2022-2023 Meet our Teaching Staff

Expectations of our Staff:

  • Our director and teachers are professionally trained and experienced in early childhood education
  • They are all certified in CPR, First Aid and medication administration.
  • Each teacher is required to take courses each year so they remain current in teaching ideas and policies.

  • Each primary teacher is accompanied by an assistant, allowing for a suitable teacher-child ratio.

  • We have educational, pediatric, dental, and youth service consultants who advise the school.

  • Lisa is the director for the First Church preschool. She appreciates the teachers and families who are the foundation of this quality program. Lisa has a Bachelor of Social Work, a teaching certificate in art and a CT Head Teacher certificate.... (click to continue)

  • phoebe ostergen,

    administrative assistant 

    Phoebe received her B.S. degree in Mathematics from Russell Sage College. She worked at The Travelers Insurance Company for eight years before becoming a stay-at-home mom. After raising her young children, Phoebe returned to work to pursue her new-found passion in... (click to continue)

  • Martha started her career in Restaurant Management where she worked for many years. She soon realized after starting her family, and many hours volunteering at her children’s elementary school at her children’s elementary school, that “Teaching Toddler’s” was her calling! Martha has been teaching preschool for the last 16 years...(click to continue)

  • Tracy Flint

    head teacher | 4-Day 4s class

    Tracy is very excited to be joining First Church Preschool! She has always had a love for children and majored in Psychology and Early Childhood Education. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years. She has previously worked at Wethersfield United Methodist Church Preschool for six years... (click to continue)

  • Samantha Griffin

    Assistant teacher 5-day 4s class

    Samantha is very excited to begin her fifth year on staff at First Church Preschool this year.  She received a BA in journalism from Saint Michael's College in Vermont.  After graduation, Samantha worked as an elementary school substitute teacher and after-school tutor.  She then  ... (click to continue)

  • Kristin became actively involved at First Church in 2013 as a substitute teacher and co-chair of the Parent Committee for two years while her children attended preschool here. Prior to that she spent 10 years at The Hartford providing classroom and product training to employees.  Realizing her passion for early childhood education, ... (click to continue)

  • Erica liljenberg

    kiddie caregiver Teacher | chapel

    Erica is joining us on staff after being a long-term substitute teacher during the Spring of 2022. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and Psychology from Bridgewater University. After an 11-year career in Corporate America, Erica became a Stay at Home mother ...(click to continue)

  • Jillian received her Bachelors degree in Sociology and social relations from Eastern CT State University. She has worked at The Village for Families and Children, has preschool and school age training while working for a daycare center as well as working for KeyBank for many years before...(click to continue)

  • Karla Pelarinos

    assistant teacher | 3-day 3s class

    Karla is grateful for the opportunity to join the staff as an assistant teacher in the 3's classroom! A stay-at-home mom until her youngest started kindergaten two years ago, she disovered what she was meant to do while providing childcare for the Mastering Motherhood program and then later, as...(click to continue)

  • Jennifer Poland

    HEAd teacher | 3-day 3s class

    Jennifer graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a BA in English. She then went on to Sacred Heart University where she received her MA in Education. Shortly after, she found a summer job working with Autistic children as an Applied Behavior Analyst (ABA) Therapist. She loved it so much that...(click to continue)

  • Nicole is excited to begin her second year on staff at First Church Preschool.  She worked alongside Kristin Hacker last year in the 3's classes and feels like she found her calling! She discovered her love of working with young children in 2018 when she began providing childcare for the First Church Mastering Motherhood program in the 2's and 3's class.  During that time...(click to continue)