Ms April, Owner April Fatato - On-Site Owner - As long as she can remember, children have been an inspiration to April. She is inspired by their curiosity towards learning and the discovery of life around them. April's background includes a Bachelor's degree in Psychology/Education and dual Master's degrees in Literacy and Special Education (Birth to Grade Six). She has been a NYC teacher for seven years and a Supervisor for college interns at Westchester Institute for Human Development, which is a tutoring program for foster care children. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at Manhattanville College and Co-President of their Early Childhood Alumni.
Despite her experience, April wanted to learn more about early childhood education and its importance in early intervention. She is now pursuing a PhD in Early Childhood Development preparing her phenomenological study on the factors that may affect a mother's decision to chose an early learning center.
Early in her career, April was a teacher at The Goddard School located in Suffern. She believes in Goddard's philosophy of learning. Goddard's curriculum and developmental milestones provide the well rounded environment that is needed to nurture a happy-confident learner. As an Owner and experienced educator, April believes The Goddard School located in Yorktown Heights provides the perfect fit!
Ms Gloria, Owner Gloria Fatato - Owner - Gloria was born and raised in Westchester County. At the age of fifteen, she was a recording star and made a few Rock and Roll records that made a little noise. Gloria enjoyed the entertainment business, but decided it wasn't for her. She has three wonderful children, and Gloria and her husband had a successful business for twenty five years. Gloria was excited for a new venture and fell in love with The Goddard School. With Gloria’s business expertise, and her daughter April’s proven experience and success in the field of Education, Gloria is enthusiastic and confident in your family’s experience at The Goddard School located in Yorktown Heights, and strives to provide a warm, loving environment while making a positive difference in your child’s life.
Ms Kristin, Director Ms. Kristin is our Educational Director and is delighted to join The Goddard School family. Kristin earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Westfield State University in Massachusetts and is certified to teach in both New York and Massachusetts. She has experience as an early childhood educator working in 4 year old and Kindergarten classrooms. Prior to becoming the Educational Director, Kristin worked as our After School Director and it was very clear her passion and devotion to children. She is committed to growing The Goddard School into a happy and safe educational environment.
Ms Madelene, Assistant Director Madelene- Educational Director Madelene is thrilled to join The Goddard School family. She received a Master's Degree in Elementary Education as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Management. Madelene has experience as an early childhood teacher and elementary school teacher. Madelene fostered her love for teaching young children by pioneering writing programs that impacted their learning. Her professional career has given Madelene the drive and motivation to continue to make a difference in children's education. Her love for her three young children and her passion for teaching are evident in her role as Educational Director at The Goddard School.
Ms Marci, Lead Teacher Ms.Marcie is the lead teacher in the Infant Room. Marcie's professional career began in nursing as a licensed practical nurse for over 15 years. She has spent most of her career working with infants in child care. Marcie returned to school after a successful professional career to earn a Bachelors Degree in Human Service Management. Marcie feels so very blessed to have the opportunity to work with Infants over the years, watching them grow and learn all about their environments.
Ms Jessica, Lead Teacher Ms.Jessica is our lead teacher in the Scootin’ Snails classroom. Jessica is a mother to a young son who is currently enrolled in our program. Prior to her time here at Goddard, Jessica was the lead teacher of an infant classroom and was a public school teacher for grades K through 4, with some time as a Middle School teacher as well.
Jessica earned her Masters of Arts in Teacher Education, from Johnson & Wales, as well as a Bachelor’s of Science in Culinary Nutrition from Johnson & Wales.
Ms Cynthia, Lead Teacher Cynthia is the lead teacher in our Toddler Classroom. She earned an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.
Cynthia has been a preschool teacher for over thirteen years. Prior to joining the Goddard School, she was the lead preschool teachers in Somers. Cynthia is married and mother to two grown children. Cynthia also taught after school enrichment programs at The Primrose School for several years.
Ms Karen Ann, Lead Teacher Ms.Karen is the lead teacher in the Toddler Room. She began as an Assistant Teacher in the Jumpin' Jellyfish and worked her way up to a Lead Teacher position. Karen is a mother of four children of her own, allowing her to be the caring and nurturing role model that toddlers need. Her career with preschoolers began 14 years ago where she worked with infants and toddlers at a preschool in the area, one for which she was employed by for 13 years before joining the Goddard Family. She is in the process of completing her CDA certification. Her extensive work with children from the infant to toddler stages makes her the perfect provider for all their needs.
Ms Kaitlin, Lead Teacher Ms. Kaitlin is the lead teacher in our Get Set Classroom. She recently graduated from York College of Pennsylvania and earned a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education (K-6). She has worked with children of all ages prior to her start at the Goddard School and was a lead camp counselor for two years during college with the children ages 3-5. Kaitlin taught herself how to play guitar and does it wonderfully! She shares her love for music and dance with the children. We are pleased to have Kaitlin as part of our Goddard Family.
Ms Nancy , Lead Teacher Ms. Nancy is our lead teacher in the Preschool classroom. She is married with two children. Nancy was a volunteer parent consultant for Nick Junior Television for shows such as Blue’s Clues and Dora. Nancy worked for 12 years in a private preschool in Putnam Valley where she was the lead teacher for children from age 2 to prekindergarten. She also ran the summer camp and after school and extended day activities for the school.
Nancy is in the process of completing her CDA Certification and is bilingual in both Spanish and English. She is an active member of the Calvary Bible Church in Yorktown, and has been involved in the church community for 19 years.
Ms Yulia, Lead Teacher . Yulia is the lead teacher of one of our Preschool Classrooms and a graduate of the College of Saint Rose, where she earned a Masters Degree in Literacy (birth-6th grade), as well as my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood- Special Education.
Yulia was also a coach at Amazing Athletes, a sports program for children, working with children between the ages of 2-5. Yulia is also an experienced camp counselor and Preschool Teacher.
Mrs Juliana, Lead Teacher Ms. Juliana is the lead teacher of your PreK 4 classroom. Juliana earned a B.A. in English Literature from Pace University and completed her M.S. in Early Childhood Education from the College of New Rochelle.
She holds a NYS Certification in Early Childhood up to 2nd grade. Juliana is a mother to a toddler who is enrolled here at Goddard! Prior to Goddard, Juliana worked as a Head Teacher and Co-Teacher in Early Childhood classrooms with children ages 2-5 years old since 2007.
Ms Melissa, Lead Teacher Melissa is the lead teacher in our PreK classroom. Melissa earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood/ Childhood Education (Birth- Grade 6) from SUNY Oneonta and is in the process of completing a Master’s in Childhood Special Education at Pace University. For the last eight years, and prior to her time at Goddard, Melissa was a camp counselor for preschool aged children at a local camp.
She also worked as a substitute teacher in a private preschool and a permanent substitute in a public elementary school last year. She is bright, creative and organized and we are thrilled to have her join the Goddard Family.
Ms Carina, Lead Teacher Ms.Carina is the lead teacher in our Kindergarten Classroom. Carina earned Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science from Mercy College as well as completed a dual Master’s Degree in Childhood Education and Students with Disabilities. She has over 6 years of experience working with both preschool aged children, as well as school aged children. Carina was the lead teacher in a preschool classroom for 3 years and became assistant director to the facility she worked for. Carina is excited to a be part of our Growing Goddard Family!
Rebecca, Lead Teacher Ms.Rebecca completed her undergraduate degree in English in 2008 at Binghamton University. After earning her Bachelors Degree, she attended Fordham University where she earned a Masters Degree in Elementary and Special Education. She then worked at PS 199 in the Bronx, NY teaching Special Education in Kindergarten and First Grade for 3 years. Following her time in the Bronx, Rebecca taught Special Education in Pleasant Valley for Arlington Central School District. Rebecca was recently married last August and is excited to be our new Director of the After School program here at the Goddard School.
Ms Christina, Assistant Teacher Ms. Christina is the Assistant in our Infant classroom. A Yorktown High School graduate, Christina is excited to be working at the Goddard School in the infant room. Christina graduated from Berkeley College and furthered her education at Westchester Community College where she studied Information Processing, Human Services and Early Childhood Development. Christina is a devoted mom who loves to sing, read, and volunteers her time with the Yorktown Grange. Christina is nurturing and patient, and is a wonderful additional to the infant room here at the Goddard School.
Ms Victoria, Assistant Teacher Ever since she can recall, Victoria's passion has been to work with young children. Victoria completed a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice but her desire to work with children forced her to change paths. Victoria has done extensive Volunteer work at Peekskill Middle School, working with children in the LEAP Program with limited literacy skills, requiring one on one support. In addition to her work with the Leap Program Victoria has been a private babysitter for several families with preschool aged children.
Ms Jenny, Assistant Teacher Ms.Jenny is an assistant teacher in the Teeterin' Turtles Classroom. She currently resides in Yorktown Heights and is the mother to three young girls. She demonstrates patience and commitment to the well being of the children when she is with them. Jenny studied Business at Mercy College.
Ms Kristin, Assistant Teacher Kristin is the assistant teacher in our toddler room. Ms.Kristin is currently attending Westchester Community College to finish her associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and plans to continue her education to get her bachelor and masters. Before working at The Goddard School, she was a lead infant teacher at another daycare in the area.
Kristin began babysitting at a young age and knew that caring for and educating children was her true calling.
Ms Jessica, Assistant Teacher Ms. Jessica is an assistant in our toddler classrooms. Jessica earned an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Dutchess Community College in 2012 where she then began her coursework in Early Childhood Education. Jessica will be completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Western Connecticut State University this December.
Jessica’s plans are to continue her coursework towards earning her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood. Jessica has also spent almost ten years babysitting children of all ages.
Ms Jessica , Assistant Teacher Ms. Jessica is an assistant teacher in our Toddler Room. She is currently studying Early Childhood Education (birth-grade 2) at Westchester Community College. She will be receiving her Associate Degree in May of 2014. Jessica plans to continue her education to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Childhood Education for grades 1-6th.
Jessica has been an intern at Good Shepherd Nursery School in Irvington NY and has spent countless time working with preschool age groups. She is also currently a babysitter for young children which she has been doing for the past seven years.
Ms Christine, Assistant Teacher Christine is the assistant teacher in our GET SET classroom. Ms. Christine is a recent college graduate from Western Connecticut State University. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education Social Studies.
Ms. Christine is currently working on obtaining her New York teaching license and is looking to pursue a dual certification in both Elementary Education and Secondary Education.
In her spare time, Ms. Christine enjoys reading and being outdoors
Ms Denise, Assistant Teacher Ms. Denise is a floater in our toddler and preschool classrooms. Denise completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Mercy College. She has been working as a teacher’s assistant in the Yonkers Public School District for over five years now and most recently worked as a one to one teacher’s aide for children with special needs in the Tuckahoe School District.
Ms. Denise moved to Yorktown two years ago with her husband and is the mom of two active, happy young boys. Denise is very creative, patient and energetic, and looks forward to the quality time she will be able to spend with all the age groups here at Goddard.
Ms Alyssa, Assistant Teacher Miss Alyssa recently took a career change and decided teaching was her true passion. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and has been accepted to the Master’s program for Early Childhood Education at Mercy College for the Spring of 2015.
Her love for children and seeing them learn and grow is what sparked her transition into the teaching field.
Ms Elizabeth , Assistant Teacher Liz earned an Associates of Science in Early Childhood Education for ages Birth through 2nd in May 2011. Liz then went on to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from SUNY New Paltz.
Prior to her time here at Goddard, Liz worked with preschool children at for over 6 years.
Ms Maria, Assistant Teacher Ms. Maria is the assistant in our Preschool classroom. Ms. Maria earned her High School Diploma in Science in Venezuela in 1987. She studied special education for kids with special needs for two years in Venezuela. Maria studied at the Stratford Career Institute (English as a second language) in 2006.
Maria received hands-on training as a teacher's assistant at Tom Thumb Preschool in Mohegan Lake. Maria volunteers her time as a Girl Scout Troop Leader, Girls Softball Coach and Assistant and has assisted the Sensei of her son's karate school.
Maria is bilingual in both Spanish and English.
Ms Stacey, Assistant Teacher Ms. Stacey is currently our Pre-K assistant. She has an associate's degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Stacey is continuing her education to finish her bachelor's degree in education. She is eager to learn and take on new challenges as they arise. She has been working with various age groups for the last four years.
Ms Arlene, Assistant Teacher Ms. Arlene is our Kindergarten Assistant. Arlene attended Queens College where she majored in Psychology and Music. For as long as she can recall Arlene was drawn to early childhood development, both as a nanny and working in church with the youth group and directing the children’s Music Makers Choir. A Yorktown Heights resident for 14 years, Arlene has been married for 27 years, and has a son and daughter. Her career began at Con Edison where she worked for 17 years in their Customer Service and Law Departments. Asked to sub as a teacher’s aide at her daughter’s Preschool in 1999, she was enamored by the preschool group she was working with and became affectionately known as “Mrs. P”. Arlene is looking forward to being a part of the growing family here at Goddard.
Ms Rita, Assistant Teacher Ms. Rita was a certified NYS teacher for the NYC Dept of Ed from 1983 - 2012. She retired and is currently working with our school-age After-School Program. She attended St John's University where she earned a BS in Education and graduated from Queens College with a Masters in Education. She has continued her education with 30 credits above her master's since.
Ms Jean, Resource Ms. Jean is a wonderful addition to our team. Prior to her professional career in Education, Jean was a supervisor for MTV network. Jean decided to make the move towards Early Childhood Education when she became a mother. Jean has three children; two in college and one in middle school and raises her family in Yorktown.
Ms.Jean is a NYS certified teaching assistant, and received a Bachelor’s of Science from St. John’s University in Communications. Jean was also a substitute teacher for 10 years within the Yorktown and Lakeland school districts.