ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

Beth Genovese, DirectorBeth Genovese

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

Kayla Vozzella joins First Church Preschool with 13 years of experience in Early Childhood. Over the past 13 years she has worked in various roles, with most recently taking on the role as an interim Assistant Director at her previous center. She graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and has additional credits in ECE and elementary education. She has also obtained her Head Teacher certification from the State of Connecticut. She is very passionate about early childhood education and has a hands-on child centered teaching philosophy. She believes that every student is unique and has their own way of learning. As the Assistant Director it is her responsibility to mentor our teachers in creating lessons that will foster play-based learning and meet each child’s individual needs. One of her favorite parts about working in early childhood is also being able to foster relationships with the families, children, and staff. She is honored and excited to be a part of the administration team here at FCP!

TEACHERS

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.

Kimberly Lee,
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

Floater Teachers 

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.

CUSTODIAL STAFF

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!