Teachers

Peggy Pearse, head teacher

Originally from North Carolina (Ms. Peggy) Peg Pearse has lived in Mystic for 20 years.  She received a Bachelors Degree in Social Work at Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C. and then moved to Boulder, Colorado.  In Colorado, Peg attended the Montessori Education of the Rockies where she was certified as a Montessori teacher to teach ages 3-5. Peg worked many years as a Montessori Teacher in Colorado and Connecticut. She has also experience working in traditional preschools as well in the area. Before joining the staff of the Playgroup, Peg served as a substitute teacher on numerous occasions.

Peg lives in Mystic with her husband and three daughters.


Amy Gilbert, director

Amy Gilbert has over 10 years’ experience working with young children and families. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education and a background that includes educational assistance for children with special needs.

Ms. Amy gained familiarity with the preschool setting during her employment at Mitchell College Children’s Center. Following that, she went on to become an Early Interventionist with LEARN’s Birth to Three Program. Over the next 9 years she worked closely with families in their home setting. During this time Ms. Amy grew to love being a part of early childhood education.

She currently lives in Uncasville with her husband and 3 children.


Andrea McVeigh, Teacher

Andrea McVeigh began teaching at St. Mark’s in the spring semester of the 2018-19 school. She is the mother of two boys, Logan and Levi. Her husband, Ryan, is in the US Navy and they reside in Gales Ferry, CT. Prior to coming to St. Mark’s Andrea was a Paraprofessional for 4k and 5k programs in our local schools. She love working with young kids and watching them grow developmentally. When she’s not working she likes to be outdoors and watching her kids play sports.


Banner image, from left to right: Amy Gilbert, Peggy Pearse, Andrea McVeigh.