My name is Eden Bird, AKA “Mrs. Bird”. I have been part of The Pre-School and the After School program for over 30 years. My job is Administrator and I over see our After School program. One of my greatest pleasures of being here for so long is seeing some of our earliest students now returning with their young children. I am blessed to be the mom of two sets of twin girls (all grown up) that were born and raised here in New Rochelle. My goal each and every day is to ensure the safety, security and happiness of each and every child that attends our school.
My name is Mrs. Field and I am the Director of the Pre-School Learning Center. I have been working at the Preschool since 1999. I started here as an After School Counselor, then a Teacher’s Assistant, Teacher and finally became the Assistant Director under Mrs. Godfrey in 2006. I am mastered in Early Childhood Education, Special Education and School Building Leadership. Mrs. Godfrey opened the Pre-School in 1980. She provided a home away from home for thousands of children over the years. Sadly, Mrs. Godfrey passed away in 2018. The school continues to run under her son A.J. and his wife Joie. We are dedicated to continuing the legacy of Mrs. Godfrey as we continue to offer a safe environment of love, laughter and learning; Mrs. Godfrey’s original philosophy. The Pre-School has always been a family working atmosphere. We pride ourselves on our long standing faculty and serving generations of families throughout the community.
My name is Lauren Vuolo. I have worked at The Pre-School Learning Center since 2008. I am the head teacher in the full day four-year-old Pre-K class. I went to the University of Connecticut where I earned a degree in Early Childhood Education and Development. When I moved home, I began to work towards my Master’s Degree at Manhattanville College. I have my MA in Early Childhood and Childhood Education. I have also continued my education earning an Advanced Certification in Literacy. Since I have begun working at The Pre-School Learning Center I have become a wife and mother of two children—a boy and a girl! I love teaching! Every day I am able to come to school and be a part of each of my students’ learning, growth, and development. I believe in a classroom community that has a balance of academics and socialization experiences. The students in my class are challenged to help them develop their skills and knowledge, but also feel nurtured enough to know it is okay to make mistakes and learn from them. The Preschool Learning Center is a wonderful family and I am privileged to be a part of it.
My name is Caileen O’Brien-Russell. I have been working at the Pre-School since 2014. I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, and I am currently pursuing my Master’s Degree in Literacy Education at Lehman College. Preschool is a vital part of education. It is important to set a solid foundation as preschool sets the stage for future learning. I believe that young children learn best in a loving, warm, engaging, and fun environment. I aim to provide each child with this experience in order to foster their social, emotional, and academic growth.
I have been a member of the Pre-School Learning School Family since 2000. My background is that of an English Major in college and a Masters of Early Childhood Education in graduate school. Over these years I have watched and facilitated the growth and development of hundreds of children. My philosophy is simple: all children are gifted. Their uniqueness is their own individual imprint on how they learn. Each child is special and my approach is to connect with each one personally facilitating their curiosity and making them feel special and safe in their learning environment.
Hi, I’m Mrs. Colangelo! I began working at the Pre-School in 2009, and in my time here I have taught in both the 3 year old and the 4 year old programs. I have a master’s degree from Manhattanville College in Early Childhood Education. I love teaching and helping some of our youngest students grow and learn each day! I am dedicated to supporting our children and families; a strong parent-school relationship is key to our children’s success. I look forward to meeting you!