Brenda Ward-Kelley


Brenda holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and a B.A. in Liberal Studies with minors in Psychology and Studio Art. She holds current Connecticut State Elementary Teaching Certification and has college credits in Early Childhood Education Administration, Management and Finance. She has many years experience as a family day care provider and worked as a preschool teacher in the Wallingford School System. Brenda began at 1st Church Preschool in 2004 as Afternoon Head Teacher and then taught in the 4’s Room classroom. Brenda became director of the program in December of 2010.

Maura Federico

Head Teacher Blue Room

Maura holds a B.A. in Early Childhood Education and Art and has been working with young children since 1995. Her previous teaching experience includes the Children's Preschool in New Haven. Maura has been teaching at 1st Church Preschool in the 3’s Room since 2004.

Diane Miller

Teacher Blue Room

Diane has 5 years of experience as an Assistant Preschool Teacher and as a one-on-one paraprofessional teaching children ages 3 to 7 years old. Diane served as a Sunday School Director for many years working with children from birth to 10 years old. Diane joined our Blue Room Teaching Team in September 2019.

Michelle Rayburn

Head Teacher Orange Room

Michelle holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Disorders: Speech and Language Pathology with a minor in Special Education. She has completed Graduate level coursework to obtain Elementary Education Teaching certification in the state of Kansas. Michelle has worked with children of all ages, from birth to young adult. She worked as a lead tutoring instructor and preschool/kindergarten teacher and operated her own home daycare for six years. Michelle joined our Orange Room teaching team in October 2019.

Audra Boccardi

Teacher Orange Room

Audra holds an A.S. in Early Childhood Education. She is a state certified Head Teacher and a state certified Educational Consultant. Audra has been working with young children since 1992. She operated a home daycare and has experience as both a preschool teacher and program director. Audra joined our 3’s Room teaching team in 2010.

Sue Murphy

Head Teacher Red Pre-K Room

Sue holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a minor in English as well as an A.S. in Early Childhood Education with state certification as a Head Teacher. Sue previously taught at Scooter School and has been teaching preschool children since 1998. She joined our 4’s Room teaching team in 2015.

Amanda Holsworth

Teacher Red Pre-K Room & Afternoon Program

Amanda holds a B.S. in Sports/Entertainment/Event Management with college coursework in child development and is currently working on acquiring a CDA. She has over 11 years experience working as a Nanny caring for young children. Amanda began as a teacher in our Blue Room in 2016. She joined our Red Pre-K teaching team in 2019.

Kathy Murphy

Assistant Teacher Red Pre-K Room

Kathy holds a B.A. with concentrations in Elementary Education and Special Education. She was a teacher at Scooter School for eight years and has been working with preschool children since 2003. Kathy joined the 1st Church Preschool 4’s Room teaching team in 2014.

Katie Thomas

Afternoon Program Assistant Teacher

Katie holds a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and a Master's Degree in Elementary Education. She has 3 years experience as a paraprofessional in the Hamden Public Schools working with children in grades 1 and 2. Katie also has several years experience working with pre-kindergarten children as an After School Teacher and Camp Counselor. Katie joined our 1st Church Preschool Staff in February 2019.

Christina Solis

Teacher Yellow Pre-K Room

Christina holds a Bachelor's Degree in Human Development with a concentration in Day Care Teaching/Administration and Psychology. Christina served as a long term substitute in our Yellow Pre-K and accepted a permanent teaching position in our Yellow Pre-K in 2019.

Cindy Cavallaro

Head Teacher Yellow Pre-K and Before/After Care Kindergarten

Cindy holds a B.S. in Early Childhood Education and is a state certified Head Teacher. She has been working with young children since 1986. Cindy joined the staff of 1st Church Preschool in 1998 and also serves as the school’s Summer Program Coordinator.

Carol Marino

Floater/Assistant Teacher Afternoon Program

Carol has been teaching in the field of early childhood since 1994. She has experience working with children ages 6 weeks to 6 years. Carol joined the afternoon teaching team in 2012.