Our Staff

WHMNS is unique due to our extraordinary teaching staff. All teachers have at least a four year degree and have a wealth of experience in child development. We value our profession and teachers are committed to be respectful of each other, the children, and their families.

Our staff is required to pursue professional development training throughout the school year. Teachers are selected based on their education, experience, diverse talent, sense of humor, and sensitivity to a child’s view of the world.

We work closely with parents providing daily communications. We believe strong family connections and involvement is a critical piece to the success of our program and education for young children.

Pre-k teacher Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown

My name is Lisa Brown and this is my fifth year at WHMNS.  I moved to West Hartford seven years ago from Boston, MA where I worked as a preschool teacher at the Boston College Children’s Center for over ten years.  I live with my husband, my son and daughter.  I absolutely love working with young children.  I enjoy creating a fun, exciting, and safe classroom environment where children can explore, grow, and learn!

My name is Lisel Moynihan and I teach in the 3 year old program.  I have lived in West Hartford for seven years with my husband and two daughters. For several years, I have been working at the Noah Webster House as a Museum Teacher, leading field trips, student groups and their preschool camps. This is my third year teaching at WHMNS. In my free time, I enjoy sewing, crafting, and using my history skills to take my children to various historical sites, just like my parents did.

My name is Lisa Benet.  This is my third year at WHMNS.  I live in West Hartford with my husband and two boys.   I have many years of experience working with young children.   I love to bake and be outside.  I am so happy to work with your children!

3 yr old teachers - Lisa Benet and Lisel Moynihan

3 yr old teachers
Lisa Benet and Lisel Moynihan

My name is Eileen Swanton.  This is my ninth year teaching at WHMNS.  I have two children, a son and daughter who both attend Conard High School.  Both of my children went to preschool at West Hartford Methodist.  I love spending time with my family and friends.  I love working with children!

My name is Julie Phillips.  This is my seventh year teaching at WHMNS.  I taught first grade for eleven years before having my children.  My son attends Sedgwick Middle School and my daughter attends Conard High School in West Hartford.  I enjoy playing tennis and spending time with family and friends.

4 yr old teachers - Eileen Swanton and Julie Phillips

4 yr old teachers
Eileen Swanton
and Julie Phillips