Suzanne Hurtado – Teacher
My Name is Suzanne Hurtado, I teach at the Warren County Head Start Chestertown Center. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. In addition, I have three New York State Teaching Certifications; Early Childhood General Education, Early Childhood Students with Disabilities, and Childhood Education grades 1-6. I have been working in the field for two years. I am grateful to live in the Adirondack Mountains, where I enjoy hiking, fishing, swimming and boating with my family.
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
Chrisitna DiManno – 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.
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Maritsa Taylor-Schaff – Green Room Classroom Aide
My name is Ms. Maritsa. I am a Classroom Aide in the Green 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.
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.
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Kelly Jarvis – Orange Room Asst. Teacher
Hi, my name is Kelly Jarvis. I have been working as an Assistant Teacher at the Glens Falls center for 1 month. 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.
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.
Daniella Shambach – Blue Room Teacher
Daniella is the lead teacher in the Blue Room in our Glens Falls center. She has her BA in Elementary Education (Grades 1-6) and a MA in Special Education (Preschool- Grade 12). Before coming to Warren County Head Start, Daniella ran a NYS Licensed Group Family Day Care in her home for 9 years. She is currently working on extending her NYS Teaching Certification to include Early Childhood (Birth – 2nd Grade). Daniella, her husband Jason and their 4 children live in Lake George. They especially enjoy hiking/camping, having people over and playing board games.
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Erika Quinones – Blue Room Asst. Teacher
Hi, my name is Erika Quinones. I have been working as a Teacher Assistant in the Blue Room in the Glens Falls center for 6 years. I have completed the CDA (Child Development Associate). In the past, I volunteered in a preschool in California. I am married and have three children. In my spare time, I love spending time with family and friends. I also enjoy spending time at the lake during warm summer days.
Sarah Pratt – Blue Room Classroom Aide
Hi, my name is Sarah Pratt. I just started as the Classroom Aide in the Blue Room in September. 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.
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!
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Mindy Combs – Gold 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.
Kaytee Courville – Gold Room 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!
Tammy Seguin -Yellow Room Teacher
My name is TammyLyn. This is my first year here at Warren County Head Start, however, I have been teaching for over 25 years. I am a mother of five children. Yes, people like to say I have my hands full but I love being a mom and that is why I chose the teaching profession. My children are 19, 17, 15, 13, and 11 years old. I have three girls and two boys. I earned my Bachelors degree in education at a private school then after starting my family I continued my education online earning my Masters in Early Childhood Education at the University of Phoenix. My children and I enjoy the great outdoors. We love hiking, camping, picnicking and just being outside in nature. I love photography, drawing, painting, crafting/sewing and food preservation/canning. I just recently taught myself how to crochet and with practice I am getting better. I am a vegetarian. My favorite flowers are lilac, sunflowers and daisies. My favorite author is Shel Silverstein
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Ann Lanfear – Yellow Room Asst. Teacher
Hi, my name is Ann Lanfear. I have been working at the Glens Falls center for 3 years now as a classroom aide. I recently took the Assistant Teacher position in the Yellow room. I am working on getting my CDA (Child Development Associate). I love spending time with family outside of work. My husband and my 2 girls are my world!
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.
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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
Marcy Robinson – Center Director
Hi My name is Marcy. I have been working as a Center Director at the GF center for1 year. I’ve been working with children for 25+ years, obtaining my Associates degree in Early Childhood from SUNY Cobleskill and my Bachelors in Elementary Education from Castleton State College. One thing that I like to share with people is that I lived in Nashville, TN for 13 years. While living there I shared a bathroom with Nicole Kidman and I was even in a Trace Adkins music video!.
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Shannon Bohmaker – Family Services Worker (Yellow & Red Classrooms)
Ms. Shannon was born and raised in Watertown, New York. She received her bachelor’s degree in Special Education and Childhood Education at SUNY Plattsburgh. Ms. Shannon moved to the Glens Falls area in 2016 and shortly after started working as a Family Worker at the Glens Falls center. She has been working in education for 12 years and with Head Start for 8 years. When she is not working, Ms. Shannon enjoys spending time with her family, reading, listening to music, watching movies and baking.
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Bridgett DeBlasiis – Family Services Worker (Green & Gold Classrooms)
Hi, my name is Miss Bridgett and I have been working as a Family Worker at the Glens Falls center for 1 year. I attended Cazenovia College where I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services with a focus in mental health counseling. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, baking, and running. My favorite part about my job is building relationships with our children and their families.
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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.
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Home Based Visitors
Hi, My name is Sara Barrachina. I have been working with Warren County Head Start since September 2019. My first job with Warren County Head Start was as a Family Worker in the Lake Luzerne center. I am currently a Home Based Visitor. I have four amazing children and enjoy our time together. I was a Head Start family when my children were younger. My children and I enjoy hiking with our Blood Hound, Winston. I am currently working on my Bachelors in Human Services to further my love and passion in the work that I do.
Hi, my name is Hallie Smith. I have been working as a Home Based Visitor at the Home a based office for four years now. I did take a short leave of absence to have my youngest son in 2018. I’ve been working with children and families for most of my adult life. I attended college at SUNY Adirondack and obtained a degree in applied science and received my CSAC-T. I am a mom of four incredible children, we have two dogs, a cat and three chickens! On our free time we love to explore the Adirondack mountains and know all the cool local playgrounds!
Hi My Name, is Carrie Phillips, I have been working as a Home Based Visitor for 3 years and more recently as the Home Based center Director. Previously I was an assistant teacher in the Glens Falls center for 12 years. I Have been working with Children my entire adult Life. During my life’s work I have obtained My Child Development Associate’s for preschool children and currently working on my Home Based Visitor Child Development Associates. Prior to Head Start I worked in local day cares as well as my own home day care. When I am out of work, I enjoy time with my family, including my dog Lucy, exploring the beautiful North Country. I’m a Mom of 2 amazing and talented kids. As family we enjoy music and art and I’m often found supporting my family in their music performances at local venues.
Lake Luzerne Center
Claire Mahoney – Family Worker
Hi, my name is Claire Mahoney. This is my first year working at the Lake Luzerne center. I attended college at Western New England University and obtained a degree in Social Work and then went on to get my Master’s degree in Social Work for SUNY Albany. In my free time, I love to bake and try new recipes.
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Christina Wester – Teacher
My Name is Christina Wester. I went to Plattsburgh State University where I completed my Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and my Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction. I went on to open my own daycare where I worked with kids varying in ages from Birth to 10 years old. I have been working at Warren County Head Start now going into my 5th year. My favorite thing to do is going camping with my family as we love to get outside as much as we can.
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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.
Kerri McFarlane – Family Services Worker
Hi, my name is Kerri. I have been working for Head Start for 8 years. I started in the classroom as a Teacher’s Assistant. I was then a Home Based Visitor for about 3 years. I am now in our Queensbury Center as a Family Worker. I have my CDA which I received through my previous job as a teacher at a Preschool. I am currently working on my FDC (Family Development Credential) certification. I also have a part time job working for a parenting program. I really enjoy what I do for work. In my free time, I like to spend time with my family. I have a 10 year old boy named Landen. We enjoy taking walks with our new puppy Cooper!
Kristine Germain- Queensbury 2 Teacher
My name is Kris Germain. I have over 27 years of experience in the child care industry after earning my degree in Elementary Education from Slippery Rock University. I have worked with children from birth through 12 years of age in a variety of settings including Early Intervention, Head Start, and several childcare programs. My proudest professional accomplishment was owning and operating a large daycare center for nine years and most recently owning and caring for children in a childcare program in my home. As an empty nester, I decided to move from Buffalo to the Glens Falls area where I decided to return to Head Start as a lead teacher. I am thrilled to be a part of such an amazing organization! I plan to bring my past experiences to the classroom to create a warm, family environment for children to learn and grow successfully. (518) 824-5685
Jennifer Harrington – Queensbury 2 Asst. Teacher
Hi, my name is Jennifer Harrington. I have been working as an Assistant Teacher at the Queensbury center for 2 years. Prior I worked as a Classroom Aide at the Glens Falls center for 3 years. Before working at Head Start, I did daycare at my home. I am currently working on completing my CDA (Child Development Associate)
Charlene Lafountain Granger – Queensbury 2 Classroom Aide
Hi, my name is Charlen Lafountain Granger. I have been working at Warren County Head Start for almost 6 years. The first 4 years I was a Bus Monitor and Substitute Classroom Aide. I am currently working at a long term Substitute Classroom Aide in the Queensbury Center.
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.
Avaughn Butchino – Queensbury 1 Asst. Teacher
Hello, my name is Avaughn Butchino. I have been working as an Assistant Teacher at the Queensbury center for a little over a year. I’ve been working with children for about 4 years now, prior to Head Start I worked at Prospect and North Country Academy. I graduated from ACC with my associates in Liberal Arts and Science. I love taking walks with my family and enjoy being out in the warm or cold weather whether it would be sledding with my daughter in the winter, smores in the fall, or swimming in our pool in the spring and summer. I love doing things with my family and love being outside with them.
Stella Gangsaa – Queensbury 1 Classroom Aide
Hi, my name is Stella, I have been working as an Classroom Aide at the Queensbury center for 2 years. I attended Herkimer Community College and have an Associate’s degree in Hospitality. I worked as a front desk attendant at two different hotels in lake George from 2011-2015. In 2015 my youngest was born and my husband and I chose to have me stay home full time with our 2-year-old and newborn. When my daughter turned 3, she started at Head Start. I volunteered as much as I could while she was in the program for over 2 years and at that point, I realized I wanted to work with children. My son started home based Head Start when he was around age 2. When he turned 3, he began Head Start in the Queensbury center and I applied for the Classroom Aide position. I got a call for an interview and shortly after I was offered a long-term position in the Queensbury center, the next year a full-time position became available also in the Queensbury center and I took It. I chose to be with Head Start the last 2 years and will continue because my children are young 7 and 5 and this job keeps me on their schedule while allowing me to do all the things I always imagined doing as a mom.
Kathy Doherty – Center Director
My name is Kathy Doherty and I have over 20 years of childcare experience. I earned a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education and have a BA Degree in English. I have worked as a preschool teacher in both the public and private sector. I have also been a Director of Head Start programs both here in Warren County and in lower New York State. Prior to working in education, I worked in public relations and publishing. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family
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.
Deanna Clements – EHS Teacher
My name is Deanna Clements. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education Administration, as well as a Master’s in Education with a concentration in Child Development. I have been an Early Head Start Teacher and Home Based Visitor for six years.
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
Samantha Mattison – EHS Teacher
My name is Sam Mattison. In 2020 I celebrated 10 years of being an Early Head Start teacher! Currently, I teach Infants and Toddlers in our Early Head Start program on the SUNY Adirondack campus. I have an Associate Degree in Early Childhood. After working within a Head Start program for a few years I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Community and Human Services. Outside of my work, my greatest joy is being a Mom!
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
Robin Hogan – EHS Classroom Aide
Hi, my name is Robin! I have been with Warren County Head Start as an aide for a little over a year now, but I have been in childcare for over 10 years! I started with childcare at a young age, starting with family members then, it went to family friends, and so on so forth. I love my job here at Head Start, as an aide, and I love Warren County Head Start as a parent of a student who attends the program as well!
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.
Rebecca Hess – Teacher
Mrs. Becky is the lead teacher in the Warrensburg center. This will be her 7th year working for Head Start. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Plattsburg University. She is married and has a 9 year old little girl. She loves being with her family and metal detecting with her husband!
Victoria 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.
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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