Lederman Children’s Center partnered with the Rondout Valley School District and won a NYS grant to open a full-day preschool program in Kerhonkson Elementary School. The school officially opened September 30, 2014 with 18 students. In the Summer of 2015, the program expanded to have 2 classrooms and 28 students.
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|Christina DeGrote- UPK Head Teachers
Christina has worked in a Family Home Daycare for 5 years while earning her undergraduate degree, and has been working in elementary schools as a classroom teacher for four years. She has a Master’s Degree in Literacy education from SUNY New Paltz, as well as a Bachelor’s from SUNY New Paltz and Associate’s from SUNY Ulster. She is a graduate of Rondout Valley Central Schools and attended Kerhonkson Elementary as a student! It was as a child in elementary school that she knew she wanted to become a teacher. She has always had a passion for helping others, and working in early childhood brings her the most joy. She loves working closely with families to help develop early foundations of literacy and mathematics while also teaching kindness, sharing, and friendship. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her friends and family, going to concerts, and reading.
Marissa Jones – Assistant TeacherMarissa has an Associates Degree in Individual Studies with a concentration on Human Services and Social Sciences. She engages the children in small group work, math skills, Gym time, and free play. She has worked for Lederman Children’s Center for a year and a half and has previously done internship work at three other children’s centers. She loves children and looks forward to going into work everyday.
Priscilla McMahon – Floating TA
Priscilla got into education because of her daughter. She was diagnosed early with special needs and it took her role as a parent in a different direction than what she knew. She had to learn many new skills to teach and learn. She also admired and learned so much from her teacher that it inspired her to go back to school and get her Teacher Assistant certification. What she loves the most about teaching is seeing the students grow in confidence and skills. At home she enjoys trying new cooking recipes.
Marie Kelly – Head Pre-K teacher
Marie received her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood/Childhood Education B-6 in May 2016 at SUNY New Paltz. Marie wanted to be a teacher since she was a child. Both of her parents were teachers and Marie considers them her biggest role models in pursuing her dream of being a teacher because she saw firsthand how rewarding the field of education can be. Marie’s favorite part of teaching Pre-K is learning from her students and growing with them. Marie believes, “One of the most priceless moments of being a teacher is seeing the inner glow of a child when they are proud of their accomplishments. It is my job to fuel that glow.” Along with children, Marie loves music and animals. When she isn’t teaching, Marie enjoys spending time with her husband and young daughter either outside exploring in nature or inside dancing and singing.