Our Teachers & Staff

Photos by: Karen Morneau

Pam Ely

Director of Education

Pam received her B.A from Sarah Lawrence College and her Masters in Early Childhood Education form Adelphi University.  She attended the Bank Street College of Education for her Master of Teaching degree.  Pam was Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Mitten Hill School in Wilton from 1985-1994. She worked in Special  Education for seven years at the Miller-Driscoll School.  She served on the District Staff Development Program in Wilton and is a certified Head Teacher. She has been director of the Day School since 2001. Pam is committed to giving young children the tools and confidence to become lifelong learners. Understanding that the preschool years shape a child’s attitude toward school, she and her teachers work hard to create a community of learning and lasting friendships for the children, as well as their families. Pam is the mother of a daughter, she enjoys traveling, reading, gardening, and watching young children grow to their full potential. 

Ann Marie Francia

Office Administrator

Ann Marie graduated from Berkeley College where she received an Associates Degree in Business Administration.  She worked for over eight years at Joseph E. Seagram & Sons in NYC.  Ann Marie received her Child Development Associate (CDA) from Norwalk Community College in 2000.  She taught the Twos class from 1999 to 2001.  Starting in 2003 Ann Marie became the office manager.  She is the mother of three and her interests include traveling, cross country skiing, reading, and cooking.  

Lauren Toris

5's Teacher

Lauren has her Child Development Associate (CDA) from Norwalk Community College and continues her education in early childhood education.  She has also taken a Bank Street course at NCC, attended Berkley Business School and received her CT Insurance License at Fairfield University.  Prior to joining the Fives program, Lauren taught the Threes, and the Mom and Me program.  She began at the Day School as a substitute teacher and classroom aide.  During the summer months, Lauren co-directs and teaches the Summer Fun Program.  Lauren loves teaching young children.  She provides a safe, calm, nurturing environment to help them become independent and confident learners.  Lauren is the mother of three and has taught at the Day School since 2000.

Heather Kreter

5's Teacher

Heather Kreter grew up in Wilton and joined the CDSW staff in 2014 as an aide and a Threes teacher.  Heather is currently a teacher in our Fives program.  Heather holds an Elementary Education degree from Gettysburg College.  She is also a certified K-6 teacher.  Heather taught third grade at Cider Mill before staying home with her three children.  Heather volunteers as a Girl Scout Brownie leader and a Sunday School teacher.  She is currently a room mom at Miller/Driscoll.  Heather is very happy to be back in the classroom. 

Debbie MacQuarrie

4's Teacher

Debbie has been on staff at The Children’s Day School since 2000.  She has taught in the Fours since 2001, and for three years also taught in the Twos program.  Debbie loves to provide a calm, structured, predictable environment where children can be creative, experiment, and celebrate the joys and successes of learning. Debbie came to The Day School with Bachelors in Business Administration.  While at the Day School she earned her Child Development Associate certificate. She has been a teacher representative on the school’s Board.  Debbie was also involved in writing the school’s Goals and Curriculum Guide outlining CDSW’s philosophy toward providing developmentally appropriate activities and learning, and its Standards for Program Excellence. Debbie has lived in Wilton for 17 years with her husband and three children.  In her spare time she enjoys gardening, cooking for her family, and reading.  

Jen DeAngelis

4's Teacher

Jen teaches the Fours program at The Day School.  Since coming to CDSW in 2004, she has taught the Twos, extended day, and has been a classroom aide.  Jen often says that she has the best job in town.  She loves teaching children ways they can learn and explore the world around them.  She gets great satisfaction developing children into independent thinkers and loves the look on a child’s face when he/she realizes they have accomplished something new for themselves.  Jen has a degree in Psychology from Denison University and a Masters of Education from Fordham University.  Before starting a family, she taught first and second grades in Newington, CT for five years. She lives in Wilton with her husband and three children, and enjoys reading and needlepoint.

Meg Post

4's Teacher

Meg has taught at the Day School since 2007 as a Fours teacher and she has also taught the Twos class.  Meg taught the Twos and Threes at Saint Luke’s Nursery School in Darien for four years.  She taught the twos and threes at Community Cooperative Nursery School in Rowayton for 12 years where she served as the educational director and head teacher for six years.  She has an Associates Degree in Early Child Education from Norwalk Community College, and is a Certified Head Teacher.  Meg became a certified postpartum doula in 2004 and continues to do that part-time in the summers.  She also ran a licensed home day care for two years. Meg’s hobbies include arts and crafts, reading great books, and long walks.  She is married and has three children.

Kate Keller

4's Teacher

Kate joined the CDSW staff in 2014 as an aide and a teacher in the Threes class. She currently teaches the Fours with Meg Post. Kate holds a BS in Elementary Education from the University of Scranton. Prior to moving to Wilton, Kate taught Kindergarten at St. Brendan's School in the Bronx for 9 years. Kate brings energy and enthusiasm to her classroom. She enjoys watching young children grow under her care. Kate has three children; all attended CDSW, and now attend the Wilton public schools. In her spare time, Kate volunteers at ROAR Ridgefield shelter.

Beth Cristini

3's Teacher

Beth taught first and third grades at Brunswick Academy in Greenwich while she earned her Master’s in Teaching at Manhattanville College.  She then went on to teach fourth grade at Greens Farms Academy in Westport.  She left teaching to start her family, sending all four of her children to the Day School.  In 2012 she joined the Day School as a Fours teacher.  She loves the environment at the Day school and feels like it is a unique place with strong relationships among the teachers and the families. Beth serves as one of the staff representatives to the CDSW board.

Meggin Lundstrom

3's Teacher

Meggin earned her Child Development Associate from Norwalk Community College.  She has been teaching at CDSW since 2002.  Prior to working at The Children’s Day School, Meggin worked with many age level groups, and has found that the Threes and Fours are the best age group for her.   Meggin is the mother of two young boys.  Her hobbies include hiking and traveling.

Lynn Pinto

2's & 3's Teacher

Lynn joined the staff at The Children’s Day School in 1999.  She currently teaches in the Twos and Threes programs, but has also taught the Fours.  Lynn has been in the child development field for over 17 years.  She has a strong commitment to CDSW serving as one of the staff representatives on the CDSW Board. Lynn loves being a part of a child’s growth and development and making a difference in their lives.  She feels that all children learn and grow at their own pace and she loves guiding them through this journey. Lynn attended Catherine Gibbs and has her CDA degree from Norwalk Community College.  She plans on continuing her studies in Early Childhood Education.  She has been a resident of Wilton for more than 30 years.  Lynn is married and has two daughters.  She enjoys traveling and loves spending time with family and friends.

Cara LaMonte

2's & 3's Teacher

Cara received her B.A. in Sociology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and has taken classes towards a Master’s in Education at Hunter College.  She completed her Child Development Associate credential from Norwalk Community College.  For several years, Cara worked as a substitute teacher at the Day School and other Wilton preschools. She was also a teacher at the Day School’s Summer Fun Program and Wilton Parks and Recreation. Cara has now taught at the Day School since 2003. She currently teaches in the Twos and Threes programs.  She is the mother of three boys and enjoys camping, traveling, and cooking.

Maureen Thresher

3's Teacher

Maureen received her B.S. in Physical Education from Central Connecticut State University.  She has a B.S. in Health Education from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.  She has also completed Graduate work in Elementary Education at Dowling College in Oakdale, NY.  Maureen started her teaching career in Marlborough, CT teaching P.E. to grades three through six, then moved to teach at St. Peter’s by the Sea pre-k to grade three on Long Island. Maureen moved back to Connecticut to begin raising her four children and volunteering at their schools, Our Lady of Fatima church, and the Garden Club.  Maureen joined the Children’s Day School in 1998 where she has taught two and three-year olds.  Her energy and enthusiasm and love for the children is always apparent when you enter her classroom.  She believes that school should be a happy, fun, and safe place where children can grow and thrive.  Outside of school, Maureen loves to garden, play tennis, practice yoga, and read.  Her greatest joy in life are her four children and grandson, Liam.  Maureen and her husband Tom recently moved to Norwalk, CT.  

Elise DiCorato

2's & 3's Teacher

Elise received her B.A. from Connecticut College and is taking early childhood education classes at Norwalk Community College.  She has worked in childcare centers and as a medical assistant in a pediatrics office.  Elise is the mother of three and has been an aide at the Day School and taught Extended Day for several years.    Elise now teaches the Threes program.  She enjoys reading, cooking, and arts and crafts. She has been at the Day School since 2002.

Summer Downey

2's Teacher

Summer Downey received her BA in Economics from the University of Connecticut. She worked in Asset Management until "retiring" to become a full time mom in 2009.  Summer has lived in Wilton for 10 years and has 3 children who have all attended the Day School - the youngest one currently being in the 5's program! As the newest member of the CDSW teaching team, Summer is so excited to be working with the Twos - she adores this age group! When not chasing after her own children, Summer enjoys reading, baking, caring for her backyard chickens, and volunteer work. ​

Remi Hahn

2's Teacher

Remi received her B.A in communications from Lynchburg College.  After working in Advertising for 11 years, Remi took time off to raise her two children, Olivia and George.  Her interests include cooking, gardening, tennis, and volunteering.  Remi has been at the Day School since 2011.  She is currently a Twos teacher and aide.  Remi believes there is nothing quite like the perspective of a child, every day provides a new opportunity for wonder and growth.

Catherine Ugarte

2's Teacher

Cathy graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with an Associate Science Degree and also attended Katherine Gibbs.  After working at Hewitt Associates and Smith Corona Corporation, Catherine became an active at-home mom to her three children.  Cathy grew up in Wilton and attended the Day School as a child as did all of her children. Cathy has been teaching the Two's since 2010 and Extended Day since 2004, as well as being an aide in the school.  Her interests are baking, gardening, camping with her family, and enjoying nature.  

Victoria Kantor

Spanish Teacher

Born in Argentina, Vicky’s love of teaching began when she was a child herself. After teaching English as a foreign language in her native Buenos Aires, she moved to the US to pursue graduate work. Today, with an MA in Bilingual Education from Fairfield University as well as two children of her own, she has combined her native language, her love of education, children and music into teaching Spanish through music and movement. She currently teaches Spanish to children at Miller Driscoll , Wilton Parks and Recreation as well as two other local preschools.  She also tutors High school Spanish and teaches Spanish to adults through Wilton Continuing Ed. 

Prior to this, she taught Spanish for children in Wilton as well as at her daughter’s preschool in Australia, where she and her family lived for 4 and a half years. She has also been an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher to teenagers and adults, both in Argentina and in the US, most recently at Danbury Public Schools.