FACULTY & BOARD

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Faculty

Board of directors

 

FACULTY BIOS

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kristin brady  |director 

A graduate of Stanford University, Kristin spent the early part of her career working in child-care and early childhood education, child advocacy, and nonprofit management. She is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education at Hunter College, where she loves merging theory with practice...

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Kelsey Bailey  |Teacher

Kelsey obtained her undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology from Loyola University Maryland. Upon graduation, she moved to Bangkok, Thailand where she taught English to students aged 3-10. In 2013, Kelsey moved to Savannah, Georgia to complete her graduate work in speech-language…

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nancy dean-hunt  |  art specialist

Art Specialist Nancy Dean-Hunt brings to CHP her passion, dedication and training in visual arts and early childhood development where she introduces students to visual arts as a means of exploring their thoughts, feelings and ideas...
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Stacy foote  |  operations associate

Stacy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism/English Literature from Baruch College in New York City.  She spent the early portion of her career working as an event planner on Wall Street.  For seven years she worked in this fast...
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sharon geha  |  assistant teacher

Sharon brings to CHP a wealth of experience as a mom and school volunteer as well as an enthusiasm for early childhood and working with young children...
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janie greene  |  operations manager

Janie has been at CHP since September 2006, keeping the school running smoothly and efficiently.  After graduating with a Masters in Social Work from New York University, she spent several years working in family day care and...
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Elizabeth (Lizzie) Hershon  |  Teacher

Elizabeth Hershon received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and later a Masters from Hunter College in Early Childhood Education.  Throughout her career, she has combined a passion for creating art and teaching.  Starting...
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Mel Johnston  |  music specialist

Mel Johnston studied literature and music at New York University. Since graduating, she has been making her living as a vocalist and educator. Mel's teaching experiences have included writing songs with children with special needs...
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Chloe Katz  |  Behavioral Support Teacher

Chloe was born and raised in Montclair, New Jersey, and graduated with a BS in psychology from Boston University.  She went on to receive a dual Master's Degree from Bank Street College of Education, where she specialized in...
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Sandra Lambert  |  Assistant Teacher (Volunteer)

Sandra joined CHP as an Assistant Teacher in 1997. Before CHP moved into its new location, Sandra was a paid employee.  During our big fundraising push in 2004 to purchase the new school, Sandra decided to no longer work for...
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angela manfredonia  | Assistant Teacher

Angela brings to CHP a passion for early childhood education, music and theater. A graduate of The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, she moved to NYC to pursue a career as a singer...
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Patrycja Mlynarska  |  Assistant Teacher

Patrycja brings to CHP a wealth of experience working with children.  A college graduate in her native Poland, Patrycja uses her education in tourism and recreation to enhance her career working with children.  
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Caroline Ryburn  |  Drama Specialist

Caroline is CHP's creative drama/movement specialist.  Her teaching approach is interdisciplinary, weaving improvisation, narrative pantomime, movement/dance, music/song, and interactive storytelling together in set group...
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Aileen santiago  |  assistant teacher

Aileen brings to CHP a wealth of education and experience. She holds a dual degree in Children and Youth Studies and Psychology from Brooklyn College. Aileen returns to Brooklyn College this Fall to pursue a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has worked with young...
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Julie Veto  |  assistant Teacher

Julie joins the CHP staff this year, bringing with her a wealth of experience working with children as a mom, a parent at PS 32, and a parent volunteer at Plymouth Church. A graduate of Dartmouth…
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Caroline Moran  |  Teacher

Caroline comes to CHP, and Brooklyn, from the Beacon Hill section of Boston, where she worked for several years as a preschool teacher at Boston’s version of CHP. A graduate of Union College…
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BOARD BIOS

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jaime caldwell | president, board of directors

Jaime is the mom of alum Katie, now a third grader, and little brother George, who is in CHP's 4’s program this year. Jaime’s youngest child one year old Charlie will join CHP next year! A former publicist, Jaime will serve as the President. Previously, Jaime has served as the Board’s Vice President as well as on CHP’s community events and alumni committees. When she's not at CHP, Jaime is the Girl Scout Troop Leader for her daughter's neighborhood Brownie Troop.
 

 
 
 
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molly rayo  |  vice president

Molly is mom to Ainsley, currently in the 3’s program, and Hunter, a CHP graduate. This will be her first year serving as Board Vice President. Molly was the Board Secretary for two years after having served as an integral member of the Community Events committee and as CHP's supply shopper. Molly is excited to give back to CHP by serving on the Board as CHP has already given so much to her family.
 

 
 
 
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Sara Jaramillo & Hilary Noxon  |  Co-treasurers 

Sara and Hilary are moms to Sawyer who returns to CHP this year in the 4’s program. This is their first year on the board as Treasurer, previously serving on the Fall Auction Committee. Sara brings to the Treasury Department her skills executing and maintaining large event budgets for Sports Illustrated and will tackle this role with her wife, Hilary who adds her experience working in theater and film. They both bring a huge enthusiasm and commitment to the school.
 

 
 
 
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Elise birrittella  |  secretary

Elise is mother to Clyde, who returns to CHP for the 4’s program, and Evelyn, a one year old who hopes to join CHP next year. After spending a year on the Auction Committee, Elise joins the Board this year as Secretary. Elise has a background in early childhood education and is looking forward to using her experience to contribute to the Board and CHP.
 

 
 
 
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justin krebs  |  board member at large

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rachel knapp  |  director of fundraising

Rachel is the mother of two CHP alumni, Tallulah and Jasper. Her youngest, Elliot, will be in the 2’s program this year. She previously served on CHP’s Graduation Committee and also in various leadership roles on the Fall Auction Committee for three years. Rachel is excited to be a part of the CHP community again and is looking forward to serve as the Board’s Director of Fundraising.
 

 
 
 
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chris cornecelli  |  director of facilities

Chris is dad to Olivia in the 4’s program and Luca in the 2’s program. He has been a part of the Facilities Committee for the past two years; this is his first year serving on the board as Director of Facilities. Chris draws on his experience as an architectural designer and is eager to contribute his creativity and know-how to the CHP community and classroom.
 

 
 
 
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charisse larado  |  director of marketing

Charisse Williams Larado is mom to Jack, currently in the 4's program, and his little brother, Benjamin. This is Charisse's first year as Director of Marketing; she previously served on the Fall Auction Committee. Charisse looks forward to spreading the word about CHP and its amazing community!
 

 
 
 
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Kelly O'Neill  |  director of alumni relations

Kelly is Mom of twin girls, Abigail and Violet, who will be in the 4’s program this year, and their little brother Henry, who will join CHP this year in the 2’s program. This is Kelly’s second year serving as Director of Alumni Relations. She formerly spent 15 years working for a nonprofit think tank that researched work life issues and early childhood development. She is looking forward to spending the year working with the families, faculty, and staff at CHP.
 

 
 
 
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rachel cook  |  director of community events

My name is Rachel Cook, mom to Roland (4’s program), Nellie (3’s program), and Bonnie (who will join as a 2 next year!). As a former preschool teacher, I knew exactly what I was looking for in a school for my children and have been so lucky to have found it in CHP. When I’m not busy wrangling three toddlers, you will find me in the kitchen, baking custom cakes for neighborhood families with my new baking business!
 

 
 
 
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Amanda northrop |  director of parent jobs

Amanda is mom to Cole, currently in the 3's program, and his one year old brother, Dean. This is Amanda's first year on the CHP board and she previously served on the silent auction committee. Amanda works part time as a clinical social worker in a special needs private school and also runs her own private practice working with families. Amanda is looking forward to being more involved with the school and getting to know all of the families at CHP.