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ADMINISTRATION

Janet Santos
Executive Director

With KOCO since 2002

 

Miss Janet became Executive Director in 2024 after 21 years at KOCO. Before that, she became the Assistant Director after two years of teaching in Preschool and EHMS TASC. Prior to teaching at KOCO, Janet taught at the YMCA, Independent Day School, Guilford Schools, East Hampton Schools.

 

Some of her favorite tasks at KOCO are teaching Spanish and American Sign Language. She also loves creating publications and websites. Anything technology or science-based are Miss Janet’s favorites!

 

Certifications

  • BA, Latin, Columbia University

  • Certified to teach CT Elementary Grades K-6

  • Certified as a Head Teacher for the State of Connecticut  

  • Medication Administration

  • American Red Cross CPR & First Aid

  • President, East Hampton High School PTO, 2010-13

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Janet's favorite quote:  “Work the problem, people.”  (From Apollo 13)

Laurie Caron
Director

With KOCO since 2015

 

Laurie became Director of KOCO in 2024. A native of East Hampton, Miss Laurie studied Early Education at Marist College in New York. The daughter of a preschool teacher, Laurie has extensive experience working with children, including 6 years in local child care centers. Her daughter Brianna graduated from the nursing program at Sacred Heart, and her son Charlie graduated from EHHS, both in 2024.

 

Certifications 

  • American Red Cross CPR & First Aid

  • Medication Administration

Laurie's favorite quote:  “Don't give up. I believe in you all. A person's a person, no matter how small." (Dr. Seuss)

Brian Barber

Assistant Director and Off-site Administrator (EHMS TASC)

With KOCO since 2005

 

A native of East Hampton, Mr. Brian began teaching  at KOCO part time during high school. Brian has taught in every KOCO program and knows every single child! Mr. Brian has taken Early Childhood classes at Manchester Community College and has earned his Head Teacher certificate. Brian became Assistant Director in 2021.

 

Certifications 

  • Certified as a Head Teacher for the State of Connecticut  

  • American Red Cross CPR & First Aid

  • Medication Administration

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Laurie Webster

Opening Administrator

With KOCO since 2008

 

Miss Laurie has taught in a variety of programs at KOCO, but her main focus has always been preschool. Laurie has her Child Development Associate (CDA). She lives in Portland. Laurie became Opening Administrator in 2021.

 

Certifications 

  • Certified as a Head Teacher for the State of Connecticut  

  • Child Development Associate, Preschool

  • American Red Cross CPR & First Aid

  • Medication Administration

Thomas Santos

Closing Administrator

With KOCO since 2019

 

Mr. Tom has been a teacher at KOCO since 2019, and he was also a KOCO kid! Tom has worked with every age group, but spent the most time with toddlers. He is resuming his role as Closing Administrator after a short hiatus.

 

Certifications  

  • American Red Cross CPR & First Aid

  • Medication Administration

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