Brenda Ward-Kelley

Director

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.

Amanda Holsworth

Teacher Blue Room

Amanda holds a B.S. in Sports/Entertainment/Event Management with plans to pursue an M.S. in Elementary Education. Amanda has over 11 years experience working as a Nanny caring for young children. Amanda joined our staff at 1st Church Preschool in 2016.

Marianne Boutsioulis

Head Teacher Orange Room

Marianne holds a B.S. in Early Childhood Education and Head Teacher Certification from the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood. She taught preschool at Happy Time School in Cheshire for 16 years and has over 19 years experience working with preschool children. Marianne join our teaching staff in 2017.

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 / Before & After Kindergarten

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.

Karen Bergstrom

Teacher Red Pre-K Room

Karen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and has several years experience working in the field of early childhood. Karen is a familiar face to 1st Church Preschool as her youngest daughter was a student in our program; she served on our Board of Directors; she held several long-term substitute teaching positions here at the preschool and even served as interim Director. Before rejoining our teaching staff in September 2018, Karen worked as a Developmental Therapist for Children and Family Services.

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.

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Assistant Teacher Red Pre-K Room / Afternoon Program

Lori Cohen

Teacher Yellow Pre-K Room

Lori holds a B.A. in Human Development with a minor in Psychology and is currently working toward her MSW. She was a teacher at Scooter School for four years and has been working with preschool children since 1996. Lori joined the 1st Church Preschool teaching team in 2016.

Cindy Cavallaro

Head Teacher Yellow Pre-K

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.