About Little Learners of Westchester Inc.

We are proud to provide local children in Cortlandt Manor and surrounding areas with quality preschool programs. Our staff is energetic, excited, and creative, and look forward to helping your Little Learner reach their full potential, in and out of the classroom. We are proud to serve families across Westchester. As New York State Certified Teachers, our staff are exceptionally qualified to give your child the foundation for a successful academic career. Our staff also includes a speech pathologist and registered nurse who work with our team per diem.

Director – Christina Poggioreale

My name is Christina Poggioreale I am a current resident of Yorktown Heights and have lived here for the past nineteen years. I am originally from Long Island. I have been happily married to my husband Vincent for twenty two and a half years. We have three children: Vincent 20, Thomas 16, and Juliana 13. I am a New York State Certified Elementary School Teacher and have a dual Masters in Special Education. I am also fluent in Spanish. I have been the owner and director of Little Learners of Westchester since I opened on March 1, 2013. Prior to the preschool I was a Substitute Teacher in the Yorktown School District for 9 years. I also worked for the Lakeland and North Salem School District from September 2007 to May 2010. I enjoy outdoor family activities such as hiking in the woods, swimming, snowmobiling, and ATV riding. I have a strong love and respect for my family and a passion for working with children.

Toddler Teacher- Chessere Astrologo

My name is Chessere Astrologo. I was born and raised in this area and currently reside in Peekskill. I am the proud mother of a two and half year old little boy named Jackson. I have my CDA credential in Infant and Toddler care and education. I have both the mental and physical energy to provide an excellent experience to the children in my class. In my spare time I enjoy outdoor activities with my son. I am also an extremely gifted children’s party planner.

Teacher- Heather Amabille

My name is Heather Amabille and I am the head teacher of one of the 3's classrooms at Little Learners. This is my second year here, as I was teaching with Ms. Chessere in the 2's classroom last year. I am originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania but have been living in Westchester County for the past seven years. As a former teacher, I have a B.S. in Art Education from Kutztown University. Before returning to teaching I had been a stay at home mom to my two children, Jay and Magnolia.

Teachers Assistant - Anissa Ali

My name is Anissa Ali. I am a current resident of Yorktown Heights and have lived here for the past ten years. I graduated from Yorktown High School. This is a career change for me. I originally went to school for cosmetology and also graduated from BOCES Tech School. I am enrolled in a CDA credential program. I have 3 ½ years of experience in child care. I find it extremely rewarding to participate in the education of young children and know that I will have a positive influence on their academic growth. I am still a part time hair Stylist.

Licensed Practical Nurse - Stella Briel – Health Care Consultant

My name is Stella and I obtained my LPN from Westchester Community College in 2003. I grew up in the Bronx and currently live in Westchester County. I am the mother of two children and currently work at Northern Westchester Hospital in the Labor and Delivery Unit. I also work per diem at Westchester County nursing homes.

A note from the directors: I am very excited to have Stella Breil as part of our team. Not only does she bring her experience but, also a caring and loving nature for children.

Call Little Learners of Westchester Today!

Giving children a strong foundation for academic success is at the core of what we do here at Little Learners. We are dedicated to helping children develop a lifelong love of learning, and strive to create a memorable, exciting, and supportive environment for all of our students.

If you would like further information about enrollment or have general questions, I encourage you to give us a call today at 914-402-1149 or fill out a contact form.