All The Children's Station staff are trained in early childhood development and meet or exceed state requirements. We have certified Medication Adminstration trained staff on site. Most of the staff are first aid and CPR trained and are required to keep their credentials current. All staff have been fingerprinted and cleared by both the New York State Department of Criminal Justice and Central Register of Child Abuse & Maltreatment.
Mary Ann Hansen is founder and owner of The Children's Station. She was awarded 2014 Director of the Year by the Dutchess/Putnam Childcare Council. Ann is MAT certified and holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree in education and is a New York State certified teacher.
Diane Millar has been the assistant director since 2000. In addition to her committment to the children at the center, Mrs. Millar shares many of the administrative responsibilities. She is MAT certified and has been working with young children for 27 years.
Patricia Bonatto has been a staff member since 2002. She cooks the meals, prepares the snacks and is an aide in all the classrooms as needed.
Lynn Shinkaroff is the Preschool 3 year old teacher. Lynn has been with The Children's Station since 2004. She has 26 years experience working with preschool children.She has attended 3 workshops at The Bank Street College of Education. Lynn has developed a truly special understanding and rapport with children, recognizing each child's learning style and individual requirements.
Janice Laughlin is the Toddler Room teacher. She has been with us since 2006. She is MAT certified and holds her CDA. She brings creativity and fun to all aspects of her work with children.
Victoria Piazza has been the music instructor since 2009. Victoria is a certified Music Together teacher.
Julie Gonzalez is a co-teacher in the Preschool 3 year old program. She is MAT certified and holds her CDA. Julie has been with The Children's Station since 2011. She has been working with children for 20 years.
Giana Flocco is the Infant Room lead teacher. She came to The Children's Station as an intern from Westchester Community College in 2013. Giana's initiative and energy with children encouraged us to hire her as an assistant. Giana holds her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education.
Miranda Capone is the Pre-K teacher. Miranda began as an intern in 2015 and the was an assistant in the preschool 3 year old room, the Infant Room and the Pre-K room. She became the Pre-K tteacher in the spring of 2017. She will graduate in the spring of 2018 with an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education.
Heather DeMorris is a Toddler Room assistant. She began in November 2017.
June Brayman is the infant room assistant. She began in May 2015 and is a welcomed addition to the staff. Her love for the children is obvious to all.
Gina Pietronuto is a Toddler Room assistant. She began in October 2016, resigned in October 2017 but returned to her true calling in January 2018.