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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



Jennifer Rainis – Assistant Teacher – 4’s
CDA, Norwalk Community College


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