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Meet the Staff

The Teachers and Staff That Make The Preschool Place & Kindergarten The Place for Your Children

We are very proud of our outstanding team of director, teachers, assistants and office staff here at The Preschool Place & Kindergarten.  Director, Carol Rubnitz, holds a Masters of Science in Early Childhood and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.  Mrs. Rubnitz was appointed Director in 2005.

Each classroom teacher is certified in early childhood education and many teachers hold a Masters of Education.  Our teachers are experienced early childhood educators and have over 200 years of combined classroom experience.  The majority of our teaching staff have come to us after having had their own children go through our program. As educators and parents they were so impressed with what their children did here that they too wanted to be part of our team.

What we do not only includes educating your children, but educating ourselves. Our staff actively keeps up with the latest research in early childhood education, and attends professional development programs, all with the goal of giving your children the quality education they deserve in their early years. In addition our staff maintains current certifications in both CPR and First Aid.

Carol Rubnitz

Appointed: 1990 Education/Experience: MS in Early Childhood Education from Queens College as well as a BS in Elementary Education from Queens College. She is certified in Early Childhood Education as well as Elementary Education. She has been at The Preschool Place since 1990 as a teacher, she became the Assistant Director in 2001 and has…

Sharon Johnson

Appointed: 2003 Education/Experience: BS in Elementary Education from The University of Maryland. She is certified in Early Childhood and Elementary Education K-6. Fun Facts: Her children attended The Preschool Place and Kindergarten beginning in 1998. She spent years as a mortgage banker in NYC. She enjoys reading and cooking in her spare time.

Tammy Sicat

Appointed: 2010 Education/Experience: BA Rutgers, MBA Seton Hall University. Worked for Merrill Lynch in IT. Fun Facts: All of her children attended The Preschool Place and Kindergarten. She enjoys reading and cooking in her free time.

Mindy Brainum

Appointed: 1988 Education/Experience: BA in Elementary Education from Brooklyn College. She is certified Pre-K through 8th grade. She began at The Preschool Place and Kindergarten as Senora Brainum, teaching Spanish, and then moved on to teaching three year olds. She co-created the Hand in Hand enrichment as well as the Kinder Plus enrichment at our…

Janice Chaffiotte

Appointed:  2016 Education/Experience:  B.A. in psychology from Farleigh Dickinson University.  Completed 30 credits toward M.S.W. at Fordham University. Taught preschool and Pre-K classes at a local daycare center. Fun Facts:  She taught exercise classes to children and adults and still loves to exercise. She enjoys reading, doing crochet as well as cooking and eating.  In nice…

Christine Clark

Appointed: 1998 Education/Experience: BS in Office Systems Administration from Montclair State College. She has a certificate in Early Childhood Education from Raritan Valley Community College. Fun Facts: She loves reading, swimming, gardening, counted cross-stitch, watching and rooting for the Mets and NY Giants, and most of all playing with her two granddaughters.

Kellie Collins

Appointed:  2013 Education/ Experience:  B.S. in Early Childhood from Kean College. Fun Facts: Her daughter attended The Preschool Place Kindergarten and she has been a substitute in our school since 2010. Kellie loves to play tennis.

Briana DiMaggio

Education/experience:  Miss Briana will graduate in May 2018 with an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood from Washington County Community College, and will be attending Kean University to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood and Special Education.  She has been working in preschools for 3 years. Fun Facts:  Miss Briana is a licensed cosmetologist, if she is not…

Rachel Drascher

Appointed: 2001 Education/Experience:  MS in Early Childhood Education from Hunter College. BA in Psychology and Certified in Elementary Education from Clark University. She has taught Heritage Street, Pre-School Plus, Kids in Motion, Twos and Kinder Plus at The Preschool Place & Kindergarten. Fun Facts:  Both of her children attended The Preschool Place & Kindergarten. She…

Carol Ferris

Appointed:  2016 Education/Experience: Holds a BS (Speech and Language Pathology) and a Masters of Education of the Hearing Impaired.  For many years Mrs Ferris worked with a riding center for children and adults with disabilities. Fun Facts: She enjoys horse back riding, hiking, kayaking and the outdoors.