Saint Mary School|Milford, CT | Kindergarten
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Teacher – Maureen Eisenhandler

Maureen Eisenhandler

Maureen Eisenhandler has been teaching Kindergarten at Saint Mary School since 1980!  She is a graduate of Trinity College in Burlington Vermont and has her Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education/Early Childhood.

In her free time, Mrs. Eisenhandler likes to spend time with her family and to travel.  She says “I am blessed to work with the children of Saint Mary’ School each and every day.  I am inspired by their enthusiasm, acceptance and love of learning.”


Today’s Teacher Spotlight is shining on Kindergarten Teacher Mrs. Maureen Eisenhandler, or as we call her, Mrs. E!

Mrs. E’s favorite motto is, “Always do your best & be kind.”

Did you know that she has a new granddaughter named Grace Ellen, who was born on May 14th and is healthy and absolutely beautiful? Did you also know that Mrs. E is a proud mom who’s son Ben is a Sergeant in the US ARMY? She asks that we all please keep our military in our prayers.

Some of Mrs. E’s favorite things do outside of school besides visiting Grace, is going for long walks, traveling and spending time at the great beaches here in Milford.

Her favorite subject when she was in school was art – something she still loves today and makes a special part of all her Kindergarten classes! Her advice to her students is remember, “All You Really Need To Know You Learned In Kindergarten”

Teacher – Patricia Kisiel

Patricia Kisiel

Mrs. Kisiel started teaching at Saint Mary School in 1991. She taught many years in first grade and now is teaching Kindergarten.

Mrs. Kisiel graduated from Assumption College in Worcester Mass. with a B.A. and has a M.S. from Southern Connecticut State University in Reading. She also holds a Professional Teaching Certificate from the State Of Connecticut.

Mrs. Kisiel loves “Saint Mary’s family atmosphere between the parents and the school, and the desire to instill a Christian attitude toward the students and the greater community.”

Aide – Betty Baumgart

Betty Baumgart

“I love the atmosphere at Saint Mary School. The children and other teachers make it special, and I feel close to them, like a family.”  Betty Baumgart has been working at Saint Mary School since 1998. She loves working with children, especially in kindergarten.

Mrs. Baumgart’s interests are reading, dancing and zumba. She is an animal lover and has a bichon, named Buster. Mrs. Baumgart lives in Milford with her husband Jan, and has two children who graduated from Saint Mary School. Her son, Jonathan graduated in 1996 and her daughter, Julie graduated in 2005, so SMS holds a special place in her heart!

Aide – Mirna Ellison

Mirna Ellison

Mirna Ellison has been teaching Spanish at SMS since 2008. She has also been a Kindergarten Aide since 2014. She is married and has two daughters, Pamela (SMS Class of 2015) and Laura Ashley, (SMS Class of 2017).

Mrs. Ellison moved to Milford, CT from Stratford about 10 years ago. She enjoys walking and taking aerobic exercise classes. Professionally, she likes teaching at SMS and she also completes project management jobs from home. She likes to keep her schedule full and busy!

“My favorite things about working at St. Mary School is being surrounded by the nice and friendly staff and knowing I can be there for my own children.”


Today’s Teacher Spotlight is shining on Mrs. Mirna Ellison. Mrs. Ellison is one of our kindergarten aides as well as the Spanish teacher for our students in K – grade 3.

Audrey Hepburn’s saying, “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” is her favorite quote.

She likes to go walking in her freetime and enjoyed studying psychology & languages when she was in school.

Her students would be surprised to know that she does not speak Spanish when she’s at home!

Her best advice to them is to, “Never give up!”