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
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
Megan Hayes – Yellow Room Aide
Sarah Pratt – Green Room Asst. Teacher
Hi, my name is Sarah Pratt. I started as the Classroom Aide in the Blue Room in September, but now I am currently the Classroom Aide 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.
Madison Walczak – Green Room Aide
Maddy Colombo – Gold Room Asst. Teacher
Gold Room Aide
Tammy Chase – Orange Room Ass.t Teacher
Jana DePalo – Blue Room Asst. Teacher
Crystal Fraiser – Blue Room Aide
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
Home Based Visitor
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.
Home Based Visitor
Lake Luzerne Center
Daniella Shambach – Teacher
Daniella is the lead teacher in the Lake Luzerne 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.
(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.
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.
Brittany Rawlins – Queensbury 1 Asst. Teacher
Mikayla Minnear– Queensbury 1 Classroom Aide
Jennifer Esper– Queensbury 2 Asst. Teacher
Kathryn Courville – Queensbury 2 Classroom Aide
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. 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.
(518) 793-0529 x 306
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 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
(518) 793-0529 x 305
Sandy Sweenor – EHS Classroom Aide
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.
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
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!
(518) 623-9747 x 116
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.