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, and in 2018 I was hired as an Assistant Teacher in the Toddler Center. 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.”


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 alumnus

“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.”


Destiny Greene

Floater Teacher

  • Joined MCNS in 2022

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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.”


Marianne Guadagnolo

Head Teacher

  • Preschool CDA credential

  • Joined MCNS in 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.”


Heather Klein

Floater Teacher

  • 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."

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Allie Herrera

Assistant Teacher

  • Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Empire State 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."


Connie Narvensen

Assistant Teacher

  • Joined MCNS in 2022

"I’m happy to be part of such a warm environment with amazing teachers. Working with kids has always been a passion of mine. I come to MCNS with over 20 plus years of experience working with children of all ages. I love being part of their lives and seeing them so happy. Watching their growth year after year has been truly remarkable. I look forward to meeting new kids every year and helping them develop a love for school at such an early age."

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Katie Kooyers

Floater Teacher

  • Bachelor's degree in Education from The University of Michigan

  • Joined MCNS in 2022, and is an alumni parent and former Board Member

"MCNS is such a warm and special place for children to have their first school experience. Both of my girls have attended and I’ve been involved in their classes and on the MCNS board for the past few years. This is my first year as a staff member, and I feel grateful and energized to be part of such a wonderful group of educators and families."


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!”


Laura Maccrone

Assistant Teacher

  • Bachelor's degree in business from Pace University

  • Joined MCNS in 2022, and is an alumni parent and former Board Member


"Preschool is a time to learn and explore. I love helping our children gain confidence in themselves. Being with them each day to nurture them gives me great joy. I hope this helps to give them confidence in themselves." 


Mayumi Nakayama

Assistant Teacher

  • Bachelor's degree in media studies from Hunter College

  • Preschool CDA credential

  • 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!”


Noreen Palwankar

Assistant Teacher

  • Bachelor’s degree in international trade and marketing from the Fashion Institute of Technology and Master’s degree in higher education administration from Stony Brook University

  • Joined MCNS in 2022, and is an alumni parent and former Board Member

"Joining the MCNS community has been an incredible experience. My daughter attended both the toddler and preschool programs, and now I have the privilege of teaching in the classroom. From both a parent and teacher perspective, I understand the tremendous benefits of MCNS’ play-based approach to early childhood education. In our classrooms, children are using their creativity and imaginations to learn and are having fun doing so. They are developing social and emotional skills, solving problems, resolving conflicts, and building relationships with their peers. These are some of the most important tools for a child’s early years and lay the foundation for the rest of their lives. My daughter came home from MCNS incredibly happy every day, and I feel honored to be a part of that experience for other children."


Cara Schwartz

Floater Teacher

  • Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor and Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Hunter College

  • Joined MCNS in 2021

"I have always loved to work with children. I started by working at my former day camp when I was a teenager! After graduating college, I worked for six years in Manhattan and Brooklyn with ages 2 through 4.5. I specialize in activities focusing on early literacy. After raising my own two children (9 and 7), I am happy to be back working two days per week at MCNS!"


Deborah Vallarelli

Assistant Teacher

  • Infant/Toddler CDA credential

  • Joined MCNS in 2021, and is an alumni parent


"I have always had a love for working with children. It began with operating a daycare for 20 years and has now transitioned into the classroom. I love to see their progression throughout the year.  I hope the children at MCNS always feel safe, happy and loved as well as look back with fond memories of their time here."


Jennifer Trucchio

Head Teacher

  • Bachelor's degree in economics from SUNY Albany

  • Infant/Toddler CDA credential

  • 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.”

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Nicole Vallarelli

Assistant Teacher

  • Bachelor's degree in physical education prek-12th grade from Springfield College

  • Master's degree in education of disability studies from Springfield College

  • Joined MCNS in 2021 and is also an MCNS alumnus

"MCNS truly is an amazing place to play, learn and grow. There are so many great activities and memories I have from attending MCNS myself. As a teacher, it is incredible to see how much our students grow from September to June. Our play based focus helps them to communicate with each other and problem solve all while having fun! Another thing that makes MCNS so unique is parent participation. It is something special our students get to experience with their families and in return our families get a sneak peak into their child's day and may be able to implement some fun learning at home as a result."


Olivia Walsh

Head 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.”