Our Staff

Director

 Mrs. Prisca Spitz  pspitz@smpnc.org

Mrs. Prisca Spitz pspitz@smpnc.org

Prisca Spitz
Mrs. Prisca Spitz has been an educator in Connecticut for over twenty years. She has extensive personal and professional experience helping families navigate the challenges of parenting in an ever changing, complex world. Mrs. Spitz has worked to foster children's innate sense of kindness through volunteering efforts. Her interest in this area led her to complete a Master's degree in Business Leadership with a focus specifically on Non-Profit Leadership.

Head Teachers

Mrs.Falsetta
Mrs. Falsetta, a former SMP parent, received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Long Island University and her Masters of Science in Education from Hunter College. She taught elementary school for eight years before taking time off to raise her children. Now that they are older, Brigida is returning to education working as the Head teacher for the Threes classroom.

Mrs. Landri
Mrs. Landri believes in providing a safe and nurturing class environment to help her students grow. She holds an Associate’s degree in Childhood Development from Norwalk Community College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Healthcare Management from St. John's University.

Ms. Lauten
Ms. Lauten graduated from Manhattanville College where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a concentration in Child Development.  Further, she received her Master of Arts degree in Education, Pre-K through 6th grade.

Mrs. Nagle
Mrs. Nagle is a graduate from SUNY New Paltz. Mrs. Nagle's many years of nurturing children include raising her own two children, working as a two's teacher in New Canaan, working as an art teacher in a two's program in Darien, volunteering as a literary aide and teaching Junior Achievement in the Norwalk Public Schools.

Mrs. Panagrossi
Mrs. Panagrossi graduated from Providence College with a dual degree in elementary and special education. She also has a Master’s degree in teaching, with a concentration in reading, from Sacred Heart University. Mrs. Panagrossi was a teacher at East School in New Canaan for 13 years.

Mrs. Strazsky
Mrs. Strazsky was born and raised in Slovak Republic and attended Safarik University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Education. Before joining the SMP staff, Mrs Strazsky taught in elementary school for 7 years.

Assistant Teachers

Mrs. de la Rivera
Mrs. de la Rivera holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Berry College in Georgia.  She has had many years of experience in a preschool environment. Mrs. de la Rivera has furthered her education with courses in Health, Safety and Nutrition as well as “Imagination at Play.”

Mrs. Lawrence
Mrs. Lawrence graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2016.  She has worked with preschool age children for four years during college and during the summer months and for the past two years was assistant teacher in the Twos class. She is excited with her new position as assistant teacher in the Fours.  Mrs. Lawrence is currently working towards her Master’s in Education Administration.

Mrs. Lowitz
Mrs. Lowitz holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Hartwick College. She was a a pre-school teacher in Greenwich, CT for 6 years prior to becoming a stay-at-home mom and then returning to the preschool world at SMP.

Mrs. Nelson
Mrs. Nelson earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Southern Methodist University and worked in the business world for many years. She left her position to be a stay at home mom. While raising her children, Mrs. Nelson became actively involved in volunteering in public schools and teaching church school. Through this work, she discovered that her passion is to work with young children. Returning to the work force, Mrs. Nelson will be the Assistant Teacher for the Threes class.

Mrs. Moore
Mrs. Moore received her Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Rowan University and then continued her education at with a Master’s in Business Administration.Sacred Heart University. and worked in the business world for many years. Supporting her children’s schools by volunteering, Mrs. Moore became actively involved in creating enrichment programs, working on the class yearbook and organizing events as Class Parent. Mrs. Moore is excited to be working with the Older Twos.

Mrs. Rattigan
Mrs. Rattigan attended the University of Delaware and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She taught in both preschool and elementary schools before becoming the Assistant Director of Admission at the Birch Wathen Lenox School in New York. Mrs. Rattigan is thrilled to be back working with the Young Twos where she brings her calming presence to our youngest students.