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.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from Stony Brook University and went on to obtain a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from Mercy College. 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.
CARA GOMA - JUNIOR TEACHER
"Miss Cara" has been a part of the YCNS community since 2016 when her older son first attended YCNS. Cara has her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Master's degree in Special Education. She has taught 1st grade as well as Kindergarten while assisting in the special education program. After spending some time as a stay at home mom, Cara is thrilled to get back in the classroom as the Junior teacher at YCNS. She strongly believes in and supports the "learn through play" philosophy at YCNS. Cara has been inspired by the amazing teachers at YCNS while being a parent helper in the classroom for the past three years. As the Junior teacher this year, she is excited to continue to implement the welcoming atmosphere in the classroom her children loved, inspiring YCNS students to learn and explore in a safe and fun environment.
Cara lives in Yorktown with her husband and two sons.
LAUREN MICHALAK - SENIOR + MIXED AGE TEACHER
"Miss Lauren" is starting this year at YCNS as the Senior and Mixed Age teacher. She received Bachelor of Arts Degrees in both English Literature/Rhetoric and Psychology from Binghamton University and went on to obtain her Masters Degree in Elementary Education from New York University. Prior to teaching at YCNS, Lauren was a kindergarten and first grade teacher for 10 years in the New York City and Westchester School Districts. Upon having her first child, she became a "stay-at-home" mom for many years before she reentered the classroom last year as a permanent substitute teacher at a local elementary school. Lauren is very excited to be joining the YCNS family this year.
Lauren's love for working with children lends her to be a caring, creative and fun teacher. Her classroom provides a child-centered, nurturing environment that encourages creativity, imagination and investigation through play and hands-on experimentation. Her activities are designed to allow for both academic and emotional growth in order to instill a lifelong love of learning. One of her main goals is to enable the children to enjoy learning and have fun in the process.
Lauren lives in Croton with her husband and 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.
DONNA BASS - SENIOR + MIXED-AGE ASSISTANT TEACHER
“Miss Donna” joins YCNS this year as the assistant teacher in the Senior & Mixed-Age classes. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Education from Iona College and brings over 30 years experience in childhood education. Prior to YCNS, Miss Donna primarily taught Kindergarten in private accredited schools, but has also taught first grade, and most recently, Pre-K in the local area. She loves the YCNS philosophy of allowing children to learn through play. Moreover, she is excited to be able to assist and share her experience to encourage children to thrive, not only in academics, but socially and emotionally as well. Being in an environment that supports cooperation between staff and parents is what she most looks forward to in joining the YCNS family.
Miss Donna has raised two successful children on her own. She loves soccer and coached both her children’s teams when they were younger. She currently resides in Mahopac and enjoys being an active member of her community.