Carole Lisi - Preschool Director

Carole moved extensively as a young person but has happily been in CT since 1984 when she came to attend Southern CT State Univ. Married in 1988, she and her husband Frank moved to Easton where they raised their 3 children~ Matt, Katie and Caroline. Carole volunteered in many capacities when her children were younger, including PTA Vice-President, Girl Scout leader, religious education teacher and AYSO coach, just to name a few! When her children all became of school age she began 8 years of substitute teaching at Helen Keller Middle School, which led to several full-time extended positions before coming to Playtots. Carole currently volunteers for Hospice, The Jewish Home for the Elderly and Mercy Learning Center, as well as coordinating events/birthday parties for the Easton Community Center. One of her great joys has been teaching the 4 year olds since 2008 and she looks forward to many more years!

Ellen Geaney - Assistant Preschool Director and Head Teacher, 4's class

Ellen is thrilled to be a part of the team at Playtots Preschool. She grew up in New Jersey and then earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Rowan University in Elementary Education. After graduating, she moved to Connecticut where she earned a Masters of Arts degree at Fairfield University in Special Education. Ellen holds a CT State Teaching certification and is eligible to teach students Pre-K-Grade 8. Ellen began her career working with special needs children at Eagle Hill School in Greenwich. She then taught Kindergarten at Hurlbutt Elementary School in Weston, CT. She spent over 10 years teaching before starting her family. Ellen moved to Easton in 2007 with her husband Patrick, stepson Sean and daughters Jenna and Tess. Ellen enjoys art and anything crafty- including scrapbooking! Ellen has been working at Playtots Preschool since 2014. It was that first year that Ellen hatched chicks in her classroom and fell in love with raising chicks and chickens! She now has a little farm with rabbits and chickens called Geaneygirl Farm. Her past students have affectionately nicknamed her “Dr. Chicken Mama” ! Ellen has an innate love for young children and animals. Having the opportunity to incorporate all that she knows and loves while working with young children is an honor and a blessing!

Leslie Forte - Assistant Teacher, 2's class

Leslie has lived in Monroe for the past 16 years with husband Robert. They have 2 sons who attend Monroe Public schools, where she is an active member of the PTO and volunteers in the classroom. Leslie has taught Sunday School for 7 years and sits on her church council.

She has developed and taught many nutrition classes and programs for children, having a background in Nutrition and a degree in Clinical Dietetics from the University of Connecticut. Leslie joined Playtots Preschool in 2013 and has worked in the Almost 2s class, 4s class, and in the “Fabulous Fridays” program.

Carrie Satta - 5 Day 3's Teacher

Carrie has been happily teaching the five day threes class at Playtots Preschool since 2018. Carrie is able to share her passion for creativity in her teaching of the art program to the four-year-old children as well. Prior to arriving at Playtots, she worked for the Stratford Public School district for five years as a Parent Educator in the Family Resource Center as well being the Parents Supporting Education Excellence (Parents SEE) Coordinator. Although much of the years prior to this were spent at home with her two boys, she did find time to work part time in the field of Early Childhood Education. She continues to work for the State of Connecticut as an Education Consultant to several Early Childhood programs in the state. In addition, she was the Child Development Associates (CDA) Instructor at Housatonic Community College as well as a Professional Development Specialist for the National Credentialing Program. Carrie studied Early Childhood Education at the University of Connecticut where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree and continued her Graduate studies at Southern Connecticut State University. She is a certified head teacher in the State of Connecticut as well. Carrie is very passionate about the well-being of adults as well as children and is certified in Mental Health First Aid by the National Council for Behavioral Health. She is honored to be the mother of two young men, Nicholas and Christian, and is happily married to her college sweetheart for over 20 years.

Christin Kennedy - Co- Teacher, 5 day 3's class

Christin has lived in Easton with her husband and two daughters since 2015. She is a graduate of Mississippi State University earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education as well as a graduate of the University of Mississippi earning a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Prior to moving to Connecticut, Christin taught for ten years. She is so excited to be a part of this wonderful Playtots team and honored to have the opportunity to help in the development of young minds.

Christine McNamara - Co-Teacher, 3's Class

Christine is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary English Education, and a graduate of the University of New England, earning a Master of Science in Education with a concentration in Literacy (K-12). She has been a teacher in the public school systems since 2004 and truly enjoys working with children to achieve academic success. She is eager to join the Playtots team this year and looks forward to working with the 3’s class. She is honored to be a part of such a wonderful program. She currently lives in Trumbull with her husband and three children.

 

Austin Ward - Teachers Aide/ P.E. Teacher/ Youth Program Coordinator

Austin grew up in Easton and studied Communications at Dean College. He spent his summers working on the administration team at an all boys sleep away camp in Morris, CT. After college Austin spent a year in Florida working at Club-Med where he helped run the Teen Program. Upon moving back to Easton, Austin joined the Easton Community Center team as the Youth Program Coordinator. Austin assists in running the P.E. classes and movement classes for the Preschool, also runs classes in the afternoon for elementary and middle school aged children.

Christel Kiefer - Teacher - Playtots Parent and Tot Class

Christel’s heart is full each week after teaching her little friends songs, rhymes, finger play, and watching them start to interact with their new classmates! Christel has lived in Easton since 1993 and her youngest daughter was a wee little one in the first Playtots class that her mom taught in 2004! Christel graduated from WestConn earning a bachelor in accounting and then attended Pace University graduating with a MS in Taxation. Christel worked for Deloitte Tax for over 20 years and currently has a tax and accounting practice in Easton. She has been active with Girl Scouts, The Easton Garden Club, Mercy Learning Center Child Care and her church over the years. Christel looks forward to visits with her 3 daughters who live in Ohio and Oklahoma.

Joelle Johnston - Co-Teacher, Pre-K

Joelle Johnston lives in Easton with her husband Todd and their four children. Having earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and Marketing, Joelle spent 10 years as a Television News Producer in Louisville and Miami. But once Joelle and her growing family moved to Connecticut in 2008, Playtots became home for her 2 youngest sons and her, as well. Starting as a substitute teacher, Joelle continued her education with early childhood training and is thrilled to be a co-teacher of the current PreK class.

Andrea Knorr - Co-Teacher 2's Class

88I moved to Easton from Omaha, Nebraska in 2017 along with my husband and three children. In 2019 I joined the Playtots team as a co-teacher of the 2’s class. After earning a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Central Arkansas, I taught for several years in the elementary classroom. I then enjoyed 9 years of being home with my kids before going back as a Kindergarten and PreK paraprofessional. I am excited to be a part of the first classroom experience that our youngest students have and work collaboratively alongside so many other wonderful teachers and aides.

Stacey Thomas - Co-Teacher, Pre-K

Stacey has lived in Easton since 2005 with her husband Chris and three sons, who attend Easton schools. Two of her boys are Playtots Preschool graduates! Stacey holds a CT state teaching certification in grades Pre K-3 and is duel certified in Special Education. She comes to Playtots with a wealth of experience, including teaching preschool in Bridgeport and Fairfield and teaching Kindergarten and first grade in the Greenwich Public Schools. Stacey was the Art Teacher at Playtots Preschool and was a Kindergarten Paraprofessional at Samuel Staples Elementary School. Most recently, Stacey held long term substitute positions in Pre K and first grade at Samuel Staples. Stacey is looking forward to meeting all of her new students and parents at Playtots!

Heather Scully - Teacher's Aide, 4's Class

Heather has lived in Easton since 2007 and has been assisting at Playtots since 2009. She studied Child Development at Norwalk Community College. She grew up in Los Angeles and worked in the Recording Industry for over 20 years. She has two sons and is active in their schools and with their various local sports teams. Heather enjoys working with the children at Playtots and participating in their development and growth.

Lucy Silkoff - Teacher's Aide

Lucy has worked at the ECC since February 2004. Most recently she has been an assistant in Playtots Preschool. She also works as a Lead Counselor in the Wanderers camp (for 3-6 year olds) during the summer months. Lucy grew up in Brazil and came to the United States as a nanny working with several families for 20 years. Lucy will be helping out in all of our classrooms next year.