Meet Our Teachers
Dana Baratta- Dana is excited to join our ECF community! She has many years of experience working with children; from being a nanny growing up, to working in school settings. Dana is very hands-on and really enjoys spending time with the children. When she is not working, she spends most of her time with her family and taking her nephews on fun outings. Dana has her associates degree in early childhood education from WCC and is now continuing her studies at Lehman College. She is currently finishing her bachelor’s degree in psychology and then moving on to her master’s degree in childhood education.
Delia Bishop- Delia is ecstatic to be joining the staff at ECF as an assistant in the Junior Kindergarten. She is a graduate of The Catholic University of America, earning her BA in English. Bringing a love of books and reading into the classroom is fundamental to a whole language learning experience. Delia has been a member of the Bronxville community for over 18 years and has served on numerous boards and committees at The Bronxville School, St. Joseph's Elementary School, Siwanoy Country Club, Eliza Frost Nursery School, as well as numerous charities in the area. Her greatest accomplishment is her family, husband, Jay, son Liam, & daughters Hanna and Molly. She feels blessed to be working at the same nursery school her children attended so many years ago!
Kimberly Blume- After many years of volunteering in her children’s classrooms, teams and substitute teaching at ECF, Kimberly is excited to join our staff. Being a mother of four, her love of children is evident in her gentle and caring support she offers each child every day. Outside the classroom, Kimberly enjoys spending time with her family and attending their many sporting events.
Eileen Daniel- Having taught at ECF for 22 years, there is no doubt that Eileen brings a wealth of experience and a wide range of knowledge to the classroom. Known for her gentle nature and nurturing patience, Eileen is a highly regarded educator among the staff and families at ECF. In her spare time Eileen loves going on long walks with her husband.
Tracy DeMarinis- Having had her 3 children attend ECF, Tracy brings a unique perspective to the families she works with. Whether it’s leading our Together Time program or classroom teaching, we can always count on Tracy’s positive attitude, warmth and authentic love of young children to brighten our day. Her commitment to helping children develop a positive sense of self makes every child feel special. Tracy has been teaching at ECF for 8 years. Some of her interests include travel and spending time with her family.
Mary Devine- With over 30 years of classroom experience at ECF, Mary is a beloved educator amongst our community and a true mentor to some of our younger teachers. Her dedication to the children and families that she works with shines as her students run to see her each morning! Known for her gentle command of her classroom, Mary incorporates cooking with the children as a main component to her practice. Outside of ECF, Mary enjoys sewing, cooking and spending time with her two beautiful grandchildren.
Patti Dickerson- Patti has been a teacher at ECF for 26 years. Patti has an in-depth knowledge of child development, strong communication skills and a dedication to each child’s positive experience at school that cannot be matched. One visit to her classroom and you will be impressed with her creativity and sense of humor. When she is not teaching Patti enjoys hiking, snowshoeing and painting.
Krista Hershberg- Another “parent alumni” who fell in love with ECF’s approach to learning, Krista has been teaching here since 2012. As the Jr. K Teacher, Krista has the tremendous responsibility and privilege of guiding children through “just one more year…” of Pre-K. She has created a curriculum that is responsive to the developmental needs of young 5’s while providing them with the skill base and knowledge they will need as they enter Kindergarten. Krista is talented, knowledgeable (MS ECE/Special Ed) and loving- the perfect fit for creating a program to address the many domains that come with turning 6! Krista enjoys spending time with her husband, three children and 2 dogs.
Jill Lazarov- Jill is the mother of two ECF graduates. She has a background in early childhood special education and was thrilled to return to ECF as a teacher. Jill believes in educating, nurturing, and supporting the whole child. Her classroom focuses on embedding learning into play, problem solving, and fostering a sense of independence and self-confidence in each child. When not in the classroom, Jill loves to spend time with her family, run, cook, and travel.
Diane McNulty- Diane has been a valued member of the ECF faculty since 2015. Her unique ability to observe and support individual children in the classroom setting has contributed so much the differentiated approach that we take towards learning. A true team player, Diane works hard to communicate with transparency to the teachers and the administration alike. She is also our in-house party planner and has played the essential role of fostering a fun and festive feeling amongst the staff. Diane's Crafty Fun After-School enrichment classes are a favorite option for families who want to encourage their children to be creative in a safe environment with a teacher they know and love. Outside of school, Diane is kept busy with her husband and three young boys Emmett, Pearce and Liam!
Sooyoung Nemecek- Sooyoung has been a teaching assistant at ECF since 2015. She has degree in education and brings a wealth of international experiences into the classroom. She is committed to make every day a fun and safe environment for every child. Sooyoung is gentle and caring with the children, and committed to making them confident in their abilities. She is a valuable asset to ECF. Outside of school, she enjoys crafting jewelry and spending time with her family.
Vicki Tatarian- Vicki has been an indispensable part of our staff since 2013. A true collaborator, Vicki’s contributions to curriculum implementation and design are a gift to the children and teachers she works with. Always ready with a hug, Vicki’s ability to empathize with the challenges of early childhood development is something that we can all learn from. Outside of school Vicki is the proud mother of two girls who keep her very busy.
Jennifer Read- Jen’s children also attended ECF! In addition to her classroom practice, Jen runs our Healthy Snack program and teaches a cooking enrichment class after school. Her progressive approach to working with children is as fascinating as it is successful. Jen’s goal is to spark each child’s innate curiosity about the world around them, making her a perfect fit for our program. She has been a teacher here since 2011 and enjoys spending time with her friends and family.
Shelley Short- Time flies when you’re having fun! Shelley has been a teacher at ECF for 18 years. We feel so fortunate to have a community of educators who not only love to teach, but also to learn and Shelley is a great example of that as she incorporates the children’s interests into her curriculum. This year the children have studied owls and worked on an author study of author Jan Brett. When she is not teaching, Shelley is spending time with her four grandchildren.
Danielle Silkowski- Danielle has a true passion for working in early childhood. She makes sure her classroom is a nurturing and warm environment focusing on kindness. Danielle has a great deal of empathy for the struggles that may come up when entering a school environment for the first time and works hard to make the transition a smooth one for both parent and child. She believes in making learning fun through play by paying attention to each child's individual interests. She loves creating art with her students and reading them stories, but also listening to their stories. It brings her great joy to watch her students build friendships, grow as learners, and become overall more confident children. Danielle has a bachelor's degree in speech language pathology from Iona College and years of experience working in early childhood. Her greatest blessing in life is being a mother to her two boys, Benjamin and Anton. During her spare time she enjoys making memories with her family by planning fun adventures. Her hobbies include photography, dancing, and reading. She love dogs and just signed up to volunteer at Pet Rescue because she loves their mission!
Patricia Wahl- Patricia is new to ECF as an assistant teacher, but feels right at home after having her daughter attend the school for the last three years. She is excited to be a part of the team and greatly respects the school’s focus of “following the lead of the child”. Patricia considers it an honor to be part of the 4’s program and to help foster the joy of learning. She enjoys exercising, teaching mindful movement, and spending time with her husband and daughter.