Childrens Preschool & Enrichment Center » On the right track to learning


Karen Gray

Owner and Director

At CPEC since 1987

B.A. Health Education

M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Early Childhood Education

Vermont teaching license with endorsements in Early Childhood Education and Health Education

Lives in Essex Center with husband, Mr. Lee, and enjoys traveling, reading, walking, exercising, organizing and having grandchildren, even though they are too far away.

“I want children to experience childhood for its own sake, not because they are our future.  Childhood can still be a magical time.  I want CPEC to provide that for children: playing, laughing, creating, thinking, imagining.”


Terri Relyea

Assistant Director & Yellow Sun Group Teacher

At CPEC since 1999

Holds a CDA, pursuing Early Education degree

Lives in Winooski with husband, Dennis, and likes camping, gardening, scrapbooking and spending time with the family.

“I believe it is the right of every child to have a quality early education experience.  I believe it is my duty and my privilege to provide the children in my care with such an experience.”


Susan Ashley

Teacher Assistant

At CPEC since 2014

B.S. Elementary Education

Lives in Essex with husband, Dennis, and daughter Theresa, two cats and one dog, and enjoys golfing, fishing, all outdoor activities, and being with family, especially grandchildren.

“I believe every child is important to our society.  Each child needs the opportunity to learn and grow in a safe environment, both physical and emotional safety.  It is a privilege for me to explore the world with your children.”



Cassie Tricou


Blue Sky Teacher

At CPEC since 2016

B.A. Elementary Education with concentration in Early Childhood Education

Vermont teaching license Pre-K through 6th grade

Lives in Richmond and enjoys hiking, camping, canoeing, fishing, running, and spending time with friends and family.

“I believe all children should be given the opportunity to learn and grow in a safe environment. My job is to foster that.”