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Name

Talhaht Mannan

 

Position

Director

Program

Early Learning Program, Inc.

Contact Info.

860-827-7018

 

 

 

Bio.

Talhaht Mannan graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a pre-med. major and minor in Child Psychology.  She completed her two masters’ degrees in Education Leadership and Early Childhood Education from Central Connecticut State University in 2010. She has been an Early Childhood administrator, coach, mentor, and consultant for over 30 years.  She is dedicated to empowering early childhood teachers and developing quality programming for young children. She believes that "knowledge is power" and is committed to installing a "love for learning" in every child to help them be successful learners. She believes in culturally responsive teaching and inspires staff/families to use, display, and speak languages present in the classroom by collaborating with families.  She speaks, reads, and writes in both English and Urdu. Ninety percent of her teaching staff are culturally diverse and share their students’ cultures, minimizing differences between home and school.

 

 

 

 

 

Name

Zahir Mannan

 

Position

Administrative Assistant/Classroom Teacher

Program

Early Learning Program, Inc.

Contact Info.

860-670-6402

 

 

 

Bio.

Zahir is a scientist, writer, teacher and student who’s had the pleasure of working with preschoolers for over 5 years. He previously studied biology and became an assistant research scientist at Yale University School of Medicine in the department of pediatrics. He currently holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Child Studies and Behavioral Sciences.
His passions are learning from children while simultaneously teaching them and having fun. He is committed to the social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development of preschoolers as well as helping them to evolve in an enjoyable environment where they learn to respect their culture and language along with English.  He is passionate about different cultures and, while representing an eastern culture, embraces similarities between the east and the west.  He speaks Urdu, Arabic, and English fluently.

 

 

 

 

 

Name

Lena Ebrahimi

 

Position

Head Teacher

Program

Early Learning Program, Inc.

Contact Info.

860-827-7017

 

 

 

Bio.

Lena holds a bachelor’s degree in Teaching from Syria where she was a certified teacher in Language Arts. She holds an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Tunxis Community College.  She is currently enrolled at Charter Oak State College to receive her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. She is a mother of two children and is passionate about working with children. Lena uses her knowledge, skills and experience to promote a positive learning environment for children as well as fellow coworkers. She is committed to providing a caring, safe and healthy atmosphere for preschoolers while also ensuring that everyone has fun. Lena helps children build promising relationships with both their peers and adults.  Lena fluently speaks, reads and writes in English, Arabic, and Assyrian.

 

 

 

 

 

Name

Katarzyna Radlak

 

Position

Classroom Lead Teacher

Program

Early Learning Program, Inc.

Contact Info.

860-827-7017

 

 

 

Bio.

Katarzyna Radlak has her master’s degree in Russian Philology from Poland, and a Bachelors of Science degree with a concentration in Early Childhood Education from Charter Oak State College. Katarzyna enjoys being around preschool children, and is committed to her responsibilities as a lead teacher. She helps to create a safe, loving and caring preschool environment, where learning takes place through open choice and hands-on activities.  She represents Polish culture, and speaks and writes in Polish fluently. She is passionate about being a positive role model to children from diverse cultures.  She appreciates culturally different strengths and provides an enriching and responsive learning environment. 

 

 

Name

Diana Somma

 

Position

Classroom Teacher

Program

Early Learning Program, Inc.

Contact Info.

860-827-7017

 

 

 

Bio.

Diana has an associate's degree in Early Childhood Education strengthened by nine years of experience in the field. Her passion is to teach children through novel and stimulating approaches. She is committed to making learning an exciting experience for preschoolers. 

 

 

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