NAEYC accredited, theme-based, play based program serving three to six year olds

Office Staff

 

Elith Boothe - Director

* Courses in Speech Language Pathology , University of Massachusetts.

* Dual Degree; B.A. Degree in Sociology and B.S. in Human Development and Family, University of Connecticut.

* Working towards the Connecticut Director’s Credential.

* Worked at Apple Tree Children’s Center, Granby, 2006-2014 as a(n)

Assistant Director, 3/13-12/14

Master Teacher, 7/09-3/13

Teacher, 9/06-3/13

* Award Recipient of Early Education Professional of the Year 2009.

* First Aid/CPR for Infant & Child/Administration of Medication/Epipen training up-to-date.

* Responsible for completing twenty hours of Continuing Education each year.

* A valued staff member at First Church Early Learning Center(FCELC) since 2014.

 

 

Laurel Slate – Business Administrator

* B.S. Degree in Business Administration, University of Massachusetts.

* Taught Sunday school at First Church in Windsor for twenty years.

* Served on FCELC Policy Board for six years (two years as President).

* Volunteered in Windsor Public Schools in many different capacities.

* Brownie/Girl Scout Leader for six years.

* Worked on Executive Board of Windsor High School PTA for two years, served as Treasurer.

* Collaborative agent, administered the Graustein Grant for the Early Childhood Council for ten years.

* Active member of the School-Family-Community Partnership Task Force in Windsor, 2014/2015.

* First Aid and Administration of Medication training up-to-date.

* A valued staff member at First Church Early Learning Center (FCELC) since 1996.

 

 

Teachers

 

Suzanne Drangenis – Co Teacher – Four year old – Full Day Program

* Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education, Asnuntuck Community College.

* Head Teacher Certificate, 9/2002.

* Early Childhood Teacher Credential. 6/2014, Charter Oak State College

* Many years experience as helping parent and substitute at First Church Early Learning Center (FCELC).

* Volunteered in Windsor Locks Public Schools in different capacities for many years.

* First Aid/CPR for Infant & Child/Administration of Medication/EpiPen training up-to-date.

* Responsible for completing ten hours of Continuing Education each year.

* A valued staff member at First Church Early Learning Center (FCELC) since 1999.

 

 

 

 

Kelsey Fitzsimmons - Music & Movement Teacher

* Bachelor of Science, Human Development and Family Studies, University of Connecticut, 2004

* Classes in Theatre Jazz Dance 1, 2, and 3 and Musical Theatre Dance

* Works at Windsor Youth Theatre

                        Director, 2011 - present

                        Assistant Director, 2003-2011

                        Choreographer, 1994 - present

* Works at Greater Hartford Dance Academy, Glastonbury: Assistant Dance Teacher, 9/2009 - present

* Kindergarten Paraprofessional, Windsor Public Schools, 8/2012 - 2/2014

* Playgroup leader music and movement, Windsor Public Schools, 9/2011 - 8/2012

* Preschool Instructor music and movement, Poquonock Playschool, Windsor, 9/2011 – 10/2012

* Adult Education Instructor, Windsor Public Schools,  9/2007 – 12/2010

* A valued staff member at First Church Early Learning Center (FCELC) since 2016.

 

 

Kathryn Kopacz - Co Teacher – Three and Four year old class

* Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, Fairfield University.

* Preschool Teacher, Poquonock Playschool.

* Parent Educator, OE Family Resource Center.

* Preschool Teacher, Wilson Nursery School.

* Volunteered in Windsor Public Schools in different capacities for many years.

* Volunteered for Town of Windsor events in different capacities for many years.

* Volunteer and Board Member for The Music School at Sound Crossing, East Windsor.

* Responsible for completing ten hours of Continuing Education each year.

* A valued staff member at First Church Early Learning Center(FCELC) since 2015.

 

 

 

Christa Mierez Pitter - Assistant Teacher – Three year old – Full Day Program

* Courses in Early Childhood Education, Capital Community College.

* First Aid/CPR for Infant & Child/Administration of Medication/EpiPen training up-to-date.

* Responsible for completing twenty hours of Continuing Education each year.

* A valued staff member at First Church Early Learning Center (FCELC) since 2007.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karen Mitton – Lead Teacher – Four year old – Full Day Program

* B.S. Degree in Education, Westfield State College.

* Teacher Certification for State of Massachusetts.

* Head Teacher Certificate, 5/2014.

* Substitute in Enfield Public Schools for three years.

* Has early childhood teaching experience in private settings dating back to 1991.

* First Aid/CPR for Infant & Child/Administration of Medication/EpiPen training up-to-date.

* Responsible for completing twenty hours of Continuing Education each year.

* A valued staff member at First Church Early Learning Center (FCELC) since 2002.

 

 

 

 

Deanna Sanborn – Co Teacher – Three and Four year old class

* Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Ashford University, 2017.

* Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education, Manchester Community College, 2013.

* Student taught at MCC Child Development Center, 2013.

* Administration of Medication/Epipen training up-to-date.

* Responsible for completing ten hours of Continuing Education each year.

* A valued staff member at First Church Early Learning Center (FCELC) since 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Janet Sherman – Lead Teacher – Three year old – Full Day Program

* B.S. Degree in Child Study, Minor in Early Childhood Education, St. Joseph College.

* Head Teacher Certificate, 5/2014.

* Five years teaching experience-infant/toddler program-Windsor Discovery Center.

* Revived the “Friend makers Program” for two year olds at FCELC for one year.

* Taught Sunday school at First Church in Windsor for four years.

* Served on FCELC Policy Board for five years (one year as President).

* Volunteered in Windsor Locks Public Schools in different capacities for many years.

* First Aid/CPR for Infant & Child/Administration of Medication/EpiPen training up-to-date.

* Responsible for completing twenty hours of Continuing Education each year.

* A valued staff member at First Church Early Learning Center (FCELC) since 1999.

 

 

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