Teachers

MAMARONECK COMMUNITY NURSERY SCHOOL
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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.”

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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.”

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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."

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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.”

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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."

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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.”

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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.”

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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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Marianne Guadagnolo

Head/Assistant 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.”

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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."

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Connie Narvensen

Assistant Teacher

  • Joined MCNS in 2022
     

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Katie Kooyers

Floater Teacher

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

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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!”

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Laura Maccrone

Assistant Teacher

  • Joined MCNS in 2022

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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!”

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Noreen Palwankar

Assistant Teacher

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

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Raleigh Porter

Floater Teacher

  • Joined MCNS in 2021

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Cara Schwartz

Floater Teacher

  • Joined MCNS in 2021

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Jennifer Trucchio

Head 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.”

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Debbie Vallarelli 

Floater Teacher

  • Joined MCNS in 2021, and is an alumni parent

More details coming soon!

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Nicole Vallarelli

Assistant Teacher

  • Joined MCNS in 2021 and is also an MCNS alumnus

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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.”