About Us

Who We Are

Kindergarten & Beyond Learning Center offers academic programs for elementary students through individualized instruction by certified educators to meet their academic needs in a small group explicit format.

We specialize in creating lessons around IEP and 504 accommodations that will show growth and success in your students. K&B Learning Center uses learning targets and success criteria to assess student learning outcomes from each lesson.

Learning Targets

Learning targets are concrete goals written in student-friendly language that clearly describe what students will learn and be able to do by the end of a class.

Success Criteria

A success criteria is a list of features that a teacher wants the children to include in their work during the course of a lesson. It is a really good way of making children aware of what is expected of them and can also encourage them to extend themselves during the course of the lesson.

Meet The Owners

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Ali Kirchberger

Co-Owner/Certified Educator

Ali is a certified elementary school teacher. She brings over 15 years of teaching experience and expertise in the education field to K&B Learning Center. Her most current educational achievements are being named a Global Learning Fellow with the NEA Foundation, being awarded District Finalist Teacher of the Year 2020 and being accepted to begin her certification on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. She holds a BA in Psychology, MA in Elementary Education, and is obtaining her sixth year certificate in Teacher Leadership. Ali comes with experience in curriculum writing, rigorous teaching methods, and multiple professional development topics directly related to education.

Fun Fact: Ali was a contestant on Wheel Of Fortune in November 2017. She filmed during Teacher’s Week!

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Jerrod Kirchberger

Co-Owner/Director

Jerrod brings over 20 years of experience as a director and supervisor in the field of education-like settings. Jerrod has been awarded and recognized as an outstanding staff member in his last positions. He is equipped with CPR/First Aid/AED training and an abundant knowledge of the most up to date safety measures. He is the backbone of K&B Learning Center, handling all business related to scheduling and smooth execution of services.

Fun Fact: Jerrod has just published his first book, and expects to have a children series complete by next year!

Our Team

Wendy Mendicino

CERTIFIED EDUCATOR

Wendy Mendicino has been married for 31 years and has been teaching for even longer! She has two adult sons and lives in Southbury, CT. Wendy spent half of her career teaching in Bucks County, PA, and the second half teaching here in CT. She loves children, dancing, acting, and reading.

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Jeffrey Kogan, Ph.D

CERTIFIED EDUCATOR

Jeffrey Kogan earned his Ph.D. in neuroscience from Yale University and his B.S. in biology from the University of Alaska Anchorage. He has also completed the State of Connecticut Alternative Route to Certification to teach high school biology. Jeff was a neuroscience researcher in the pharmaceutical industry and in academic settings. Prior to that he worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service studying seabird and marine mammal populations in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. For the last six years he has been an environmental educator at Flanders Nature Center and Land Trust in Woodbury, CT.

Jessica Metz

Certified Educator

Jessica Metz is one of our afternoon tutors. She is a high school teacher in one of the neighboring towns. She has been teaching for 19 years. She holds a BS in secondary education with a concentration in Psychology and two Masters degrees in Psychotherapy and in education.  She is a wife, mother of two, and resides in Woodbury. 

Jenna Iacono

ASSISTANT EDUCATOR

Jenna is a native of Woodbury and a sophmore at Post University where she is studying Psychology. Jenna hopes to become a School Counselor or Child Psychologist. She loves working with children. She is artistic, and loves reading, hiking, and theatre.