Our devoted staff of professionals are well trained and highly experienced in Early Childhood Development. Staff members continue to attend classes, workshops and training courses in a variety of subjects throughout the school year. The teachers also enhance their experience through observation at various private and public schools in our area. All staff members maintain current Pediatric First Aid and Infant/Child CPR certification. All staff are also certified to administer medications.
Julia Spelman – Director
Julia earned a BA in SLP/Audilogy with a minor in Psychology from Iona College and a MA in SLP from CUNY Queens College. She started her teaching career as a SLP in the NY City Public Schools and the City of New Rochelle Central School District. After moving to CT and spending some time at home with her two children, she earned her Designated Head Teacher Certificate from The State of CT and started teaching preschool. She has never looked back! Julia has a passion for working with young children to help foster confidence and positive self image. In conjunction with her teaching she has been a youth sports coach for over 15 years. “The greatest part of my job is seeing the wonder and excitement in a child’s eyes when they make a new discovery”, Julia.
Pam Ryan – Head 3’s Teacher
Pam began her teaching career in a dual role as a (4s) preschool and kindergarten teacher. She has since had the opportunity to work with students of all ages. Before deciding to stay at home with her four children, Pam taught first grade at Fairfield Country Day School. Most recently, Pam returned to the classroom as an assistant teacher at a local nursery school. As a former Presby parent, Pam is excited to be a part of a child’s beginning school experience. One of her main goals is to foster positive attitudes about learning. She strives to relate the learning to the interest of the child, and their world both inside and outside the classroom. Pam received a BA in Communications from Villanova University, and an Accelerated Certification of Teaching in Elementary Education from the College of St. Elizabeth.
Amy Calandriello – Head 4’s Teacher
Amy earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from The University of Connecticut. Immediately following that, Amy was accepted into Uconn’s advanced degree program in the School of Education where she earned a Master of Arts in Education. Upon graduating, Amy was hired as a full-time classroom teacher at North Stratfield School where she worked for 10 consecutive years. During her time at North Stratfield, Amy taught kindergarten for 3 years and first grade for 7 years. For 7 summers, Amy taught and held a leadership position at McKinley School’s Title 1 Early Literacy Summer School Program. This program offered intense literacy instruction for students in kindergarten through third grade. After the birth of her 2 children, Amy decided to devote her time to raising her family. For the past several years, Amy has been a private tutor for numerous students, across a variety of grade levels. Amy is proud to be a teacher in the town where she grew up!
Marilyn Saad – Assistant 3’s/4’s Teacher
Marilyn has 30+ years experience in Early Childhood education. She began her journey at the Jewish Community Center’s “Rainbow Junction” in 1987. She joined the Presbyterian Nursery School family in 1993. Here at Presby, she has taught 3’s, 4’s, Lunch Bunch, Pre-K and our Summer Program, as well. Teaching and nurturing children is one of her passions and she feels fortunate to do it here at Presby. Along with her husband and son, she has been a Fairfield resident for most of her life. Her son Joe, is a Presby alumnus. In her spare time, she enjoys walking, gardening, cooking and sitting at the beach. Marilyn is also a counselor at the Easton Community Center Summer Camp and their after school program at North Stratfield Elementary School in Fairfield. Marilyn prides herself on creating a happy and safe learning environment based on patience, love and understanding.