A Message from the Christ & Holy Trinity Preschool Director
Welcome to Christ & Holy Trinity Preschool.
At Christ & Holy Trinity, we honor the natural wonder each child was born with into this world. We believe strongly in creating learning environments that support and encourage curiosity, build connections, and fosters lifelong learning.
For over 30 years, CHT has proudly been supporting and nurturing children through a play based environment. Our philosophy rests in the inspiration of the Reggio Emilio approach. This approach designs the curriculum around the interest of the child. Together children explore their questions, build on their discoveries and connect their findings. The teachers follow the lead of the children as they co-create curriculum and build experience which support the skills to prepare them to be lifelong learners.
These early years of development are the most important years in strengthening the heart and soul of a child and their family. CHT is dedicated to creating a loving, safe and supportive environment, in which the entire family is embraced. Our school has the distinction of being accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), a member of the National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES), and an important ministry of Christ & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.
We welcome you to this wonderful world of “Preschool,” our Christ & Holy Trinity community.
The mission of Christ & Holy Trinity Preschool is to enable children to become confident, independent, resourceful learners who are empowered to care for themselves, their community and our environment. At the core of our program is to provide a nurturing early childhood curriculum, set within the framework of a family-centered and Christian community. Our developmentally appropriate program is child-directed.
The philosophy of Christ & Holy Trinity Preschool is inspired by the preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy, as it is appropriate and practical in an American school environment. This celebrated pedagogy is based on emergent curriculum and includes topic studies and project work derived from both teacher-designed provocation and child-initiated interests. This integrated model is mindful of each child’s social needs.
In 2013, Christ & Holy Trinity Preschool had the distinction of being accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) for the fourth time. This prestigious recognition is achieved by fewer than 10 percent of early childhood programs nationwide. Research supports the value of accreditation for children. In particular, children's language skills and social skills benefit from the better quality found in accredited programs. These skills are critical for children's success in life as well as school. In addition, the Preschool is licensed by the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood and is a member of the National Association of Episcopal Schools (“NAES”).
Allison Vodola joined CHT Preschool as one of the Butterfly and Caterpillar teachers in 2016. She is excited to be moving into the Moon class (4's program) where she'll bring more of her experiences teaching Pre-K and Four's in Fairfield County for the past 18 years as well as teaching art & science enrichment programs for the last 5 years. Allison has her Associates degree in Early Childhood Education and Science. Other areas of passionate interest include art, photography and making hand crafted jewelry. Allison also finds time to be a personal trainer and an elite racer for paddle boarding. She enjoys yoga, lifting and snowboarding. Allison and her husband have 3 wonderful boys ages, 16, 13 and 10 and a dog named Abby.
Angela Hobbs is excited to be joining the CHT Preschool family this year as one of our Star teachers (5's program). Angela has experience teaching 2nd and 3rd grades, along with middle school math and language arts. She has also provided in-home childcare for several families while raising her own three children. Angela received a B.A. in Elementary Education and a B.A. in Communications with a specialization in Writing Arts from Rowan University in New Jersey. Angela, her husband Mark, and their three children moved to Trumbull, Connecticut three years ago from southern New Jersey. In their free time, you can find them exploring all of the beautiful parks and beaches this area has to offer! Angela also enjoys photography, reading, writing, and spending time with her family!
Ann Dickson joins CHT Preschool teaching the Caterpillar and Sea classes this year. She has been teaching three and four year olds in Fairfield County for the past ten years. Ann holds a degree in English Literature from Wheaton College and a Master's in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College. Ann and her husband live in Darien with their two boys. During her free time, she enjoys reading, baking and cheering on her boys' soccer and hockey teams.
Cyndy Moyer is the Business Manager for CHT Preschool. Cyndy has a Bachelor's degree in Finance from University of CT and worked as a commercial lending banker. She has previously served as the Treasurer for CHT Preschool and has been involved with various outreach activities at Christ & Holy Trinity Church since joining the Parish in 1991. Cyndy enjoys quilting, reading and gardening when not planning adventures and exploring new places with her husband and 3 children.
Juad Masters is excited to join us this Fall as a one of the Butterfly teachers. She has a B.S. in Business Administration from the Universidad Metropolitana in Venezuela. Juad is certified in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program from the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society (CFM) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Juad has completed training, and co-taught, the Neuroscience of Learning at the Harvard Extension School, the Basic Parent Management Training from the Yale Parenting Center, Positive Psychology from Penn University. Juad lives with her husband and 3 boys in Weston.
Julie Andrews joined the staff at Christ & Holy Trinity Preschool in 2015. She is a teacher in the Sky Class (3's Program). Julie has experience teaching preschool and Special Education in the Fairfield County area for over ten years. Additionally, Julie ran her own childcare and learning program raising her three wonderful daughters. Julie has a degree in Sociology with a concentration in Child and Family from Southern Connecticut State University and also received certification in Special Education. Julie lives in Milford where she enjoys cooking, reading and afternoons on the beach with her family.
Karyn Geffriaud knew when she was a little girl that she wanted to be a teacher when she grew up. After 8 years in education, she still thinks she has the best job in the world! Mrs. Geffriaud earned her teaching certification with a focus in General Science from Central Connecticut State University. She earned her Masters Degree in Reading from the University of Saint Joseph, during which she was a reading teacher in the West Hartford Public Schools System. She taught First and Third grades in the Glastonbury Public Schools System before moving to Georgia and then France. She is thrilled to be joining the C&HT team! When not at school Mrs. Geffriaud enjoys traveling, cooking new recipes, hiking and READING with her husband and two children.
Lori Murray returns this fall as one of our Caterpillar and Butterfly teachers. Prior to coming to CHT Preschool in 2016 Lori spent 10 years teaching for another preschool in Westport as a Two's teacher. She has a Psychology degree from Southern CT State University with a concentration in Early Childhood Education. Lori lives in Trumbull with her husband Kevin and their 2 children. She enjoys running outside and spending time with her family.
Maggie Moffitt-Rahe (Ms. Moffitt) is happy to be part of the CHT Preschool family. Maggie was born and raised in Westport/Fairfield, CT and she attended the Christ & Holy Trinity Church as a child. Maggie has taught PreK camp at The CT Audubon and loves to explore nature. She earned her BA in Art History at Georgetown University. Maggie earned her MAT at Manhattanville College in 2009. Ms. Moffitt has taught Science at St. Thomas Day School in New Haven, CT, Greenwich Country Day and Greens Farms Academy. She enjoys photography, gardening, hiking, cycling and she loves birding at the Audubon. Maggie has three grown children and a new granddaughter.
Maria Rosa-Rockoff joined our staff as one of our Star teachers (5’s program) in 2015. Maria has worked in early childhood education in Fairfield County for 21 years. She holds an A.S. degree in Early Childhood Education from Naugatuck Community College and attended UCONN Stamford working towards a B.A. degree Human Services, with a focus on Women's Studies. Maria is currently enrolled at Charter Oak State College. She and her husband live in Easton. She has two children and three grandchildren that she loves spending time with any chance she can get. She enjoys trail running or playing racquetball with friends.
Marianne Keith joins us as Director of Christ & Holy Trinity Preschool. She is a well-respected early childhood educator and has deep ties to the Westport/Weston community. Marianne was Director of the St. Francis of Assisi Preschool in Weston. Before that, she was a Program Coordinator and teacher at St. Paul Christian School in Westport. Marianne served as a mentor teacher at Norwalk Community College, worked as Program Coordinator for the Connecticut state program “Branches of Hope”, was the Music Director at Landmark Academy, and taught in the New Canaan Public Schools. She holds a B.A. from Manhattanville College and an M.S. in Elementary Education from Bridgeport University.
Maureen Hines comes back to the Sea Class 3 days a week this year, having been a long-term substitute last year. She brings her love of yoga, movement and mindfulness to our three year old program. Maureen was a CHT mom herself as well as a substitute here for many years, so she is quite familiar with our teachers, programs and philosophy. Maureen is a mother of three whose children have all attended the Westport Public Schools. She lives here in town with her husband and youngest son as a nearly empty nester!
Melinda Bell began teaching at Christ & Holy Trinity Preschool in 2003. Melinda is currently one of the Moon Teachers (4's Program). Prior to joining CHT Preschool, Melinda worked in the three's and four's program at the Child Care Learning Center in Stamford, CT, and taught Pre-K to 8th Grade for 12 years at the Westchester Area S.D.A. School in New Rochelle, NY. Melinda's teaching experience spans over 25 years. She received her B.A. degree in Secondary Education from Queens College and her CDA from Norwalk Community College. She is fluent in Spanish and enjoys reading, traveling and gardening. Melinda is married and has two children.
Sharon Lenfest began teaching at Christ & Holy Trinity Preschool in 2011. Sharon is currently one of the Sea Class teachers (3's Program). Sharon has previous experience teaching fourth grade, first grade and preschool, and helped establish a therapeutic preschool program for 3-6 year olds in Denver, CO. She also served as project director for several cancer research projects in the psychology department at Carnegie Mellon University. Sharon has a B.A. degree in Psychology from Bucknell University and received certification in elementary education. Sharon, her husband and 2 daughters (Sylvia, age 10 and Fiona, age 12) live in Wilton, CT.
Board Of Directors
Rev. Marcella Gillis, Assistant Rector
The Rev. John D. Betit