Alicia O’Dell – Asst.Teacher
My name is Alicia O’Dell. I’ve worked for Warren County Head Start’s Chestertown center for the past four and a half years. I started working as a classroom aide when my daughter attended and have since worked towards my CDA. I am currently an Assistant Teacher. I love spending time with my four children camping, fishing and traveling. I was a Head Start parent for eight years so it’s an amazing thing to work for an organization that gave my family so much!
Jessica Todriff – Classroom Aide
My name is Jessica Lee Todriff. I attended the Boces Early Childhood Education program for 2 years. I also attended ACC for Early Childhood education and Psychology. My experience working with kids includes working at Chestertown Youth Commission and at Prospect Child and Family Center as a 1:1 aide. I also working in the pool area as a Aquatic aide helping the PTs. I’m currently working at Head Start as a Teacher’s Aide. I’ve been in this position for 2 years. I went to North Warren School for 12 years. I have a 5 year old daughter Caroline and a chocolate lab. I love to be outside going on hikes, camping and ice fishing
Linda Lafond – Family Worker
My name is Linda LaFond. I have a High School Diploma and a Family Development Credential through Cornell. I was also a NYS registered family daycare provider in my home for 10 years in Essex county and a licensed cosmetologist in the state of New Jersey. While in High School, I worked in the after school daycare program. I am the Family Service worker at the Chestertown center at Warren County Head Start. I will be employed with this company for 21 years in October of 2020. I became involved with the Head Start program when my son attended in 1998. I quickly fell in love with the philosophy of the program and became involved in Policy Council and Parent Group. I attended all workshops, etc. which led into a career at Head Start. I have two grown sons and two grandsons. My husband and I are in the process of clearing our land that we just purchased and hope to build a log home ourselves.
Glens Falls Center
Christina Catalfamo – Green Room Teacher
Hello, My name is Miss Christina. I grew up in Glens Falls and now live in Queensbury with my husband, our three teenagers, our puppy and a cat. I am currently a teacher in the Green Room at the Glens Falls Center and I am also a Car Hop at Lake George A&W. I am two semesters away from earning my Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Two things that people may not know about me is that I have my Cosmetology license and I am a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
(518) 793-3624 x 210
Sarah Pratt- Green Room Asst. Teacher
Hi, my name is Sarah Pratt. I recently became an Assistant Teacher in the Green Room. My long-term goal is to be a music teacher for elementary students. I am a single mom of two boys. A few things I like to do in my free time include singing, crafting and gardening.
David Phillips- Green Room Aide
Marissa Hall – Orange Room Teacher
My name is Marissa Hall. I have been at Head Start for three years at the Glens Falls center. I graduated from Bolton Central School and went on to attend SUNY Canton where I studied early childhood education. I have a seven year old daughter. We enjoy going for walks with our dog Louie and playing outside.
(518) 793-3624 x 208
Megan Broe – Orange Room Asst. Teacher
My name is Megan Broe. I have worked with children for many years. I have 3 children and in my free time I enjoy going camping with family, snowmobiling and watching my children race motocross.
Carol Gage – Orange Room Classroom Aide
Hi, my name is Carol Gage and I have worked in childcare since 1973. Having my first child drove me into my career and so I started my first in home daycare. After 47 years of experience in various roles (an aide to teacher, assistant and teacher) its been a joy for me to watch children develop character, life skills and team play.
Stacy Conklin – Blue Room Teacher
Hi, my name is Stacy! I have been blessed to follow my passion working with children at Head Start for 16 years. I started as an aided when my son attended.. I then became an Assistant Teacher, while i went for my BA in Early Childhood Education. I have 2 children, 2 grandchildren and a cat named Kazma. I love spending my free time at the ocean.
(518) 793-3624 x 215
Maritsa Taylor – Blue Room Asst. Teacher
My name is Ms. Maritsa. I am a Assistant Teacher in the Blue Room. I have an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts/Psychology from SUNY ACC. In my free time my son and I take long road trips and go on nature walks.
Jana DePalo- Blue Room Classroom Aide
Meagan Aratare – Gold Room Teacher
Hi! My name is Meagan Aratare. I’ve been working as a Lead Teacher at the Glens Falls Center for one year. I’ve been working with children for 13 years. I attended college at Adirondack Community College (SUNY ADK) and Plattsburgh State University. I have degrees in Early Childhood, Elementary Education, and Special Education. I am currently working to obtain my CDA through Warren County Head Start. Some things that I like to do outside of work are read books, do arts and crafts, and garden. I have a son and a cat!
(518) 793-3624 x 213
Rya Marie Stofa – Gold Room Asst. Teacher
Hi. My name is Rya-Marie Stofa and I, myself was a Head Start child. Growing up I always knew I wanted to work with children and soon found my way to Head Start. I attended SUNY Adirondack and graduated with my associates in May 2020. I have been working in a child care setting since. Outside of work you can find me hanging out with friends and family, spending time outside, or go on adventures.
Amanda Harvey – Gold Room Classroom Aide
Hello my name is Amanda Harvey. I have worked in childcare for 7 years. I attended SUNY Adirondack. I always knew I wanted to work with children. I am a single mom of three girls 10,9,3. My girls and I love doing crafts, trying new foods and doing exiting things
Mindy Combs- Yellow Room Asst. Teacher
Hi, my name is Mindy Combs. I have been working as an Assistant Teacher at the Glens Falls center for 3 years. I started off as a Substitute Classroom Aide and have worked my way up happily. I am eager to finish filling my CDA certification. Working with children fulfills my heart. I love knowing that I am making a difference to their lives. I have 4 children, 2 of which are stepchildren. I also have 3 grandchildren and one cat name Angel. In my free time I enjoy going for long nature walks with my family. We also spend our time having lots of laughs, playing board games and watching scary movies.
Madison Suddard- Yellow Room Classroom Aide
Hi, my name is Madison Suddard. I’ve worked in childcare for 3 years so far. I started at the YMCA doing the summer camp and after school program. I decided to join Head Start to continue to work with kids. I have 5 nephews and a niece on the way! I grew up helping take care of them, this made me fall in love with working with kids. I love going on long road trips and doing crafts in my free time.
Jeanne Breault – Red Room Teacher
Hi, My name is “Miss” Jeanne and I work in the Red room with Miss Jenn and Miss Belinda at Warren County Head Start. I received my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees form SUNY Plattsburgh. This is my 20th year working at the preschool level. I have been working at Head Start for six years! I love this preschool age because everyday is a learning experience not only for the children but for myself as well. I love seeing how much the children learn in just one year. They are amazing! When I’m not at preschool, I enjoy being with my family, the outdoors, gardening, audiobooks, games, cooking (when I want), and time to relax.
(518) 793-3624 x 207
Jennifer Haywood – Red Room Asst. Teacher
Hello my name is Jen Haywood. I have been working in the red room as a teacher assistant in the Glens Falls center for 4 years. I have obtained a CDA certificate. I currently have a son in the Glens Falls center. I enjoy photography, hiking with my son and my husband, and playing games with my family.
Belinda Buckmaster-Crandall- Red Room Classroom Aide
Hi, I’m Miss Belinda. I have worked in the Red room as a classroom Aide for 3 years! I enjoy working with children. In my spare time, i like spending time with my grandchildren and my beagle!
Johnna Chandler-Center Director
Johnna has been with Warren County Head Start for 15 years! She began as a classroom/ UPK teacher in the Gold Room before being promoted to Education Coordinator.
(518) 793-3624 x 202
Ann Lanfear- Family Services Worker (Green & Gold & Red Classrooms)
Hi, my name is Annie I’ve been working at head start for just about 4 years! I started as an Aide in Yellow room and then got promoted as the assistant there. I recently just became the Family worker at the Glens falls center. I have a lot of experience with children and 2 littles at home myself
(518) 793-3624 x 205
Amanda Steinman – Family Services Worker (Orange & Blue Classrooms)
Hi, my name is Amanda. I have been working as a Family Worker at the Glens Falls center for 2 years. I’ve been working with children for 15 years. I attended SUNY Adirondack college where I obtained my Associate’s degree. Prior to working as a Family Worker, I worked for the Glens Falls City School District as a Assistant Teacher in the Special Education classroom. Outside of work, I enjoy hiking, camping, bike riding, and shopping.
(518) 793-3624 x 203
Home Based Visitors
Lake Luzerne Center
Alexis Bourdeau – Family Worker
Hi, my name is Alexis. I started working as a Family Worker at the Lake Luzerne center this year. I received my bachelor’s degree in Psychology at SUNY Plattsburgh, and I am currently working on my master’s degree to become a Marriage and Family Therapist. I have worked with children for over seven years in preschool settings and as a nanny. I enjoy traveling, spending time with family, and watching sports in my free time.
(518) 696-2378 x 1125
Daniella Shambach – Teacher
Daniella has been with WCHS for 3 years. She began as a teacher in the GF center and recently transitioned to LL. She has her B.A. in Elementary Ed, a M.A. in Special Ed, and has her NY teaching certification in both Early Childhood & Elementary Education. Before coming to WCHS, Daniella ran a NYS Licensed Family Day Care in her home for 9 years. Daniella, her husband Jason and their 4 children live in Lake George. They enjoy hiking/camping, having people over and playing board games.
(518) 696-2378 x 1125
Jodi Coppola – Asst. Teacher
Hi, My name is Miss Jodi! I have been working at Warren County Head Start for almost 15 years! I was first introduced to the program as a parent. I was soon hired to be the bus monitor for my child’s center which then led to a Classroom Aide position. I was able to complete the CDA (Child Development Associate Credential) and was promoted to Assistant Teacher. When I’m working, I enjoy reading and spending time with my family!
Judy Mattison – Classroom Aide
Hi, My name is Miss Judy! I have worked for Warren County Head Start for 8 years as a Classroom Aide at the Lake Luzerne center. Working here gives me the flexibility to be the best Mom to my three wonderful boys. I attended Adirondack Community College for a couple semesters. When I’m not working, I enjoy movie nights, whether at home or at the theater with my boys and friends.
Rylee Dean – Family Services Worker
Hi, my name is Rylee Dean. I am brand new to Head Start as a Family Worker at the Queensbury Center. In my free time, I enjoy making art, drawing, painting and crafting. I have several years of childcare and nanny experience. I’m excited to start this new journey with Head Start!
Erin Adams – Queensbury 2 Teacher
My name is Erin Adams and I am a teacher at the Queensbury location. I have a degree in Elementary Education from SUNY Oneonta and am currently enrolled in the CDA-Child Development Associate program. Previously, I was a 5th grade teacher in North Carolina and I have also subbed for a year and a half in preschool and BED classrooms while living in Alaska. In my free time, I like hiking, reading and spending time with my two children.
Jennifer Esper – Queensbury 2 Asst. Teacher
Hi, my name is Jennifer! I just started working as a Teacher Assistant at the Queensbury center. I have been working with children for 3 years. I love spending time with my dog.
Kaytee Courville – Queensbury 2 Classroom Aide
Hi, my name is Kaytee Courville. I have been working as a Classroom Aide at the Glens Falls Center for 2 years. I’ve been working with children for 3 years but I have been a mother for 5 years to my lovely daughter, My son is due in December 2020. One of my previous jobs was working at an hourly babysitting center, Kassia’s Playdates. This was the job that made me realize how much I loved working with children and wanted to continue to grow in this area of work. In my free time I love to spend time with my family. We love to cook, play outdoors, play games, laugh and have fun. They are my world and I absolutely love working with the children of Head Start!
Elizabeth Wood – Center Director/ Queensbury 1Teacher
My name is Elizabeth Wood. I attended Regis College from 1994-1998 and received my Bachelor’s degree in a double major of Psychology and Education. I began my teaching career in my early twenties as a 2nd and 3rd grade teacher. At the age of 26 and expecting my first child, I decided to embark on a new chapter and decided to become a Stay at Home Parent. I enjoyed this rewarding opportunity for 10 years. Also, during this time I decided to complete my Master’s in Education via an online program through the University of New England. Upon returning to the workplace in 2013, I began substitute teaching for many local school districts. In 2016, I was hired by Warren County Head Start. I am currently the teacher in the Queensbury 1 classroom. Besides teaching, I enjoy exercising, watching crime shows and spending time with my family and pets.
Makayla Minnear – Queensbury 1 Classroom Aide
Hi, my name is Makayla Minnear. This is my first year as a classroom aide in the Queensbury 1 classroom, and I am very excited to be a part of the team at Warren County Head Start! I love working with children and it fills my heart with joy to watch them grow. I am a proud mother to a wonderful daughter. I enjoy spending time with my family, decorating and baking.
Nicki Burdick – Family Services Worker Hi my name is Nicki Burdick, I have worked for Warren County Head Start for 10 years. I have my CDA and FDC credential. I have worked in the classroom in the past and am currently a family worker. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and crafting. (518) 793-0529
Lindsay Duval – EHS Teacher
Hi, my name is Lindsay Duval and I am an Early Head Start teacher. I have a bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Studies with a concentration in Early Childhood Education from SUNY Oneonta. I’ve been with Head Start for 10 years and value the work we do here with the children and families. I am a twin momma to some adventurous little boys, and love exploring the outdoors, running, biking, hiking, sports, and so much more with them.
Carla Ogden – EHS Teacher
Hi, My name is Carla. I graduated from SUNY HVCC with an AAS in Early Childhood Education. I have worked at the SUNY Adirondack Center since 2006 and have worked in the Infant and toddler rooms. I have three adult children on my own. I love to spend my free time taking walks, hikes, and pictures
Jamie Spiezio – EHS Teacher
Hello everyone. My name is Jamie Spiezio, I just started with Head Start this year as a Teacher in the infant and toddler program. I ran my own Group Family Daycare for 13 years in Greenwich and am so excited to be spending my days with my favorite age group again. I have a BA in Psychology and am currently working on my CDA and Masters in Social Welfare.
Sandy Sweenor – EHS Teacher
Hi, my name is Sandy, I work in the toddler room at SUNY Adirondack. I’ve been working here for 17 years. I love spending time with my grandchildren in my spare time.
Samantha Murray – EHS Teacher
Hi everyone! My name is Sam Murray. I began my journey at Warren County Head Start as a classroom aide in 2013. Since then, I have completed my Associates Degree in Early Childhood and as of 3 years ago I am now a teacher in our Early Head Start program at SUNY Adirondack. Outside of work I enjoy shopping and movie nights and absolutely adore spending time with the little kiddos in my life.
Jessie Sietsma – HS Teacher
Hi my name is Jessie Sietsma! This is my first year working as a preschool teacher at the SUNY Adirondack center. I attended college at SUNY Cortland and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree and a dual certification in Early Childhood and Childhood Education. I am originally from New Jersey and recently moved to upstate New York after I graduated. Outside of school, I love watching movies, spending time with my family, and going on hikes with my friends.
Jaye Conine – HS Assistant Teacher
Hi my name is Jaye Conine. I have been working as an Assistant Teacher at the SUNY Adirondack center for 15 years and have been working with children for 29 years altogether. I attended college at MATC in Madison, WI and obtained a degree in childcare teacher and assistant teacher. I love to garden, read books, and walk with my dogs.
Susan Macari-Baldwin – HS Classroom Aide
Hi my name is Susan Macari-Baldwin. I am originally from Queens, New York and I moved up to Queensbury. I have been working at Warren County Head Start for 15 and a half years; first as a Classroom Aide in a Toddler class and now as a preschool Classroom Aide at SUNY Adirondack center. I have a CDA (Child Development Associate). Working with the children here at Head Start is both rewarding and fun. I have many hobbies but mostly I get to enjoy the beauty of the scenic Adirondacks every day.
Amy Beard – EHS Classroom Aide
Hello everyone, My name is Amy Beard. For the past 7+ years I have enjoyed working as a classroom aide in the infant and toddler room at SUNY Adirondack Head Start. During my time with this agency, I have obtained my CDA. I have also attended college for two years and I have many hours of child development training. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, singing and shopping
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Tammie Sluus – EHS Classroom Aide
Hi, my name is Tammie Sluus. I have been at Warren County Head Start since September. I have been in child care for over 30 years, including my own family daycare.
Chanel Grant – Classroom Aide
Ms. Chanel is the Classroom Aide at the Warrensburg center. This will be her 7th year working for Head Start. Her little boy is 10 years old now. She enjoys being with him and going out to do fun things together.
Karrie Vanderwarker – Family Services Worker
Mrs. Karrie is the Family Worker and Center Director at the Warrensburg center. This will be her 16th year working for Head Start. She is married with 2 grown children. She loves spending time with her family and her doggies!
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