2020-2021 Teaching Staff

  • Lisa Roncaioli is excited to step in as interim director for the First Church preschool. She is looking forward to working with new and familiar faces 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 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)

  • Maryalice received her B.S. degree in Accounting from Central Connecticut State University. She has over fifteen years experience teaching children as a religious education volunteer. She worked at The Traveler’s and The Hartford before she opened...(click to continue)

  • Maria graduated from Trinity College in Hartford with a B.A. in History while taking many elementary education courses. After graduating, she moved overseas with her husband who was in the U.S. Navy. They had two of their three children while living in Japan...(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)

  • Elise joins our team of teachers here at First Church from Lollipop Tree Preschool where she taught the 4s programs for two years. Prior to that she lived in Allentown, New Jersey with her husband Steven and two daughters Morgan and Taylor. Elise taught the 4s program at Little Tree Preschool for 15 years. She has her BS degree in Education from Lock Haven State College, Pa...(click to continue)

  • Kristin graduated from Newington High School in 2019 where she took many childcare classes and even had an internship at Elizabeth Green Elementary School in a kindergarten classroom. Kristin is now in her second year at the University of Saint Joseph studying Elementary Education...(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 training instruction as well as developing educational materials. Realizing her passion for... (click to continue)

  • Heidi always wanted to be a mom. So, it was with great excitement that she was able to leave the insurance industry when she and her husband adopted three beautiful children from Russia. Her hands-on job of raising children from an orphanage has given her a unique perspective and much insight of the effects early childhood trauma can have on children...(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)

  • Joyce has a degree in Physical Education from the Kings College in NY. She spent two years teaching elementary physical education and then continued her career working in business/accounting. Over the years, she has worked with children in many ways...(click to continue)

  • Amanda lives in Windsor with her husband and daughter, Claudia. Amanda loves Eric Carle, Elephant & Piggie and Pete the Cat books. She is currently reading through the Ramona series with her daughter. Amanda loves animals and has two dogs and one huge, friendly pet rabbit...(click to continue)


  • 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... (click to continue)

  • Stacy has wanted to be a teacher since she was in first grade. She received an Associated Degree in Early Childhood Education at Manchester Community College. She has been teaching early Childhood in several different places for the past 16 years...(click to continue)