A bit about our teachers!
LoriAnne Crochetiere (Preschool Director/Museum Preschool Program Coordinator) has her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education, specializing in Early Childhood and has over 30 years of experience. She has worked in a variety of capacities, from Family Preschool Daycare Owner, to Kindergarten teacher, to working with Cheshire’s Early Intervention Preschool Program. Lori even student taught at West Hartford’s own Whiting Lane School. For Miss Lori, education is so much more than a job– it’s an adventure! Watching the excitement in our preschoolers is the most fulfilling part. Lori enjoys gardening or traveling with her husband and two daughters, looking for historical places and calm, quiet beaches.
Julie Bostrom (Lead teacher/Assistant Director) has an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She actually student taught at the Children’s Museum Preschool in 1991! She also obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Child Psychology. Miss Julie has worked with children for the past 25 years teaching preschool and Kindergarten and is the lead teacher in the 4’s classroom. Outside of preschool, she is an avid football fan and also enjoys listening to live music.
Ivorine Martell (known as “Miss Ivy”) teaches in our 3’s classroom. She did her own student teaching here and loved it so much she stayed! Miss Ivy has 10 years of experience teaching preschoolers. She has her Associates Degree in Early Childhood from Capital Community College and is Head Teacher Certified through the Office of Early Childhood. She prides herself on thinking up fun, creative crafts and projects to keep her students actively learning. When she is not working, Miss Ivy enjoys dancing (she even teaches a class), sewing and cooking.
Stacy Tedeschi has her degree in Early Childhood Education and has been teaching for 14 years. Preschool is her favorite place to be and you will see her smiling face in our 4’s classroom. She is Head Teacher certified from the Office of Early Childhood. When not at Preschool, Miss Stacy enjoys family vacations in Wildwood with her husband and 2 children, dancing (lessons for 33 years) and arts and crafts.
Cheree Coles has been working with preschoolers for many years and has her Child Development Associates. She is the assistant teacher along with Ms. Ivy in the 3’s classroom. In her spare time, Miss Cheree enjoys reading and creating Power Point work on the computer.