Dee Niland: Administrative Assistant
Dee's involvement here began as a parent volunteer while her children
attended Village Green.  She has been the Administrative Assistant since
2002. Her duties include, collecting tuition payments, distributing and
collecting all paperwork, Lending Library and Scholastic Book Club
coordinator and many other projects throughout the year.  (Dee is our all
around get it done person!)  Dee has currently added classroom substitute to
her many hats she wears at VGNS.
Meet our staff....
Shannon Knudsen: Director
For 17 years Shannon has been an early childhood classroom teacher.  She has her
Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education and has many hours of professional
development workshops and seminars.  She is in the process of attaining her Director’s
Credentials.  Shannon is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio but moved to Connecticut 15
years ago with her family.  She will also help in the classroom whenever needed.  
Diane Pisko: Head Teacher
In May of 2010 Diane received her Associates Degree in Early Childhood
Education from Tunxis Community College. Previous to earning her
degree, in May of 2009, Diane received her Certificate of Early Childhood
Education from Tunxis Community College and has completed courses at
Naugatuck Community College to earn her Head Teacher Certificate.
Diane's first experiences at Village Green were as a parent and volunteer.
She later became an administrative assistant and substitute teacher at
VGNS, joining the permanent teaching staff in 2000. Diane works with all of
the classes and is head teacher of the 4 year olds.
Linda Poirier: Teacher Assistant
Linda joined the staff of Village Green in September of 2012. Linda started at
VGNS as a parent and volunteered many hours while her 2 children attended,
helping in the classroom, chairing events such as the Annual School Dance,
and lending her wonderful artistic abilities to classroom projects. Prior to Village
Green, Linda has 8 years experience working in the field of early childhood
education, that include preparing and executing lessons, organizing a classroom
and working with parents to ensure their child had a positive school experience.
Linda has also attended several Early Childhood Workshops to expand her
knowledge. Linda works with the 4 year old classes.
Laura Stack: Teacher Assistant
Laura joined the staff of Village Green in September of 2012.  She has a
B.A. from Pennsylvania State University. Laura was first introduced to VGNS
as a parent volunteer.  She spent 4 years volunteering many hours in the
classroom while her daughters attended VGNS. Laura also chaired the
Annual School Dance and was a Room Parent. In addition to the experience
of raising her own children, Laura has provided childcare in her home for the
past 7 years. Laura’s dedication to her work shines through each day when
she interacts with the children and their families. Laura works with the morning
3 year old class.
*Teachers and Assistants are certified in:
    First Aid
    CPR
    Administration of Medication
    Administration of Emergency Injectable Medication
Shannon Fitzsimons:  Head Teacher
Shannon joined the Village Green staff in September 2014.  Shannon has a
degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from LaSell College in
Massachusetts.  She earned her Connecticut State Head Teacher Certificate
in 2002.  Shannon has 7 years experience working in a preschool as a head
teacher and Curriculum Coordinator.  She has experience setting goals and
objectives for both students and staff, implementing the CT Benchmarks and
conducting parent meetings.  Shannon has attended many continuing
education workshops on topics such as math, science and curriculum.  
Shannon will be the head teacher for the 3 year olds.