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Vickie Anderson — Preschool Director
Vickie received a B.S. degree in Special Education and Elementary Education from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She has had experience teaching children as a Learning Disabilities Resource Room teacher in Ohio, a Special Education Pre-vocational teacher in Arlington, Massachusetts, and has 20 years combined experience teaching preschoolers at various ages in Ohio, Michigan and Connecticut. Vickie moved from Rochester Hills, Michigan in 2011, with her husband, Bob, to Glastonbury. They have three children: Ashley (husband, Jeff and granddaughter, Emory, and grandson, Levy) and Alex live in Colorado; Brad temporarily lives in LA and is completing his internship for graduate school. In her spare time, Vickie enjoys walking her dog, Cooper, cooking, singing and spending time with her husband exploring their new home state of Connecticut.
Seema Anup — Assistant Teacher with Phoebe Ostergren |PreK 4s 3-day & 5-day Classes
Seema was born and brought up in India where she received her master’s degree in Physics. She has worked as a substitute teacher in the Rocky Hill public schools for several years and has been a substitute teacher in preschools. She actively participates in the community outreach programs and high school re-imagined projects in the CREC Two Rivers magnet school in Hartford. Seema’s favorite pastime hobbies are reading and spending quality time with her family. Seema and her husband live in Rocky Hill with their two daughters, Amritha and Akshaya.
Maryalice Bighinatti — Assistant Teacher with Jamie Tinker | PreK 5s Class | Head Teacher for Full Day Add-On Option Class
Maryalice received her B.S. in Accounting from CCSU. She has had experience in teaching children as a religious education volunteer for 15 years. She worked at The Travelers and The Hartford before she opened a family home daycare in Rocky Hill for six years. Maryalice loves working with children. She is an enthusiastic and fun-loving professional with a passion for early childhood education. She enjoys reading, cooking, walking and spending time with her family. Maryalice and her husband, Ron, live in Rocky Hill and have three children; Carolyn, Christine and Danny.
Martina Cacioli — Head Teacher | PreK 4s 4-day Class
Martina was born and raised in Tyrol, Austria. She received her degree in Tourism from the University of Innsbruck. She has worked for tourist boards in St. Anton, Maurach, Tyrol, the Austrian Trade Board, and Swarovski Crystal Worlds. She has been very active in the Wethersfield Public schools volunteering several years in a kindergarten class at Emerson Williams and working with the PTO. Martina has worked for four years as a Para-educator. She enjoys reading, traveling, cooking, crafting, skiing and hiking. Martina and her husband, Michael, live in Wethersfield. They have two children; Daniel and Katharina.
Gina Calcagni—Assistant Teacher with Lisa Roncaioli|PreK 3s PM Class|Head Teacher for Parent Tot Class
Gina is a graphic and instructional watercolor artist. She has over ten years of experience in the teaching profession, consisting of elementary and middle school Enrichment Programs in Wethersfield, Cromwell, and Rocky Hill. Most recently, Gina was employed as a high school Art Teacher at Pathways Alternative Program in Rocky Hill for four years. Gina has had the privilege of attending workshops given by world renowned artists/authors Tom Lynch and Linda Kemp. Their workshops focused on providing students with opportunities to reach their full potential through creative expression. When Gina is not at school, she works part time at Beautique Salon as a nail technician. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, trying different exercise classes, walking outdoors, and painting pictures of her new favorite subject...wedding gowns. Gina and her husband, Bill, live in Rocky Hill with their two teenage children, Rachel and Alex.
Patricia Gilbert — Administrative Assistant
Pat received her B.A. degree in Early Childhood Education from CCSU and has her M.A. degree in Pastoral Counseling from St. Joseph University. She is retired from her Christian Counseling private practice of ten years (and from teaching our Older 4s class of one year!) Pat enjoys anything equine, reading, and cafe' lattes. Pat and her husband, David (Director of Communications of First Church) live in Rocky Hill. They have three adult children and three grandchildren: Paul, Jennifer (with her husband, Steve, sons, Cole and Gabriel, and daughter, Grace), and Eric (with his wife, Joelle, and sons, Otis and Oscar.)
Kristin Hacker — Assistant Teacher with Jamie Tinker | PreK 4s/5s PM Class
Kristin is thrilled and thankful to be joining the teaching staff this year. A Connecticut native, she spent 10 years at The Hartford, teaching employee development classes and writing new hire curriculum. Since 2009, Kristin has devoted her time to being an at-home parent, becoming actively involved at First Church Preschool, where she has two years of experience substitute teaching. Kristin has supported our Parent Committee for the past four years and is in her second year as co-chair. She lives in Old Wethersfield with her husband, Mark, and sons James (a First Church Preschool graduate and Luke (currently enrolled in Mrs. Tinker's Pre-K class and Mrs. Bighinatti's Add-On class.) Kristin loves gardening and quilting. When she is not spending time with her boys, she can be found walking the family coonhound, Lily, around town.
Nikki Jones — Assistant Teacher with Lisa Roncaioli| PreK 3s AM & PM Classes
Nikki is thrilled to be joining the First Church preschool staff. She was born and raised in a suburb right outside of Boston and moved to Glastonbury in 2005. She has been a stay-at-home mom for almost 14 years, and was a substitute at First Church last year. Prior to that she worked in the Glastonbury Public Schools as a Special Education paraprofessional. Nikki attended Worcester State College and studied speech language pathology, and still dreams of completing nursing school. She loves spending time with her family and volunteering with her daughter in dog rescue. She teaches CCD and manages her son's hockey team. Nikki and her husband, Larry, live with their 4 children, Alexa (14), Matthew (11), Ryan (8) and PJ (6), and their dogs, Luke and Charlie. Ryan and PJ are both graduates of First Church and loved their time here!
Phoebe Ostergren — Head Teacher | PreK 4s 3-day & 5-day Classes | Extended Sessions
Phoebe received her B.S. degree in Mathematics from Russell Sage College in New York state. She worked at The Travelers Insurance Company before becoming a stay-at-home mom. After raising her young children, Phoebe returned to work to pursue her new-found passion in Early Childhood Education. She earned her Child Development Associate (CDA) credential in September of 2011, and is in her ninth year on staff. Phoebe enjoys jogging, scrapbooking and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Daryl, live in Wethersfield. They have two teenage daughters, Leah and Bethany, who are both First Church Nursery School graduates.
Lisa Roncaioli — Head Teacher | PreK 3s AM & PM Classes | Extended Sessions
Lisa is excited to be joining the preschool team at First Church. She has a degree in Social work and Art Education from Southern CT State University. She has worked for over 15 years teaching at various levels, the most recent being preschool ages three and four year olds. Lisa is married with two kids (almost grown), 2 dogs, 2 cats, and a hamster. Lisa enjoys teaching, making art, and she especially loves being part of all the little surprises that fill a child's day. She looks forward to making many new discoveries in the classroom at First Church.
Lynn Sunshine — Assistant Teacher with Martina Cacioli | PreK 4s 4-Day Class | Science Resource Consultant and Chapel Leader | Assistant Teacher in Extended Sessions
Lynn loves children and is a Deacon of our church. She received a B.S. degree in Wildlife Management from Michigan State University. She has also earned an R.N. degree. Lynn also has 6 credit hours in Children's Ministries and Worship. In her spare time, Lynn enjoys traveling, cooking, reading and hiking. Lynn and her husband, Glenn, live in Newington. They have two adult children—Brendan and Elizabeth.
Jamie Tinker — Head Teacher | PreK 5s Class and PreK 4s/5s Classes
Jamie is beginning her sixth year on our teaching staff. She is passionate about helping children grow socially and emotionally. Jamie looks forward to getting to know and working with your children. Jamie is currently enrolled at Ashworth College, working toward her Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. For several years, she has directed the music program for the First Church Vacation Bible Camp. Jamie has been a hairstylist for 19 years, and works part time at Hair Zone in Middetown. In her spare time, Jamie enjoys spending time with her family, dancing, playing at the beach and camping. Jamie and her husband, Jeff, live in Wethersfield. They have three children: KarLeigh, KaitLynn, and Luke.