The Program Director, Doreen Bistany, with over 25 years experience in education, holds a B.S. in Psychology, an M.S. in Early Childhood Education as well as New York State certification for nursery through 6th grade. She began her career teaching both fourth and sixth grades in New York City. After the birth of her daughters, she took her first nursery school position, teaching three-year-olds in White Plains, NY. After moving to Ridgefield, CT, she began teaching at St. John’s. She has been the Program Director since 2005.
The Early Learning Center employs three head teachers and three assistant teachers. All staff members are selected for their qualifications as well as their love of children and their ability to work as a team. Our teachers are New York State certified or hold degrees in education, early childhood and related fields, and have an average of 10+ years of experience. The staff is certified in CPR and First Aid as well as trained in the use of epipens.
Our staff continues to be at the top of its field by attending professional seminars in early childhood education, annual staff development days with Northern Westchester’s Directors Group, and in-house workshops.
Excellent communication is provided to families in a variety of ways, including two parent-teacher conferences, our annual Back-to-School Night, regular email newsletters and reminders, opportunities for observation as well as holiday celebrations.