New Canaan Community Preschool’s Director and teachers are the cornerstones of our community, with over 15 years of working together, they make for an incredible and dynamic teaching team. NCCP’s dedicated staff understand the importance of creating a nurturing and safe learning environment. We are very proud of our school and the partnerships the NCCP Team have forged with our families.
Giselle has 21 years of experience in Early Childhood Education. She has been with NCCP since 2002, making this Giselle’s 17th 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 Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Norwalk Community College, a Bachelor’s 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 as well as a Certificate in Early Childhood Administration from Norwalk Community 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.”
Threes Head Teacher &
Lunch Bunch Teacher
Patty is entering her eighth year at NCCP and her sixth 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.
Lunch Bunch Teacher
and Summer Camp Coordinator
This will be Melissa’s sixth year at NCCP. Melissa received an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Norwalk Community College. She is currently working towards obtaining her Bachelor’s 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.
Debbie is entering her fourth year at NCCP. Debbie is a graduate from Norwalk Community College where she obtained her Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. Currently, Debbie is pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at the University of Bridgeport. 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.
4-Day Pre-K Team
Mary is returning to NCCP for her 23rd year. Currently a Co-Teacher in the 4-Day Pre-K Class, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science from Western Connecticut State University and an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Teikyo Post University. Mary enjoys spending her free time with her daughter and running.
4-Day Pre-K Co-Teacher
This will be Kristen’s 15th year at NCCP. We were excited to welcome her back to the team, 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 Associate 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.
5-Day Pre-K Team
5-Day Pre-K Head Teacher
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 Pre-K 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 she enrolled her boys in the Threes Program. This will be Fran’s 17th 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.
5-Day Pre-K Teacher
This will be Katelyn’s fifth year at NCCP. Katelyn graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2014 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Services and has taken classes at the Sacred Heart University in order to work towards her graduate degree in Education. 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.
5-Day Pre-K Teacher
and Spanish Teacher
This will be Kiki’s third year at NCCP. Kiki has an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Norwalk Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Bridgeport. Recently, Kiki received a Connecticut Director’s Credential from Charter Oak State College and an Early Childhood Administration Certificate from Norwalk Community College. With 19 years teaching experience, Kiki likes to provide and create an environment where children can grow socially and academically. She 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.