Staff

Staff

Our experienced and caring team provide a warm and safe environment for children to learn and grow

Each teacher is committed to nurturing the whole child and tapping into each child’s unique learning styles. They help children learn through play and support a child’s overall development in a multi-disciplinary approach.

Each class is led by an experienced, qualified Teacher. Assistants are placed in each class to support the group. All staff members are required to secure 15 hours of Professional Development training annually which includes CPR and First Aid. We also have specialists on our team to provide separate weekly classes for Yoga/Creative Movement and Music.

Xann Palmer, Director

Our Director, Xann Palmer, has a B.S. in Elementary Ed/Early Childhood Education and over 20 years of experience working in the field of Early Childhood Education in Westchester County. She is committed to upholding Play Care’s reputation in the community as a warm and trusting environment for families to bring their children to learn and grow. She continues to provide the most flexible scheduling possible to support each family’s schedule and differing needs. She and her team are dedicated to ensure children leave the program ready for Kindergarten and all other future endeavors.

Claire Regno

Miss Claire is our young 2s teacher.  She feels her role in the lives of children is to allow them to utilize the skills she is able to teach them and express themselves as individuals.  She provides guidance to children and their families by identifying their strengths and weaknesses and assists them on building on their strengths and overcoming their weaknesses.  She feels her job is to reassure parents, and children, they are being cared for in a safe and warm environment.  She has over 18 years of experience as a childcare provider and am is equipped to handle any challenges presented to her on a daily basis.  She is a provider who is patient and consistent and offers structure, stability and is always looking for new ways to build new skills and enhance the skills she has  acquired.

Her hobbies are cooking, baking, arts and crafts, reading and writing.

Gabrielle Misitich

We welcome Miss Gabby to the Play Care family.  She is one of our young 2s teachers.  She enjoys working with this age group very much, as she believes that they are filled with energy and curiosity.  Miss Gabby believes that what children learn at these ages are the root of their education ad she enjoys being able to be part of this time in their lives. Her ultimate goal is to introduce children to school while giving them memories that they will hang on to through fun learning experiences and interactions.  Her goal in the classroom is to have a positive and fun environment where the children can all be comfortable and happy while learning new things.

Her hobbies/interests are: Fitness, traveling, and baking.

Patty Kingston-Mead

Miss Patty is one of 2s teachers and has been with Play Care since 2008. She finds this age group “curious, adventurous , inquisitive and a fund age group to teach.”  Her goals for the classroom is to make learning a fun experience, and to want children to enjoy and have fun at school while learning.  Her goal for the classroom is to make learning a fun experience and to want the children to enjoy school while learning and to explore.

Her hobbies/interests are: nature, hiking, reading and spending time with family.

Liz Wall

Miss Liz is our newest 3’s teacher and we welcome her to Play Care.  She has worked as a preschool teacher for more than 20 years. She enjoys working with the 3’s because of their natural curiosity and their excitement as they explore and discover new things. Her goal for the classroom is to facilitate learning, development, friendships, and independence in a fun, engaging, and nurturing environment.

Outside the classroom Miss Liz likes to spend time with her family. She enjoys reading, traveling, and going to the beach.

Patty Petrick

Miss Patty is one of our 3s teachers and has been with Play Care since 2007.  She finds this age group funny, smart and somewhat independent.  Her goals for the classroom is to create an environment where the children feel comfortable, safe & secure and can play, learn and explore.

Her hobbies/interests are: yoga, tennis, reading, cooking nutrition and Golden Retrievers.

Alicia Costas

Miss Alicia is one of our 4s teachers and has been with Play Care since 2008.  She loves working with 4 year olds and helping them with their transition from Pre-K to “big school”.  Her goals for the classroom are to instill a love for school, build self confidence and foster friendships. To teach them to learn through play and creativity and to find each child’s strengths and learning styles and using this information to create a unique plan to help teach readiness skills for the years to come and most of all to have fun!

Her hobbies and interests are Walt Disney World, dance, music, history and a love for learning new things.

Kathy Kahan

Miss Kathy is one of our 4s teachers and has been with Play Care since 2003.  She finds 4 year olds “intellectually inquisitive and enjoys the dialogue between teacher and student. This age group is beginning to find their ability for independence”.  She likes the challenges of finding the best approach to teaching that motivates each individual child.  Her goal for the classroom is the total joy of learning, exploration, being confident in the school environment and preparing each student for Kindergarten. They work on gross and fine motor development, expression of ideas, transitions, completing tasks, cooperation and focus in play.

Her hobbies are reading, kayaking, hiking and traveling.