Our Professional and Caring Staff

Dr. Hilary Coons – Director

Dr. Coons became Director in 2020 after being a part of the CCP family for the past 7 years.  All three of her children attend the preschool and she served on the Board of Directors for 6 years.  She has an earned Doctorate in Public Administration and extensive work in non-profit leadership and managing non-profit organizations.  

Mrs. Linda Wheeler – 4’s Lead Teacher

Mrs. Wheeler holds a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Southern Connecticut State University and is certified as a Lead Teacher. Her children attended Christ Church Preschool. Linda has been at the Preschool since 2019.

Mrs. Dawn Petrie – 4’s Assistant Teacher

Mrs. Petrie has been working in our 4’s Pre-K program since 2007.  Previously she worked as a paraprofessional.  She has also earned credits toward a degree in Education at S.C.S.U. and has volunteered her time at different educational facilities.

Mrs. Rochelle Modesti – 4’s Assistant Teacher

Mrs. Modesti previously completed certification as a co-teacher in a Florida NAEYC accredited preschool.  She is a qualified paraprofessional.  She began working at our school in 2010 after moving to CT.

Mrs. Jenn O’Brien – 3’s Lead Teacher

Mrs. O’Brien has a degree in Behavioral Science with credits in early childhood education. She started out as a substitute teacher at Christ Church Preschool and then spent a year working in the 3-year old classroom as a teacher. She is currently in her first year as Lead Teacher in the room but has been an employee since 2012.

Mrs. Kelly Dolyak – 3’s Assistant Teacher

Mrs. Dolyak joined CCP in 2020 after working as a Daycare Assistant at another local learning center.   She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut.  Her children attended our preschool and we are thrilled to welcome Mrs. Dolyak to our staff!

Our Consultant Support Team

Christ Church Preschool is fortunate to have a group of professional consultants to help us with specific issues, concerns, or questions.

Healthcare Consultant

Jenelle DiGianvittorio, APRN

Dental Consultant

Stephen Kest, DMD

Educational Consultant

Patty O’Hanlon

Social Services Consultant

Becky Sullivan