Staff

Playland Nursery School is owned by Gary, Barbara, and Steve Bloom who also own and direct Camp Playland. Gary has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and is certified by the State of Connecticut as a Head Teacher. Barbara has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Reading. Gary and Barbara taught in the Stamford Public Schools prior to the opening of Playland Nursery School.¬† Gary and Barbara’s son Steve has a B.A. in English and Human Development, an M.S. in Camp Administration and Leadership and M.A in Independent School¬†Leadership.

Kathy Lopes¬†directs Playland Nursery School. Kathy is a certified teacher with a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and a Master’s Degree in Teaching. Kathy is also certified by the State of Connecticut as a Head Teacher. She has taught in the Stamford and Fairfield Public Schools.

Matt Dudics assists the directors. Matt has Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation and Management.

We maintain a ratio of at least one teacher per five children (one to four in the 2’s class). This excellent ratio allows children the freedom to function openly in the play areas and in the classroom while being well supervised at all times. Our staff to child ratio also enables the teachers to plan a myriad of activities and still provide individual attention throughout the morning.

Each classroom has a head teacher and assistant teachers. The head teachers are experienced, mature adults with a passion for teaching young children. They are dynamic, creative individuals who are committed to providing each child with an enriched Playland experience. Assistant teachers are hired for their love of children and their ability to enhance the program.

Our superior staff coupled with continuity in leadership makes Playland a premier school.

Meet our head teachers:

Teacher Vivi low res

Vivi, Teddy Bears 2’s

Teacher Linda low res

Linda, Koala Bears 3’s

Teacher Joan low res

Joan, Honey Bears 3’s

Teacher Missy low res

Missy, Polar Bears 4’s & 5’s

Teacher Jo-Ann low res

Jo-Ann, Polar Bears 4’s & 5’s

Teacher Rebecca low res

Rebecca, Panda Bears 4’s