are requirements for all of our teachers as well. 

*** All of our teachers are are licenced by the Office of Early Eduaction and Care.

Kelli Webster-Director- Lead Teacher

 Kelli is the owner and director of the Learning Tree Preschool. She lives in Newburyport with her two children. Kelli is a graduate of Salem State College with degrees in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education, including two minor degrees in Special Education and Psychology. After graduating in 1994,  she was employed as a teacher at the Higgins Middle School in Peabody and the Sokolowski Elementary School in Chelsea. Kelli worked as a special needs teacher in the elementary K-3 level.  Kelli has also spent multiple years as a Lead teacher in a preschool/daycare setting in Salem. After moving to Newburyport in 2002, Kelli worked as a Lead Preschool Teacher in West Newbury before opening the Learning Tree Preschool in 2005. Kelli will be starting her 16th year in September.

In addition she is currently an afterschool program teacher at the Bresnahan Elementary school in Newburyport. 


Kelly Knight - Lead Teacher 

Kelly graduated from Northern Essex Community College with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She has enjoyed working as a Lead Teacher at the Learning Tree Preschool since 2006. Kelly lives in Newburyport with her husband and three children.  Kelly is the co-curriculum developer and continues to amaze us each year. She is also the co-director of all of our stage performances. Kelly is looking forward to her 15th year at the Learning Tree.


Jackie Goodridge - Lead Teacher

Jackie lives in Amesbury with her husband and son and has had a passion for teaching for most of her life. Jackie recieved a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Salem State University in 2013 and has taught in both Massachusettes and Maine since 2008. After moving to Portland, Maine in 2013, Jackie worked as a lead teacher at both a childcare center and in an integrated preschool classroom with Portland Public Schools.

Most Recently, Jackie worked as a long-term integrated preschool teacher at the Page School in West Newbury. She took a year off to stay home with her son and then began her first year at the Learning Tree Preschool in September 2019. Jackie is so excited to start her second year with Kelli and Kelly and can't wait to see what the future has in store!














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