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Marie Pinchbeck

Head Teacher

Marie holds a Master's degree in reading.  She believes every day is a new adventure when working with preschool children. She loves how eager they are to learn and loves teaching them new skills, which she has been doing at FPNS since 2003. Before joining FPNS,  she spent 31 years as a public school kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade teacher at Cos Cob School in Greenwich, West School, and Center Schools in New Canaan.

Marie lives with her husband and Maine Coon Cat, Sassy, in Ridgefield. She loves reading, gardening, traveling, and spending time with her daughter. 


Lauren van Roden

Assistant Teacher

Lauren van Roden has a B.A. from Gettysburg College in Sociology and has a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from BankStreet College. She has been teaching for 20 years. She also tutors in town and works closely with the NCPS. Lauren has also been on the board at FPNS and is currently a FPNS parent. She is excited to join the FPNS faculty this year! 


Sabrina Ericson

Assistant Teacher

Sabrina graduated from New Canaan High School in 1996 and from The University of Vermont in 2000 with a B.S. in Environmental Science.  This is Sabrina’s second year teaching at First Presbyterian Nursery School.  However, she’s been teaching and coaching children on the ice (both figure skating and hockey lessons) for over 20 years!  To her, watching the smiles, the friendships, and the excitement of learning something new is just the best!  


Sabrina loves spending time with her husband Brian and two boys, William and Tommy.  Her favorite things to do are outdoors: reading on the beach, swimming in the ocean, hiking, biking, camping in the mountains, fishing and gardening.  

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