The Bethany Nursery Group

Our Teachers

At Bethany Nursery group, our high caliber staff is committed to providing excellent care for our students. The dedicated teachers create a safe and nurturing environment in which each child is encouraged to grow at their own pace, both as an individual and a member of the group. Using individual, small and whole group instruction, our teachers are able to meet the specific needs of each student, while still allowing them plenty of time to play, create and explore! With strong knowledge of the developmental domains of preschool children (cognitive, personal and social, physical, creative expression and aesthetic development), and a deep love of children, our teachers are devoted to helping each child reach his/her fullest potential.


Meet The Teachers:

Director and Head Teacher - Christine Haiday

Christine is a certified teacher with a long career working with children. Starting at the age of 16, as a camp counselor, Christine has continually worked with children in several capacities, including day care, dance teacher, Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader, and classroom teacher. She taught in the Milford Public School system as a Pre-K/K and fourth grade teacher for many years, and also volunteered her time running an after school theater program, before joining us at BNG. After serving as secretary on our Executive Board, she joined our teaching staff in 2010. Christine holds a degree in Business Management and Elementary Education, a Master's degree in Science Education, as well as a Head Teacher license.

Assistant Teachers:

Judy Cofrancesco

Judy has been a devoted member of our staff for over 20 years. Her children attended BNG, during which time she also joined our program. Originally serving as a lunch bunch assistant, she soon became a full time assistant teacher in 1994. Judy's years of experience make her a valuable part of our program. Her dedication to the program and love of children is unsurpassed.

Kristin Longo

Kristin is a certified teacher who taught for many years in the Hamden School system, before joining us at BNG. She holds a Communications degree; having worked for Girl Scouts, as a dance teacher, and as a writer/editor for the Hamden Chronicle, before getting her Master's degree in Elementary Education. Kristin was first introduced to the BNG family when her oldest daughter enrolled in our program. She served for 3 years as treasurer of our Executive Board before joining our teaching staff.

Katie Dahya

After obtain a degree in Psychological Counseling at Columbia University, Katie spent several years working as a school counselor in both New York City and Wethersfield, CT. Not only did Katie work directly with hundreds of children to help guide them, she also implemented programs to assist in the success of their futures. She has had a variety of experience both in and out of the classroom, and shows great concern in the achievements of the students she works with.

Melissa Shea

Melissa is a certified teacher with a wide range of experience. Holding a degree in Psychology and a Master's in Elementary Education, Melissa has a variety of experiences working with children and their families. Her experience includes working in a daycare, a family intervention program, and as a Mental Health Coordinator, as well as serving as a kindergarten and fourth grade teacher at Bethany Community School. Melissa also has done volunteer work including working as a teacher for a pre-K readiness program. With her daughter having been enrolled at BNG, and having served on our Executive Board, Melissa shares in the unique experience of having both a professional and personal dedication to the program.


Contact Us

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511 Amity Road
Bethany, CT

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