Amber Daughenbaugh – Program Secretary
My name is Amber Daughenbaugh. I attended Surry Early College High School and obtained my high school diploma and Associate of Arts simultaneously. This is my first year working for Head Start, and I am very excited to be part of the amazing team at WCHS! When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my wife and our husky, shopping, and trying my hand at baking new deserts and treats!
(518) 798-7555 x 216
Stacia Jeroulis – Teacher/Center Director
My name is Stacia Jeroulis. I attended Suny Adirondack where I studied Early Childhood Education and then went on to study Geology and complete my Master’s of Science Teaching at Suny Potsdam. I have been working for Head Start for almost two years. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my son, going to museums, and exploring the outdoors. Working with children of all ages has always been one of my passions and I am thankful that I have found WCHS and cannot wait for more years to come.
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 eight years. I started working as a classroom aide when my daughter attended and have since received my CDA. I am currently an Assistant Teacher. I love spending time with my four children camping, taking trips to the ocean, and learning to do new crafts I haven’t tried before. 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 have been employed with this company for 24 years as of October 2023. 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 to a career at Head Start. I have two grown sons and two grandsons. My husband and I recently built a log cabin ourselves.
Glens Falls Center
Kristin Felton – Red Room Teacher
I attended SUNY Potsdam and graduated in 2022 with my bachelors in Early Childhood/Childhood Education. I am currently working on my Master’s degree in Educational Technology. I have been with HeadStart since October 2023. I am a swim coach at the Glens Falls YMCA, enjoy spending time with my family, friends and two dogs, Misha and Scout.
(518) 793-3624 x 207
Belinda Buckmaster-Crandall – Red Room Asst. Teacher
Cristal Burke – Red Room Aide
Mindy Combs – Yellow Room 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 named 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.
(518) 793-3624 x 209
Jennifer Haywood – Yellow Room Asst. Teacher
Hi my name is Jen. I have been with Warren County Head Start for 7 years. I was a head start parent and my son was in the green room. I love to go for walks and take photos with my son and my husband. I also love to have a lot of fun and be silly.
Kaytee Courville – Yellow Room Aide
Samantha Alger – Green Room Asst. Teacher
Hello, my name is Samantha (Sammi) Alger, I went to Queensbury school and also attended BOCES, I am currently getting my CDA through NHSA (The Acadamy). I have been with Warren County Head Start since October 2023, started as a substitute aide, and I am now currently the assistant teacher in the green room. In my free time I spend it with my two kids and my fiance, I also enjoy nature walks and drawing.
Green Room Aide
Mili Cloud – Gold Room Teacher
I am Mrs. Mili. I have 19 years of teaching experience specializing in Early Childhood Education. I have taught in 2 countries and 2 languages, sometimes at the same time. Being a mother of 2 myself I understand the need for emphasis on the early stages in a young person’s learning and development.
(518) 793-3624 x 213
Nina Gerardi – Gold Room Asst. Teacher
Tammy Chase – Gold Room Aide
Janie LaRose – Orange Room Teacher
Hi, my name is Janie LaRose. I have been with Warren County HS since September 2023. I attended Concordia University of Portland, Oregon. I am the Lead Teacher of the Orange room. I love spending time with my family, especially my husband, Ernie and my grandkids.
(518) 793-3624 x 208
Amanda Hawkins – Orange Room Asst. Teacher
Angela Carpenito – Orange Room Aide
Stacy Conklin – Blue Room Teacher
I have worked at Head Start for 18 years. I started as an aide, been an assistant, and a head teacher and mentor. I love working with early education aged children, it’s been my dream and it’s fulfilled.
(518) 793-3624 x 215
Jana DePalo – Blue Room Asst. Teacher
My name is Jana DePalo. I graduated from Hudson Falls High school in 2018 and then went to Suny Adirondack to play volleyball for 2 years. This is my 3rd year as an assistant teacher in the blue room. When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my family friends and 3 dogs.
Sarah Pratt – Blue Room Aide
Alexis Bullard – Family Services Worker (Yellow & Red Classrooms)
My name is Alexis and I am a family worker at the Glens Falls Center. I enjoy traveling to tropical destinations, football Sundays with my family, and going on my boat on Lake George. I am newly married and have one fur baby, a cat named Herbert.
(518) 793-3624 x 230
Katie Beckwith – Family Services Worker (Green & Gold Classrooms)
Hello, my name is Katherine. But you can call me Katie. I’ve been with Head Start since September 2023. I started as a TA but am now working as a Family Worker and for the first time in a long time I can say that I truly love my job. I was born and raised in South Florida. I love traveling and have been to Australia and Scotland. I’d love to put more stamps in my passport in the near future. I enjoy photography and baking. I am a wife and Mama to my three sons and it’s one of my greatest joys in life!
(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
John Parsons-Home Based Visitor/Center Director
My name is John Parsons and I attended college at Cortland and grad school at Binghamton, focusing on psychology and neuroscience, respectively. Most of my professional career has been in education, wherein I have taught students at every level, preschool through college. I have spent my last 5 years plus working as a Home Visitor for Head Start and my interests outside of work include disc golf, hiking and algebra.
Home Based Visitor 1
Hi, my name is Kelly Jarvis. I am now a Home Based Visitor. Previously I was in the Orange Room as an Assistant Teacher. I attended college at SUNY Cobleskill and obtained an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Prior to starting at Head Start I worked in customer service/retail. In my off time I enjoy spending time with family and love to travel, I have a 15 year old daughter who keeps me very busy.
Lake Luzerne Center
Daniella Shambach – Teacher
Daniella is lead teacher in the Lake Luzerne Center and has been with WCHS since 2019. She is NYS certified in Birth-6th grade and has her MA in Special Ed. Before coming to HeadStart, Daniella ran a Licensed Family Day Care for 9 years. Daniella, her husband Jason, and their 4 children live in Lake George. They enjoy hiking, road trips to National Parks, 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 18 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 not 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.
Ann Lanfear – Family Worker
My Name is Annie Lanfear. I am the Family Worker at Lake Luzerne. I started working for Head Start in 2017 as the yellow room aide and then was promoted to teacher’s assistant and then to family worker and I absolutely love what I do. I have 2 beautiful girls who both attended head start as well. In my down time I love spending time with my family, being outside, or camping.
(518) 696-2378 x 1125
Elizabeth Wood – Center Director/ Queensbury 1 Classroom Teacher
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.
Tyenia Maharaj – Queensbury 1 Asst. Teacher
Makayla Minnear – Queensbury 1 Classroom Aide
My name is Makayla Minnear. I have been a classroom aide for 3 years, I love what I do. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family.
Erin Adams-Queensbury 2 Classroom Teacher
My name is Erin Adams, and I am a teacher at our Queensbury location. I received my degree in Elementary Education from SUNY Oneonta in 2007, with a concentration in English. Last year, I completed a Child Development Associate Certificate in Preschool. I also have a photography entrepreneurship certificate from Auburn University. Previously, I was a 5th grade teacher in North Carolina, where I was the spelling bee coordinator, Academically Gifted teacher, and helped with the Drama Club. I have also subbed extensively in special education preschool and BED classrooms while living in Alaska. In my free time, I like hiking, paddle boarding, reading, photography, watching baseball, going to concerts, and spending time with my two children.
Alexis Thomas – Queensbury 2 Asst. Teacher
Melissa Allen – Queensbury 2 Classroom Aide
Hi, I’m Melissa! Or as the kids call me Miss Lissa. Ever since I was in 1st grade, I wanted to be a teacher or work in a school. I went to SUNY Adirondack in 2013 after I graduated high school. I graduated from SUNY with an Early Childhood Certificate in summer 2014. I was bouncing between all different jobs until I started working for WCHS in November 2023. I couldn’t be happier and can’t wait to grow and learn more!
Samantha Murray – EHS Teacher/Center Director
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.
(518) 793-0529 x 301
Amy Beard – EHS Teacher
Hello everyone, my name is Amy Beard. I have been with Warren County Head Start going on 11 years now. I have enjoyed working as a classroom aide and was promoted to an Infant/Toddler Teacher and Home Based Visitor at SUNY Adirondack Head Start. During my time with this agency, I have obtained my CDA and I have many hours of child development training. I have also attended college for two and half years. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, singing, movies/theatre and shopping.
(518) 793-0529 x 306
Laurel Camacho – EHS Teacher
My name is Laurel Camacho, and I am an EHS teacher at the SUNY Adirondack Center. I have my Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Albany and I am also a NYS licensed Massage Therapist.
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.
(518) 793-0529 x 304
Lindsay Duval – EHS Teacher
Hi, my name is Lindsay Duval and I have a bachelor degree in child and family studies and early childhood education from SUNY Oneonta. I have 9 year old twin boys and a little girl who just turned 2. They keep us busy with all their sports and activities but we are loving being along for the ride. As a family, we enjoy playing sports, hiking, biking, rollerblading, ice skating and so much more together. I have been with Head Start for 14 years and love working with the children and families in our program.
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
(518) 793-0529 x 305
Sandy Sweenor – EHS Classroom Aide
Hi! My name is Sandy Sweenor, I have enjoyed working as a teacher at the WCHS SUNY ADK. campus for over 20 years. I am presently a class aide in the infant room. I enjoy spending time with my children, grandchildren, going on family vacations and gardening in my free time. Caring for young children and working with their families has been a rewarding experience in my career here at WCHS.
Skylar Dingman – HS Teacher
Hello! My name is Skylar Dingman. I attended SUNY Cobleskill for 4 years and earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education: Birth to Age 5. I’ve been working with HeadStart since November 2023 in the preschool room at the SUNY Adirondack Center. On my free time I love walking my dogs and going camping.
Kenadie Russell – HS Asst. Teacher
Kenadie Russell. I have been working for Head Start since September 2023. I attended Hudson Falls Central Schools all 12 years. In my free time I am the assistant coach for Hudson Falls Varsity Cheerleading. I enjoy dancing and attending church. I’ve learned so much this school year and I’m excited to learn more as I continue to pursue my CDA.
Kendra Mistretta – HS Classroom Aide
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.
Karrie Vanderwarker – Family Services Worker/Center Director
I attended the SUNY Albany College of Social Welfare and have always worked in a field involving helping people. My hobbies are raising chickens, crocheting, gardening, camping, and walking/hiking. I am married to the love of my life and have 2 grown children and 2 grandchildren (Jason and Harper), who are now the center of my world.
(518) 623-9747 x 116
Patrick Iverson-Searer – Teacher
Patrick has been with the company for this year only so far. He has a background in elementary teaching/education, and attended the College of Saint Rose for his undergraduate studies and POST University for graduate. Patrick is a published comic book artist, avid movie watcher, and works with celebrities at local ComicCons.
Vicki Galarza – Asst. Teacher
Ms. Vicky is our Assistant Teacher at the Warrensburg center. This will be her 12th year working for Head Start. Her son is 17 and a senior in high school. Her favorite thing to do is to spend time with her son and her family.
Nellie Grant – Classroom Aide
Ms. Nellie 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