Canton Community Nursery School

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Debbie Lane - Director


Debbie Lane is the Director and a Certified Head teacher working in both the threes and fours programs. She lives in Canton with her husband Barry and son Travis.  Debbie has been with CCNS as a member of the staff since 2003. Prior to that, she ran her own home daycare in Canton for 12 years. Her son and husband are both alumni of CCNS.  Travis is now a freshman attending Springfield College majoring in Elementary Education and Special Education.  Debbie attended both Tunxis Community College and Northwestern Community College majoring in Early Childhood Education.  She holds her CDA in Early Childhood Education.

Debbie has served on many community boards in Canton, volunteering on the Canton Community Health Fund, Canton Substance Free Students, Canton Youth Basketball and Canton Little League. She taught Religious Education classes at the First Congregational Church for 8 years. She organized and started the Farmington Valley Home Childcare Professionals organization. The group’s purpose was to support, mentor and assist childcare providers in their professional development.


Sherry Savino - 4's Teacher


Sherry is the teacher for the 4’s program and the pre-k.  She lives in Canton with her husband Steve and 3 daughters, Isabel, Adriana and Alyssa.  This summer she added a new puppy to the family.  Sherry loves swimming, hiking or just spending time with her family.  She is on the PTO at Cherry Brook Primary School.  She enjoys helping out and being involved in school activities.  Before staying home with her children, Sherry taught third grade in Newington for one year and kindergarten in Hartford for 7 years. Sherry graduated from Canton High School and has a degree in early childhood education from Central Connecticut State University.  She has also taken graduate classes at Central and the University of California. She is looking forward to working in the classroom again.  Sherry feels that preschool is an amazing time where so much learning and growing takes place.  “Early childhood education has always been my passion.  I’m so excited to be joining the CCNS family!”  


Susan Markowitz 3's Teacher


Susan has a long history with Canton Community Nursery School.  Both of her children, Seth and Ally, are alumni of the school, as well as Susan served as the school's President.  Prior to having children, Susan worked as a paralegal in Bloomfield and was an office manager for a real estate firm in West Hartford.  She stayed home to raise her children, but five years ago she took a teaching position at the Mandell JCC Nursery School in Simsbury. She taught there until the school closed, this past year.  Susan resides in Canton, with her husband David, and daughter, who is pursuing a nursing career at University of St Joseph and their golden retriever and two cats.  Her son attended the University of Miami and resides in Miami.  Susan enjoys spending summers time at the beach, cooking and entertaining.  Susan attended Asnuntuck Community College.  Although her educational background is in business, she has found her passion in teaching preschool.  She believes that early learning is critical for young children.  Each child is unique and it is important to cater learning experiences that will fit each child's needs to enable them to grow to their fullest potential.  "I look forward to getting to know you and your family!  I am so lucky to be a part of the great team here at CCNS!"


Jean Mix Substitute & Music Enrichment

 Jean has been a preschool music teacher for the past eight years. She has taught the Music with Miss Jean program to children ages 18 months to 3 years old and Kindergarten Songs program to children 3 to 5 years old through the Canton Park and Recreation Program. She has an extensive music background which include singing in multiple countries as a member of the  Internationally know Singing Angels. She also has appeared in an opera and as a background singer on an album.

Jean has also substitute taught in the Canton Public School district for two years with her primary focus being on Kindergarten through 3rd grade.

Jean has 10 years of corporate training experience where she designed, developed and conducted training programs for CIGNA employees.

Jean has a Masters in Corporate and Technical Communications from Renselear Polytechnic Institute and an Undergraduate Degree in Business from Maquette University.

Jean has joined the CCNS staff as a substitute and as our Enrichment Music Instructor. Canton Community Nursery School is happy to have Jean as a part of our teaching staff