The professionals at the Alice Brown Early Learning Center are passionate about your child’s happiness, growth, safety and individual needs. This is more than a job; it’s an opportunity to inspire, engage, and awaken your child’s potential in a nurturing environment that cultivates self-esteem.
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Jess Artura is a Team Co-Teacher in Pre K 1. Jess graduated from Empire State College, earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development with a concentration in Early Childhood Education. Currently, Jess is attending graduate school at Adelphi University where she is pursuing her Master’s degree in Elementary and Inclusive Special Education. Jess comes to us from a Montessori background, having worked for five years with children ranging from infant to kindergarten age. Her personal interests are walking, traveling, playing soccer, camping, and spending time with family and friends.
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Andrea Caligiuri is a Team Teacher in Pre K 3. Andrea has worked as a teacher at the ELC since 1985 and coordinated the kindergarten program from 1987 to 2011. Andrea has a B.S. and M.A. from Adelphi University in Elementary Education and is New York State certified N-6. She completed the post Masters Certificate program in Parent Education and Guidance from the Adelphi Institute for Parenting in 2011. Andrea also serves as an adjunct instructor in the Ruth S. Ammon School of Education at Adelphi University. Andrea enjoys winter and summer sports with her two children, reading, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.
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Megan Ryan is a Team Co-Teacher in Pre K 2. Megan received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education at Adelphi University. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education. While at Adelphi, Megan was a member and captain of the Cheerleading Team for four years. She was also a Mentor in the Mentor Program her senior year. Megan has a long history of working for the ELC from 2007-2007 as an undergraduate student teacher aide and from 2007-2008 as a graduate assistant teacher; beginning her tenure as a full time teacher in 2008. Megan has a passion for the creative arts and loves to share this with the children in the class.
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Alexa Schwab is a Team Co-Teacher in Pre K 2. Alexa received her Bachelor’s degree in Art Education, from Adelphi University. Previously, she was an undergraduate student employee and a Graduate Assistant at the Early Learning Center before accepting the opportunity to become a member of the professional staff. Alexa has a creative eye and strives to assist children in expressing themselves and their ideas in varies artistic ways in all curricula domains. Alexa’s interests include drawing, photography, writing and spending time with family and friends.
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Stephanie Foran is a Team Co-Teacher in the Toddler classroom. Stephanie has earned an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Psychology from Dowling College. Stephanie is currently attending Adelphi to pursue a Master’s Degree in Literacy. Stephanie has experience with children from infants to school age. Stephanie’s personal interests are reading, shopping, playing with her dog, and spending time with her family and friends.
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Christina Lau-Wang is a Team Co-Teacher in the Toddler Classroom. She has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Special Education from Rowan University with a concentration in Reading. Christina is currently attending Adelphi to pursue a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education. Christina has experience with children from toddler-age to kindergarten-age, having taught for the past five years in charter school and employer-sponsored child care settings. Christina’s personal interests are reading, running, cooking, volunteering and traveling with family and friends.
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Eva Gembarzewski is the Team Assistant in Pre K 3. Eva has been working with toddlers and preschoolers for the past 15 years, and is currently studying Early Childhood Education at Adelphi University. Eva enjoys nature, music, art, and skiing with her family.
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Gina Mauro is a Team Co-Teacher in Pre K 1. Gina has a BA from Brooklyn College and a MS from Hofstra University in Elementary Education. She has a dual certification from NYS in Early Childhood (Birth-2nd grade) and Elementary Education (grades 1-6). She is currently enrolled in the Advanced Certificate Program at Adelphi for Early Childhood Special Education. Previously, Gina has taught in UPK programs both in Farmingdale and the Hewlett-Woodmere School Districts. Gina enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
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Patti Veigl is the Administrative Assistant at the Alice Brown Early Learning Center as of November 2009. Patti started her career at Adelphi University in the Athletic Department in 2007. Prior to that, Patti worked at Sewanhaka School District as a Science Lab Assistant, One on One aid and as an administrative assistant in the summer school program. Patti is currently involved with various breast cancer organizations within AU and her community. Patti enjoys all sports, reading and the beach.
Graduate Assistant—This is an unpaid tuition remission program for students who are completing their master’s degree in educational studies.
Student Employment—These Adelphi University students work varied shifts (around their college classes) helping in the classroom and supervising the children. These are registered Adelphi University students and after appropriate background checks and hiring documentation have been completed, are employed by the Center as teaching assistants.