Together, the Connect-to-Kids staff has over 50 years of teaching experience. We’ve taught over 300 participants the principals of positive parenting, successful redirecting skills and the tools for creating cooperative relationships with children. Connect-to-Kids staff has experience working with individuals with cognitive challenges, substance abuse issues, victims of domestic violence, and personality disorders. Staff also has experience working with children with learning disabilities, PTSD, ODD, OCD, blindness, Asperger’s, ADD/ADHD, and significant health issues.
All staff members are CPR and First Aid certified.
All staff members are members of the Connecticut Parent Educators Network.
Andrea Fisher has a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. Andrea has spent the last 11 years teaching parents and children the principles of Redirecting Children’s Behavior (RCB). For the past six years, Andrea has taught RCB and parent coached over 40 families at DCF. She has worked with children aged newborn through 17 years. Andrea is a Certified Parenting Instructor through the International Network for Children and Families, Gainesville, Florida and is a Building Family Futures Certified Facilitator. She is credentialed for DCF through Advanced Behavioral Health. Contact Andrea at Andrea.Fisher@connecttokids.org
Kimberley Browe has a Master of Education from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, and has completed post-grad work in child and adolescent psychology at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. Kim began working with at-risk middle school students and their families in 1990 as part of a Florida statewide prevention program that emphasized academic achievement in reading and math, parental training and involvement, substance abuse education, and regular counseling by trained professionals as the primary modalities to reduce substance abuse, criminal behavior, and truancy. During this time, Kim also worked part time at The Family Action and Interface Youth Programs to provide short-term support to families with youth ages 6-17 who were ungovernable, truant, or runaway. Since 2000, Kim has continued her work with parents of all backgrounds, teaching them the principles of Redirecting Children’s Behavior. Kim is a professor at the University of New Haven and a certified parenting instructor through the International Network for Children and Families.
Paulette Marcus has a Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling and an Advanced Certificate in Guidance and Counseling from Brooklyn College, New York. Paulette has 13 years of experience as a school counselor for both middle and high school and extensive experience working with at-risk, runaway and homeless youth. She has worked at Kids in Crisis as a Social Worker and at the Domus Foundation as the Director of Community Based Programs. She has facilitated life skills groups, provided individual, family and group counseling and conducted staff trainings and youth workshops. Paulette is currently employed by the Stratford Board of Education as the Lead Guidance Counselor for Wooster Middle School and Stratford Evening High School in Stratford, CT. She also teaches Parenting Education and provides Parenting Skills Coaching.
Donna Racaniello has a Master of Science in Special Education from College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, NY and a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Pace University, White Plains, NY. Donna taught children from grades 3 to high school with complicated medical problems/handicaps from 1987-1992. In addition to being responsible for IEP’s (with objectives and goals for children and parents), Donna supervised and integrated PT, OT and Speech therapies. From 1992-1997, Donna was a Pre-School Special Education teacher working with Autistic children, children with learning disabilities, and children with behavioral, emotional and social problems. Donna conducted home visits and family observations, developed and taught behavior modification techniques to parents, and recommended future placements. She presented seminars for staff in “Preventive Strategies and Acceptable Holds” and “Talk About Touching” curriculums. Donna did an internship in a residential treatment center and volunteered two summers with children ages 8 – completion of High School. Donna is currently working as a Parenting Instructor and Coach.
Colette Smith has a Master of Arts and a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Psychology from Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Colette has worked with children in a variety of settings including preschool, elementary school, and high school. She has worked with children and adolescents with a range of issues including cognitive challenges and substance abuse issues as well as emotional and behavioral issues. Colette has provided assessment, evaluation, and recommendation services for children along with guidance and support services to their teachers and parents. She has provided individual and group counseling and educational services and also has experience teaching in the classroom. Colette is currently working as a Parenting Instructor and Coach and is a Building Family Futures Certified Facilitator.
Romi Avin has a Master of Science with a clinical concentration in Human Services from Post University. Romi is also of a member of Connecticut Parent Network (CT-PEN) and holds a certification as a Human Service Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP) from the State of CT. Romi has 11 years of experience in the Human Service field. In her career Romi has serviced many different populations within the field ranging from substance abusers, ABI, developmentally disabled and mentally challenged clients; in addition to working with at-risk and pregnant youth. She has worked at YMCA Character House providing in-home counseling, evaluations and mental support services for pregnant teens and other youth. Romi is currently employed by All Point Care as a Parent Educator and Therapeutic Staff and is credentialed for DCF through Advanced Behavioral Health. Her responsibilities include home visits, DCF family/parent supervision while implement a parenting based curriculum through the Nurturing Parenting Program. Romi also teaches Parenting Education and provides Parenting Skills Coaching with supervision.