Kristie Nichols – Assistant Director (Windsor)

Kristie has been in the field of Early Childhood Education since 1996 and happily became a part of Educational Playcare in December of 2014. She started with us as a teacher for the Bluebird program at our school in East Hampton. Kristie has an Associate’s Degree, a CDA, a Head teachers certification, a CT Education Consultant Certificate, and she is also trained in first aid and CPR.

In 2015 Kristie accepted the position as Curriculum Coordinator for our school in East Hampton. As coordinator she helped create, distribute, and teach curriculum while modeling best teaching practices. In August of 2017, Kristie was promoted to the position of Preschool Program Specialist. This position gave her the experience and knowledge she needed to smoothly transition into the role of Assistant Director.

Kristie lives in East Hampton, CT with her daughter, Samantha and her son Christian. Her favorite hobbies are reading and being crafty with a variety of materials. She enjoys spending time with her children and family any chance that she gets. Kristie is excited to make our Windsor location her second family and home away from home.

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Ashley Walsh – Assistant Director (Windsor)

Ashley began her career in Early Education while working part time in a preschool classroom while obtaining her degree for Elementary Education. After receiving her bachelors from Western New England University, Ashley discovered that she had a passion for Early Childhood Education and began working in a childcare center. Since then, she was worked with all age groups, been a lead Pre-K teacher, Assistant Director and a Center Director.

Ashley believes that every child is deserving of a good education and that early childhood sets the foundation for children’s futures. She believes that children learn through play and exploration.

Ashley is joining our EPC family after moving from Massachusetts. She now resides in Enfield with her husband and two children. Her two children, Charlotte and Lennox, attend our Windsor location.

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Deirdre Spillane, Assistant Director (Windsor-West)

Deirdre has been with Educational Playcare since 1991 when we were just one small building in one location. She began her career in early childhood education as a toddler teacher. Over the years, she has worked with every age group, including kindergarten enrichment and summer camp, and she started the after-school program at our Avon location. She has been a Teacher, a Lead Teacher, and an Assistant Director, and she also works as the Health Records Administrator for all of our locations.

Deirdre earned a BA in child and adolescent psychology from the University of St. Joseph and holds a Child Development Associate (CDA) Certificate. She lives in West Hartford with her husband and teen age daughter, Kiley. She spends her free time driving her daughter to the mall and to Blueback square, cooking for crowds, and reading.

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