Our professionally trained preschool teachers are of the highest quality and know how to challenge and excite our young children. As early childhood professionals, they provide a safe, happy and stimulating learning environment for every child and foster a positive teacher-child relationship with each child in their care. We are particularly proud of our staff retention--many of our teachers have been at the Co-op for over ten years! The depth of their experience and commitment to our school are a large part of what makes our school so special.
Teachers are members of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). They regularly attend conferences, workshops and take in-service courses in the field of early childhood education. They adhere to all regulations, policies and procedures established by the New York State Education Department and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. Teachers also receive CPR and First Aid training every year.
All head teachers write a monthly note to parents informing them of the monthly goals and objectives of their program, special activities, recipes, songs and other pertinent information to keep parents informed. Two parent-teacher conferences are scheduled per year, but there is ongoing communication between parents and Co-op faculty. Parents are also able interact with teachers on their Participation Day. Teachers frequently communicate with parents via phone, class, emails or meetings whenever needed.
Jeannine Votruba has over 15 years of experience in early childhood education. She was previously the director of another cooperative nursery school in Nassau County for 6 years.
Prior to her role as a director, she was an adjunct professor at Adelphi University where she taught a graduate course in Emergent Literacy in Early Childhood Education and was the curriculum writer and lead teacher for the Raising a Thinking Child parenting skills program. She also founded and directed an innovative and popular literacy focused parent and child class for several years as well as supervising student teachers at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Jeannine holds a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from State University of New York - Oneonta, and a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education & School Administration and Supervision from Queens College. She also holds a New York State teaching certificate from Nursery through 6th grade.