Leadership & Teachers

Emma Philip

Emma is in her 7th year working at Columbus. She started as an assistant teacher just out of college after gaining a BA in Sociology with a minor in Art History from Hartwick College.

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Samantha Gronwoldt

Samantha has been a preschool teacher for 12 years. She earned her degree in Early Childhood Education, and after 7 years at the Medical Center Nursery School

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Anya Oleck

Anya is an assistant teacher at Columbus who has been working with kids ages 4-12 for almost 10 years. After finishing her degree at Brooklyn College, will go on to earn her master’s in Early Childhood and Special Education.

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Ashley Alicea

Ashley is our lead 3s PM teacher this year after joining us in the past for summer camp. Before Columbus, Ashley was a lead teacher at another NYC preschool. Ashley began her teaching career in Shanghai, China

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Lori Avery

Lori has her master’s degree in school counseling and have worked as a classroom teacher for since 2015. Working with older students early in her career helped her realize how her passions and interests are in early childhood education.

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Emily Vazquez

This is Emily’s first year at Columbus Pre-school, after spending the summer program in our 4s class. Emily is enthusiastic about making her classroom bilingual,

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Ilana Cookler

Ilana is excited to join us for her first year as lead teacher at Columbus. Ilana earned her master’s degree from Bank Street, and brings her wealth of knowledge and her 6 years of teaching experience to her 3s/4s class this year.

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Janine Garcia

Janine brings with her a love of languages, and she’s fluent in five (English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Mandarin)! Janine is finishing her degree in Speech and Language Pathology, and loves to incorporate language in the classroom.

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Kindia Payano

Kindia is passionate about education, with degrees in Childhood Education and Early Childhood Education. Kindia is joining us most recently from Hunter College Elementary School.

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Laura Crisostomo

Laura joins us after years of teaching and serving others! Laura began her career in healthcare and health services and found herself always gravitating to her youngest patients.

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Maggie Davis

Maggie jois the team at Columbus Pre-School with extensive experience, having worked with children for the past 17 years in many different capacities.

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Marisol Vazquez

Marisol is in her 4th year at Columbus working with 2s and 3s. Before joining, Marisol was the lead teacher at Little Sprouts, a childcare facility

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Molly Koltys

Molly is working towards her graduate degree at Bank Street College in dual Early Childhood General and Special Education

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Emma Gardner

Emma is a seasoned educator, and even more seasoned 2s teacher. Emma earned her MSEd from Bank Street College of Education in Family and Infant Development, Early Intervention, and Early Childhood General and Special Education.

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Travis Gluck

This is Travis’ 9th year as a teacher at Columbus. Travis has moved from assistant in the 2s class to lead 3s teacher after earning his master’s degree from Bank Street College of Education in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special and General Education.

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Tserry Myers

Tserry has worked at Columbus since she was a summer teaching intern year ago. She’s now an assistant 3s teacher here while pursuing her degree in early childhood education and psychology.

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