Teacher Bio’s

INFANT ROOM

MS. TARA – Infant Room Lead Teacher, Level II

  • B.S in Communications with Minor in Education from Houghton College, MAT certified, Infant/Child CPR and First Aid certified
  • Has worked at Rich Beginnings since January 2005
  • Tara became a teacher because she loves children and having a impact on their lives, especially because she teaches in the Infant Room. Tara loves seeing their growth and caring for them at their earliest stages!
  • Tara’s favorite Rich Beginnings memory is: In the Infant Room celebrating with each child as they hit a new milestone

MS. KRISTEN- Infant Room Teacher, Level I

  • Bachelors in Early Childhood & Special Education, volunteer at Hilton Quest Elementary in Special Education, Infant/Child CPR and First Aid certified
  • Has worked at Rich Beginnings since August 2015
  • Kristen became a teacher because she has always had a passion for children and loves watching them grow. It is interesting to her that each child has their own personalities and grows at a different pace
  • Kristen’s favorite Rich Beginnings memory is: Being so proud of a child when they walked for the first time and him yelling with excitement as he walked proudly

MS. KELLY – Infant Room Teacher, Level I

  • Bachelors in Childhood Education & Masters in Literacy, Substituted in local school districts K-12, Worked with all ages at Mary Cariola, Infant/Child CPR and First Aid certified
  • Has worked at Rich Beginnings since September 2015
  • Kelly became a teacher because she had always wanted to be a teacher since 2nd grade. She enjoys sharing her knowledge with others and seeing children’s eyes light up when they understand
  • Kelly’s favorite Rich Beginnings memory is: Seeing a child take their first steps

MS. JESS C – Teacher Assistant/ Float

  • Associates in Science Liberal Arts – education concentration, Nursing Student at MCC, CPR certified
  • Previous childcare setting experience
  • Has worked at Rich Beginnings since October 2010
  • Jess became a teacher because she loves children
  • Jess’s favorite Rich Beginnings memory is: When I had a child in the Big’s Room at age 3 reading to them and now they are in 2nd grade reading to her

 

 

 

TODDLER ROOM

 

MS. JEN – Toddler Room Lead Teacher, Level II

  • Associates Degree from MCC in Business Administration, Infant/Toddler CDA in progress, Infant/Child CPR and First Aid certified
  • Experience babysitting, coaching youth girls softball, mother
  • Has worked at Rich Beginnings since January 2007
  • Jen became a teacher because she enjoys molding young minds and teaching at RB has made her a better mom!
  • Jen’s favorite Rich Beginnings memory is: Too many to name over the years! Every day there is something new to add to the list, that’s why I love my job!

MS. STEPHANIE – Toddler Room, Level I

  • Nanny and babysitting experience
  • Has worked at Rich Beginnings since March 2016
  • Stephanie became a teacher because she loves the challenge of teaching children new things
  • Stephanie’s favorite Rich Beginnings memory is: hearing a child say a new word and all the group hugs in the morning

MS. STEPH- Toddler Room Assistant

  • Has previous childcare and nanny experience
  • Has worked at Rich Beginnings since May 2017

 

TWO’S ROOM

 

MS. GAIL – Two’s Room  Lead Teacher, Level II & Assistant Director

  • Infant and Toddler CDA, MAT certified, Infant/Child CPR and First Aid certified
  • Has worked at Rich Beginnings since September 1982
  • Gail became a teacher because she is amazed how children love to learn
  • Gail’s favorite Rich Beginnings memory is: Seeing the expressions on children’s faces as they turn over logs and rocks to find bugs and worms while exploring the trails

MS. K.C – Two’s Room Teacher Assistant

  • B.S Degree in Fine Arts and minor in Psychology from Nazareth College
  • Previous childcare experience
  • Has worked at Rich Beginnings since April 2016
  • K.C became a teacher because she loves to make an impression on children’s lives
  • K.C’s favorite memory is: Playing with her grandparents as a child

MS. SUSAN – Two’s Room Teacher Assistant

  • Previous childcare experience 5+ years
  • Has worked at Rich Beginnings since April 2017
  • Ms. Susan became a teacher because she enjoys helping others
  • Ms. Susan’s favorite memory is: Climbing a cherry tree when she was 5

 

BIG KIDS ROOM

MS. SHANNON – Big’s Room Lead Teacher, Level II

  • Early Childhood Education at MCC, MAT certified, Infant/Child CPR and First Aid certified
  • Experience with toddlers, 2’s, 3’s, Pre-K and school age children-24 years.
  • Has worked at Rich Beginnings since September 1993
  • Ms. Shannon became a teacher to make a difference in how young children experience learning. She strives to teach to each child’s style of learning. Shannon is happy to have the privilege of teaching
  • Shannon’s favorite Rich Beginning’s memory is: Over the past 20 years I’ve had so many great memories! Building strong bonds with the children and families always tops my list and those are what motivate me to create great memories each yeah I am here!

MS. JOHANNA – Big’s Room Teacher, Level I

  • Interdisciplinary Arts for Children in Music, Infant/Child CPR and First Aid certified
  • Experience in teaching music and art/ volunteering at Strong Museum
  • Has worked at Rich Beginnings since February 2014
  • Johanna became a teacher because she enjoyed art and music as a child and wanted to inspire other children

MS. JENNY – Big’s Room Teacher Assistant

  • Associates in Communications from MCC
  • Experienced Nanny
  • Has worked at Rich Beginnings since February 2016
  • Jenny became a teacher because she enjoys interacting with kids and helping them learn and discover new things
  • Jenny’s favorite memory is: Talking with a 5 year old and the child said he “really missed George Washington”

 

PRE- K

MRS. GAESSER – Pre-K Head Teacher

  • Bachelors in Childhood Education from Brockport, Early Childhood from MCC and Literacy Education from Roberts Wesleyan
  • Pervious childcare center experience, mother
  • Has worked at Rich Beginnings since July 2016
  • Nora became a teacher because she loves watching children grow and develop and that Pre-K is so much fun!
  • Nora’s favorite Rich Beginnings memory is: Meeting all of the families here at RB

MS. NIKKI – Pre-K Teacher 

  • Bachelors Degree in History and Elementary Education
  • Has worked at Rich Beginnings since May 2016
  • Nikki became a teacher because she loves learning and hopes to share passion of learning new things onto children while making it exciting and adventurous
  • Nikki’s favorite Rich Beginnings memory is: When the children give me their running bear hugs that are full of laughter- it always brightens my day!

MS. NINA – Teacher Assistant

  • 35+ years teaching experience in Pakistan and many years experience working at centers here in the Rochester area, mother
  • Has worked at Rich Beginnings since October 2015
  • Nina became a teacher because she loves kids and find this career respectful
  • Nina’s favorite Rich Beginnings memory is: When a 4 year old pointed out to her that she wears a lot of black and asked her if she only has 1 and she told them that it goes with everything, and now tries to wear a new color every day

 

 

 KINDERGARTEN 

MRS. SOIN – Kindergarten Head Teacher

  • Masters degree in Education from Loyola College, Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from Boston University, MAT Certified, Infant/Child CPR and First Aid certified
  • Has worked at Rich Beginnings since August 2008
  • Mrs. Soin became a teacher because children are our future
  • Juliana’s favorite Rich Beginnings memory is: A child said, “Mrs. Soin, I accidentally call you Mom a lot because I love you both”

MS. AMY – Teacher Aide Kindergarten/ Float

  • Bachelor Degree in English
  • Previous experience volunteering with special needs children
  • Has worked at Rich beginnings since June 2015
  • Amy became a teacher because its rewarding to work with young children watching them learn and grow
  • Amy’s favorite Rich Beginnings memory is: a young girl read 10 books by herself and was very excited to tell her mom, she was so proud!

 

SCHOOL AGE II

MS. CLARE – Float

  • B.A. in History from Wesleyan University
  • Previous child care experience as a nanny and camp counselor
  • Has worked at Rich Beginnings since January 2017
  • Clare enjoys working with children watching them learn and grow

 

FLOATS

MS. MEGI – Float

  • B.A in History Education from Nazareth College
  • Has worked at Rich Beginnings since August 2013
  • Megi became a teacher because she loves to watch kids grow and seeing them develop emotionally and physically every day!
  • Megi’s favorite Rich Beginnings memory is: When kids would take their first steps or say their 1st word in the infant room

MS. DONNA – Float

  • Has worked at Rich Beginnings since August 2005
  • Experience being a teacher’s aide for 30+ years

MS. JESS M – Float

  • 2 year degree from FLCC in Nursing
  • Has worked at Rich Beginnings since November 2015
  • Jess became a teacher because she enjoys working with children

 

MS. RACHEL – Float

  • B.A of the Arts in English
  • Previous childcare experience
  • Has worked at Rich Beginnings since May 2017
  • Rachel has always loved working with children. She can’t imagine a better career.
  • Rachel’s favorite memory was baking cookies at home with her mother

MS. Karyn – Float

  • Master’s degree, NYS Certified K-12 school counselor
  • Previous childcare experience 5+ years
  • Has worked at Rich Beginnings since June 2017
  • Karyn loves working with children because its always fun, exciting and rewarding

MS. JULIA – Float

  • High school student
  • Has worked at Rich Beginnings since May 2017
  • Julia is excited to work with all the children here at RB

MS. ANGELA –  Float

  • B.A in Foreign languages/Business from Nazareth College
  • Has worked at Rich Beginnings since September 2007
  • Angela became a teacher because she enjoyed volunteering while her own children were in school
  • Angela’s favorite Rich Beginnings memory is: So many, teaching Spanish in the Big Kid’s Room, Baking with the children, Staff events, and more!

MS. KATHERINE – Float

  • Current student at Nazareth College, B.M in Music Therapy and Music Performance
  • Has worked at Rich Beginnings since April 2017
  • Katherine has always been fascinated by the joy that children bring into the world
  • Katherine’s favorite memory is getting off the bus and meeting her little brother for the first time