Director-

Kalie Riordan

Kalie is excited for her third year as Director.  Kalie grew up in Darien, and her parents still reside in her childhood home. She left Darien and headed to Hood College, in Frederick Maryland where she received a B.A in Studio Art and Graphic Design. It was after working in the graphic design industry for almost two years that she felt called back to school to gain her teaching certification in Early Childhood Education.  Kalie started as a teacher at NPNS in 2008.  Kalie and Peter have been married since 1995, and have two beautiful children, Gillian and Luke. Dance, Video Production, Karate, and Scouts are some of the things that keep the kids busy when they aren’t occupied with school activities. When Kalie is not at work she can be found reading, biking, making jewelry, quilting and spending time with her family.

Assistant Director-

Susanne Frank

Susanne has worked at NPNS since 2004. This is her third year as Education Coordinator and Assistant Director. She received her degree in Early Childhood Education in Germany and has 30 years of teaching experience both in Germany and the United States. Susanne has had extensive training in the Reggio Emilia Approach to early childhood education. She attended the international summer school in Reggio Emilia to study the philosophy of their early childhood programs – and conducted research in Ligonchio in relation with the Atelier of water and energy as well as in Milano in relation with the Expo2015 “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”. In addition Susanne has attended workshops at Reggio inspired schools in Boston, New York City and California. Susanne is a licensed Rhythmic teacher holding workshops for Early Childhood Educators throughout Germany during the summer months.

 

Office Manager-

Jessica Hoyt

This is Jessica's 8th year at NPNS. Jessica has worked as a Four's teacher, Support Staff, Extended Day Coordinator and is currently the Office Manager for NPNS. Jessica has three children that all attended NPNS.  She was on the NPNS Board for three years and one year served as our Board Chair.

 

2's Program Teachers

Yasmin King

This is Yasmin’s 13th year at NPNS teaching our Two’s Program.  Yasmin is a native of England and attended teacher training college in London, England.  She received her CDA from NCC.  Yasmin is the mother of two sons, Jayden 13 and Malik 17.  She enjoys working out at the gym, gardening, traveling and reading.


Jennifer Lusardo

Jen is looking forward to her second year in the Two’s with Ms.Yasmin. Prior to coming to NPNS, Jen was a Lead Teacher in a Three’s class for 7 years. Jen is a mother to two boys ages 13 and 15. She lives in Norwalk with her husband, children and Golden Retriever Jaxson.  During Jen’s free time she enjoys travelling, boating, skiing and watching her children play lacrosse, football and baseball. 

3's Program Teachers

Sarah Grant-Ludwig

Sarah is looking forward to her 16th year at NPNS. She will be teaching the 5 Day Morning 3’s. Sarah is originally from Wales where she graduated from Cardiff College with a degree in Early Childhood Education. After college, Sarah worked at a day care program with children from birth to 5. She then became head of the school for 2 years before moving to America. Sarah has taught Sunday school and has volunteered for Younglives mentoring young girls and their babies and children. Sarah has been the Director of the camp at NPNS for 9 years and also the camp Director at the Middlesex Tennis and Swim Club in Darien for the past 6 years. Sarah enjoys reading, walking, cooking and spending time with family and friends. Sarah is excited to begin another school year!

 

Lou Ann Hyder

Lou Ann and her husband Quentin have lived in Darien for 40 years. They have three children, two of whom graduated from NPNS. Lou Ann will be teaching a five day 3's class. She graduated from Columbia University with a BS degree in Occupational Therapy and enjoyed classes in Early Childhood Education at Norwalk Community College. This is her 34th year teaching at NPNS.

 

Angela Vitale

Angela is looking forward to her seventh year at NPNS and is excited to be teaching the 5-Day morning 3’s with Lou Ann Hyder. Angela has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a CT State Certification in Elementary Education and continues to study Early Childhood Education. Prior to joining  NPNS, Angela taught gymnastics to 2, 3 and 4 year olds at The Little Gym and she was a substitute teacher at Pear Tree Point School for PreK-Grade 5.  Angela has twin 8-year old granddaughters, both graduates of NPNS. And a new baby granddaughter, born May 5th. 
 

Margie Bollman 

Margie is teaching the three-day 3's and two-day 3's with Ms. Meg. Margie is also our cooking specialist for the "Tiny Chef's"' and "Little Chef's" extended day programs. She attended University of Connecticut and is currently completing her Early Childhood Education Certificate.  Margie has been at NPNS since 2011. Margie has previously taught in our 2's and 4's programs. 

 

Meg Thilmany

Meg joined NPNS eight years ago as support staff and extended day teacher. Since then, Meg has  worked in our 2’s Program with Miss Yasmin and taught long day 4’s for the last four years. Meg received her BA from Rosemont College in PA and is currently  pursuing credential training in Child Development .  She is the mother of two teenage children.  She was both a Cub Scout leader and a Girl Scout leader and remains very active in the scouting community.  Meg is also on the Board of the Darien Historical Society where she chairs the Education and children’s Events Committee. 


4’s Program Teachers
Cynthia Dunn

Cynthia is looking forward to teaching the Long Day 4’s program with Ms. Irini again this year. Cynthia received her BA in English from Skidmore College.  She holds a Child Development Associate (CDA) and recently graduated with an Early Childhood Education Certificate.  In addition to teaching at NPNS, Cynthia has experience teaching children of many ages in programs and camps at The Audubon Center in Greenwich, Darien Environmental Group, Back Yard Beekeepers Association and Girl Scouts.  Cynthia lives in Darien with her husband and has a grown daughter who attended Darien Schools.

 

Irini Gkiaourakis

This is Irini's 6th year teaching at NPNS.  She is looking forward to beginning the school year teaching the long day 4's with Cynthia Dunn. Irini received her Bachelors degree in General Studies from the University of Connecticut and her CDA certificate in Early Childhood from Norwalk Community College. Before attending NPNS, Irini worked in the Early ChildHood field for over 15 years. She is happily married and has two beautiful daughters, Ellie who is 8 and Thespina who is 3.
 

Lauren Oleskiewicz

Lauren joins us from Riverfield Elementary in Fairfield where she worked as a paraprofessional. She has previously taught Third Grade at Pear Tree Point School in Darien. Lauren obtained both her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from Sacred Heart University. This is Lauren's first year and is excited to be joining the NPNS community! 
 

Pat Indiveri

Pat graduated from Curry College with degree’s in Education and Psychology. She has taught 3’s and 4’s in Greenwich for 12 years and 2’s and 3’s in Rowayton for 5 years. She lives in Greenwich and has 3 boys. Pat enjoys traveling and spending time with family. 

 

GiGi Zogheb

This will be Gigi Zogheb's second year teaching at NPNS.  She will be teaching in the AM 4's classroom.  Prior to joining NPNS, Gigi taught in a 3's classroom in Westport, CT.  Her experience also includes teaching at a Montessori school in Boca Raton, Florida were she taught in a 3-6 year old classroom as well as a 6-9 classroom for ten years.  Gigi received her degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Delaware and shortly after that her Montessori certification from the American Montessori Society.  Gigi and her husband, Richard, have two daughters.  Gigi cherishes time with her family and friends and enjoys cooking, gardening and walking.  She is delighted to be joining the staff at NPNS.
 

Kate Davis

This is Kate's third year at NPNS and enjoys teaching at the school.  Kate teaches the long day four's and really enjoys this age group. She has been teaching for over twenty five years in early education in independent schools. Kate went to Wheelock College and has studied at Columbia Teachers College. She views teaching as a vocation and is happy to be apart of the NPNS community. Kate is a life long learner and is constantly looking for new ways to enhance her learning. She enjoys traveling, cooking and reading. 

 

GeorgiaLynn Yahn

GeorgiaLynn is looking forward to her third year at NPNS. She is a teacher in our long day 4’s program. GeorgiaLynn graduated Cum Laude from Southern Connecticut State University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with concentrations in psychology and studio art. She is very excited to bring her compassion and enthusiasm for children and teaching to another great school year.  


Pre-K Program Teachers
Ewa Pasciak

Ewa is teaching the five‐day Pre‐K class at NPNS; this will be her 16th year as a Pre-K teacher. She grew up in Rzeszow, Poland. She graduated from Teacher's Training College in Rzeszow and received a Teaching Certificate with a specialty in early childhood education. Shortly after, she moved to Cracow and then graduated from the English department of Jagiellonian University, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in teaching. In Poland she had four years of experience as an elementary school and child care center educator. In 1994 she moved to Stamford. She then graduated from UConn with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Services. Ewa and her husband have two daughters who are college students in Boston.


Melisse Reardon

Melisse joined the staff of NPNS in January 2012 as an Extended Day teacher. This year she will be working as an assistant in Pre K, Substitute teacher and Extended Day teacher. Melisse has her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a concentration in Early Childhood Development and her graduate degree in Finance. Melisse, who lives in Darien with her husband Mike, has three children, James, Tyler and Jackie and two dogs, Chuck and Nala.

 

 

Support Staff
Patty Baggaley

Patty retired from 32 years of classroom teaching at NPNS in 2010.  She taught the 2's, 4's and for many years was the Assistant Director of NPNS.  She also taught 2nd, 5th, and 6th grades in elementary school. Patty received her BA from California State University at Long Beach and did her graduate work in education there as well as New York University.  She also received certification by the State of CT to become a Designated Head Teacher for Child Day Care Centers in the State of CT.  In 2011 Patty returned to NPNS supporting the teaching staff in many of the classrooms.

Karalesa Difabio

Karalesa is excited to be back for her second year as Support Staff at NPNS. She has been a current NPNS parent for four years now with her youngest in the 4's program this year. She has lots of energy and enjoys playing and participating with children during their school day. 


Kara Duncan

Kara has been with NPNS since 2013. She has worked as an extended day teacher, support staff and sub. Last year she was the transitional support for the 3-day 3’s and will do so again this year. Kara has lived in town for 24 years with her husband Neil and their four children, Dillon, Haley, Carter and Grant. 


Beth Gardella

Beth is happy to be returning to NPNS as support staff this year having previously worked as an extended day teacher for two years. Beth has over 12 years experience as a preschool teacher. She taught 3's and 4's at Breezy Point Day School in Bucks County, Pa where she was a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAYEC). Beth lives in Darien with her husband Lee and their three teenage children who are all graduates of NPNS. As a member of NPC, she served on the NPNS board as an Elder for three years and also enjoyed teaching Sunday school for many years. 


Lyni Stephens

Lyni has been with NPNS as an Extended Day teacher and a substitute teacher. She returns this year as support staff.  She lives in town with her husband, son and daughter who both attended NPNS.


Nurse Consultant-

Nancy McLaughlin​​

Nancy is once again serving as our Nurse Consultant. Previously, she taught both the three's and the four's.  She received her Child Development Associate from Norwalk Community College and her BS in Nursing from Boston College.  She also serves on the grants committee of the Obie Harrington Howes Foundation providing assistance to individuals with spinal cord injuries.  She lives in Darien, is the mother of four grown children and the proud grandmother of three.

 


      Our Team