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Vickie Anderson
Director & Lead Teacher

Vickie developed the Parent-tot program while teaching PreK 3 classes in Michigan nearly 20 years ago. After moving to CT and becoming a Preschool Director, Vickie recognized a need in the community for her Parent-tot program. She first offered her class to the local preschool families but, as interest grew, she had to train another teacher and expand to a second class.

Vickie has observed, first hand, the benefits to those children who attended the Parent-tot classes and how easily they transitioned into her 3s classes.

After she retired as a Preschool Director, Vickie decided to start Parent-tot LLC so she could continue offering her classes to young families.

 

Credentials: 

  • She and her husband, Bob, have raised 3 children  and have 3 grandchildren.. 

  • Vickie has 28 + years experience teaching and working with children.

  • She has taught every Preschool age from 2 year olds to young 5s. 

  • Her PreK 3s classes in MI were very diverse and gave her the opportunity to teach many ELL children, (English Language Learners). 

  • She has taught special education children in Elementary school - Jr. High.  

  • She has a double major in Elementary Education and Learning Behavioral Disorders from Bowling Green State University.

  • Vickie has presented on “Positive Intentional Parenting” and has mentored many young parents. ​

  • She is well connected in the Preschool community. Parent-tot is her passion and her heart.

Meet our TEAM

We have an incredible team.

They have experience working with children and parents.

You will find them warm and welcoming because they love what they do. 

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Patricia Gilbert

Administrative Assistant

Pat received her B.A. degree in Early Childhood Education from CCSU and has her M.A. degree in Pastoral Counseling from St. Joseph University. She is retired from her Christian Counseling private practice and her position as Preschool  Administrator/Church Receptionist both of ten years. Pat enjoys anything equine, reading, and sewing. Pat and her husband, David (retired Director of Communications) live in Rocky Hill. They have three adult children and five grandchildren: Paul, Jennifer (with her husband, Steve, sons, Cole and Gabriel and daughter, Grace), and Eric (with his wife, Joelle, and sons, Otis and Oscar.)

Sophia Cicchiello

Lead Teacher/Ms Sophia

Sophia received her B.A. from Fordham University in Psychology  with a minor in music. Starting from a young age and throughout her life, she has always been enthusiastic about teaching children.  After college she worked as a Preschool teacher on Long Island before she moved to Connecticut to start her family. Ms. Sophia has experienced Parent-tot classes as a parent as well as a teacher.

She has experience teaching Parent-tot  classes and has also worked as a Teaching Assistant in a PreK 3s classroom here in CT.

Sophia loves working with the little ones, is energetic and loves getting to know each and every child in her class. 

She enjoys running, walking her dogs and reading. She and her husband, Manny live in South Glastonbury with their three children: Adrianna, Amelia and Andrew. 

Nikki Jones

Social Media Developer & Teacher-in-Training

Nikki has a B.S. degree in Speech Language Therapy from Worcester State University. In addition to her job as a stay-at-home mom, she has experience working for Glastonbury schools as a Para and most recently was the Teaching Assistant for 4 years in a local PreK 3s classroom. 

Nikki  is very excited to join the Parent-tot team so she can continue her passion for children and education.

In addition to her contributions to our team as our social media developer and teacher-in-training, she is also pursuing a new path. She is currently a student at the International Institute of Cosmetology studying to become a licensed esthetician.  She recently received her certification in aromatherapy, as well.

Nikki lives in Glastonbury with her husband, Larry and 4 children.

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Special recognition to Mary Bunge, co-founder with me, who was with me from the beginning and continues to inspire and support Parent-tot.

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