Providing Quality Early Childhood
Education Since 1971

320 Notch Hill Rd. North Branford, CT 06471

Meet the staff at Nursery on Notch Hill

All of our teaching staff is trained in First Aid, CPR and Administration of Medication. We all participate in continuing education classes and workshops throughout the year.

Susan Calamita, Director

Ms. Sue joined Notch Hill as the Director in the summer of 2016 but has been part of the Notch Hill family for over 18 year. After both of her children graduated from Notch Hill she joined the staff as a teacher assistant for 8 years and then worked three years as a Para professional in the public school system. She is happy to be back at Notch Hill leading its outstanding programs and dedicated staff. She feels that her family’s positive experiences at Notch Hill were a large influence of her career change from the business world to early childhood education. Ms. Sue resides in North Branford with her husband, two children and her dog Parker.

Donna Hart, Head Teacher

Ms. Donna became a member of our Notch Hill staff over 18 years ago. She is a parent of three sons who all attended Notch Hill. When her youngest son was in our 4 year old class, she accepted a position as a teacher’s assistant. Over the years she continued her education in the world of early childhood education and earned her CDA credential and Head Teacher Certification in May of 2010. She is now our Head Teacher and runs our 4 year old program. Ms. Donna resides in North Branford with her husband and three sons. In her free time she loves camping at the beach and reading.

Betsy Sachs, Teacher

Ms. Betsy has been the head teacher for our 3 year old classroom for 6 years. All six of her children attended Notch Hill. Ms. Betsy has a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College and A Master’s degree in Special Education from Southern Connecticut State University. She taught 5th grade in the Branford Public Schools for eight years before deciding to become a full time mom. In 2011, after ten year of being out of the classroom and having her 6th child graduate from Notch Hill, she was eager to get back to teaching and accepted a position at our school. Ms. Betsy resides in Branford with her family.

Rita Melillo, Teacher Assistant

Ms. Rita has been teaching at Notch Hill for 10 years. Both of Ms. Rita’s daughters attended Notch Hill. After her youngest graduated from Notch Hill, Ms. Rita accepted the position as our teacher assistant. She received her CDA credential in the spring of 2010 and has taken several classes in the field of Early Childhood Education at Gateway Community College. Ms. Rita resides in North Branford with her husband and three children. She and her husband are the owners of Melillo’s Greenhouse and General Store here in town.

Debbie Anderson, Teacher Assistant

Ms. Debbie has been our substitute teacher assistant for over 3 years. Both of her children attended Notch Hill. Since 2000, Ms. Debbie has been the Zion Church Parish administrator. When offered the opportunity to work with our staff at Notch Hill, Debbie accepted the position and enjoys the time she gets to interact with our students. Ms. Debbie resides in North Branford with her family.


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