Professional Staff and Board

The Center is well known for the longevity, experience, and professionalism of its staff. The director and teachers are committed to the development of future early childhood educators, and supervise and work with undergraduate and graduate students in training from various colleges and Yale University.

Director Susan Taddei. Ed.M. Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction. BA Psychology and Education. CT Standard Director’s Credential. State Certification in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. 16 years relevant experience. 11th year at Calvin Hill.

Director Emerita Carla M. Horwitz. Ed.D Educational Leadership, MS Urban Education, BA. Diploma in Child Development. CT Professional Director’s Credential. State Certification in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. 47 years relevant experience. 42nd year at Calvin Hill.

Administrative Associate Randi K. Alpert. BS Early Childhood Education. 30 years relevant experience. 19th year at Calvin Hill.

Threes Program

Head Teacher Helen Riviere. MS Urban Education. BS Early Childhood Education, State Certification in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. 38 years relevant experience. 15th year at Calvin Hill.

Teacher Nancy Pasacreta. BS Psychology (21 credits in Early Childhood Education). 24 years relevant experience. 12th year at Calvin Hill.

Associate Teacher Marissa Bivona. BA English (15 credits in Early Childhood Education). 6 years relevant experience. 4th year at Calvin Hill.

Associate Teacher Jade McLean. BA Liberal Studies (18 credits in Early Childhood Education). 7 years relevant experience. 8th year at Calvin Hill.

Preschool Program

Head Teacher Linda Barrett. BA Psychology (24 credits in Early Childhood Education). 36 years relevant experience. 26th year at Calvin Hill.

Teacher Heather Williams. BS Early Childhood Education. 13 years relevant experience. 14th year at Calvin Hill.

Teacher Colleen Olinski. MS Education. BA Communications (26 credits in Early Childhood Education). State Certification in Elementary Education K-6. 11 years relevant experience. 9th year at Calvin Hill.

Teacher Juliet Avelin. BA Psychology. M.Ed. Elementary and Early Childhood Education. 18 years relevant experience. 2nd year at Calvin Hill.

Teaching Fellow Marina Marques. BA Liberal Studies (15 credits in Early Childhood Education). SCSU 2016. Post Graduate Carla Horwitz Fellowship in Child Development and Early Childhood Education. 6 years relevant experience. 4th year at Calvin Hill.

Assistant Teacher Elise Hebel. BA English & Studio Art (12 credits in Early Childhood Education). 3 years relevant experience. 2nd year at Calvin Hill.

Assistant Teacher Rebecca Baisden. 13 credits in Early Childhood Education. 8 years relevant experience. 2nd year at Calvin Hill.

Kindergarten

Senior Teacher Winnie Naclerio. MS & BA Early Childhood Education. State Certification in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. 38 years relevant experience. 39th year at Calvin Hill.

Teacher Nancy Morris. BA Anthropology and Sociology. (30 credits in Early Childhood Education). State Certification in Elementary Education K-8. 25 years relevant experience. 2nd year at Calvin Hill.

Teaching Fellow Gabriela Drucker. BS Psychology. Yale University 2016. Post Graduate Seedlings Fellowship in Child Development and Early Childhood Education, Yale Child Study Center.

Board of Directors

The Calvin Hill Board of Directors is comprised of parents, teachers and community members. Feel free to download the complete list of board members.

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