Every child is born with a unique spirit that must be championed and honored by themselves and the world. It is the responsibility, specifically of early education teachers, to observe and learn beside each child as the gifts are unwrapped and this spirit is revealed. At Alphabet Academy we nurture the elements of this spirit and encourage children to remain inspired by the world around them.

Our teachers strive to be expert practitioners of their ever-evolving craft and regard their task here as a sacred one, knowing full well of the imprint they will gently impose on a child’s life, forever.

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Emotionally Responsive Teaching

Early learners are on the verge of discovering their capacities for expression. As they encounter new challenges, each child becomes aware of his or her emotional, social, and cognitive abilities at different stages and in distinct ways. Children sometimes need help in naming their feelings and exploring their implications in personal and communal contexts. To that end, our teachers create emotionally responsive environments for children to express themselves and thoughtfully reflect on those expressions.

Our Staff

North Campus

Amy Small
Executive Director
Mireille Esponda
Director
Amy McKiernan
Assistant Director
Alison Grieveson
Design Director
Catherine Jones
Kindergarten
Claire Marston
Kindergarten
Michelle Raffone
Pre-K
Katie Liljedahl
Pre-K
Renee Liquori
Pre-K
Tiffany Nilsson
Preschool
Antoinette Bonaparte
Preschool
Jennifer Frankel
Preschool
Ashley Adler
Twos
Christine Avitable
Twos
Cindy Lua
Twos
Hannah Lickteig
Twos
Phylicia Daly
Toddlers
Bailey Albert
Toddlers
Chelsey Quinn
Toddlers
Mackenzie Earley
Toddlers
Allie Cristante
Toddlers
Micki Rockell
Infants
Karin Martins
Infants
Takisha Brown
Infants
Laura DeRenzo
Substitute Teacher
Abby Rudnyai
Substitute Teacher

South Campus

Amy Small
Executive Director
Andrea Mooser
Director
Stephanie Bartocetti
Site Coordinator
Alison Grieveson
Design Director
Jamie Bingham
Pre-K
Rachel Madera
Pre-K
Cara Minichiello
Pre-K
Lori Fast-Minkema
Preschool
Laura Heath
Preschool
Bethany Coitrone
Preschool
Karen Urrego
Twos
Emily Gretz
Twos
Francheska Gonzalez
Toddlers
Jessica Hess
Toddlers
Lexie Vertucci
Substitute Teacher
Shaquira Everett Durso
Substitue Teacher
Caitlin DeStefano
Substitute Teacher

New Haven Campus

Amy Small
Executive Director
Amy Mason-Mann
Director
Alison Grieveson
Design Director
Kate Cuzzocreo
Twos
Annie Castro
Twos
Simone Marong
Toddlers
Laura Gonzalez
Toddlers
Sydney Corneau
Infants
Kimberly Ballard
Infants
Emily Daigle
Infants
Lynette DeNicola
Substitute Teacher
Alysia Iezzi
Substitute Teacher

Shoreline Campus

Amy Small
Executive Director
Cora Megan
Director
Ida Giaimo
Site Coordinator / Twos
Alison Grieveson
Design Director
Kyle McKay
Preschool
Carly Belko
Preschool
Danni Meskill
Infants / Toddlers
Sarah Willsey
Infants / Toddlers
Cristina Aranci
Twos
Bernadette Stak
Substitute Teacher
Cece Casey
Substitute Teacher