Giselle Coven – Director
Giselle has 19 years of experience in Early Childhood Education. She has been with NCCP since 2002, making this Giselle’s 15th year with the school. She started at the school as an Assistant Teacher and later became a Head Teacher in 2004. In addition to teaching in the classroom, Giselle became the Assistant Director in 2008 as well as Director of Spring Into Summer and Summer Camp Programs. In June 2012, Giselle became the Director of NCCP. Her education background in the field of Early Childhood consists of an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Norwalk Community College, a Bachelors Degree from the University of Connecticut in Human Services and Family Development and obtained her Connecticut Director’s Credential for Directors of Early Care and Education Programs from Charter Oak State College. In addition, Giselle has both a Head Teacher and Educational Consultant Certificate in the State of Connecticut. NCCP has been described as Giselle’s “forever home,” as she believes in quality Early Childhood Education in order for children to develop to their fullest potential. When asked if Giselle has any children she replies, “Yes, 62 of them.”
Erica Anderheggen – Business Manager
Erica has been the Business Manager at NCCP since 2010. Prior to that she was at HBO in a variety of finance capacities. She lives in New Canaan with her husband and two children, both in New Canaan Schools.
Patty Conlon – Threes Head Teacher and Lunch Bunch Teacher
Patty is entering her sixth year at NCCP and her fifth year as part of the Threes Team. She first joined our team as a substitute teacher and a teacher for our Extend My Week Program in 2009. Patty has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication from St. John’s University and a Certificate in Early Childhood Education from Norwalk Community College. Prior to joining us at NCCP, Patty’s many years of experience nurturing children includes raising her five children, substitute teaching and working as a First Grade Teacher’s Aide at Our Lady of Fatima School in Wilton, CT. In addition, Patty was an Advisory Board Member at Our Lady of Fatima. Patty believes that children learn through experience and positive guidance and values the importance of quality Early Childhood Education.
Debbie is entering her second year at NCCP. Debbie Nikiforos is a graduate from Norwalk Community College where she obtained her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. In the future, she plans on pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. Debbie has worked as an Assistant Teacher at A Child’s Place in Westport, The Learning Center Community in Westport and Building Blocks Early Learning Center in Wilton, where she was able to implement the Project Approach Curriculum, as well as the Reggio Emilio Philosophy.
Melissa Borghi – Threes Teacher, Lunch Bunch Teacher and Summer Camp Coordinator
This will be Melissa’s fourth year at NCCP. Melissa received an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Norwalk Community College. She is currently working towards obtaining her Bachelors Degree from Post University in Early Childhood Education. Melissa is always looking for opportunities to implement a variety of activities, techniques, and teaching strategies to stay true to NCCP’s philosophy and dedication to the Project Approach.
Mary Britto – 4-Day Pre-K Co-Teacher
Mary is returning to NCCP for her 21st year. Currently a Co-Teacher in the 4-Day Pre-K Class, she earned her Bachelors Degree in Social Science from Western Connecticut State University and an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Teikyo Post University. Mary enjoys spending her free time with her daughter and running.
This will be Kristen’s 13th year at NCCP. We were excited to welcome her back to the team, last year, after she left in 2004 to raise her four children. During Kristen’s previous 10 years at NCCP, she taught in the Threes Classroom, was a Head Teacher in the Fours Program, taught Lunch Bunch and worked at our Summer Camp. Kristen has her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Norwalk Community College. While Kristen was busy raising her four children, she was also a member of the PTA at Mill Hill School in Southport. As a Committee Chairperson, she coordinated classes for Above and Beyond, an after school program for Grades K – 5 as well as Writer’s Workshop for Kindergarten Classrooms.
Fran is the Head Teacher in the 5-Day Pre-K class. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Relations with a concentration in Early Childhood Education and Development from the University of Connecticut. Soon after completing college, Fran got married and became a Head Teacher at a preschool in Westport. In 1999, Fran joined the staff here at New Canaan Community Preschool as an Assistant Teacher in the Fours class. She was with us for four years before putting her career on hold to raise her twin boys. Fran excitedly returned to join the NCCP staff in 2006 while enrolled her boys in the Threes Class. This will be Fran’s 15th year at NCCP. She is passionate and committed to watching her students’ development and thrive in an environment where they can learn to become confident socially, cognitively and physically. In her spare time, Fran enjoys shopping, baking, relaxing on the beach and spending time with her family.
This will be Kiki’s first year at NCCP. Kiki has an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Norwalk Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Bridgeport. With 18 years teaching experience, Miss Kiki likes to provide and create an environment where children can grow socially and academically. Miss Kiki wants the children in her care to be able to function as individuals and become responsible members of today’s society through positive reinforcement and teaching strategies implemented through her activities in the classroom.
This is Katelyn’s third year at NCCP. Katelyn graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2014 with her Bachelors Degree in Human Development and Family Services and is currently pursuing her Graduate Degree in Education at Sacred Heart University. In addition, Katelyn was a Circulation Librarian at the New Canaan Library, is a private tutor teaching reading, language arts, math and social studies, a Reading Volunteer at Fox Run Elementary School in Norwalk and a mentor with the Stamford Public Education Foundation.
“My daughter ran into school each day eager to learn and explore! The teachers are so warm, engaging and purposeful in everything they do with the children.” Former NCCP Parent
“As a parent, we were welcomed to communicate on a daily basis with the teachers at pick up on how the day went, they encouraged participation in the classroom from the beginning, and we received two sit-down conferences throughout the year. Conferences were very detailed (for any age student!). They included a bound book with pictures of my children that demonstrated age-appropriate learning goals as well as hand-written paragraphs of their progress throughout. No check lists from these teachers! Instead, very detailed descriptions of how my children had grown.” NCCP Parent