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Meet the Staff (Page 2)

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.

Christina Gerrard

Appointed: 2015 Education/Experience: M.Ed in Elementary School Counseling from Penn State University.  B.A. in Psychology and certified in Elementary Education PreK-6th grade from SUNY Geneso.  She counseled for two years in PA and taught third grade for five years in Oneida, NY. Fun Facts: She loves spending time outdoors and going to parks with her…

Cathy Giallorenzo

Appointed:  2000 Education/Experience:  BS degree in Speech from Montclair State College and her Masters in Elementary Education and Reading from St. Johns University. She is certified in Early Childhood Education as well as Elementary Education. She taught in our “fours” program before teaching kindergarten and taught for 4 years before joining The Preschool Place and…

Lisa Graber

Appointed:  2015 Education/Experience:  Master of Education from East Stroudsburg University with Reading Specialist certification; Bachelor of Science from East Stroudsburg University with a dual Major in Early Childhood/Elementary Education. She taught Kindergarten-2nd grade for 12 years in Chatham, NJ, and Nazareth, PA. Fun Facts:  Her children, Matthew and Sarah, both attended the Preschool Place. Mrs.…

Michelle Huszar

Appointed:  2015 Education/Experience:  She has a nursing certificate from RVCC.  Sixteen years experience in early childhood education including teaching 2s and 3s and running family day care in her home. Fun Facts:  Her adult children are graduates of The Preschool Place and Kindergarten.  She enjoys kayaking, hiking, cooking and spending time with her family.  

Amy Keppel

Appointed:  2014 Education/Experience:  Master’s Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University.  Additionally, she holds a BA in Psychology from Rutgers University.  She began as a substitute teacher while her daughter was in the 3s preschool class.  She was also a teacher in the first Transitional 2s…

Ginny Kirk

Appointed:  1988 Education/Experience:   CDA (Child Development Associate) Credential, 2010. With knowledge gained through attendance of numerous workshops and seminars over the last 22 years, she has created developmentally appropriate science, cooking and nature programs for preschool aged children. Fun Facts:  She enjoys traveling, scrap booking and interior design. She is passionate about her enrichment programs and…

Holli Koury

Appointed:  2007 Education/Experience:   BA from Binghamton University in English Literature;  MS from Binghamton University in Accounting;  CDA (Child Development Associate) Credential, 2009. Fun Facts:  Her children attended The Preschool Place and Kindergarten beginning in 1998.  She enjoys rock climbing.

Carol Levine

Appointed:  1996 Education/Experience:  BS in Social Work from Syracuse University.  For 13 years she assisted in our Kinder Plus program. Fun Facts:  Her son attended The Preschool Place and Kindergarten when he was 2, beginning in 1992. He was in the first Kinder Plus class!  In her free time she enjoys the beach, travelling, gardening…

Patricia Lynch

Appointed:  1989 Education/Experience:  She completed her higher education in England. Fun Facts:  She was born and raised in England and became a citizen in 2002.  She enjoys gardening and loves spending time with her granddaughter.  

Melissa Pyle

Appointed:  2016 Education/Experience:  BS University of Delaware.  Fifteen years teaching 2s, 3s, “Someone Special and Me”, and enrichment classes at The Preschool Place and Kindergarten. She has also worked with preschoolers at summer camps. Fun Facts:  She enjoys spending time with her family including her 3 adult children, hiking, skiing, biking and cooking.