A bit about our teachers!
LoriAnne Crochetiere (Preschool Director/Museum Preschool Program Coordinator) has a degree in Elementary Education, specializing in Early Childhood. She has worked in a variety of capacities, from Family Preschool Daycare Owner to working with the Town of Cheshire’s Early Intervention Preschool Program. Lori even student taught at West Hartford’s own Whiting Lane School. For Lori, education is so much more than a job– it’s an adventure! Lori enjoys spending her free time gardening or traveling with her husband and two daughters, looking for historical places and calm quiet beaches.
Lisa Sussman has been teaching preschool for more than 28 years. She has been at The Children’s Museum Preschool since 2001 where she teaches 4 and 5 year olds. She has a Degree in Early Childhood Education. Her teaching philosophy is that children learn through their play, as well as hands-on experiences. She works to create activities which foster fine motor skills, enhance creativity and imagination. In her free time she enjoys crafts, traveling the world, making family dinners for her husband and 3 children, reading, and walking her dog.
Nancy Cretaro has been working at The Children’s Museum Preschool for the past 15 years. She has a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from UCONN and a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Hartford. She lives in Manchester in the house she grew up in. She has two grown children and two adorable grandsons. She loves to read, swim, walk her playful dog and garden. She also enjoys going to the beach, concerts, and especially spending time with family and friends.
Pat Stubbs teaches the three year old class at the preschool. Pat has been teaching at The Children’s Museum Preschool since 2005 after raising her two children Michael and Julie, both graduates of the preschool. She received her education from Manchester Community College and Central Connecticut State University. She lives in Newington with her husband Bob, her dog and guinea pig. In her free time she enjoys fitness activities, exploring CT, gardening and spending time with her family.
Ivorine Martell (known as “Miss Ivy”) works in our Extended Preschool Program, having been around since her own days as student teaching. She has her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood from Capital Community College and prides herself on thinking up fun, creative crafts and projects for her students. When she is not working, Miss Ivy enjoys dancing (she even teaches a class), sewing and cooking.
Stacy Tedeschi Miss Stacy teaches in our 4’s classroom. She has her degree in Early Childhood Education, is Head Teacher certified from the OEC and has been teaching for 13 years. She enjoys family vacations in Wildwood with her husband and 2 children, dancing (lessons for 33 years) and arts and crafts.
Cheree Coles Ms Cheree has been working with preschoolers for many years and has her Child Development Associates. She teaches with Ms. Ivy in the Extended Preschool Program. She enjoys reading and Power Point work on the computer.