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
Olivia Walsh
ASSISTANT TEACHER
Mindy Wintermantel
ASSISTANT TEACHER
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MAMARONECK COMMUNITY NURSERY SCHOOL

Roe Angilletta

Head Teacher

  • Associate degree in art from Seton College

  • Infant/Toddler and Preschool CDA credential; 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

  • Currently obtaining Preschool CDA credential

  • Joined MCNS in 2010 as a camp volunteer; 2018 as a teacher

"I have always loved working with children. I started with MCNS as a camp volunteer when I was 11 years old, at 14 became a CIT, at 16 became a Counselor and moved on to Head Counselor. The summer of 2017 I was promoted to an Assistant Teacher in the Yellow Room for camp. I love math and science and hope to one day become a math teacher. In my free time I also work at Equinox in their childcare program and babysit."

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 CDA credential

  • 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 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

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts 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.”

Allie Herrera

Assistant Teacher

  • ​Associate degree in early childhood education from Westchester Community College

  • Joined MCNS in 2018 as a student teacher and 2019 as a teacher

 

"I have always love working with children ever since I was in 5th grade when I helped out in the kindergarten classroom.  I enjoy watching and communicating with children while they learn new things through play and engagement. I feel like they are so independent at this age and capable of doing many things. In addition to MCNS, I work at an afterschool program that ranges from kindergarten through 5th grade and have been babysitting for a Westchester family for almost two years now."

Lori Hoffman

Head Teacher

  • Preschool CDA credential

  • Joined MCNS in 2002

“As the mom of three adult children I realize the importance of planning creative activities for the children in my group. I love setting up social scenarios in the housekeeping area that encourage language, sharing, and problem solving.”

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!”

Heather Klein

Toddler Floater

  • Bachelor's degree in communications from Queens College

  • Joined MCNS in 2019

"My greatest pleasure is watching the children grow from insecure dependent little ones into happy independent smiling toddlers. I believe in supporting the children with hugs and love while teaching them life skills such as sharing, making friends, taking turns, trusting their teachers, and so much more. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two children. I love to read, cook, paint, and go on long walks."

Dorothy Liguori

Head Teacher

  • Bachelor’s degree from College of Saint Rose; currently pursuing master's in education from Manhattanville College

  • Joined MCNS in 2019

"Early childhood education is so important in order to support young children socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically. I am fortunate enough to be a part of MCNS, where each child is provided the opportunity to develop those skills. I love going to work each day and having the chance to see children learn, grow and have fun with their friends. I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, dog and kittens when I am not at MCNS."

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 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.”

Jennifer Trucchio

Assistant Teacher

  • Bachelor's degree in economics from SUNY Albany

  • Joined MCNS in 2020, and is an alumni parent

"My most cherished memories of my children and the children I’ve cared for over the years are during the toddler to preschool years. I’m always in awe of how much they learn and absorb during this time. I truly enjoy teaching and guiding these young minds and watching their personalities develop. My three sons attended MCNS so I was thrilled when I was offered the opportunity to pursue my teaching passion at MCNS. During my free time I am an avid reader, love to cook and bake and spend time with my growing family and sweet Puggle Rocky.”

Olivia Walsh

Assistant Teacher

  • Bachelor's degree in early childhood education and English education from Iona College

  • Joined MCNS in 2019

“For me, there is nothing more heartwarming than seeing a child smiling from ear to ear when they finally accomplish something that they worked so hard for. Being a part of a child’s skill building and witnessing their successes is my favorite part of being a teacher. I am so grateful that I get to work at MCNS where I am able to cater to each child’s individual needs in a way that works best to help them learn, grow, and reach milestones. When I am not at MCNS, I enjoy cooking, crafting, and especially snuggling up on the couch with my cats.”

Mindy Wintermantel

Assistant Teacher

  • Bachelor's degree in recreation and leisure studies from SUNY Cortland; master's degree in education from Alfred University; currently pursuing master's degree in education, special education and childhood education from Manhattanville College

  • Joined MCNS in 2019, and is an alumni parent

“Our family has been part of the MCNS family for several years. Both of my children are MCNS graduates and I have also served on the board. Some of my favorite memories are from participating in my children’s classrooms. I absolutely loved seeing all the children interacting with their friends, participating in rich educational experiences and exploring the world around them with joyful curiosity. As a teacher, I am inspired by their enthusiasm to learn more. I love watching their eyes light up and their bodies bounce as they accomplish a new skill and feel proud of their success. I am a firm believer in play-based education for children. It provides the perfect platform upon which to launch adventures in math and science or a journey into a new book or the spark of artistic creativity. It allows for the freedom to explore questions with a hands-on approach. Each child brings an important and unique perspective to their learning journey. Each child has a voice! If we can foster a love of educational exploration during the preschool years , I truly believe we set children up with a strong foundation for their school-age years and inspire them to be strong, confident lifelong learners.”

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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   |   914.381.2655 phone   |    toddler@mcnschool.org