Our staff provides a warm and nurturing home-like environment where all children are safe and free to learn. All of our staff members meet the required New York State Office of Children and Family Services requirements, and are First Aid and CPR certified.

Directors:

Juliana Lambiasi & Joanie Bivas

Classes

Days

Head Teachers

 Assistants

The 2’s Class 

Mornings only

2 Days

3 Days

5 Days

 

9-11:45AM

Tuesday & Thursday

Monday, Wednesday,  Friday

Monday – Friday

 

 

Dassy Quintana

 

 

Ally Grassi

Stacey Caiola

The 3’s Class

Mornings 

or Full Days

2 Days

3 Days  

 

5 Days  

 

9AM – 12PM

 

Tuesday & Thursday 

Monday, Wednesday,  Friday

 

Monday – Friday

 

 

 

Dawn Bleckman

 

 

Dana McTiernan

 

 

 

Jill Russo

 

 

Lucia Vogel

Anne Gonzalez

The 4’s Class

Mornings

or Full days

5 Days only

 

9AM-12PM

 

Monday –  Friday

 

 

 

Joretta Crabbe

 

 

 

Melissa Siegrist

Tana Dellis

       

Lunch Bunch

12PM-1PM

Dassy Quintana

Dawn Bleckman

Jill Russo

Anne Gonzalez

Melissa Siegrist

Ally Grassi

Enrichment Classes

     

 Music

 Monday

 12-3PM

Jennifer Arco

Dana  McTiernan

 Lucia Vogel

 Science

 Tuesday

 12-3PM

Dana  McTiernan

 Lucia Vogel

 Cooking

Wednesday  

12-3PM

Dana McTiernan

Lucia Vogel

Fun With Friends

Thursday

12-3PM

Dana McTiernan

 Lucia Vogel

 Art

Friday

12-3PM

Mary Parravani

Dana McTiernan 

Lucia Vogel

       

Full Day

 

Dana  McTiernan

Dawn Bleckman

Joretta   Crabbe

Lucia   Vogel

Dassy Quintana

 


Juliana Lambiasi

As the Educational Director, I have the honor of working with the most dedicated and caring staff, the families and children, as well as overseeing curriculum and the day-to- at our wonderful preschool. I began here as the parent of a child who attended Church in the Highlands and quickly grew to love it so much, that I knew I needed to become a member of this phenomenal school “family”. Prior to working here as a teacher first, then the Educational Director, I worked for 13 years teaching 4’s in both private settings and UPK. I also worked as an Educational Coordinator for a center that served children from 6 weeks old through 5 years old as well. I hold NYS Teacher Certification for Birth-2nd Grade, and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the College of New Rochelle. I love the sense of community and the loving and caring dynamic that exists between the staff, children and families. I am honored to have the opportunity to work within this school as the Educational director.


 Joanie Bivas

I have been a part of the Church in the Highlands Family for over nineteen years. I started as an assistant teacher in the 2’s and 3’s program, worked with the tiny tots and many summer camps. I was the assistant director before taking over as the administrative director. In my capacity as the administrative director my responsibilities include being a liaison between parents and teachers, scheduling tours for prospective families, fundraising, planning family events, and many other duties. I truly enjoy my job here simply because of the children, parents, and staff- they are great!


Dana McTiernan

I am excited to be part of the staff of Church in the Highlands Early Childhood Center as the Head Teacher of the morning 3’s class and the full day Head Teacher. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Iona College and a Masters Degree in Special Education from the College of New Rochelle. I have my New York State Certification in Education.  As an educator, I have over ten years experience teaching children of various ages from preschool to eighth grade.  I have also worked with children who are blind and visually impaired. As a mother of four young children I understand the importance of wanting a safe and nurturing environment where my child’s needs can be met and enriched.  I enjoy teaching, and love being an active participant in a child’s education.


Dawn Bleckman 

I am very excited to join the Church in the Highlands ECC family! I will be joining our 3 year old classroom as a head teacher. I have worked in preschools, summer camps and an after-school program for over 10 years as an assistant, co-teacher and head teacher. I currently have my Child Development Associate credential and I am almost done completing my Child Studies Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. I have a love for learning and I have taken extensive training courses and workshops. I am looking forward to meeting my class and their families. I plan to have a fun, creative, musical, nurturing and engaging learning environment in our classroom. Through play-based innovative learning and socialization we will see the milestone year that encompasses age three as students learn and grow! I hope we can partner together to lay the loving foundation for success to serve our children throughout their lives! I cannot wait to begin our journey together! 


Joretta Crabbe

Church in the Highlands has been a part of my life for over 18 years, when my two children attended this wonderful preschool. I am very excited to be one of the Head Teachers in the 4’s classroom this year. I graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. After having children and working for many years in Human Resources at the American Red Cross, I had an opportunity to change my career and be more available for my own family by working as an instructor for the White Plains Recreation Department teaching Mommy and Me, Art and Fitness classes for children ages 18 month – 5 years old. I have been working for the Recreation Department for over 14 years. I truly love working with young children. Preschooler’s brighten my day and bring me such joy and happiness. I so look forward to working with your children.


Dassy Quintana

I was born and raised in White Plains. I am a teacher assistant with Family Services of Westchester. I have been working in a Head Start UPK program for the past 5 years. I currently have my Child Development Associate credentials.  I am currently attending Westchester Community college to obtain my Early Childhood Education Degree. I am so happy to be a part of the Church in the Highlands staff this year as the after care teacher. Helping children and their families is the most rewarding job I can think of! Knowing that my job is to help kids achieve their full potential and to help them feel happier and better about themselves brings a huge smile to my face.


Jennifer Arco

When asked about the start of my musical career, my parents often say that, ‘I sang before I talked and danced before I walked!’ I was fortunate to grow up surrounded by music, theater and a love for the arts. As a young child I performed in dance recitals at Carnegie Hall and performed selections from my father’s original children’s album on national television. I studied piano and guitar privately and graduated from Fordham University at Lincoln Center with a degree in Musical Theater. I have taught creative movement to young children both privately and at the Harkness Dance Center in New York City.
Originally from Manhattan, I moved to Westchester when I got married and have been living in White Plains for the past six years. I have enjoyed every moment of teaching my ‘Melody in Motion’ music & movement program here at The Church in The Highlands. The children’s enthusiasm and eagerness to sing and dance is truly an inspiration!


 Jill Russo 

I was born and raised in White Plains and was married in the Church in the Highlands.  I had a former job in advertising until I had kids and decided to be a stay at home mom. Both of my children are enrolled in the White Plains School district, one at the middle school and one in the high school. I went back to work, after the kids grew older, at Pace University but five years ago I joined the Church in the Highlands team as a substitute teacher. I am now happy to be working in the 2’s class five days a week as an assistant.  This is my fourth year and I am excited to be able to help the Church in the Highlands students grow and learn.


Ally Grassi

I live in the Highlands and am a former student of the Church in the Highlands Early Childhood Center. I am currently working toward my bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. I have worked as a preschool assistant for the last four years. I enjoy working with young children and helping them grow and develop throughout the school year. I am very excited to join the Church in the highlands ECC family!


Stacey Caiola

I am thrilled to be joining the Church in the Highlands ECC community, in the 2’s classroom, as an Assistant Teacher! I was born in White Plains, grew up in the Highlands, and even attended “Mommy and Me” classes as a toddler here at the CITH. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services, with a minor in Psychology, from Pace University. I also have a Master’s Degree in Special Education, from Lehman College, as well as a NYS certification in Special Education. I have over 15 years of teaching experience, in a variety of settings, working with children from the preschool to middle school years. Having three young children of my own, I know how important the early years of learning are, and I’m excited to be a part of helping the children at CITH to learn and grow.


Melissa Siegrist

I am so happy to be a part of the staff of the Church in the Highlands.  I started here as a volunteer, then a substitute, and am now a teacher’s assistant in the 4’s classroom. Both of my sons attended this preschool and each had such wonderful experiences here. I felt so lucky to have found such a nurturing, creative and fun environment. I am excited to now be working alongside this amazing group of teachers. I have a bachelor’s degree in English, and worked in both publishing and advertising before deciding to be a stay-at-home mom. I always said whenever I went back to work I wanted to do something I was passionate about, and that’s working with young children. I truly love being around them and watching them grow and learn.


Tana Dellis

I am originally from Queens, NY. I moved to White Plains 20 years ago when I got married. Before I became a stay-at-home mom, I worked 15 years for Bloomingdales in NYC.

I have 2 daughters who are currently in the White Plains school district. When my youngest daughter was in Pre-K I volunteered at her school. After she went into kindergarten, I started working in the 3’s class as an assistant teacher. I did this for 8 years. I love being part of the children’s growth.

I now have a great opportunity to be part of Church in the Highlands school. I’m looking forward to working as an assistant teacher in the 4’s class.

Here’s to many years at this wonderful school with its great group of teachers.


Lucia Vogel 

I am originally from Italy but moved to White Plains in 1978. Back in Italy I worked as a teacher.  I started a family here and enrolled my son Conner in 2003 for the 3’s class and then for the 4’s the following year here at the Church in the Highlands ECC. Once my son went off to kindergarten I began teaching again and started as a substitute teacher here at CITH ECC.  Now my son is a senior at White Plains High School and I have been with the Church in the Highlands ever since. I have worked in the past with the 2’s class and helped with Tiny Tots, I also did the cooking and art enrichment classes in the afternoon.  And I am happy now to have been Miss McTiernan’s assistant in the 3’s class for the last five years.


Anne Gonzalez

Church in the Highlands has been a part of my life for over 10 years. My four children attended this preschool, and I have been a substitute here for the past several years. I graduated from Fordham University with a BS in Finance. After a brief career on Wall Street, I attended Fordham Law School. Once I had children, I found the career of a corporate attorney too demanding and I left the workforce to stay at home with my children. Substituting at Church in the Highlands and working with preschool-aged children the past several years has brought great joy to my life. Seeing the world through their eyes is fascinating, and it is an honor for me to be a small part of their lives. I am very excited to be a teacher’s assistant in the 3’s class for another year working alongside Mrs. McTiernan and Miss Lucia.