MARIBETH FAY - DIRECTOR + TODDLER TEACHER
Maribeth has been the Director at YCNS since 2005. She is very hands-on and has an open door policy, always welcoming feedback and suggestions on how to improve the YCNS environment. Maribeth's love for the school both as an alumni parent and now director truly shows in her dedication to the school.
As a teacher, Maribeth is warm and fun and encourages language development through play with the toddler class. She provides the perfect environment to introduce two-year-olds to the routine of a classroom, where they feel safe and comfortable. She introduces the children to projects that are both creative and academically based all the while encouraging the children's senses and fine motor skills. She will admit she does not mind making messes, which is a great asset in a class of two-year-olds!
Maribeth and her husband Michael live and raised their four boys in the Yorktown community.
AMY PERL - JUNIOR TEACHER
“Miss Amy” began as assistant teacher in the toddler class in 2015, and has been teaching Juniors since 2017. Amy is kind, warm and loving in her interactions with the children. Under her gentle guidance and support, the children develop social and communication skills essential at this young age. Her soft, sweet manner helps the children feel welcome, safe and comfortable in their first school experience. She and Miss Maribeth know that children’s work at this age is in the form of play and they strive to create an inspiring atmosphere where the children can explore and have fun!
Amy lives in Yorktown with her husband Chris and two daughters.
ALLISON KAUFMAN - SENIOR + MIXED AGE TEACHER
"Miss Alli" began teaching in the Junior Class in 2016. She completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art at Binghamton University and obtained a Master of Science degree in Elementary Education from Long Island University. Allison is fun, creative and loves making her classroom a warm environment for the children. Before joining YCNS, Allison taught 2nd Grade in the New York City School District and Kindergarten and 1st Grade in the Katonah-Lewisboro School District. In addition to teaching, Allison owns a small Etsy business making personalized party favors and gifts and spends each summer working at her childhood day camp in Rockland County where she creates and implements the Art Program for children ages 3-15.
Allison and her husband live in Yorktown with their two children.
KATHY DESIDERIO - TODDLER + JUNIOR ASSISTANT TEACHER
"Miss Kathy" is an Assistant Teacher for both the Toddler and Junior classes. She began her teaching career at YCNS in 2017, and has enjoyed training under Miss Maribeth to gain insight into Maribeth’s vast experience in education. In the past two years, Miss Kathy has taken extensive early childhood-development courses to glean the most current training in the field. Kathy is a Yorktown resident and the mother of two middle school-aged boys. She and her husband are active in the community, and you can usually find her at her sons’ sports games or practices on the weekends. As a teacher, Miss Kathy is nurturing and loving, yet a respected authority whom the children turn to for guidance in the classroom.
JULIE DECOURSEY - SENIOR + MIXED-AGE ASSISTANT TEACHER
"Miss Julie" is a Yorktown native and a YCNS alumni. Her two siblings and five cousins all attended YCNS; and her aunt was President of the Board. Julie is a college student majoring in Psychology. She has babysat for local families since the age of 13, and she is a long-time caregiver for a former YCNS family. In addition, Julie worked with Miss Maribeth at Mini-Camp over them summer of 2018. Julie is thrilled to be part of the school that’s meant so much to her and her family over the years! She is kind, energetic, patient, and she understands how to tap into each child’s learning potential.