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Our Mission is to inspire and prepare all students to realize their potential and enhance our global community.

“Every child is a different kind of flower, and all together, make this world a beautiful garden.”  -Unknown


Mrs. Benner

My name is Cathie Benner.  I hold a Bachelor’s Degree from UMass and a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from Univ of MD.  I have taught Kindergarten in West Hartford for many years and am eager to teach Pre-Kindergarten at COIA! I believe in inquiry-based learning where children engage in exploration and creative play while developing a strong love for active learning. 


My husband and I, proud parents of three grown daughters, have lived in West Hartford since 1976. I love spending time with my family, including four energetic grandchildren.  I have fun biking and walking in the Reservoir and playing with my Maine Coon cat. I am excited to meet the children in Room 155 and their families!


Mrs. Barron

My name is Cindy Barron. I began teaching in West Hartford in 1995. I have taught kindergarten and first grade, and am now very excited to be teaching Pre-Kindergarten! I have a Bachelor’s Degree from Springfield College and a Master’s Degree from CCSU with certifications in Elementary & Early Childhood Education as well as Reading & Language Arts.


I live in Newington with my husband and three wonderful children- Matthew, Daniel, & Elizabeth. I enjoy reading, baking, playing with my 2 dogs, and spending time with my family. I absolutely LOVE teaching young children.  I believe in creating a classroom environment in which children can explore, play, and discover. I look forward to building strong home/school connections with families as we work together to make this a wonderful year for all the children in Room 155!


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Charter Oak International Academy

425 Oakwood Ave., West Hartford, CT 06110

Juan Melián, Principal

T: 860-233-8506

F: 860-231-9654

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