Teachers

Melissa O’Halloran
DIRECTOR
Charlie Abney
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR & SUMMER CAMP DIRECTOR
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Roe Angilletta
HEAD TEACHER
Kim Budetti
ASSISTANT TEACHER
Rosetta D’Alba
HEAD TEACHER
Vicky DeLeon
ASSISTANT TEACHER
Carol DeLitta
ASSISTANT TEACHER
Nina Donovan
HEAD TEACHER
Rosanne Fraioli
HEAD TEACHER
Marianne Guadagnolo
HEAD TEACHER
Lori Hoffman
HEAD TEACHER
Kristin Kelley
ASSISTANT TEACHER
Mayumi Nakayama
ASSISTANT TEACHER
Sue Smith
ASSISTANT TEACHER
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MAMARONECK COMMUNITY NURSERY SCHOOL

Roe Angilletta

Head Teacher

  • Head Teacher and Curriculum Coordinator for the Toddler Center

  • Associate’s degree in art from Seton College

  • Infant/Toddler CDA in 2009; currently obtaining preschool CDA; presenter at WAEYC teacher training workshops

  • Joined MCNS in 2002, and is an alumni parent

"I love to watch children’s excitement when learning new things, and being instrumental in their learning process. I enjoy doing art with the children and allowing them to explore, problem solve, and be creative. I feel that it is important for children at this age to learn how to be independent, work cooperatively with peers, and be proud of their accomplishments. When not at MCNS, I enjoy shopping with friends, going to Broadway plays, and spending time with my family.”

Kim Budetti

Assistant Teacher

Bio to come

Rosetta D’Alba

Head Teacher

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business from Iona College

  • Preschool CDA credential

  • Joined MCNS in 2003

“As a teacher, I love to see our children learning through fun activities. Each child develops at their own pace and should be encouraged, praised, and seen as their own person. I make sure to give them the opportunity to make their own choices and also the tools that are needed to help them emotionally and socially. I enjoy helping these children develop critical thinking skills and become independent individuals. Teaching has always been a passion of mine – having the opportunity to see a child grow and mature, and playing a part in his/her development is a rewarding factor.”

Vicky DeLeon

Assistant Teacher

  • Preschool Child Development Associate certification (CDA) for preschool age children

  • Joined MCNS in 2014

“I love seeing the children learn through play. I enjoy being in all the classrooms observing children's development at all different ages, and encourage problem-solving by helping children communicate their needs to peers and teachers. I model the language that I want them to use when engaging in cooperative play and problem solving. It is my belief and experience that children  learn most effectively through play. I enjoy providing opportunities to challenge children with activities that are fun and educational. When I’m not at MCNS, I love spending time with my 2-year-old nephew, traveling to new and exciting places, watching films, and cooking with friends.”

Carol DeLitta

Assistant Teacher

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business from Slippery Rock University

  • Joined MCNS in 2007, and is an alumni parent

“I like to include learning elements when the children are playing – counting while building blocks or playing with trucks and trains, and asking what color is this? We also have fun singing and dancing, scarf dancing, and playing instruments. I hope our students will always remember that they had fun, felt safe and were loved while at MCNS.”

Nina Donovan

Head Teacher

  • Associate’s degree in Business from Berkeley College in White Plains

  • Preschool CDA credential

  • Joined MCNS in 1998, and is also an MCNS alumni

“I am a parent of two former MCNS students – and was actually an MCNS student myself! That experience showed me how effective and appropriate the MCNS play-based teaching philosophy was. The social and emotional growth that children develop during preschool is the foundation for their success in kindergarten and beyond. Children need nurturing, guidance, and support as well as an environment that encourages play and exploration. One of my goals as a teacher is to nurture the curiosity, creativity, and imagination of the children, and my varied lesson plans strive to meet the needs and levels of all children. One of my favorite activities is releasing the butterflies. It is so exciting for the children to set free the butterflies they have watched change from tiny caterpillars. It also gives me joy to see and hear the children laughing and having fun in my classroom. I get fulfillment from introducing these young children to their classroom experience and being a part of their development."

Rosanne Fraioli

Head Teacher

  • Bachelors of Fine Art’s degree in Art Education from the University of Arizona

  • Preschool CDA credential

  • Joined MCNS in 2009, and is also an MCNS alumni

“This school is truly a special place to be a part of. Our play-based philosophy keeps teaching creative and enjoyable, allowing us to plan activities based on children’s needs and interests, and allowing the children to enjoy their early childhood years through meaningful, hands-on learning while developing a strong foundation for their future. I believe preschool should provide an extension of home for young learners – a place they feel safe, happy, and loved, where they are given experiences that help them grow and learn, and the confidence to do things for themselves, solve problems, ask questions, be social, and participate. We provide children with a strong foundation, exposing them to literacy, science, math, art, music, and culture, giving them the keys they will need to succeed as their education continues. Seeing the smiles on the children’s faces as they learn through these experiences is my favorite part of each day.”

Marianne Guadagnolo

Head/Assistant Teacher

  • Preschool CDA credential

  • Joined MCNS 2002–09, 2016​, and is a MCNS parent

“The preschool experience is important in helping children gain confidence and become social with peers. It teaches them how to express their individuality and also how to be part of a group. It’s great to watch the excitement in the children's faces when offering them new activities and experiences to explore. I'd like our students to remember MCNS as a warm, nurturing environment with a teacher who gave them opportunities to have fun, express themselves and feel safe.”

Lori Hoffman

Head Teacher

  • Preschool CDA credential

  • Joined MCNS in 2002

“The preschool experience is important in helping children gain confidence and become social with peers. It teaches them how to express their individuality and also how to be part of a group. It’s great to watch the excitement in the children's faces when offering them new activities and experiences to explore. I'd like our students to remember MCNS as a warm, nurturing environment with a teacher who gave them opportunities to have fun, express themselves and feel safe.”

Kristin Kelley

Assistant Teacher

  • Bachelor’s degree in English from Villanova; Master’s degree in Education from Hunter College

  • Joined MCNS in 2013, and is an alumni parent and former Board Member

“Children learn so much at this age, most importantly empathy, self-reliance, pre-literacy, and a love of learning. We have hugs and laughter in our classroom every day. And I hope the kids will always remember that school is fun!”

Rose Maffei

Assistant Teacher

  • Preschool CDA credential

  • Joined MCNS in 1999, and is an alumni grandparent

“I love to see the children use their imagination and creativity with art projects. And parents may not realize that when we bake, cook, or make playdough and slime with the children, they have fun and don't even realize that they are learning math, science, and so many social things. I believe that these children are little for such a short time, and that social and emotional learning is the most important learning in their world. And that's coming from me as a mother of three adult children – they are my biggest acknowledgment. How I raised my boys is what I try to give to every one of the children in my class. I give them my undivided attention when they want to tell me something fun or just tell me what they need. I love them all, and I think they know that.”

Mayumi Nakayama

Assistant Teacher

  • Bachelor's degree in Media Studies from Hunter College

  • Joined MCNS in 2011, and is an alumni parent

“My favorite outdoor learning activity to do with the children is gardening! It's so fun to dig, water, and watch the plants to grow. And the children's big smiles bring me such joy, especially when they accomplish something and they know they are very special! But everyone is different, and that makes us all so special! I encourage children to respect other's opinions, ideas, and feelings to build good teamwork skills. I love teaching preschool because I love the children! I am their biggest fan, and it is such a joy to watch them grow. Their honest and pure thoughts nourish me every day. I love arts and crafts, and it has been so nice to see children to grow their skills. And my Japanese heritage contributes to a multicultural environment. I love teaching Japanese culture, songs, and games!”

Sue Smith

Assistant Teacher

  • Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts from Delhi University; Administrative Assistant Certification from Berkley School of Business

  • Joined MCNS in 2002, and is an alumni parent

“MCNS is like my second family. The Toddler Center is a warm, nurturing environment. The teachers and Charlie love sharing information and ideas to make each classroom the best it can be. We also have great families at MCNS who are very involved in their children's education and success. We love to see the parents when they bring their children in at the start of class, and there are several times during the year when parents participate in reading or other activities. Eric Litwin writes the Pete The Cat series – positive stories with fun rhymes. The children love to repeat the words as well as sing along to the songs in the book. If a child is more reserved about participating, we encourage them to do so with a friend or we may take their hand and help them.”

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Preschool:   501 Tompkins Ave, Mamaroneck NY 10543   |   914.381.2655 phone   |   914.381.2764 fax   |   preschool@mcnschool.org

Toddler Program:   501 Tompkins Ave, Mamaroneck, NY 10543   |   914.777.1860 phone   |    toddler@mcnschool.org