ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

Jennifer DiCarlo, Director

Jennifer DiCarlo holds a teaching certification and Masters Degree in Elementary Education. Post-graduate education and certifications include a 6th year and 092 Administrative certification in addition to Director’s credits and Early Childhood Education Credits. Jennifer brings over a decade of teaching experience to FCP and proudly joined the FCP team in the winter of 2021 as Director.

Kayla Vozzella, Assistant Director

Bio coming soon…

TEACHERS

Stephanie Hicka and Molly Powers

2s Teachers in the Pink Door 

 

Ms. Stephanie has a degree in Psychology / Behavioral Analysis and is currently in graduate school for her Masters in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Molly holds a Masters Degrees in Education. They bring over 19 years of combined experience as Early Childhood Educators.


Sidney Ambrogio and Maaliyah Burgess

2s Teachers in the Red Door

 

Ms. Sidney holds a Bachelors Degree in psychology and joined our team early spring of 2021. She has been involved in coaching Greenwich Youth Athletics for several years. In addition to teaching at FCP, Ms. Sidney is an athletics coach at Greenwich High School. Ms. Maaliyah is currently working towards her Early Childhood Education degree, graduating in spring of 2023. She has several years of experience working with children in early childhood centers, camps and private care. 

Kimberly Lee

2s Teacher in the Pink Door

Mrs. Lee holds a degree in International Studies. She has almost a decade of teaching experience and joined FCP in 2021. Mrs. Lee serves on the Board of another local preschool and holds other community positions throughout Greenwich. 

We are currently working hard to find an amazing co-teacher and hope to have one in place very soon. In the meantime, either Mrs. Mary Jane Kraus or Mrs. Laura Peters, both veteran FCP teachers who have taken on substitute and floater roles this year at FCP, will be supporting Mrs. Lee in the Pink Door.

Karen Grant

3s Teacher in the Purple Door

Ms. Karen holds a business degree and joined FCP in 2020, having experience in the Greenwich Public School system prior. She holds additional credits in Early Childhood Education.

We are currently working hard to find an amazing co-teacher and hope to have one in place very soon. In the meantime, Mrs. Ayesha Cadman, a returning FCP teacher who was Ms. Karen’s co-teacher last year, will be supporting Ms. Karen in the Purple Door until the new teacher is hired. Ms. Ayesha will move into a substitute role after a co-teacher is found. 

 

Jena Palmer and Stephanie Sylvestre

3s AM and Ext. Day Teachers in the Purple Door 

 

Ms. Jena and Ms. Stephanie both hold Bachelor Degrees with additional credits in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Stephanie is currently in Graduate School for Early Childhood Education. They bring over 25 years of combined experience as Early Childhood Educators. 

Barbara Andersen and Katherine Vincent

4s Teachers in the Blue Door 

 

Mrs. Andersen and Ms. Vincent hold education degrees in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Ms. Vincent is also an Athletics Coach in Darien. They bring over 36 years of combined experience as Early Childhood Educators, accumulated at both FCP and other local preschools. 

Madeline Alcantara and

Hayley Andersen

4s Teachers in the Silver Door 

Ms. Alcantara holds a degree in Behavioral Sciences and is working towards her Masters Degree. Ms. Maddie joined FCP last year and has an additional 13 years teaching experience. Ms. Andersen holds a degree in Human and Family Studies as well as a certificate in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Andersen joins FCP this year with over a decade of preschool teaching experience. 

Donna Harrington and Michele Mozian

4s Teachers in the Gold Door 

 

Mrs. Harrington and Mrs. Mozian both hold higher education degrees with specific training in Early Childhood Education. They bring over 79 years of combined experience as Early Childhood Educators, most of which has been accumulated as teachers at FCP. 

Montserrat Thompson

Pre-K Teacher in the Orange Door 

 

Ms. Montse holds an Early Childhood Education degree and brings over 20+ years of experience as an Early Childhood Educator. 

Laura Peters and Donna Tarzia

Floater Teachers 

Laura Peters (left) holds a degree in Elementary and Special Education as well as a Masters in Child Development. She has 30+ years teaching experience and joined FCP in 2021. 

Donna Tarzia (right) holds certifications in Early Childhood Education and Special Education, with 17 years of teaching experience. 

Mary Jane Kraus, Ayesha Cadman, Elizabeth Willbanks and
Suzanne Sullivan

Substitutes 

Mary Jane Kraus (left) holds a degree in Elementary Education and has been part of the FCP team for the past 25 years. 

Ayesha Cadman (right) is Montessori trained, has a decade of experience and has been part of the FCP team since 2021. 

Elizabeth Willbanks was a former FCP teacher and has been a part of the FCP family since 2002.

Suzanne Sullivan holds a Masters Degree in Elementary Education and brings multi-years of teaching experience.

CUSTODIAL TEAM

 

Curtis Gay

Curtis has been keeping First Church Preschool clean and in great working order for about 30 years!  If you ask him how he feels about working here, he replies, “I just love working here.  I love the staff and the kids.  The kids are great.  Can’t beat it!”  Judging by how excited the children are whenever they see Mr. Curtis around the school, it’s clearly evident that they love him, too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Qasim Husseini 

Qasim, his wife and four children live in Stamford.  In addition to working very hard to keep our preschool clean and in good repair, Qasim is a skilled artist who makes wonderful, detailed drawings.