Meet The Teachers

Charlene Lee, B.S. Psychology
Early Learning and Child Care Director

Charlene has been working in the field of Early Childhood Education for 20 years and has worked at Brooker Memorial since 2007. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Early Childhood from the University of Connecticut. She has been a classroom teacher, a substitute and now an administrator. She loves working with the supportive staff at Brooker Memorial and getting to know the families and children. The kids make her laugh every day, and she thinks that the hugs are pretty nice too! Charlene enjoys camping with her husband and two children. They enjoy hiking and biking together. She also enjoys working in the garden.

Christine Donahue
Assistant Director

Christine has over 30 years experience working with children. She has worked at Brooker Memorial for 26 years. She enjoys working with children no matter how her day is going. The children always put a smile on her face! Her outside interests include reading and going for walks.

Brenda Lee Andro
Infant Teacher

Brenda has always enjoyed working with children. She has worked at several day care centers and was able to run her own while being a stay at home mother to her 3 boys. She says children bring a sense of joy and happiness to her life. She feels she has so much compassion to give them and is always willing to play and keep them content. Brenda’s other interests include gardening, interior design, and she is a licensed hairdresser.

Paula Armstrong
Float Teacher

Paula has been at Brooker Memorial for 9 years. She has worked in two other child care centers and within the public schools. She worked with the elderly as a CNA. Paula has taken classes at Danbury Hospital, Goodwin and Northwestern Community College with a concentration in Early Childhood Education. She loves watching the children learn and grow. Paula enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She especially enjoys spending time with her 2 granddaughters.

Courtney Avallone
Infant Teacher

Nicole has been an early childhood educator for over 20 years and has her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Studies. Her roles have included classroom teacher, aide and director. Nicole has worked at Brooker Memorial for one year now and has loved every minute of it! She feels that the teachers are supportive, the building and classrooms are gorgeous, and the parents are amazing! She loves to watch children grow to the point where they can be successful with a task that used to be a struggle! She loves to dance and goes to dance class once a week! She loves to go to concerts and is a huge Star Wars fan!

Nicole DePaoli
Toddler Teacher

Nicole has been an early childhood educator for over 20 years and has her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Studies. Her roles have included classroom teacher, aide and director. Nicole has worked at Brooker Memorial for one year now and has loved every minute of it! She feels that the teachers are supportive, the building and classrooms are gorgeous, and the parents are amazing! She loves to watch children grow to the point where they can be successful with a task that used to be a struggle! She loves to dance and goes to dance class once a week! She loves to go to concerts and is a huge Star Wars fan!

Kimberly Gallo
Administrative Secretary

Kim has worked at Brooker Memorial for 16 years. She feels that Brooker Memorial has a great close-knit family atmosphere and enjoys working here. Kimberly enjoys music, yoga and spending time with her children.

Jennifer Maher
Pre-school Teacher

Jen has an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and has worked in early childhood for 13 years. She joined Brooker’s teaching staff in 2014. She enjoys watching the children grow, helping them achieve their goals, and encouraging families. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys a wide variety of outdoor activities including volleyball, hiking, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, going to the beach and gardening. She loves spending time with her family and friends. ​​

Danielle Robison
Toddler Teacher

Danielle has an Associates Degree from Northwestern Community College in Child Study. She has been working at Brooker Memorial in the Toddler Program for 10 years. She likes coming to work each day because she feels that she experiences something new everyday with the toddlers with whom she works. She enjoys watching them grow into the individuals that they are. She has learned to be flexible, because you never know how the day is going to run and she has learned to change plans at any given moment. Danielle enjoys being able to build long, trusting relationships with Brooker Memorial families. Danielle is a foster mom and enjoys helping children who need her. She has recently joined a volleyball team. She enjoys being challenged and learning new things.

Lynn Skaret
Toddler Teacher

Lynn studied Child Development/ Early Childhood Education at Wheelock College. She has 25+ years of experience working with children. She has worked at Brooker Memorial for 6 years. She enjoys working in Brooker Memorial’s close knit community setting, and enjoys working with parents to help children develop a lifelong love of learning and exploring. Lynn likes watching the Red Sox and the Patriots, spending the day with her children and family, traveling, and yoga.

Michelle Sliech
Toddler Teacher

Michelle has a Bachelor’s Degree from Saint Joseph College in Child Studies. She has had the pleasure of working in the toddler room since Sept. 2009. She is very proud of her “little ones” every day and is very happy to be their teacher. Michelle is glad to have the opportunity to watch them grow! She is very pleased and feels lucky to be a part of such a great group of teachers! Michelle enjoys spending time with her daughter Skyler and loves watching her grow and learn. She also enjoys teaching Zumba!

Tammy Tronina
Preschool & School Age Teacher

Tammy has an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Development. She has over 27 years of experience as a Head Teacher/Pre-K teacher. She has been at Brooker for over 5 years. Most recently Tammy has spent the last 2 years teaching Brooker’s new nursery school program. Tammy loves to see a child learning a new skill. The look of “I did it!” never gets old. She loves to read! Tammy also enjoys family time with her human family, and her pet family. Her pets include a dog, 2 cats, and a parrot!

Molly Weir
Preschool Teacher

Molly has an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and an Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s degree focusing on Human Development and Family Services and Psychology. She loves working with children and feels that there is no greater reward in life than watching children grow and learn. She could not ask for a better family environment than that provided by Brooker Memorial. Molly likes being outdoors where she enjoys gardening, walking or fishing.

Support Staff

Linda Mueller
Administrative Assistant and Payroll Clerk

Linda has been with Brooker since 2014. She has many years’ experience as a bookkeeper and general “gal Friday,” having worked in the organic food Industry, and the health, newspaper and manufacturing fields. Linda enjoys working at Brooker because of the people she works with and the variety of work she does. Linda is married with 3 grown children, 2 grandchildren and 2 beloved dogs. In her free time she enjoys taking care of her large yard and flowerbeds, reading, traveling with friends and family and just sitting back and enjoying the day.

Thomas Lopardo
Maintenance

Tom recently retired, after 28 years, from the City of Torrington Public Works department. He was a mason and road crew foreman. Tom graduated from Wolcott Tech with a degree in HVAC. He has 3 grown children. His hobbies are fishing and antique cars.