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Mitch Hoffman, CEO/President

Achievement and excellence have always been part of Mitch’s life. An All-American Athlete and Scholar, Mitch believes that the best way to give kids a head start in life is to provide them with an integrated approach to early education, including physical development and intellectual growth.

Born and raised in Stamford, Mitch did his undergraduate work at Lafayette College, receiving his MA in Educational Administration from Columbia University.

Mitch is the Founder and CEO of Building Blocks Early Learning Center. Mitch brings 20 years of educational experience to Building Blocks as teacher and administrator. He has worked with all ages of growth stemming from early youth to college.

Athletics and an active life style are also important parts of his life, personally and professionally. He was Director of Athletics at St. Luke’s School, and coached their Head Varsity Baseball Team for 10 years. Presently he coaches the New Canaan High School Varsity team along with numerous youth sports as a volunteer.

Mitch’s passion for academics and athletics goes hand in hand with a determination to see positive change in the community. Mitch serves on the Board of the following charitable organizations: JBI Foundation and Irvin Moorin Scholarship Foundation along with doing work with Kids in Crisis.

Mitch lives in CT with his wife Erin and their three boys Maddox, Brody and Cole.

Lindsay Hoffman,  President of Operations
Erin Hoffman,  Enrichment Coordinator


Danielle Celaj, Camp Avenue Program Director 

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“Oh the places you’ll go, today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!”

Danielle Bouchard, High Ridge Program Director

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“Oh the places you’ll go, today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!”


Christine Bartell, President of Education


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“My goal is to create a second home for our children at the center, a place where they are nurtured and happy while they are learning and GROWING!”


Melissa Montanaro, Shelton Program  Director

Melissa has been with BBELC for over 6 years and has held various positions within the company. She started as a floater and quickly worked her way up to a Pre School Teacher, Assistant Director, Program Director at High Ridge and now Program Director of Shelton. Melissa was also instrumental in creating the Pre K program at Building Blocks, Camp Avenue.

Melissa has a double major is Psychology and Human Services. She is just one class shy of her Directors Credential. Melissa hopes to continue her education in early childhood Special Education in the future.

‘If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”


Anna Zurawska, Wilton Director 

Anna Zurawska is the Program Director in Wilton. She holds a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education and Social Work. She attended a Leadership Course for Early Childhood Education Directors’ Credentials at Norwalk Community College. She has been an early childhood educator for over 12 years teaching in private schools in Norwalk and Greenwich, CT. She was a manager at the Head Start and School Readiness Programs. Additionally, she has experience organizing and providing workshops and presentations for the teachers and parents regarding the kindergarten readiness and strategies for a smooth transition between preschool and kindergarten.

“I believe that Early Childhood Education is very important to begin building the foundation of your child’s future.”