First Church Windsor

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107 Palisado Avenue , Windsor , CT 06095
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ELC Staff


Kate Bodmer

FCELC Director

Kate joined the FCELC as Director in 2019. She began her career in preschool education after graduating from Lasell College with a degree in Elementary Education. She then moved to New York City and took a position at the Children’s Aid Society Preschool in the West Village. From her early days in New York City, Kate has held a wide range of positions. She helped to open a School Readiness program in Hartford as the Curriculum Coordinator,  was a Reginal Director for a large cooperate childcare company, and then went on to be an Early Head Start Specialist in Springfield. Prior to joining the FCELC, she was at the JCC as a Preschool Director. 

Even though Kate has, for the last 20 years, held mainly administrative positions, she is still an Early Childhood Teacher at heart and the classrooms are where she spends much of the day.  Kate says "if I’m not in the classrooms supporting the children and teachers, I’m eating lunch with the children, helping with room arrangement and curriculum development, or just spending time loving the children of FCELC.  My most favorite time in the classrooms is when I’m cooking with the children, affectionately known as, “Cooking with Miss Kate.” This time brings me back to why I started and stayed in the Early Childhood Education world: the children!"

Deanna Brefort

Co-Lead Teacher in the Full-Day 4-Year-Old-Program

Deanna has been working at FCELC since 2014. She started in the half-day program teaching three to six-year-olds and is am now in the four-year-old program. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Ashford University in 2017. She taught at MCC Child Development Center for her student teaching experience in 2013. Deanna says “I always knew I wanted to work with young children; I was always the one to be with the kids at any gathering and always babysitting my cousins. The laughs and smiles that I see day-to-day is the best part of teaching. Every day is different and watching children grow and become excited about learning is inspiring. I am a stepmother, a military wife, and a cat and dog mom. I love to create new decorations for my house, whether it is a Christmas decoration or a new welcome sign. I love being outside; riding the quad or sitting by a fire is my way to relax."

Alyssa Cooper

Assistant Teacher in the Full-Day 3-Year-Old-Program

Alyssa has worked for the FCELC since 2020. Alyssa studied first at the University of Hartford and then at Manchester Community College where she majored in Early Childhood Education. She completed her student teaching experience at MCC’s child development center on campus. Alyssa has been married for 2 years and has a German Shepard. She loves reading, listening to music, and spending time with her family. Alyssa says “my favorite thing about teaching young children is being able to be a part of the most important stages of their development. I love being there to support their learning and growth!”

Christa Mierez-Pitter

Assistant Teacher in the Full-Day 3-Year-Old-Program

Christa has been with the FCELC since June of 2007. Originally employed as a Teacher's Aid, she has since moved up to her current position of Teacher’s Assistant in the Full Day three-year-old class. After attending Windsor High School, Christa graduated from Post University with her Associates Degree in March of 2020. She completed the internship portion of her degree at  the Fred D. Wish Elementary School in Hartford, CT. She am currently pursuing my Bachelors Degree in Child Studies at Post University. Christa is married and she and her husband have two beautiful children. Christa says "my favorite thing about teaching this age is there is never a dull moment. I not only help teach the children but I learn so much from them too!"


Karen Mitton

Lead Teacher in the Full-Day 4-Year-Old-Program

Karen has been a teacher at FCELC since 2002. She is the Lead Teacher in the Full Day 4-year-old program. Previously, she worked in the Half Day 3-year-old program as a Co-Teacher and then as Lead Teacher. Karen grew up in Hampden, MA, and lived there until she graduated from Westfield State College in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. After graduation, she moved to Enfield, CT where she worked as a substitute teacher in the Enfield Public School system before running my Home Daycare for several years. Karen started a family and raised her 3 children in Enfield where she still lives. Karen says "teaching preschool in a small school community has been very rewarding. Helping a child overcome a fear or challenge and building long-lasting relationships with the families is very special to me. The children bring me joy and laughter on a daily basis. The conversations and fun we have while guiding the children in their learning are why I can say I love what I do!"

Emily Santino

Lead Teacher in the Half-Day Classroom

Emily has been with FCELC since 2019. She graduated from Boston Baptist College in 2017 with a major in Biblical Studies and a minor in Education. Emily completed her student teaching experience  in a K1 classroom at a school in Boston. Emily also has experience teaching in a preschool classroom. Emily says "as a child, I always knew I was going to be a teacher. Growing up, I spent time in Europe and was able to see different parts of the world and experience their education systems. I just want to aid children in education by empowering them and helping them explore their personal interests!"

Janet Sherman

Lead Teacher in the Full-Day 3-Year-Old-Program

Janet has been working at the FCELC for over 20 years. She was the Lead Teacher of the half-day four-year-old program for 12 years and is currently the Lead Teacher for the Full-Day three-year-old program. Prior to joining the FCELC, Janet was the Lead Teacher for the Infant and Toddler Program at the town of Windsor's Discovery Center. Janet graduated from Saint Joseph University with a bachelor’s degree in Child Study: Early Childhood Education. Janet grew up in Windsor and now lives in Windsor locks. She has three boys of whom she is immensely proud. Janet enjoys walking, reading, dancing, and spending time with friends. She says “I love teaching preschool building relationships with the children and families and enjoy actively participating with the children in their discoveries and learning. There is nothing more rewarding than experiencing inquisitive minds, creative imaginations, and heartfelt emotions. I love being an integral part of how a child learns and grows!”

First Church Windsor

(860) 688-7229