Each of our classes are led by two co-teachers. Meet our staff:
Cassandra Hotchkiss has brought a warm and nurturing personality to share with our little ones the past few years. She has an Early Childhood certificate, as well as degrees in English and fashion marketing. Aside from her work at School on the Green, she also worked as a substitute teacher for six years. As Co- Teacher, “Mrs. H.” works diligently to make sure SOTG students are learning appropriately for their preschool age while having fun and making memories!
Jackie Portanova is delighted to be a part of School On The Green! She holds a Masters Degree in Elementary Education. She has also been trained in various styles of yoga, including children’s yoga. Jackie is dedicated to creating a warm and creative environment that is rich in stimulation where children can foster a love for learning.
Jackie lives in Watertown with her husband Michael and children, Domenic and Olivia. Volunteering in her children’s preschool and kindergarten classrooms over the past few years has ignited her passion for teaching! “Mrs. P” is very excited to be a co-teacher at SOTG!
Sara Schuch holds a Masters Degree in Special Education, and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She is a mother of two boys who have, and will, attend preschool at SOTG. Sara currently works part time as a BCBA for Family Strong, LLC. Prior to taking on the role of Director, Sara served as the Co–President of the Board of Directors for one and a half years where she worked closely with parents and teachers on fundraising, events, and basic maintenance of the school. As Director, Sara is committed to upholding the unique parent cooperative approach that SOTG thrives on, as well as assisting the teachers in aligning the curriculum to the current Connecticut Early Education Standards.