Little Lions Preschool

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 Little Lions Preschool 

Purpose and Mission

Our purpose is to support parents by providing an outstanding early childhood education within a Catholic environment.  We are committed to working closely with parents in order to provide a program that encourages the social, emotional, physical, intellectual, and spiritual growth of every child.  We recognize each child as an individual and emphasize the value of process over product.

Our mission is to build a faithful community committed to nurturing each child and guiding them on the beginning of their journey of life-long learning.  We support a curriculum based on our belief that young children learn best through play. 

 Welcome to Ms. Larracuente's Class

Julie Larracuente

Mrs. Larracuente


My name is Julie Larracuente and I have been teaching Preschool at St. Mark School since it opened in 2008. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood from The University of Connecticut.  Teaching Preschool-age children is very rewarding and I am very blessed to be a member of the St. Mark Community. Preschool is an important milestone in your child’s life and I strive to make your child’s first experience with school fun and exciting each day!  

Karen Zayas- Aide

Karen Zayas is the Pre-School Aide at St. Mark School and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a Minor in Early Childhood Education. She also has a Master’s Degree in Recreation Management. Mrs. Zayas worked at the Shehan Center in Bridgeport running camps and was also their Recreation Director. Additionally, she ran Preschool programs at the YMCA (PK fitness and Playtime Pals) and was Director of Membership. Mrs. Zayas also worked at the Beardsley Zoo as Special Events Coordinator. Currently, she also works part-time at Star Factory in Stratford and Trumbull as an Assistant for their programs, parties and camps. 


What Our Parents are Saying

"St. Mark Little Lions in Stratford is the most AMAZING program. I can go on for hours about how happy I am, both as a parent and a teacher. If you want to chat, pm me. I can't say enough good things!!!!!"

"They have a fabulous preschool program. I was a preschool teacher and it is one of the best programs I've seen with amazing, caring, nurturing teachers."