Cazenovia Community Preschool (CCP) was founded in 1969 and has been an integral part of the Cazenovia-area community for almost 50 years. It is located at 49 Burton Street, on the corner of Clark Street, in the village of Cazenovia, New York.

CCP is a not-for-profit, comprehensive preschool with a mission to provide well-rounded and nurturing learning experiences for children of Cazenovia and surrounding areas, regardless of income or ability, with the goal of supporting the full development of each child's potential. In addition to preparing our students for Kindergarten, we aim to help them develop into caring citizens of our community.

Our dedicated, experienced and highly-educated teachers are what makes CCP so special. Each preschool class has one head teacher with a Master's degree in Education and multiple certifications, plus one teaching assistant. Four preschool classes and one after-school enrichment program are offered every academic year. Please visit our Programs page for more detailed information.

Cazenovia Community Preschool is governed by a volunteer board of directors, comprised of the parents of current and former CCP students. Its role is to uphold the mission of the preschool. Meetings are usually held in the evening on the second Tuesday of each month.




Mrs. Barrett

Maria Barrett, Director

Mrs. Barrett joined CCP in 2016 and is dedicated to providing an enriching and purposeful preschool experience for each student. She began her teaching career in the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill school district as a teacher in first and second grades. After moving to Cazenovia, Mrs. Barrett began substitute teaching at Burton Street Elementary, where she has fulfilled both short-term and long-term positions.

Mrs. Barrett earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from SUNY Geneseo, and a Master's in Elementary Education with a concentration in Literacy from SUNY Cortland. Aside from her work at CCP, she provides private tutoring services, specializing in literacy and math.

Mrs. LaGorgaSusan LaGorga, Teacher

Mrs. LaGorga joined CCP in 2004 and teaches the Lizard Kindergarten-readiness class. Prior to teaching at Cazenovia Community Preschool, she taught art at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

Mrs. LaGorga earned a B.F.A. in Visual Art and Art Education from Syracuse University, and a M.S. in Elementary Education from SUNY Binghamton. She enjoys incorporating art into her teaching, finding it an effective and fun way to engage her students in learning.

Mrs. CattadorisMeghan Cattadoris, Teacher

Mrs. Cattadoris joined CCP in 2012 and teaches the Caterpillar Kindergarten-readiness class, the Honey Bee class for three-year-olds, and the Monkey class for two-year-olds. Before taking time away from her career to raise her children, Mrs. Cattadoris was a reading specialist. She has also worked as a long-term substitute teacher, a 1:1 aide, and a CCP volunteer.

Mrs. Cattadoris earned a B.S. in both Special Education (PreK-12) and Elementary Education (PreK-6), as well as a Master's in Reading (preK-12), from SUNY Geneseo. She enjoys hiking, kayaking and traveling to Maine with her family.

Mrs. Warner

Bonnie Warner, Teaching Assistant

Mrs. Warner joined Cazenovia Community Preschoool in 2008 and is the teaching assistant to Mrs. LaGorga in the Lizard Kindergarten-readiness class. She feels very lucky to be a part of CCP, and believes that she and her students learn from each other.

Mrs. Warner particularly enjoys sharing her love of nature and animals with her students.

Karola Puffer, Teaching Assistant

Mrs. Puffer joined CCP in 2014 and is the teaching assistant to Mrs. Cattadoris in the Caterpillar Kindergarten-readiness class, the Honey Bee class for three-year-olds, and the Monkey class for two-year-olds. Prior to working at CCP, she was a teaching assistant working with children from infancy up to the elementary level.

Mrs. Puffer is a German-native and earned a M.S. in Education from the Julius-Maximilians-Universität in Würzburg, Germany. She is amazed to see her students' enthusiasm toward learning every day, making it very rewarding to be a part of their journeys.

Ms. McCullumJillian McCullum, After-School Teacher

Ms. McCullum joined CCP in 2015 as the After-School Enrichment program teacher. Prior to joining CCP, she worked with children of all ages through the Syracuse Parks & Recreation program for ten years.

Ms. McCullum earned a Bachelor's degree in Horticulture from SUNY Morrisville. In addition to teaching at CCP, she also teaches at Kids Community Preschool in Manlius. Ms. McCullum enjoys sharing her love of science and nature with her students, and can often be found engaging them in fun art and science projects.

Mrs. Flood

Pat Flood, Substitute Teacher

Mrs. Flood was a teacher at Cazenovia Community Preschool for over 11 years in both the Kindergarten-readiness and three-year-olds classes. Prior to that, she was an elementary school teacher (K-6) for nine years.

Mrs. Flood earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from Eastern Connecticut State College, and a Master's in Elementary Education from Southern Connecticut State University. Since her retirement from CCP in 2015, Mrs. Flood returns to our classrooms on occasion as a substitute teacher. She enjoys sharing her love of reading with our students.


Board of Directors




Melissa Zomro Davis

Vice Chair

Stephanie Henry


Ashley Cinque


Nicole Costa

Beth Alton

Emily Ayres
Ciara Dougherty
Josh Fox
Jen Gilbert-Jenkins
Emily Gleason
Christy Hopper
Emily Maggio
Nicole Maggio
Casey McClean
Laura McClintock
Devyn Miner
Kaleen Sessler
Colleen Shaw