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 a proud mother to an almost 5 year old boy named Jackson. Jackson has attended little learners since he was 18 months old and will be going off to kindergarten this fall. I have my CDA in infant and toddler care and education, for the past 4 years I have been the toddler teacher at little learners, and this past April I became the head caregiver in our new infant room! I have 9 years previous infant experience and absolutely love the work I do. I have both the mental and physical energy to provide a warm, loving environment for all the infants in my care.

Teacher- Heather Amabille

Heather Amabile: My name is Heather Amabile and I am the head teacher of the 2's classroom. This is my third year at Little Learners. I am originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania but have been living in Westchester County for the past 8 years. I have a B.S. in Art Education from Kutztown University and before returning to teaching I was a stay at home mom to my two children, Jay and Magnolia.

Teachers Assistant - Anissa Ali

Hi my name is Anissa Ali. I am a current resident of Yorktown Heights and have lived here for the past twelve years. I graduated from Yorktown High School. I began working at Little Learner in February 2015. I hold a CDA in preschool education! 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 have 6 years experience with working in child care and education. I see each child as a unique individual with a great capacity to learn and able to make positive contributions to those around him or her. As a teacher, I seek to form close relationships with each child under my care, and their families.

Teacher - Jennifer Paolicelli

My name is Jennifer Pailicelli. I was born and raised in Mahopac. I graduated from Mahopac High School. I started off as a mothers' helper when I was thirteen and loved being around children. I have seven years of experience working in daycare. I am currently working on obtaining my CDA. I find working with children to be extremely rewarding and fulfilling. It is a wonderful experience to be a part of the child's academic, physical, and emotional growth and the greatest joy is to watch as the child reaches each and every milestone. I truly look forward to working with the staff at Little Learners as well as the children.

Pre-K Teacher - Lauren Kalman

My name is Lauren Kalman and I am the head Pre-K teacher in the 4B classroom. I am also the proud mother of two girls, a four year old and a six month old. I began working at Little Learners in March of 2017. My eldest daughter has been attending school here since she was only 18 months old. In addition, my youngest daughter now attends the infant room full-time. I hold a Master's degree in education and have a dual certification in general education as well as students with disabilities. Prior to the birth of my first daughter, I worked as a NYC public school teacher for five years. Teaching has always been a passion of mine and I believe that learning begins in the earliest stages of development. As a teacher, I feel it is important to constantly challenge my students so that they can reach their highest potential. I believe in using diverse teaching techniques and strategies to meet the differing needs and interests of my students. I am dedicated to my students and always ensure that they are treated as if they were my own children.

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.