Holbrook Preschool – Our Staff is Precious to us
Here at Precious Lambs our highest priority is to ensure that our children and families have their goals and needs met. To ensure these standards, I work hard to hire qualified staff that have a passion and fervor to impact her lives of children in the field of Early Childhood Education. When searching for prospective team members, I go way beyond the expectations of the NYS Regulations to employ and embody individuals who can team up with my mission for the program, and to reach those that are also intrigued with exploring new opportunities for your little ones.
Executive Director | CEO & Owner
Bachelor of Science | John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Child Developmental Associates
Member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the National Association for Family Child Care, and the Child Care Council of Suffolk, also seeking NAEYC Accreditation.
I have been working as an Early Childhood Educator for the past 16 years. Having started in the field opening and operating my first Family Day Care in my home, solely out the desires of a mother’s heart. Since then I have owned and operated multiple Group Day Cares caring for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. As an Early Childhood Educator, I am driven by my passion and dedication to creating an atmosphere for children that is: Nurturing, Loving, Fun, Supportive and Educational.
Having raised three children of my own while setting the standards high for thier achievement, I was always of the belief that children are intrigued with exploring new opportunities in life. As naturally curious beings, children are willing to learn, as long as they are afforded the right tools and resources to help spark their flames, while building thier self esteem for achievement. ~~This is the Mission of Precious Lambs.
Too many children get lost in the vicious cycle when entering elementary school, and without the right foundation, mentors, and support system, their academic achievement could very easily fall to the wayside. So my mission here at Precious Lambs is to help our little ones develop and grow while we build a strong foundation and lend the support system necessary for a child’s success. My Early Learning Center is not only a school that services the educational needs of children, but one that focuses on the whole child, while building the unique values of each individual child. Additionally, offering love, support, and mentoring to children and families.
Fun Facts about Marjorie:
- Has three children, 2 young adults and 1 teenager who will be graduating High School in a year.
- Loves Reading Motivational, Inspirational Books
- Loves going to the Ocean Shores
- Loves Shopping
- Loves Architecture, Art, History & Traveling
Masters of Science degree, Early Childhood Education, Brooklyn College
Bachelors of Science degree, Elementary Education, Wagner College
NYS Permanent Certification N – 6
I’m often asked what lead me to be an Early Childhood Educator. It’s the children. It’s the families. It’s the staff. I have had many wonderful experiences in my chosen career. I had my first teaching job at a NYC day care center before I graduated college in 1986. I was so excited but also a little apprehensive. A class of my own? What do I do? I learned a lot that first year teaching 18 three year olds and supervising my teaching team. I was fortunate to move up to lead teacher of 25 kindergarten children for the next several years ending my career in NYC as the center director.
I have been a Day Care Center Director managing a program for over 100 children and 30 staff, an Educational Director where I focused on curriculum development and teacher training and prior to coming to Precious Lambs, a teacher of 3 year olds where I developed a curriculum that encompassed the whole child focusing on the independent needs of each child.
Precious Lambs Background:
I joined the Precious Lambs family in December 2012 when Marjorie first opened its’ doors. Having never been a part of the development and growth from the ground up – I was intrigued on how I could be a part of the vision Marjorie had.
“What other profession offers one the satisfaction of knowing you have lit a spark in the mind of the next generation and nurtured a fire that will burn long after you’ve gone?” – Rae Ellen McKee
Fun Facts about Lisa:
- Loves gong on long walks with her dog Marsha
- Loves gardening and outdoors
- Loves exploring and hiking
- Loves the Reading and exploring the Oceans on the Long Island Sound.
B.A. in Elementary Education from St. Andrews College
Dana was born on Long Island, but spent his entire adult life in Florida and North Carolina. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from St. Andrews College in Laurinburg, NC where he also studied Performing Arts.
Although Dana has had a rich and diverse professional history he has always found himself most fulfilled in the service of children. He has shared success in classrooms, camps and community centers while learning that high energy, outside of the box education motivates students to realize their full potential. Dana believes that a fun and interactive learning environment allows children (and staff) to work hard and play hard too.
This high energy approach to life has served him well both professionally and personally. Dana enjoys challenging his soon to be wife and children to keep with him as he runs through life with a number of hobbies and passions. On any given day he will be biking, running, kayaking, doing wildlife research, playing with one of his many pets or participating in NERF gun warfare with his family.
Precious Lambs Background:
I joined the Precious Lambs family in January 2017. What a great way to start the new year! I have been impressed from the very start with the entire staff and their dedication to recognizing the needs of each family and their children. I am looking forward to being a part of those relationships.
“We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of the dreams.” – Ronald Dahl (Willy Wonka)
Fun Facts about Dana:
- Has been bitten by a member of every animal kingdom.
- Has his small craft pilot license
- Never passes up a change to do Karaoke
- Has over 2,000 collectible action figures
- Has done wildlife research and keeps exotic reptiles as pets.
Pre – Kindergarten Teacher
I have my Master’s Degree in Education and have been teaching for over 20 years. I have taught children at all levels, from Early Childhood Education to Elementary school. I am the proud mother of 2 young adults and a cat and dog.
Children are the light of my life. There is no greater feeling of the unconditional love a chid can give. Teaching, to me, is a work of the heart.
Precious Lambs Background:
As the Pre-Kindergarten group teacher, Ms. Trina brings great knowledge and experience to Precious Lambs because she has been a Kindergarten teacher and knows what is expected of the school districts. She strives her hardest to prepare your younger ones with a strong foundation for there entry into Kindergarten. Mrs. Trina’s students excel in kindergarten, a testament to her strong academic curriculum.
Favorite Quote: Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room on your heart.
Fun Facts about Trina:
- I enjoy curling up with a good book
- Going to concerts
- Shooting pool and
- Being with friends and family
I am a mother of 3 beautiful angels that I have been blessed with. I have been teaching for 15 years and I possess an Associates Degree and and CDA in Preschool Education. I could devoutly say that I could not have have picked a better career. Early in my career I cared for infants, but has spent that past few years of my life with the three and four year old group. I love opening their eyes to the new world as they explore new heights and expound on there new founded love for learning.
Precious Lamb Background:
Mrs Maria has been a core member of Precious Lambs for over 8 years. She moved to Florida to start her family and has returned to rejoin the Precious Lambs family now that her children are older teens. Mrs. Maria is creative, has a great personality and a child like demeanor and loves getting messy and creative with the children in her room. Mrs. Maria has helped her students overcome separation anxiety, and build a strong foundation for the Pre-Kindergarten level of their academic stage of development.
Fun Facts about Maria:
- Sight seeing & traveling
- Hanging around with kids and family
- Playing Football
- Singing & Dancing
- Playing (non electronic/active games)
My name is Dayanna Barbecho. It gives me immense pleasure to have the ability to work at Precious Lambs. Precious Lambs, the children and the families offers a feeling of family. For the past two years I have able to help kids learn in a fun, creative, and safe environment while contributing to their growth and well-being. It gives me great joy to help teach them life skills from washing their hands to academic skills, such as spelling their names.
Since working at Precious Lambs, I’ve discovered my passion for working with kids and have decided to go to back to school to obtain my Master’s Degree in Social Work, and become a child welfare social worker. I want to help children grow up and enjoy a fun and healthy childhood preschool experience. I My favorite part of the day is when I arrive and am greeted with tons of hugs and kisses.
Dayanna is a core team member of Precious Lambs. She brings liveliness, creativity and a great singing voice of the song “Let it Go” on the Frozen sound track to the kids in her class.
Fun Facts about Dayanna:
- I love traveling
- Being Outdoors
- Volunteering my services
I have worked in the field of Early Childhood for the past nine years. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. I began my journey in North Carolina. I worked for a corporate child care center as a school age provider and then as an Assistant Director for five years. My last year in North Carolina, I was a three-year-old Teacher’s Assistant.
After my husband, served 9 years as a Marine, he was offered a job here on Long Island. Our family moved here during the summer of 2012. I have been with Precious Lambs for three years. I believe that a child’s education begins at a young age and needs to be a positive one. Knowledge is power and the earlier it begins, allows for the child to succeed.
Precious Lambs Background:
Jennifer has been a core team member at Precious Lambs for the past three years. She has taught in the toddler and preschool classrooms. She has a love for children of all ages and especially loves helping her children overcome what they may see as obstacles. Mrs. Jennifer believes that knowledge is power and the earlier a child’s education begins the earlier a child is able to succeed.
One of the finest qualities here at Precious Lambs is the small class sizes. Our small sizes allows all of the teachers to know each child. It also allows the teachers to know and understand and meet the needs of each individual child.
Fun Facts about Jennifer:
- Exploring new places
- Hanging with her kids
- Watching Football Games
- Working Out
My name is Kerilyn Wuerz. I am an Assistant Teacher at Precious Lambs. I attended College at SUNY Cortland. I was a double major in Early Childhood and Childhood Education (Birth-6th Grade). Along with my major I studied Social Science as my concentration.
Upon discovering Precious Lambs, I knew that this was the place for me. The environment is welcoming and I truly enjoy coming to work every day and being a part of it. With my personal experience and knowledge I strive to engage your child in a safe, fun and enriching learning environment tohelp them grow and develop. I believe the connection between a teacher and not only the child, but their family is extremely important. I understand that each child and family is unique and different.
I have worked as a camp counselor, nanny, cheer-leading coach, and an assistant teacher. I studied Early Childhood and Childhood Education because in my heart I truly feel that is what I am supposed to do.
“Everything happens for a reason” -Author Unknown
Fun Facts about Jennifer:
- I love to cook
- I love to go on bike rides
- I coach cheerleading
- I like to pinterest and do DIY crafts
- My sister and I go on daily runs together
Maria Recine (Mrs. M)
Toddler’s Teacher’s Assistant
Hi! My name is Maria, also known as Mrs. M to the children and families of Precious Lambs. I have been working in the field of Early Childhood Education for the past 8 years. I am a grandmother of six beautiful grandchildren. I love all of the children at Precious Lambs as if they were my grandchildren and I love being able to express my love and affection to the children. I believe that each individual is special in their own little way.
I started in the field working with little infants from 6 weeks old to 12 months for about two years. Then I moved up with the two year olds and remained their assistant teacher for three years. I have since worked with the four year olds and now am back working with my precious little ones again.
My job with the little ones as an Assistant Teacher includes loving and nurturing them as if they were my own. Also, helping mold each unique personality. When going to work every day, I look forward to seeing my little babies and seeing what challenge we can take on together for the day.
Mrs. M bring her loving personality, joy and a kind heart to the children and families she serves.
Fun Facts about Mrs. M:
- Being with Family
- Being Outdoors
- Planning & Preparing for the children
Bio coming soon!
Fun Facts about Lila:
- Spending time with family
- I love Swimming
- Enjoy Kayaking
- Enjoy Bike Riding and being outdoors.
- Especially enjoy Zumba and going to Zumbathons to help raise money in our community for people in need.
Three Year Old Teacher’s Assistant
My name is Paola Alvarez. I graduated from Patchogue – Medford High School in 2012. I then attended Suffolk County Community College for 2 years and was enrolled in the Early Childhood Education Program. I started working with children as an intern when I was completing my College Course.
I have always wanted to work with children and grow in the field of Early Childhood Education. My journey started out as a floater/breaker and now I am an Assistant Teacher for Precious Lambs’ three-year-old Program. I have been working in the field for almost 2 years. I especially love to see when the children accomplish a challenging task such as writing their names. It brings me great joy to know that I played a part in the development of that child achieving success. Paola’s brings exuberant energy to her class and her favorite part of the day is Music & Movement with the kids because the children love dancing and I love dancing with them.
Fun Facts about Paola:
- Going on Walks
- Enjoys the beach