Our Teachers

RCK serves families with our outstanding professional staff and visiting specialists. Our experienced staff all hold either bachelor degrees, graduate degrees or additional teaching certificates and all are CPR, First Aid and Epi-pen trained. 

 

All Staff members attend continuing education workshops each year and hold membership in  the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Our school is licensed by the State of Connecticut. 

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2's Teachers

Lisa DelGiudice
Lead Teacher

Lisa moved to Ridgefield in 1996 and has raised 4 children (one boy and three girls) in the Ridgefield Public School system.  She is married and has a Cavapoo named Peanut.

Lisa earned a Master’s Degree at Sacred Heart University in teaching Pre-K -8 and worked for the Stamford and Wilton Public Schools for 14 years prior to taking time off to raise their 3rd and 4th child. Mrs. DelGiudice has been the 2’s Lead Teacher at RCK since 2015. “Our goal is to foster a love for learning, art, and simple science while sharing, taking turns and caring for one another.” 

In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, painting, donating time to other local non-profits, as well as leading volunteer organizations for her children.

Jennifer Cade
Assistant Teacher

Jennifer is the Assistant 2’s Teacher. Before joining the RCK staff, Jennifer was a Special Education Teacher in New York City for over 10 years. During that time, she taught general education and special education students in grades K-4. Jennifer has a Master’s Degree in Education. She is most passionate about instilling a love for learning in children at a young age and tailoring lessons and experiences to meet each student’s abilities, interests and goals. Jennifer believes that play-based learning in the preschool years is key to developing happy, balanced and successful lifelong learners. Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys playing, learning and exploring with her two young sons, husband and dog.  They have been Ridgefield residents since 2018.

3's Teachers

Lisa Kelley
Lead Teacher

Mrs. Kelley has ten years experience in early childhood teaching, with the last several as Lead Teacher in the 3’s Classroom. Prior to joining RCK 5 years ago, she taught at her daughters’ Montessori preschool in Wilton after receiving her American Montessori Society early childhood classroom certification.  She worked there until taking time off to raise her twin daughters in the Ridgefield Public School system.  She enjoys the 3’s Classroom as it is a time of tremendous social, emotional, and educational growth in the child.  She is married to husband Brian, and has two daughters, Ava and Margaux who are seniors in college.  In her free time she can be found hiking with their golden retriever, Winnie, snuggling older rescue dog, Quiggley, gardening, or traveling to see her girls.

Lisa DiCamillo
Assistant Teacher

Lisa DiCamillo has a BS and a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. This will be her third year working at RCK. She previously worked as a kindergarten teacher in the Stamford Public School System before taking time off to raise her children.
Lisa lives in Redding with her husband Tim, three children-Tyler, Noelle, and Alexa, and her Yorkies- Jax and Gia. In her free time, Lisa enjoys traveling, reading, gardening, and spending time with her family.

4's Teachers

Melinda Kovack
Lead Teacher

Mrs. Kovack has been with RCK since September 2006 with prior preschool teaching experience here in Ridgefield.  Melinda has served as Lead teacher in the 3s, Director and currently, Lead teacher in the 4’s classroom. She also obtained the Designated Head Teacher certification with the State of Connecticut. Preparing our young children to be responsible, loving and confident learners has always been the underlying goal for her. 

 

Mrs. Kovack has a B.S. degree in Elementary Education from WCSU, and has lived in Ridgefield since 1993.  She enjoys hiking with her husband and visiting with her daughters.

Anna Delfino
Assistant Teacher

Mrs. Delfino's passion for preschool education began when both of her daughters  attended St. Paul’s Day School in Westfield, NJ. 

In 2007 she completed the CDA Certification (Child Development Associate) at Union County College, while also working at St. Paul’s Day School as the assistant teacher in their 4 plus program. 

Mrs. Delfino and her family moved to Ridgefield in 2007. In 2015, she began working here at RCK as the assistant teacher in our 4's program.