The teachers at The Campbell School are certified in the field of Early Childhood Education by the state of Massachusetts. They are dedicated in their task to offer the highest quality program to your children. They all participate in continuing education programs and in service trainings to ensure that your child receives the highest quality care and education.

The high quality care we offer begins with our professional staff and the trusting, responsive relationship that exists between them and the children they care for. Our professional staff models, guides, listens, and responds, helping children feel good about who they are and helping them learn to relate to people and objects in their world. Our interaction with children promotes independence, builds self esteem, and allows for more complex use of their skills and further learning. Our goal is to give the children in our care the most valuable gift possible – a positive sense of themselves and their abilities, a desire to relate positively to others, and a strong interest in learning.

Ann Pike Campbell, Executive Director

Ann began her Early Childhood career more than twenty years ago as a parent advisor to The East Milton Day Nursery School where her four children attended. When her youngest child went on to kindergarten Ann joined the staff as an assistant. Over the years Ann became a teacher, lead teacher, and finally, director. When The East Milton Day Nursery School closed in 2002, the parents asked Ann to open a school of her own. Thus, The Campbell School was born. Besides her own family, The Campbell School has been the most important and rewarding part of Ann’s life. She is very grateful to the parents and teachers that make the school possible and proud to say that readers of the Milton Times have voted the school Best School in Milton time and time again!

Maureen Truax, K1 Teacher

Maureen has been teaching at The Campbell School since 2003. She uses her theater experience to bring drama to circle time and loves adding music and dance to her class. She as a BA in Theater Arts from Bridgewater State College and was a Girl Scout leader for nine years, where her love of crafting came in handy. She shares her passion for cooking with her class every week, believing that getting children to try new foods is easier if they help prepare them. Maureen believes every child has a gift and, given a chance to express themselves, their special talents will shine through.

Kristin McArdle, K1 Teacher

Kristin has been with The Campbell School since 2011.  She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst with a concentration in Communication Disorders.  Shortly after graduation Kristin decided to teach.  She earned her teacher’s certificate in pre-K to grade 3.  Kristin taught kindergarten for six years and pre-K for three years at South Boston Catholic Academy.  Kristin, a mom of three boys, enjoys teaching and feels that if children are given patience, kindness, love and guidance, they can do anything!

Kathy Aldrich, Four-Year-Old Teacher

Kathy started at The Campbell School in 2009 working with the four-year-old class. She feels lucky to be able to work with such young and enthusiastic learners every day. In her spare time Kathy enjoys spending time with her family, helping coach her youngest daughter’s softball team, teaching Faith Formation classes and reading.

Tara O’Leary, Three-Year-Old Teacher

Tara has been at The Campbell School since 2012. She is a graduate of Bridgewater State University with a B.S. in Elementary and Special Education. She taught in both the Randolph and Quincy Public Schools and worked as a Special Needs Counselor at a Boston summer camp for ten years. Tara is the mother of five children and enjoys hiking, camping, and spending time with her family. She is excited about her return to teaching.

Allison McDonnell, Pre-K teacher

Allison started The Campbell School in 2012. She eagerly works with the children in the Pre-K room and loves to see them grow and develop throughout the year. Allison earned her Bachelors Degree from Nichols College in Business Management. She enjoys spending time with her three children, her husband and her newest addition, a mini goldendoodle named Holly.


As a nervous four year old, I was afraid and hesitant to encounter new experiences. Pre-school was no different. As I clung to my mother’s leg refusing to let her leave me, a kind and patient teacher eased me into the classroom and away from my mother. Through elementary school, middle school, and high school, my mother constantly reminded me of the woman and pre-school that kept me in school. She told me over and over again that I would not have made it to school without her. On my last day of pre-school at The Campbell School, my mom made a promise. She promised that on the day of my high school graduation, I would bring Mrs. Zizza roses to thank her for her patience and effort and for overall keeping me in school. At eighteen years old, a high school graduate, eager to start college in the fall, I walked through the doors of the Campbell School and I gave Mrs. Zizza the roses she deserved. Although I do not have a perfect memory of my pre-school career, I know I would not have completed it had it not been for Mrs. Zizza, Mrs. Campbell, and the Campbell School. Juliann Cosetta Milton High School 2014 / Westfield State University 2018

“I smile everyday as the pack of kids (mine included) race to get in the door of The Campbell School!  Not sure you find that everywhere!”

“We loudly and enthusiastically recommend The Campbell School.”

“The teachers go above and beyond to ensure that the children understand the material, feel comfortable within the classroom and leave school feeling cared for each day.”

“I’m never worried when I drop off my child.  I enjoy the sense of family at the school.  Everyone is always so helpful and willing to listen.  We couldn’t have made a better choice.”

“I couldn’t have asked for a better, more stimulating environment.”

“Voted Best School in Milton by readers of The Milton Times, 2009, 2010, 2011.”

“A loving, happy place with a wonderful curriculum.”

“The experience that the teachers bring to the class at The Campbell School in fostering fundamental literacy skills is exceptional.”

“We continue to be grateful and impressed at the strength of the program and the dedication of the faculty in providing our children with such an incredible educational foundation.”

“For the community it creates, for the diverse students and education, for the smile on our sons faces every morning, we LOVE the Campbell School.”