Leadership & Teachers

Julie Kandall

Julie Kandall worked for thirteen years as a teacher before joining Columbus Pre-School as the educational director in 2011.

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Emma Segal

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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Antonio Delgado

Antonio is excited to be in the classroom as as assitant teacher. Antonio has a background in aquatics education, and still teaches swimming after his day at Columbus ends.

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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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Christina Lucas

Christina moved up to New York from sunny South Florida to continue her 7 year teaching career, after gaining her degree and certificate in Early Childhood Education from Florida Atlantic University.

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Elise Ramaekers

Elise has returned for another year in our 3s program as an assistant teacher. Elise is perfectly suited to explore poetry and dramatic arts with student, bringing her love for acting, improvising, and teaching all together.

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Emily Carpenter

Emily is a lead teacher in her second year at Columbus Pre-School. She recently graduated from New York University with a degree in theatre and 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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Josie Cotton

Josie joins us after her time as art teacher and pre-k teacher at Middle Way School in Saugerties, NY. She graduated from Bard College with a degree in Studio Arts, her core concentration being on sculptural ceramics and abstract expressionism.

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Keila Torres

Keila Torres is a 4s lead teacher with a varied background in education/educational roles. Some exciting experiences she brings to Columbus include her time as an English language assistant in France

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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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Stacey Sukoff

Stacey found her way to a lead 2s/3s teacher at Columbus via Columbia University’s Teacher College, where Stacey’s earning her degree in Curriculum and Teaching at Columbia University’s Teachers College. 

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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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