Our Fantastic Teachers
A NOTE FROM the owner:
Wow! What a year so far……………
Today, April 7, 2020, we would normally be preparing our SPRING FLING, planting in the garden, listening to the laughter and watching children play with their teachers, a silence falls over Miss Midgies Preschool. The bubble machine is unplugged and the music hasn’t played in over 3 weeks.
I visit the empty building several times a week making sure it is “perfect” for when the children return. I think to myself “what is the meaning of the current crisis?” I know there has to be some positive that comes out of this.
While we are all separated into our own homes, watching each other through social media and a bit scared for our families and their lives. A new way of thinking occurred to me.
Just a few weeks ago I sat in a Pizza Place noticing a father and his 4 year old. Dad on his phone, while the boy plays on his iPad. Not one word was spoken not a touch or a glance. I remember feeling a bit sad watching the lack of conversation and appreciation for each other unfold.
Since that day, during the school and restaurant closings I’ve seen several things occur.
* Parents working with their children at home – forced to get involved , but enjoying it.
* Children and Parents interacting and sharing in the new learning curve. Figuring it out together.
* Families working as a team (of course we all get on each others nerves) but we are literally forced to work things out within our homes.
*. People appreciating nature more and feeling gratitude for a sunny day to just get outside.
* The creativity that has emerged is amazing! From car parades for birthdays, rainbows over Long Island and so much more. We are forced to be creative in order to put a smile on someone’s face.
In conclusion, as we feel anxious and afraid at times, let’s relish in the nuances of our relationships and our new ideas.
Let’s move in a direction of gratitude for time spent together and learning new ways to live and appreciate all of the gifts life has to offer.
When time heals the sick and normalcy returns, let’s all work together in appreciating all we have. Truly appreciate a lovely night out to dinner or dropping your child off at preschool to allow them to socialize and make new friends while they learn , watching a football game with friends and hugging our loved ones as if it is our last.
On that note, I am promising myself, to never forget the struggles over this past month and always appreciate all of the “little things” life has offered me.
I am sure the lives of our doctors, nurses, medical teams, scientists, police forces and all emergency workers will never forget these trying times and the words thank you just doesn’t seem strong enough for all the work and risk they have put in to help others, but thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Love, Hope and Looking Ahead to wonderful times,
5 years experience as an Early Childhood Educator. Graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education from Dowling College with a dual certification in Special Education. Experienced working with Elementary students as well as Preschool age children. She also enjoys spending time reading, exercising, and spending time with my husband and two children- Amanda who is 10 and Joey who is 6. Joey had attended Miss Midgies Preschool, which made it all possible for her to work here. I love traveling with my family as well as learning new and exciting things! My philosophy for learning is that each child is unique, and each child learns in a different way. One of my jobs as a teacher is to help your child discover his or her individuality and work alongside with them to maximize it. I believe in hands-on experiences, learning creatively and learning through play.
2 and 4 year old Teacher
Miss Regina has been working at Miss Midgie’s Preschool for over 10 years. She graduated with a degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Hofstra University. Regina has 4 children of her own and loves working with children. Her Pre. K will prepare your child both emotionally and academically. She believes each child learns differently and we will use many different methods of teaching to make sure each child is working to his or her full potential. Your child will be learning letter sounds, pre-reading skills, math, science and social studies. Hands on interactive learning is the priority emphasizing academic and emotional growth .
2 Year Old Preschool Teacher
Miss Lisa is a mom of two beautiful women and she is also a grandmother. She has a Early Childhood Education Degree from Ashford University. She knows the importance of a good education. She also knows the special place in the heart for family. For the past 19 years, she has worked with preschoolers, kindergarteners and 1st graders. She believes in treating each child as if they were her own. Her favorite poem is
Children Learn from What They Live, Dorothy Nolte
If children live with praise,
They learn to appreciate.
If children live with acceptance,
They learn to love.
If children live with approval,
They learn to like themselves.
If children live with honesty,
They learn truthfulness.
If children live with security,
They learn to have faith in themselves and others.
If children live with friendliness,
They learn the world is a nice place in which to live.
4 Year Old Preschool Teacher
We welcomed Miss Kim Dorsey this year to our team! Kim will be teaching our 3 & 4 year old mixed class . Kim demonstrates great leadership skills as a coach and mentor for young children. Miss Kim has been a mom of Miss Midgies Preschool for many years and we are excited to have her as part of the team.
Miss Kayla, who is currently attending college, has officially joined our team. Miss Kayla is also the daughter of Miss Regina. Miss Kayla brings a youthful glow to all and helps us with tutoring as well.
Miss Mariela has 3 children of her own two of which all attended Miss Midgies Pre-School. She attended Adelphi University in order to obtain her education degree. She has been working for Miss Midgies Pre-School for 7 years. Miss Mariela is fluent in Spanish, Italian and English. Mariela has always loved working with children and continues her passion as she assists with all duties in a preschool classroom. Mariela feels that working with young children is a wonderful experience because you get to nurture them, see them grow, watch them learn and be a big part to the start of their educational journey.
Miss Marisa is a West Babylon alumni. Towards the end of her sophomore year in college she was unhappy with her major. She came to the conclusion that the field of Communications was not for her. She transferred schools to follow her true passion: Education. She studied Early Childhood Education at Suffolk Community College and is currently continuing her education at SUNY Old Westbury, majoring in Special Education. She thoroughly enjoys the experience of working with children which includes volunteering at schools, babysitting and working for her family’s entertainment business. During her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and snuggling with her dogs. Coming to work each day is an enjoyable experience for Miss Marisa because she is now fulfilling her dream and true passion of working with children. Watching children thrive and succeed in their education is extremely rewarding.
Miss Lauren is very excited to be a part of the Miss Midgie’s team! She is a 31 year old mother of two from Lindenhurst and has worked in childcare for the past 13 years. Lauren has experience with children between the ages of infant and preschool.
Lauren is an avid Autism Awareness advocate. Working as an ABA paraprofessional for the last two years, as well as caring for her youngest son who is 6 on the Autism spectrum, has taught her patience and understanding to a wide range of needs. Lauren also has a 12 year old son who keeps her busy with football games and practices.
Lauren believes that the look in a child’s eye when they truly understand and learn a new skill, is the most meaningful and precious part of life.
Our Teachers’ Assistants
Miss Michelle lives in West Babylon with her husband and 3 children. Her two oldest children attended Miss Midgies Preschool. She has 12 years of early childhood experience and has been working at Miss Midgies for 10 years. Michelle has been a West Babylon Community Youth Club Volunteer for many years. She finds her job extremely rewarding and loves to assist with the nurturing, socialization and academic growth for all children who attend Miss Midgies Preschool.
Colleen Bernstein lives in West Islip and she is a mother of three children, Robbie, 13, Kaelyn, 12 and Jessica, 10. Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Stony Brook University She is a past committee member of the Bayview Elementary School PTA and for five years she designed the Paul J. Bellew “Birthday Board” as well as other school decorations. For the past two years she has been the Advancement Chairperson for Boy Scout Troop 95 in West Islip. Coming to work is incredibly satisfying because being a part of a child’s education is the most fulfilling experience a person could ask for. Making school a fun and enjoyable experience helps learning come more naturally to a child.
Miss Jessica will be a two year old classroom assistant working alongside Miss Lisa. Miss Midge has been a family friend of Jessica’s since Jessica was a little girl. Later, Jessica’s two beautiful daughters attended Miss Midgies Preschool and now she has become a member of our team!
Director of Marketing Operations
After 28 years of operating his own school business, Mister Gregg joined Miss Midgie’s as the Director of Marketing Operations at Miss Midgie’s Preschool.
Gregg adds management skills to our preschool events, implements and oversees creative ideas for local charities, supports community events and management skills.