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Faculty & Staff

The faculty and staff are the backbone of our school! We respect each child as an individual, and strive to support parents in their role as primary caretakers of the children in our school.  Our Head Teachers all hold specialized or advanced degrees in Early Childhood Education or Child Development.  Our Assistant Teachers have all received specialized training, as well as demonstrated competence in working with young children.

kathy2Kathy Gilbert – Director
BA, Child Psychology, Hamilton College
MA, Teaching & Curriculum, Columbia University Teachers College
Early Childhood Education & Administrative Certificates,
 Norwalk Community College
CT Director’s Credentials, Charter Oak College
Designated Head Teacher

 

7 ChristineChristine Fodor – Head Teacher – Pre-K
BA, English, Fairfield University
MA, Early Child Education, Western Connecticut State University
Designated Head Teacher

 

amyflynnAmy Flynn – Head Teacher – 4 Day 4’s
BS, Elementary Education, Syracuse University
MA, Learning Disabilities, Montclair State University

 

deannasalesa Deana Salese – Head Teacher – 3 Day 4’s
Credits Toward BA, Fordham University
CDA, Norwalk Community College

 

3 deniseDenise Lee – Head Teacher – 3’s, Assistant Teacher – Pre-K
BA, Psychology, Middlebury College
MA, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Colorado 

 

jennhoffmanJennifer Hoffman – Head Teacher – 3’s and 2’s
BS, Economics, Brandeis University
MA, Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Bank Street College of Education
10 anneAnne Mignone – Assistant Teacher – Pre-K
BS, Fashion Merchandising, University of Bridgeport

 

Cindy Kaufman – Assistant Teacher – 4 Day 4’s
BS, Early Childhood Development and Education, University of Delaware
MS, Elementary Education, Hunter College
MS, Early Childhood Special Education, Hunter College
Kristen Balavender – Assistant Teacher – 4 Day 4’s
BA, Elementary and Moderate Special Needs Education, Boston College
BA, Math and Computer Science, Boston College
M.Ed., Curriculum and Instructional Technology, Framingham State University

 

Nicole Stepan – Assistant Teacher – 3 Day 4’s
BS, Advertising, New York Institute of Technology
Working towards CDA 

 

8 JeanneJeanne Pacewicz – Assistant Teacher – 3’s
Continuing Professional Units in Early Childhood Education Field

 

Jennifer Balogh – Assistant Teacher – 3’s
BA, Human Development & Family Relations, University of Connecticut

 

amycookeAmy Cooke – Assistant Teacher – 2’s
BS, Fine Arts & Communication, Towson University

 

4 beverleyBeverly Crudgington – Science and Enrichment Coordinator
CDA, Norwalk Community College

 

MaireMaire Valade – Administrative Assistant
BS, Psychology and Business, Sacred Heart University
Kathy Gilbert - Director