Pia Gundersen
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.


Anja May
Lead Teacher


Anja moved to Martha's Vineyard in 2008 after spending some summers on the island. Born in Germany then raised in Oxford, England she 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.