Directors:

Juliana Lambiasi & Joanie Bivas

Classes

Days

 Head Teachers

 Assistants

The 2’s Class

2 days

3 days

5 days

 9:00-11:45am

 Tuesday &   Thursday

 Monday,   Wednesday,   Friday

 Monday-   Friday

 Denise Dorio

 Jill Russo
 

Ally Grassi

The 3’s Class

5 days only

mornings or full days

 9:00-12:00pm

 Monday-   Friday

 Dana   McTiernan

 Lucia Vogel

 Anne Gonzalez

The 4’s Class

5 days only

mornings or full days

 9:00-12:00pm

 Monday –   Friday

 Joretta Crabbe

 Melissa Siegrist

The 3’s & 4’s Combo Class

2 days

3 days

5 days

mornings or full days

 9am-12pm

 Tuesdays &   Thursdays

 Monday,   Wednesday,   Friday

 Monday-   Friday

Stephanie Duffy

Mary Parravani

Tiffany Booker

 

Lunch Bunch

2’s Class Only

11:45am-1:00PM

Mary Parravani

Jill Russo
 

Ally Grassi

Enrichment Classes

 Music

 Monday

 12-3pm

 Jennifer   Arco

 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

 Lucia Vogel

Full Day

 Dana   McTiernan

 Stephanie    Duffy

 Joretta   Crabbe

 Lucia   Vogel

Mrs. Dassy


JULIANA LAMBIASI

I have been a preschool teacher for 12 years, developing curriculum and creative instruction. I hold a New York State Public School Teachers Certification from Birth to Grade 2. I started my preschool classroom experience in 2007 as a co-teacher in a private Fours Classroom in Mamaroneck, New York and since moved on to be the Head Teacher of Fours Classrooms including UPK, Head Start and private settings. In the past year I worked as an educational director in a center serving children 6 weeks old through 5 years old. My undergraduate degree is from Pace University and my Masters Degree in Education is from the College of New Rochelle. My daughter graduated Church In the Highlands two years ago and  my son will be attending this year in the Two’s! 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 and am looking forward to working this school year as the new educational director.


 Joanie Bivas

I have been a part of the Church in the Highlands Family for over fifteen 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.

Mary Parravani

I have been a part of Church in the Highlands family for over 15 years. I started as a teacher in tiny tots and a full time substitute teacher in the 2’s, 3’s, 4’s and summer camp. Also for the past 8 years I have been the teacher of the Art Enrichment Program. I have over 20 years of experience teaching and working with children in Art Enrichment clubs and work shops in Westchester schools. I enjoy teaching and love being a part of a child’s education. I am excited to return to the staff this year as one of the assistant teachers of the morning combo class 5 days a week. I am a mother of two outstanding children, My daughter Jenny is in her 2nd year at James Madison University in VA. and my son Nicky is a junior at Harrison High School.

Stephanie Duffy 

I have worked at the Church in the Highlands ECC for the past three years.  I first taught in the early two’s program and then moved to the combo classroom in the 3/4’s class for the last three years. I have my Masters in Education from Fordham University. I have taught in elementary schools for ten years both public and private schools and internationally as well. I have spent time in New York City and abroad at the American School (T.A.S.I.S) in Surrey, England. After returning to teach at a dual language school in lower Manhattan, my class was chosen by the then Secretary of Education, Rod Paige, for a tour of the NYC schools. I love teaching the combo class at Church in the Highlands and look forward each year to creating a stimulating and exciting year for the students.

Tiffany Booker

After being an occasional substitute and long time Church in the Highlands parent, I am so excited to be a part of the Church in the Highlands family as an assistant in the 3/4’s combo classroom.  I am a mother of 4 children, all of whom attended Church in the Highlands and are now in White Plains public schools. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in business from Fordham University. I worked in marketing for a few years before deciding to go back to school to become a teacher.  I have a Master’s Degree in Childhood Education from Mercy College and am a New York State certified teacher. I taught elementary school in the Bronx for 9 years before I decided to be a stay-at-home mom which I did for the past 8 years.  My youngest finished Church in the Highlands last year and is off to kindergarten so I am eager to get back to work doing what I love – working with children!

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!


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.

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.


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!


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.

Denise Dorio

I am very excited to be joining the Church in the Highlands Family this year as the head teacher of the 2’s class! Our family first came to the ECC when my daughter, who is currently in fourth grade, attended the morning program. I began volunteering last year when my son joined the school and am thrilled to be continuing my work with the wonderful children and staff at Church in the Highlands. I have a bachelor’s degree in early childhood & childhood education from Iona College, as well as a master’s degree in bilingual education from Mercy College. I am New York State certified in birth through sixth grade education. Prior to becoming a stay at home mother to my children, I taught third grade, followed by Kindergarten in Queens, NY. I have been working in early childhood education for close to 20 years, in various roles throughout my career. While home with my children, I found ways to stay connected to the early childhood community, whether through opportunities to volunteer, caring for others’ children in addition to my own, or organizing activities for my children and their peers. When deciding to return to the workforce after staying home with my children, there was absolutely no hesitation that I would continue to grow my career as an educator, as it is my passion. I feel very fortunate to continue doing what I love to do. I am looking forward to nurturing an environment of family and community each year, with the goal of providing a safe, loving, and happy classroom full of creativity and fun, where the children are given an opportunity to blossom. I can’t wait for our adventure to begin!