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 & The Nest 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.

Click here to read some of the wonderful messages our parents have sent to our teachers

Our Staff

North Campus

Amy Small
Executive Director
Amy McKiernan
Director
Tiffany Nilsson
Assistant Director
Stephanie Bartocetti
Site Coordinator
Alison Grieveson
Design Director
Christine Avitable
Kindergarten
Nava Rubinstein
Kindergarten
Michelle Raffone
PreK
Antoinette Bonaparte
PreK
Annette Previti
Prek
Laura DeRenzo
Preschool
Charlene Dominello
Preschool
Karen Wu
Preschool
Phylicia Daley
Twos
Andra Ramsey-Sead
Twos
Sarah Novarro
Twos
Anajah Jackson
Twos
Courtney Vanacore
Toddlers
Lexi Lucibello
Toddlers
Chelsey Quinn
Toddlers
Jaydah Morrison
Toddlers
Micki Rockell
Infants
Karin Martins
Infants
Patrice Rutty
Infants
Shaquira Everett Durso
Support Staff
Tatianna Priestley
Support Staff
Melissa Scaramella
Support Staff
Tanya Brown
Support Staff
Jacob Polisson
Support Staff

South Campus

Amy Small
Executive Director
Erika Malloy
Director
Stephanie Bartocetti
Site Coordinator
Alison Grieveson
Design Director
Lori Fast-Minkema
PreK
Vanessa Brown
PreK
Millie Kabel
Prek
Andrea Mooser
Preschool
Sharon Suraci
Preschool
Karra Simons
Preschool
Karen Urrego
Twos
Allie Cristante
Twos
Bethany Page
Twos
Beth Jesse
Toddlers
Jamie Makara
Toddlers
Cara Dominello
Support Staff
Misha Ahmed
Support Staff

New Haven Campus

Amy Small
Executive Director
Amy Mason-Mann
Director
Alison Grieveson
Design Director
Aimee Burg
Twos
Patty Grant
Twos
Nehila Charles
Twos
Simone Marong
Toddlers
Ashley Portillo
Toddlers
Emily Daigle
Infants
Sarah Wall
Infants
Liz Wein
Infants

Shoreline Campus

Amy Small
Executive Director
Ida Loomer
Director
Sophie Katz
Assistant Director
Alison Grieveson
Design Director
Caitlyn Healy
Administrative Assistant
Marcos Crocetti
Chef
Amanda Bauer
Kitchen Staff
Karlyn Donovan
Kindergarten
Jennifer Frankel
Pre-K
Bernadette Stak
Pre-K
Loryn Cabrera
Pre-K
Wendy Garcia
Preschool
Ericka Shanley
Preschool
Jami Keding
Preschool
Jennifer Kelly
Preschool
Emily Knapp
Preschool
Anna Cardinale
Twos
Kate Cuzzocreo
Twos
Danni Meskill
Twos
Daniela Criscuolo
Twos
Ariel Clough
Twos
Melissa Lemley
Twos
Rosa Perazza
Twos
Victoria Fierlit
Twos
Kaitlin Nash
Toddlers
Cece Casey
Toddlers
Kim Ballard
Infants
Madison D'Onofrio
Infants
Jenna Annunziato
Support Staff
Sofia DeSorbo
Support Staff
Lee Simpson
Support Staff
Kelli Deko
Support Staff
Toni-Ann Blake-Mauhs
Support Staff
Emily Forgione
Support Staff