About Little Learners of Westchester Inc.

We are proud to provide local children in Cortlandt Manor and surrounding areas with quality preschool programs. Our staff is energetic, excited, and creative, and look forward to helping your Little Learner reach their full potential, in and out of the classroom. We are proud to serve families across Westchester. As New York State Certified Teachers, our staff are exceptionally qualified to give your child the foundation for a successful academic career. Our staff also includes a speech pathologist and registered nurse who work with our team per diem.

Director – Christina Poggioreale

My name is Christina Poggioreale I am a current resident of Yorktown Heights and have lived here for the past nineteen years. I am originally from Long Island. I have been happily married to my husband Vincent for twenty two and a half years. We have three children: Vincent 20, Thomas 16, and Juliana 13. I am a New York State Certified Elementary School Teacher and have a dual Masters in Special Education. I am also fluent in Spanish. I have been the owner and director of Little Learners of Westchester since I opened on March 1, 2013. Prior to the preschool I was a Substitute Teacher in the Yorktown School District for 9 years. I also worked for the Lakeland and North Salem School District from September 2007 to May 2010. I enjoy outdoor family activities such as hiking in the woods, swimming, snowmobiling, and ATV riding. I have a strong love and respect for my family and a passion for working with children.

Head Teacher - Danielle Hodge

My name is Danielle Hodge. I am a current resident of Peekskill, NY and have been a resident in the area for quite some time. I have previously been working as a Teacher’s Assistant at Little Learners where I worked with all age groups. I recently have taken a new opportunity and will be moving forward as the New Head Teacher of the 4’s. I have thought about working in early education starting back as early as 14 and looking forward to starting this new journey with Little Learners. I previously spent 5 years volunteering at a preschool and summer camp and have always had a continued interest in early education. Being a mother of a 3 year old little girl has definitely made me more eager to teach children at this important age, as well as learn from the children. I look forward to making a positive impact on our kids here at Little Learners and am excited to watch them move forward and have bright futures.

Toddler Teacher- Chessere Astrologo

My name is Chessere Astrologo. I was born and raised in this area and currently reside in Peekskill. I am a proud mother to an almost 5 year old boy named Jackson. Jackson has attended little learners since he was 18 months old and will be going off to kindergarten this fall. I have my CDA in infant and toddler care and education, for the past 4 years I have been the toddler teacher at little learners, and this past April I became the head caregiver in our new infant room! I have 9 years previous infant experience and absolutely love the work I do. I have both the mental and physical energy to provide a warm, loving environment for all the infants in my care.

Teacher’s Assistant - Mari Perez

Hi, my name is Mari Perez I grew up in Peekskill, NY. I'm one of the teacher assistants in the 2's room. Before Little Learners, I was a teacher assistant at a school that focuses on children who are mentally and emotionally disturbed. I'm also on the path to obtain my CDA. I'm currently in school to become a Social Worker, ultimately my main focus is going to be working with children and what better way to learn about them than working with them.

Teacher’s Assistant - Doris Stawniczy

My name is Doris Stawniczy and I have been a teacher’s assistant at Little Learners for almost two years. Having come from a family of eight, I knew the joy of being surrounded by many siblings would one day manifest itself by me being in an environment surrounded by children. Here at Little Learners, the joy I receive from seeing their faces light up when they see me makes each day that much more special. I very much enjoy being an integral part of their growth and look forward to continuing to see their progress, knowing that I’ve been a part of this growth. In addition, I thoroughly enjoy working with a dynamic staff as each member brings their own special qualities and personality to ensure that these little children are starting off on the right path.

Teacher - Karen Teti

Hi my name is Karen Teti, I live in the Town of Garrison. I have lived here for over 37 years. I am married and have three children and four grandchildren. I have been teaching Preschool for over 20 years. I hold a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art. I also hold a license as a licensed practical nurse. My love for children is indescribable, I cannot imagine my life without them in it. I am extremely excited to be working at Little Learners of Westchester and am looking forward to meeting our children.

Licensed Practical Nurse - Stella Briel – Health Care Consultant

My name is Stella and I obtained my LPN from Westchester Community College in 2003. I grew up in the Bronx and currently live in Westchester County. I am the mother of two children and currently work at Northern Westchester Hospital in the Labor and Delivery Unit. I also work per diem at Westchester County nursing homes.

A note from the directors: I am very excited to have Stella Breil as part of our team. Not only does she bring her experience but, also a caring and loving nature for children.

Teacher - Maddie Maurer

My name is Maddie Maurer. I have always lived in Putnam valley. I have worked at little learners for four months now, and am a teacher’s assistant in the infant room. I have always enjoyed working with children and babies. I enjoy every moment I come into work and am able to make a difference in their lives while they continue to make a difference in mine.

Teacher - Meg Avery

My name is Meg Avery. I grew up in the area and currently live in Cortlandt Manor. I have been married for 29 years and have 3 adult children. I previously taught Kindergarten for 12 years before starting my family. As my children became school aged, I went back to work and found my love for preschoolers. I have 10 years experience with this age group. The first 5 years I worked as an assistant teacher, and the last 5 years, as the lead teacher in the 4’s class. I am excited to start this new journey at Little Learners with your children.

Call Little Learners of Westchester Today!

Giving children a strong foundation for academic success is at the core of what we do here at Little Learners. We are dedicated to helping children develop a lifelong love of learning, and strive to create a memorable, exciting, and supportive environment for all of our students.

If you would like further information about enrollment or have general questions, I encourage you to give us a call today at 914-402-1149 or fill out a contact form.