Alana Cimillo is entering her fifth year teaching Kindergarten at Chapin. A graduate of Salve Regina University, she earned her bachelor's degree in early childhood education. She spent two years working at an independent preschool while finishing her master's degree in literacy education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Through her graduate work, Ms. Cimillo developed a passion for children's literature. In her free time, she enjoys reading mystery novels, going to the beach and watercolor painting.