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Faculty & Staff

AJLA prides itself on a highly trained and nurturing staff. 

All head teachers hold a Master’s degree, and the Preschool maintains an exceptional 1:4 teacher-to-student ratio.

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Patty Lewis

Founder and Head of School
Patty serves as both Head of School and Head Teacher. With over ten years of classroom teaching experience, she holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and is licensed by the State of Connecticut as a Head Teacher for Child Day Care Centers for Birth to 5. Prior to founding Adam J. Lewis Academy, Patty taught in the Greens Farms Academy Lower School and later worked for seven years in its Office of Admission, giving educational assessments to four-year-olds applying for kindergarten.
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Julie Mombello

Co-Founder and Director
Julie oversees all operations of the Preschool. She holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and a Professional Educator’s Certificate for Pre K-6, and she is licensed by the State of Connecticut as a Head Teacher for Child Day Care Centers for Birth to 5 and School-Age Children. Prior to her work at AJLA, Julie worked at Greens Farms Academy as both a first grade teacher and Lower School Assistant Director of Admission. She also taught at Christ and Holy Trinity Preschool.
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Jennifer Bargas

Preschool Teacher
Jennifer was new to AJLA in the 2017-2018 school year. She has eleven years of teaching experience in a variety of classroom settings, five of which were spent in Pre-K and kindergarten. Jennifer holds a Master's degree in Elementary Special Education from Bank Street College.
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Sarah Bonti

Late Day Teacher and Summer Camp Director
Sarah has been a teacher as well as the summer camp director at AJLA for the last three years. She holds a Master’s degree in School Counseling from Southern Connecticut State University and has a wide range of experience working with children, including student teaching throughout college and interning as a school counselor at Staples and Norwalk High Schools. Sarah is a founding member of the Preschool’s Junior Board.
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Doreen Davis

Head Preschool Teacher
Doreen has been a head teacher in the early childhood classroom for the last four years. She is a certified teacher in the State of Connecticut, and she is licensed by the State as a Head Teacher for Children Birth to 5 and School-Age Children. Doreen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Elementary Education.
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Marissa Donnelly

Director of Development + Community Relations
Marissa joins us from The Center for Family Justice, Bridgeport, where she served as Director of Development. Previously, she was the Finance Director for Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch and the Deputy Finance Director for the 2006 Diane Farrell campaign for Congress. Marissa is a proud parent of one AJLA student and one alum, as well as a past Board member.
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Libby Hibbs

Preschool Teacher
Libby graduated from Connecticut College and taught at the Greenfield Hill Church Nursery School in Southport. She first joined AJLA as a late day teacher and this year has joined us 3 mornings a week in the preschool program. She lives in Fairfield with her husband and four children.
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Lindsey Hoffman

Head Teacher, After School Program
Lindsey has been an elementary and preschool teacher for over twenty years. She currently teaches at Greenfield Hill Church Nursery School in Fairfield. Lindsey holds a Master’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Bank Street College. She is licensed by the State of Connecticut as a Head Teacher for Child Day Care Centers for Children Birth to 5.
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Saba Pina

Head Teacher
A founding teacher of AJLA, Saba has been teaching in the classroom setting for five years. She holds a Master’s degree in Education, with a focus in Counseling Psychology, and has over fifteen years of experience working as a licensed mental health clinician. Saba received her Child Development Associate Credential from Norwalk Community College, and she is a certified teacher of yoga for children.

VOLUNTEERS

 

Adam J. Lewis Preschool thanks the many volunteers who provide invaluable support to our program, including:

 

Dr. Peter Ferrara

Fiona Garland

Anne Hoover

Samantha Kane

Martha Russell

Dr. Susan Shack Sackler

Pro Bono Partnership