Meet The Warren County Head Start Team

Shari Marci – Executive Director
Hi, my name is Shari Marci and I am the Executive Director for Warren County Head Start, Inc. I have been working here for 19 years and I have been working in Head Start programs for 26 years. Needless to say, I think I have had every job Head Start has to offer. LOL just kidding! I love the Head Start program and everything we are about. In my spare time I enjoy playing pool, singing karaoke and most of all camping and relaxing on the beach by the lake during the summer.
(518) 798-7555 x 228
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Annine Ogden – Finance Coordinator
My name is Annine (A-neen). Well, I have many names. Some call me Annine, some call me Nina, I went through high school with a nickname “Niner”. And I am sure I am called many other names as well. It’s all good. I am the Finance Coordinator for Warren County Head Start. I have an associate degree in accounting and a bachelor’s in business. This is not a new adventure for me. I worked here from 2015 through 2019 as the Financial Coordinator. When I am not working for HS, I am playing in the dirt, working in the yard or swimming in our pool with my dogs, Kyro and Ali.
(518) 798-7555 x 225
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Courtney Agans – Education Coordinator
Hi! My name is Courtney Agans, and I am the Education Coordinator for Warren County Head Start. I have been working with young children for 13 years and have my master’s degree in early childhood education. I have always dreamed of working at a program that is so impactful and makes such a difference in families and children’s lives and that is exactly what Head Start does, and I truly love being a part of it. In my spare time, I love spending time with my family, reading and going to the ocean!
(518) 798-7555 x 219
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Shannon Bohmaker – Education/Disabilities Coordinator
Hi, I am Shannon Bohmaker and I am the Education/Disabilities Coordinator here at Warren County Head Start.  I have worked at Warren County Head Start for 7 years and previously was a Family Worker at the Glens Falls Center.  I have been working with children for 15 years.  I have a bachelor’s in education and special education and a master’s in education.  I love to read, listen to music, and spend time with my family.
(518) 798-7555 x 218
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Corina McDougall – Family Services Coordinator
Hello, my name is Corina McDougall and I am the Family Services Coordinator at Warren County Head Start. This is my 20th year with the program. I have my Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from SUNY Oneonta. In my spare time, I love to read, play board games with my family, and watch MMA.
(518) 798-7555 x 221
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Naomi Mitchell – Health/Nutrition Advocate
Hello, My name is Naomi Mitchell and I am the Health/Nutrition Advocate at Warren County Head Start. I have been at Warren County Head start for 2.5 years, however I have almost 20 years’ experience with Head start from other counties. I am currently enrolled at SUNY Cayuga finishing up my last class before enrolling in the nursing program at SUNY Adirondack. Summer is my favorite season because whenever possible I enjoy kayaking, camping and spending any free time I have outdoors, preferably by the water. My family and friends are my lifeline!
(518) 798-7555 x 217
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Denise Colbath – Administrative Clerk
Hi, my name is Denise Colbath and I have been the Account Clerk at Warren County Head Start for over 11 years. When I first started working at Head Start, I knew this was where I wanted to stay. I love the Head Start program and everything we do here! I have worked in the Accounting field for over 20 years.  In my spare time I love to read and spend time with my family or hanging by the pool with my dogs!
(518) 798-7555 x 224 
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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 Warren County Head Start! 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
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Chestertown Center

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 Warren County Head Start and cannot wait for more years to come.
(518) 494-3110
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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.
(518) 494-3110
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Glens Falls Center

Christina Catalfamo – Center Director
Hello, my name is Christina Catalfamo and I am the center director at the Glens Falls Center, but you will also find me spending time with the kiddos in the classrooms quite a bit. I have been here at Head Start for over 6 years now and I absolutely love it. I’m currently working on my bachelor’s degree for early childhood education through SUNY Empire. A fun fact about me is that I am a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
(518) 793-3624 x 202
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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
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Belinda Buckmaster-Crandall – Red Room Asst. Teacher
Hello! My name is Miss Belinda.  I have been working at Warren County Head Start for almost 7 years. I was a floater aide for a year and then obtained a full time classroom aide position in. the red room.  I have since went to Assistant teacher position last year.  I obtained my Associates degree from SUNY Adirondack (ACC) in May of 2017.  I have 3 grown children, and in my free time i like to spend time with my granddaughters and be with my beloved beagle.
Cristal Burke – Red Room Aide
I love working with children. I live in Glens Falls. I’m currently working on my CDA. My favorite animals are farm animals: cows, pigs, goats, etc. I’m a mom of two girls, a dog, a fish and a cat. I love to be outdoors especially during the warmer months. Country music is my go to. Just love being a happy/go lucky person! Constantly making people laugh and smile is my thing. 

 

Mindy Combs – Yellow Room Teacher
Hi my name is Ms. Mindy I have been working for Warren County Head Start for going on 7 years. Started off as a sub back in the beginning of October 2017 and progressed pretty fast. I have now been lead teacher for a couple years and love it! I was awarded teacher of the week for the week of November 20th of 2023. Working with children fulfills my heart. I love knowing that I am making a difference in their lives. I have a few children of my own. I also have 4 grandchildren, a cat named Angel and an English bulldog named Nico. In my free time I enjoy going for long nature walks, pretty much just getting outside. I also spend my time having lots of laughs, playing board/card games and watching movies.
(518) 793-3624 x 209
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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
Hey my name is Kaytee i have been at Warren County Head Start for about 5 years now. I started out as a Floater for about 2 years and have been a Classroom AIDE in multiple rooms and centers over 3 years , I currently work in the Yellow room! My Daughter and Son have attended Head Start and I also went to Head Start when I was young, I remember my aunt being my teacher! Which was awesome! I love working with children in this age group, helping them learn new things and get better at skills they need for the coming years is an amazing and rewarding thing to be apart of! Some things about me are I love being silly and having fun. When I’m not at work I’m spending time with my kids and family! Usually at home playing with toys and games to watching movies and playing outside! We also love to go to the public library museums parks the fun spot camping and family cookouts! 

 

Jessica Guzman – Green Room Teacher
Hi ! My name is Jessica Guzman and I’m the Green Room teacher. This will be my second-year teaching. Some of the things I love doing with my students are music and movement and arts and crafts. Some of my favorite things to do is spending time with my daughter/family, go to fairs, and go to chick-fil-a 🙂 
(518) 793-3624 x 210
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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
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Nina Gerardi – Gold Room Asst. Teacher
My name is Nina Gerardi and I joined Head Start in December as the new assistant teacher in Gold Room. During the winter, I work as a ski instructor at West Mountain. I have a twin sister and she is my best friend. I enjoy skiing, snowboarding, and playing guitar.
Tammy Chase – Gold Room Aide
Hi my name is Tammy Chase. I have worked with Head Start for 16yrs, just over a year for Warren County. I enjoy working with the children and their families. I love to garden and enjoy being home with my husband and our 5 dogs.

 

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
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Amanda Hawkins – Orange Room Asst. Teacher
My name is Ms. Amanda and I am an assistant teacher. I took this position as it allows myself to continue to make a positive impact. I have a 16 year old son named Devin. I love anything outdoors and enjoy camping with family and friends when the weather is nice.
Angela Carpenito – Orange Room Aide
My name is Angela Carpenito and I moved up to Queensbury from New Rochelle 2 years ago with my son Prince and my daughter Scarlett. After Scarlett started attending Head Start and seeing what a wonderful place it is, I applied for a job. I am now one of the classroom Aides and love it very much. I enjoy spending my time off with my children at the pool, the beach, parks and anything outdoors.

 

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
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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
My name is Sarah. I’m the aide for blue room . I’ve worked for headstart since 2019. I’m a mom of three kids. Some of my favorite things include arts and crafts, music and pigs. 

 

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
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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
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Amanda Steinman – Family Services Worker (Orange & Blue Classrooms)
My name is Amanda, I am a family worker at the Glens Falls Center. I have been working at Head Start for a little over five years. In my time away from work, I love to spend time with my family, hiking, and being near the water. I have a 16 year old son, Wyatt, a cat named Casper,  and a dog named Gracie whom I adore very much.
(518) 793-3624 x 203
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Henk Schoveneld – Cook
My name is Henk Schoneveld. I am the cook here at HeadStart since 2022. After 30 + years in the culinary world, working as a chef in a variety of places, the opportunity came along for this job. I’ve been enjoying it very much ever since and hope to be here for years to come…if the kids let me!
(518) 793-3624 x 211
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Brenda Parkhurst – Kitchen Aide
I’m Brenda Parkhurst I’m a kitchen aid at warren county head start at glens falls center I been here for 7 years. I like reading and going to the library and shopping and hanging out with my son Michael.
(518) 793-3624 x 211
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Lynne Dumond – Custodian
Hi my name is Lynne. I am the custodian at the Glens Falls Center and I have been here for just over 7 years. My favorite place to shop is Walmart and my favorite place to eat is Olive Garden.

Maritsa Taylor – Head Start Floater
I’m Maritsa Taylor. I’m a floater at head start. I have worked here for 5 years. I love spending time with my son and family.
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Sam Beebe – Head Start Floater
Hi, my name is Miss Sam… I have been a classroom aide here at Headstart for a little over a year! I look forward to seeing the kiddos smiling faces every day! It’s also awesome that I get to see my son while he is at school here every day! In my free time my 2 kids and I spend time hiking, going to the library and exploring!
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Charlene Lafountain-Granger
I started working at Warren County Head Start on 4/15/2005 and have been here for 9 years. I started out as a bus monitor then became a floating substitute aide. In all the years I have worked in the classrooms it’s been a joy to see how much the children have grown and improve in all ways as they get ready for kindergarten. When I’m not working, I love doing things outside and being with my family.
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Teagan Jarvis – Classroom Aide Substitute
My name is Teagan Jarvis and I was recently hired at Warren County Head Start as a substitute aide. I am currently attending Suny Adirondack to eventually gain my degree in Early childhood education. I am currently working 2 other jobs part time. These jobs include teaching a hip hop class at my dance studio and working as a sales associate at Levi’s. Given that I am a full time student working 3 jobs, I don’t get a lot of downtime. But when I do, I spend it either with friends or at home. My dream one day is to be a kindergarten teacher. I have always loved working and being around the preschool/kindergarten age group. I hope to learn as much as I can, and use it in making a difference in teaching the upcoming generations.

 

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.
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Kelly Jarvis
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.
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Audrey Dalton
I am Audrey Dalton. I graduated from Utica university with my Bachelor of Science in psychology in 2016, and have been with head start ever since. I have worked for Saratoga and warren county head start and between the two counties I have been a home visitor, lead teacher, center director, and health advocate. I enjoy spending time cuddling with my rabbits, taking bike rides, and mining for Herkimer diamonds. 
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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
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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 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 11 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
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Queensbury Center

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.
(518) 824-5684
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Tyenia Maharaj – Queensbury 1 Asst. Teacher
Hi everyone! My name Is Tyenia but everyone even the kiddos call me Miss Ty! I have been working for warren county head start for about 4 months now and I can honestly say I love the whole program. I am a teacher’s assistant at the warren county Queensbury location. I am currently going for my bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. I Love that I am experiencing being in a classroom, while learning how to add more ideas and strategies from my college courses. Outside of work I am mother, a babysitter, and aunt! I love to workout, listen to music, and cook! 
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.
(518) 824-5685
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Alexis Thomas – Queensbury 2 Asst. Teacher
My name is Alexis Thomas, I am an assistant teacher at Queensbury. I have had experience with children both in and outside of a classroom setting. I graduated from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, where I interned in an integrated classroom. After graduating, I coached elementary as well as middle school level basketball. I also got to experience being a nanny for various families with children that ranged from 3 months- 10 years old. In my free time, I enjoy sports, crafts, the outdoors and reading! 
Queensbury 2 Classroom Aide

 

Casandra Bennett – Family Worker
My name is Casandra but everyone calls me Cas. I’m the family worker in Queensbury.  I was a stay-at-home mom to my 4 boys ages 18, 17, 14 & 12 for 15 years.  All of them went to head start and  I was a member of the parent group for 10 years and policy council for 5 years. I worked at the Hadley-Luzerne Elementary School for 3 years as an aide overseeing recess, breakfast and lunch for kids in kindergarten through 6th grade before I started for Warren County Head Start in October of 2023. My boys keep me busy with their sports and running them around.  In the summer I love to be anywhere near water and spending time with my friends and family. I have a dog named Blaze and 2 cats named Binx and Sakura.
(518) 824-1626
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SUNY Adirondack

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
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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
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Cassandra Wood – EHS Classroom Assistant
(518) 793-0529 x 306
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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.
(518) 793-0529
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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.
(518) 793-0529 x 304
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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. 
(518) 793-0529
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Carla Plotczyk – EHS Teacher
I am an Early Head Start teacher/Home Visitor and have been with Warren County Head Start since 2006. I have an associate degree in early childhood education from HVCC.  I am married, and have three grown kids, one who is married, and a beautiful granddaughter. I like to take pictures, go for walks on several of the bike paths near here.
(518) 793-0529 x 305
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Valerie Warrington – EHS Teacher
I went Suny Empire State college and then Grand Canyon University. I’ve been with head start for a year in March.  My hobbies include, diamond painting, sewing, building wooden puzzles, and taking care of my snakes, cats, and puppy.
(518) 793-0529 x 305
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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.
(518) 793-0529
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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. 
(518) 793-0529
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Kenadie Russell – HS Asst. Teacher
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
My name is Kendra Mistretta I attended early childhood for two years of high school and got my certification through boces. Some things I enjoy are spending time with my family especially my little brother, being around kids, and working at my family’s campground in the summer. 

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
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Patricia Burke – Cook
I joined the SUNY ADK Head Start team as the Cook in 2021 – I’m very grateful for this opportunity which I enjoy very much.  I have 2 adult children & 5 beautiful grandchildren that are my world.  When the chance to travel arrives my bags are packed within seconds. Any body of water & the country are my favorite places.
(518) 793-0529
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Warrensburg Center

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
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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.
(518) 623-2632
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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