I earned an BA in English from Baruch College, a MS in Education from the College of Saint Rose, and a Post Master's Certificate in Educational Leadership from StonyBrook University, where I obtained my School Building Leader and School District Leader Certificates. My family and I have spent 7 years in the field of childcare, and I have spent 12+ years in the field of education. This journey into the growth of Eco Kids has been a dream come true. We thank you for supporting our mission!
Fun Fact: I am passionate about overall health and well being. Salads are my favorite food!
Nell Guilbault Team Lead/Infant I Lead Teacher
Early Childhood Education has been my passion for over a decade. I graduated from Bristol Community College in 2006 with my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. I also spent time working toward my Bachelor's at Plattsburgh State College. I have worked with a variety of ages ranging from infants to preschoolers within my 12 years of working in the field.
Fun Fact: I enjoy crafting and knitting!
Alexandra Edmans Infant I Assistant Teacher
I am a graduate of Averill Park High School and also attended both Russell Sage College and The College of Saint Rose, where I successfully completed a certificate program. I have experience at several local childcare centers including St. Vincent's, Mercy Care and Unity Sunshine Daycare. I started at Eco Baby as an intern before being hired as a Floater and was recently promoted to Assistant Teacher!
Fun Fact: I love pizza and make it every Friday!
Kiara Smith Infant II Assistant Teacher
I have been working in childcare since 2012 where I began with a small daycare in my home. Working with children instantly became my passion and I've been working with children since. I enjoy watching them learn and discover new things; their smiles are a priceless reward!
Fun Fact: I want to go on Jeopardy one day!
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 since 2006 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 Lead 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!
Akossiwa Dzikunu Toddler I Lead Teacher
I am a graduate of Hudson Valley Community College, where I earned my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. I also earned an Assistant Teacher Certificate by taking some classroom management courses. I have worked with all ages ranging from infants to high school. I have experience at several local childcare centers including Viking Child Care Center, Samaritan Rensselaer Children Center, and CEO. I will be getting my Bachelors' Degree in a few years. Fun Fact: I love cooking, especially African dishes!
Nancy O'Neil Toddler I Assistant Teacher
I am a graduate of Berlin Jr/Sr High School and completed some courses in Business at Mildred Elley. I have been working with children of all ages for the past 20 years, both inside and outside childcare centers. I am currently working toward completing my Infant/Toddler CDA with the Capital District Childcare Council with the hopes of becoming a Toddler Lead Teacher in the future!
Fun Fact: In my spare time, I look for great recipes! I love to cook!
Emily Bowen Infant II Assistant Teacher
I have been caring for children for over six years, as well as raising my own. This semester I am working toward my degree in both Environmental Science and Political Science at Hudson Valley Community College. My long-term goal is to improve the well-being of our environment through the use of sustainable resources. My hope is that all of our future children are able to experience the beauty found in nature that we did when we were children.
Fun Fact: I enjoy volunteering at The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society!
Brianne Casella Preschool Teacher
Growing up, some of my greatest influences were my teachers, so I’ve always known I wanted to teach. Before I started working at Eco Kids, I worked at a daycare/educational center in Massachusetts with children ages 5-8 for a little less than a year. The most rewarding part of working in the Preschool Classroom at Eco Kids is watching the children achieve their goals and milestones and being proud of themselves for doing so. Fun fact: Volleyball is my favorite sport!
Latanya Nelson Preschool Assistant Teacher
Tanya came to us in 2015, when we were still Eco Baby Daycare, located on 4th Street in Troy, NY. The Charter School she worked for closed, and she knew she wanted to continue working with young children. She has extensive experience working with children of all ages, and the mentally disabled population. She loves kids, has 5 children of her own, and twin grandsons.
Fun Fact: I LOVE playing Bingo!
Cassandra LaMountain Floater
I am a graduate of Maple Hill High School and have been working in childcare since 2006. I have always had a love for children and enjoy watching them learn and grow. I have two younger sisters who have made my love of children even stronger. I hope to continue my education in Early Childhood Education so I can become a Lead Teacher in the future. Fun Fact: I love to ski!
Chelsea Friedel Floater
I’m currently a student at Hudson Valley earning my degree in Early Childhood Education! I’ve always loved working with children and I hope to be a teacher one day!
Fun fact: I love to travel and I’m currently learning how to speak Korean!
Shekinah Temple Floater
I am currently enrolled at Hudson Valley Community College and just began my first semester in the Fall of 2019! There, I am studying Human Services and with my completed degree I hope to be able to work with foster children. Before coming to Eco Kids, I worked at Camp Sully for two years.
Fun Fact: I hope to one day save enough money to travel the world!