Our Teachers

NCCCC is very proud of our teachers. They are mature, responsible and very nurturing. Because we are NAEYC Accredited, 75% of our teachers and 50% of our Assistant teachers are required to either have or be working on a degree in Early Childhood Education. Niantic Community Church Children’s Center (NCCCC) staff are required to have a statement of health from their physician, criminal and DCF background checks. We prefer that all fulltime staff have their First Aid & CPR certificates and Medication Administration Certificate. They are required to have 20 hours per year of continuing education.

Office Staff


Kathy Tiller has worked as the director of NCCCC since September of 2006. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Art Education and another 15 credits in Early Childhood Administration. She has worked in schools and childcares since graduating from college, more years ago than she cares to admit. She is married to Gary and has two grown daughters, Hayley and Chelsea, two son in laws, Matt Albert and  Matt Chapman and a five year old grandson, Reid.


Lisa Van Cura is our Book Keeper and Kathy’s Right Hand. (I couldn’t do this without her!!!) She has worked for NCCCC since March of 2000 as bookkeeper, advisor, and welcome committee ( to name just a few). Lisa is married to Bill and has two grown children, Colleen and Craig. They enjoy boating.

Infant Room



Treza Attia comes to us from Egypt where she has a degree in Psychology from the University of Alexandria. She lives in New London with her husband and son.She and her husband had a restaurant together and I can attest to the fact she is a wonderful cook!


Brittany Somes 

Waddler Room


Ethel Orlando has worked at NCCCC since September of 2012. Ethel is currently taking classes towards her Associates in Early Childhood Education. Ethel’s playful spirit draws the children to her. Ethel is married to Felix and has two children Annabelle (who worked for us this summer as a long term substitute teacher) and Savi. They own a Bicycle Shop in New London named Terra Cyclery and enjoy traveling. Ethel has 8 years experience working with children.


Karen Yuhas has her associates degree in General Studies from Three Rivers Community College and holds an Early Childhood Certificate. She has worked in childcare for 4 years. Karen lives in Niantic with her husband Duane and her dogs.

Toddler Room


Qun Sun has her Child Development Associate Certificate (CDA) and is continuing to take Pathways Exams and as well as college courses towards her Associates degree in Early Childhood Education. She has worked at NCCCC since April of 2000. Qun is from China where she has a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting and can be heard teaching the children Chinese songs. She is married to Jianhua and has one daughter, Cherry.


Stacy Jodoin is working with Qun in the Toddler Room. She lives in New London with her husband and two children.

Preschool Room

 Darleen Cusimano

Darleen Cusimano has worked at NCCCC since October of 1987!!! That is 28 years!!! Dar has her Child Development Associate Certificate (CDA) and is currently taking credits towards her Associates in Early Childhood. Dar is the “heart” of our program. She has past students, who are now adults, who still come to visit her.

 Grit Francis

Grit Francis has a degree in Early Childhood Education from Germany. She is currently working towards additional ECE credits here in the states. Grit has worked in Childcare for  many years. She lives in East Lyme.


 Rebekah Sawyer


 Rachel Belanger

Rachel Belanger