Clare Hughes

Head Teacher


Clare graduated from Duke University and attended Vanderbilt School of Law for a year before earning a master's degree in education from Oglethorpe University, receiving a Georgia teaching certificate, and finally finding her true calling. She taught in early and middle learning classrooms at The Galloway School in Atlanta for five years and then relocated with her growing family to New Canaan in 1985. She and her husband raised five children here, all proud FPNS alums.


Clare returned to FPNS in 2006 as a teacher. She is a college football and basketball fan, and loves listening to music and reading historical non-fiction. Clare considers it an honor and a privilege to have been associated with this kind, caring community of joyful learners for over three decades.

Christy Lione

Assistant Teacher

Christy Lione graduated from Lynchburg College in 1995 with a degree in Child Development. Christy's previous teaching experience includes being the head teacher at Top of the Rainbow, New Canaan YMCA (1995-1997) and from 1997-2000, Christy was a teacher at Alta Plaza Preschool in San Francisco. From 2001-2006, Christy was a New Canaan Public Schools special education Teaching Assistant at South School. For the last two years, Christy has taught at Room To Grow Too in Norwalk. Christy moved to New Canaan in 6th grade after living in Hong Kong with her family. Christy's interests include tennis and reading but most importantly spending time with her 5 year old daughter.

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