Beth Genovese, Director
Beth brings a wealth of teaching and leadership experience to FCP. She started her career at Greenwich Country Day School as a kindergarten teacher and has spent the last 10 years at Children’s Learning Centers in Stamford – most recently as a senior administrator overseeing the students, teachers and curriculum across 22 classrooms. During the interview process, it was evident that Beth excels as an effective, empathetic and hands-on leader and we believe she will be an incredible addition to our caring community.
Beth lives in Newtown, CT with her husband and has three grown children. In her free time, she loves to ski and spend time with her family. We are so excited to welcome Beth to FCP and can’t wait for everyone to meet her!
Kayla Vozzella, Assistant Director
Stephanie Hicka and Julie Gerowitz
2s Teachers in the Green Door
Ms. Stephanie (left) has a degree in Psychology / Behavioral Analysis and is currently in graduate school for her Masters in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Stephanie has been with First Church Preschool for 6 years.
Ms. Julie’s bio is coming soon.
Sidney Ambrogio, Jean Raftery and Chyna Ryan
2s Teachers in the Red Door
Ms. Sidney (left) holds a 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. Jeanne (right) holds a Bachelor’s Degree and lives locally. In addition to her extensive business career, Jeanne has coached youth swimming for the past decade, specializing with preschool children.
Ms. Chyna’s (far right) bio is coming soon.
Ayaunna Conyers (T, Th)
and Stephanie Silvestre (M, W, F)
2s Teachers in the Pink Door
Ms. Kimberly (left) holds a degree in International Studies. She has almost a decade of teaching experience and joined FCP in 2021. Mrs. Lee served on the Board of another local preschool and holds other community positions throughout Greenwich.
Ms. Ayaunna (first right) is currently pursuing her Early Childhood Education degree and will be graduating in the spring of 2023. She has over a decade of early childhood experience including having worked at other local centers. A Greenwich native, she attended Greenwich High School and still lives locally.
Ms. Stephanie (far right) holds a Bachelor’s Degree with additional credits in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Stephanie is currently in Graduate School for Early Childhood Education. She brings over 15 years of experience as Early Childhood Educators.
Hayley Andersen and Jena Palmer
3s Teachers in the Orange Door
Ms. Andersen (left) 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.
Ms. Jena (right) holds a Bachelor’s Degree with additional credits in Early Childhood Education. She brings over 15 years of combined experience as an Early Childhood Educator.
Karen Grant and Kate McCormack
3s AM Teachers in the Yellow Door
Ms. Karen (left) holds a business degree and joined FCP in 2020, having experience in the Greenwich Public School system. She holds additional credits in Early Childhood Education.
Ms. Kate’s (right) bio is coming soon.
Barbara Andersen and Katherine Vincent
3s Teachers in the Blue Door
Mrs. Andersen (left) and Ms. Vincent (right) hold education degrees in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Ms. Vincent is also an Athletics Coach in Darien. They bring over 37 years of combined experience as Early Childhood Educators, accumulated at both FCP and other local preschools.
Maddie Alcantara and Lindsey Englander
4s Teachers in the Silver Door
Ms. Maddie (left) holds a degree in Behavioral Sciences and is working towards her Masters Degree. She joined FCP last year and has an additional 14 years teaching experience.
Ms. Lindsey’s (right) bio is coming soon.
Donna Harrington and Michele Mozian
4s Teachers in the Gold Door
Mrs. Harrington (left) and Mrs. Mozian (right) both hold higher education degrees with specific training in Early Childhood Education. They bring over 80 years of combined experience as Early Childhood Educators, most of which has been accumulated as teachers at FCP.
Montserrat Thompson and Mary Jane Kraus
Pre-K Teachers in the Purple Door
Mary Jane Kraus (right) holds a degree in Elementary Education and has been part of the FCP team for the past 26 years.
Ms. Montse (left) holds an Early Childhood Education degree and brings over 20 years of experience as an Early Childhood Educator.
Laura Peters, Donna Tarzia, Jeanne Raftery and Ayesha Cadman
Laura Peters (far 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 (next left) holds certifications in Early Childhood Education and Special Education, with 18 years of teaching experience.
Jeanne Raftery (next) holds a Bachelor’s Degree and lives locally. In addition to her extensive business career, Jeanne has coached youth swimming for the past decade, specialized with preschool children.
Ms. Ayesha (next) is a Montessori trained educator with a decade of experience teaching Early Childhood.
Maddie Alcantara and Sidney Ambrogio
Play More Teachers
Ms. Maddie (left) 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. Sidney (right) holds a 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.
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!