MEET OUR LEARNING CENTER STAFF
Meet Fairfield County's finest early childhood teaching staff! Our teachers have advanced degrees in education and a passion for helping your children learn and grow.
Lindsay Bistis Director
Lindsay has been with Chelsea Piers since September of 2004, first in NYC and then here in Stamford since 2012. Lindsay studied Inclusive Elementary and Special Education at Syracuse University where she graduated magna cum laude. After a surprise opportunity to teach 1-3 year olds came her way, she realized she had a passion in early childhood education. She returned to Hunter College in NYC to obtain her Master’s in early childhood education. Lindsay began as a toddler teacher at CP Kids New York and after 4 years became the director of the program. As Chelsea Piers Connecticut developed, Lindsay was instrumental in planning the school and has been the director since its opening in July of 2012. Lindsay’s favorite part of early childhood education is being a part of children’s language development and their social and emotional growth during these formative years. She loves children’s literature and will never turn down a child’s request to read a book!
Nina Clark Assistant Director
Nina went to Sacred Heart University, where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, followed by a Masters of Arts degree in elementary education. While attaining her Masters, she interned and student taught in a K-3 school in Bethel, CT. After that experience, she stayed on to work in that school for two more years. She then worked in the special education department with the Greenwich Public Schools for 2 years. Knowing that she loved early childhood education, she sought out a career in that field. She landed at CP Kids in 2012, its inaugural year, and has been here ever since! She has worked as a lead teacher with both the toddlers and infants, before joining the leadership team in July 2018 as the Assistant Director. Nina's favorite part about teaching is seeing those "a-ha" moments when children learn a new skill or concept. Nina loves to spend time with her family and enjoys reading (preferably, on the beach).
Karen began teaching in 1991 and has taught everything from preschool up to 4th grade. She has a love of sports and has coached cheerleading, soccer and tee ball. Karen has three sons. When it comes to preschool, she loves the curiosity that her students have for learning and she gets to be silly on the job!
Geri has been teaching at CP Kids for 5 years and is part of the preschool leadership team. She graduated from Lehman College with a Master’s Degree in Childhood Education. Prior to CP Kids, Geri taught Kindergarten for 4 years at a charter school in the Bronx. Her goal as a teacher is to provide children with a rich environment where they feel safe to explore and free to express themselves. Geri strives to provide an environment where children and families from different cultural backgrounds feel welcomed and accepted. Her hobbies include listening to music and spending time with her husband and two wonderful children.
Dayanne attended Southern Connecticut State University for her Bachelors in Liberal Studies minoring in Spanish, Sociology and Wellness. She has been working with children for 13 years. Dayanne has worked as a babysitter, camp counselor, teacher’s aid and as an assistant teacher here at CP Kids in 2014. After 2 years as an assistant teacher, Dayanne decided to go back to school and earn her Masters in Education at the University of Bridgeport. Dayanne enjoys teaching because the kids are like little sponges; they learn so much, so fast, and it’s awesome to see them grow!
Katherine has been with CP Kids since the 2016/2017 school year as a preschool teacher. Katherine has her Master’s in Elementary Education from the University of Bridgeport. Katherine has two children (a son and a daughter) who inspired her to become a teacher. Katherine also has a beagle mix fur baby and his name is Louie Vuitton. Katherine enjoys the outdoors and nature walks. She also teaches Sunday School and collects Pandora charms.
Gina has been the lead teacher of the CP Kids infant room since we opened our doors in 2012. She loves to see the babies grow into curious toddlers. She has three wonderful children of her own and is the proud grandmother to Ava, a delight that is the apple of her eye. Gina has been teaching in early childhood for many years, including owning and operating her own licensed home daycare when her children were younger. She cannot express how being part of the lives of many children and their families has enriched her as a person. Watching each child that she has had the pleasure of taking care of blossom into amazing, smart individuals fills her with great happiness and she is proud to know that she was an important part of that process.
Chris has a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Connecticut and was a member of the Air National Guard. He has been with CP Kids for over 6 years and is the Multi-Sport Coach for the program. In addition, Chris coaches tennis to children ages 3-10 and leads the Little Athletes Club Camp in the summer. His favorite part of teaching is when kids learn a particular skill, fundamental or concept and begin to use it in everyday play! Chris enjoys bike riding and running, having completed a marathon in Antarctica.
Madeline has been part of the CP Kids teaching team for three years teaching kids between the ages of two and five. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College and has worked at an independent elementary school in Darien as a kindergarten and first grade teacher. Madeline has a passion for teaching phonics and developing children’s writing skills.
Ms. Roselyne’s, also known as Ms.Rose, love for Early Childhood Education started in 4th grade when her mother took her to the Chester Addison Childcare Learning Center. From that moment her passion for teaching developed. She attended Norwalk Community College and received her Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Next she attended Southern Connecticut State University and studied Sociology. Ms. Rose has been teaching for over 10 years and has been at Chelsea Piers for 3 years. When Ms. Rose is not teaching she enjoys spending time with her loved ones. She also enjoys reading at the beach during the warmer months and by firepit during the colder months.
Maria has been teaching at CP Kids for 4 years. She began as an assistant teacher, worked up to co-teacher and is now loving her first year as a lead teacher. Maria has 11 years of experience in Health and Wellness Management, and has been working with kids in some capacity since she was 11 years old. She is the proud mom of Lorelai (4) and Luke (2) and is working toward her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education at Post University. While all of that keeps her busy, she wouldn't change it! Knowing that she is a part of these young lives and helping them to become the best versions of themselves gives Maria the drive to keep pushing forward.
Patty has been with CP Kids for 6 years. She started in the infant room for two years and then became a lead teacher in the toddler class for the past four years. She has been happily married for 25 years and has two wonderful children, a son and a daughter. Patty has many years of experience in the early childhood field. She enjoys watching the children in her class grow and explore their surroundings, entering as young toddlers and developing into unique individuals. Patty’s favorite part of being a toddler teacher is experiencing all the love the children have to offer while learning in a positive atmosphere! Patty enjoys spending quality time with her family and two dogs in addition to hiking, cooking and baking.
Shannon grew up in Stamford and attended Stamford Public Schools, making her very familiar with the area. Shannon graduated from West Virginia University with her B.S. in Child Development and Family Studies, Infants and Toddlers, and Communication Studies. After that, Shannon attended the University of Bridgeport for her Masters in Elementary Education. Shannon has been a camp counselor for 4 years, a director of a camp for 3 years, an after-school teacher, a coach, a substitute and a tutor. Her favorite thing about teaching is getting students to be just as excited about learning as she is and seeing their faces light up with enthusiasm because they've mastered something or know the right answer. It brings Shannon so much joy to be around these children and to be able to watch them as we learn and grow together. Shannon is so happy to be working with her sweet and smart preschoolers.