Anja moved to Martha's Vineyard in 2008 after spending several summers on the island. Born in Germany then raised in Oxford, England, Anja spent time working in South America and the Caribbean. Her career in early childhood started early with volunteering at the age of 14 in the preschool classrooms at the International School she attended. After completing her Baccalaureate, she taught English in Bolivia and volunteered in the 4-8 yr. old portion of the La Paz orphanage. In the Caribbean, she ran an in-home, multi-age day care on the island of Antigua. Since 2011, Anja has been working at the Chilmark Preschool with Chris Abrams, Heather Quinn and Pia. She studied Social Anthropology and Development Studies at Sussex University in England. Anja lives in Aquinnah with her partner Spa and her two teenage sons.
Studio Manager/ Lead Teacher
Pia Gundersen has lived on Martha’s Vineyard since 1995, having moved from New York City, where she was born and raised. She has a BFA from The Hartford Art School and also studied art history and psychology. It was while her children were in preschool that Pia became aware of the pedagogy of the Reggio Emilia and wanted to learn more about this method and approach to early childhood education. She has been teaching and learning in the classroom since 2010 and has been at Chilmark Preschool since 2013. She lives in Edgartown with her husband Kevin and their three teenage children, two cats and several chickens.
Dianne Booth arrived on Martha’s Vineyard in 1992 to at the International Youth Hostel in West Tisbury. Over the next twenty years she travelled extensively in the US, Africa, Australasia, Central America and the Bahamas always returning to spend summers on the island. In 2010, Dianne, her husband Reaan and son decided to settle year round on Martha’s Vineyard. She has since been substituting in various island preschools for nine years and re-discovered her passion for early education. Dianne holds a BA in Literature from American University in Washington DC. While studying she worked as an assistant teacher at the Child Development Center on Campus. She has been working with the Chilmark Preschool for over five years and is excited to join the team full time since 2019!
Meeting and learning from children around the world has been a lifelong passion for Dianne. She has a deep appreciation for both the diversity and the shared community to be found on our earth.