Deborah Rogers began teaching in 2004. She has a BA in Communications and Marketing; Masters in Elementary Education; 6th Year in Thinking and Learning with a concentration in Gifted and Talented Education.  Deborah began her career as a communication and marketing executive in the advertising field for 8 years. However, she met her true calling as a teacher. Her teaching experience includes 2nd, 4th and 5th grade as well as enrichment. She is currently teaching 4th grade. Her love of creative teaching has been the catalyst for starting the summer program NOVUS.


Mark Bisset has been involved in the art world since 1994. He received his BFA from Maine College of Art in 1994. He received his Masters in Art Education from SCSU in 2003. He has taught art in Milford for 16 years mostly at Orange Avenue School. For the last 30 years he has painted professionally with works focusing on landscapes and how people exist and interact with it. His work has been shown in galleries from Maine to California and can sometimes be found in Milford at the Milford Arts Council and Firehouse Gallery. 

Sarah Sawitsky is a beloved elementary teacher and has been teaching in Milford for the past 21 years. She has had the opportunity to teach grades K, 1, 4th and 5th. She has a BS in Education is from Green Mountain College and Masters in Education from Sacred Heart University. She is an avid outdoor enthusiast. You may find her paddle boarding off the beach with her 3 kids. Her goal in teaching is to engage students in learning through choice and exploration. 


Tom Stack has a BS in Psychology; Masters in Elementary Education; as well as a 6th year in Educational Leadership. Tom began working with students 33 years ago as a YMCA coach and program coordinator. He has taught in Milford since 2002, where he has been an Enrichment teacher for the past 14 years, teaching students from every grade, kindergarten through 8th grade. Tom has also served for the past five years as Vice President of the Clinton Child Care Board of directors which oversees financial, staffing and policies for the school.

NOVUS Instructor Team: Every program option is instructed by certified CT Teachers and school certified professionals. Each team member has a masters degrees and most have a 6th year degree. All instructors have years of experience.

Our Philosophy

The mission of NOVUS  is to provide the highest quality educational and socially collaborative opportunities for all students entering 3rd-6th grade (approx. ages 8-12). The program is designed to foster and encourage curiosity while meeting the needs and challenging the abilities of curious talented students. This is achieved through classes that support the exploration of hands on learning experiences that are just downright fun.

Our History

We are excited to begin our third year of providing an enriching and fun opportunity to learn through interactive experiences.