I have an BA in English from Baruch College & a MS in Education from the College of Saint Rose. I am currently taking classes through StonyBrook University to work towards a Post-Master's Certificate in Educational Leadership. Prior to opening Eco Baby, I worked as a teacher with the Catskill School District for 5 years. My husband and I have 3 children and we have built Eco Baby from the ground up, beginning by renovating a vacant building in downtown Troy. I am environmentally conscious, focused on overall health and well-being, and dedicated to the field of education. Fun Fact: Salads are my favorite food!
Kourtnee Fernalld Lead Toddler Teacher
Kourtnee came to Eco Baby after her experience as a Lead Infant Teacher at another local center. She has an Associate's Degree in Psychology and years of experience with children. Kourtnee is creative with her toddler lesson plans and works on individual goals with the children. Her calm and warm energy is supportive of early child development. Fun fact: I have over 400 books in my home library!
Hanna Cecce Toddler Assistant Teacher
Hanna Cecce is a long-standing resident of Troy and a graduate of Troy High School. She attended Mildred-Elley and is certified in CPR & First Aid. Hanna is a mother who is passionate about the happy and healthy development of children and is committed to service excellence. Fun Fact: Although afraid of heights, I really enjoy roller coasters!
Andrea Gansky DIRECTOR email@example.com
I graduated from The College of Saint Rose in 2010 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Early Childhood Education. I have been working in the Early Childhood Education field for the past eleven years and have experience with all ages of children ranging from infants to school-aged. I started my career as an assistant teacher at Bethlehem Preschool while working toward my degree and became a head teacher for Early Head Start soon after graduation. I have a passion for not only running a successful center, but leading and coaching staff to success as well. Fun fact: I have been a vegetarian since the age of 10!
Katrina Koyfman 3's Lead Teacher
I just recently graduated from SUNY Oneonta this past May with my Bachelors' in English and Education. In the Fall, I will be pursuing my Masters' Degree. I hope to one day work within the Education Administration field. Fun fact: I once walked on the Great Wall of China!
Iravea Rogers Toddler Assistant Teacher
I am a graduate of Troy High School and have completed a few semesters toward a Bachelors' Degree at The College of Saint Rose. I love caring for and being around children and have had the opportunity to gain most of my childcare experience by caring for my younger siblings. Upon completion of my degree, I hope to become a Lead Teacher in my own classroom. Fun fact: I was the Captain of my cheer team!
Melanie Reyes 4's Lead Teacher
I am currently attending the University of Massachusetts at Lowell where I am working toward a Bachelors' Degree in Psychology. This fall, I will begin looking at Masters' programs with the goal of working with children in a counselling capacity. I came to Eco Baby with the hopes of gaining some experience working with children in a formal setting. Fun Fact: My Italian Mastiff, Tyson, is named after Astrophysicist, Neil DeGrasse Tyson!
Jennifer Stell 4's Assistant Teacher
I am an active mother of three children, 2 boys and 1 girl. I love working with children and came to Eco Baby to help teach the children about the world around them. My background includes everything from retail, to the medical field, to childcare. I am a Certified Phlebotomy Technician and a Certified EKG Technician. My future goals are to continue my education in Early Childhood Education as well as to become a Licensed Medical Assistant. Fun fact: I love to do fun and creative craft projects!
Latanya Nelson Full-Time Floater
Tanya came to Eco Baby over a year ago after the charter school she worked for closed. She has extensive experience working with children and the mentally disabled population. She loves working with kids and has 5 children of her own. Fun Fact: I LOVE playing Bingo!