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.
Neysha Ortega has worked at The New Children’s Museum since 2011. You might recognize her face from the Little Explorers’ program that runs up at the museum throughout the school year, or as the lead educator for the museum’s Homeschool Little Scientists class. She provides her students with engaging hands-on crafts and activities geared toward her younger audience. She graduated from Central Connecticut State University in 2012 with a degree in English and minor in Psychology. She has a passion for animals that is catered to by time spent with her three dogs and three birds. She also enjoys spending time drawing, reading, and watching any documentary on Netflix.
Danielle Crochetiere is the Assistant Teacher in the 4’s classroom. She received her education from the Commonwealth Honors College at UMASS Amherst, as well as from the International Christian University in Tokyo. She enjoys the organic, engaging way preschoolers learn, and has previously worked teaching English to Japanese preschoolers. Now she is doing the reverse and introducing Japanese to our students on her weekly “Japan days”. In her spare time, she enjoys wiggling her toes, baking cakes, and translating novels.
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.