Early Childhood Learning Center
Our Mission Statement
St. Lawrence O’Toole Early Childhood Learning Center will provide each child entrusted to their care with the opportunity to grow spiritually, educationally, emotionally, socially and physically, as well as to become life-long learners in a Catholic environment.
St. Lawrence O’Toole Early Childhood Learning Center is a child-centered, value-oriented, co-educational Catholic school serving all children from ages three through Kindergarten. The Center aims for academic excellence in an environment of religious and moral formations. Along with teaching formal subjects, St. Lawrence O’Toole Early Childhood Learning Center will strive to give direction to the lives of its students by instilling certain values
- Respect for authority
- Consideration for the rights of others
- Self-discipline with the guidance of caring, qualified professionals, students are provided with an array of learning experiences to broaden them on three levels: spiritually, scholastically and socially.
Particular emphasis will be placed upon inter-personal relationships as a long-term goal. In a world which today challenges the ability and opportunity for people to be of service to their community, in their own homes, in their “back yard” and in distant lands, we will, through a variety of service experiences, help our students learn to appreciate the role of one who has come to serve.
Meet Our Staff
Director - Ms. Lynette Rivera
Ms. Lynette Rivera became ECLC's New director in Nov 2016. She has an Associates degree and is finishing up her Bachelor's. Lynette's work experience includes being a director of a daycare center in Illinois for 2 years as well as a NYC elementary teacher for 18 years.
Assistant to the Director - Mrs. Sonia Álvarez
Mrs. Sonia Álvarez became part of ECLC family in Nov 2016 first as a Lunch Bunch Aide and now as the assistant to the Director. Sonia's work experience includes 15+ years working in the financial industry primarily in a back office capacity. Sonia has a daughter and has been active in her child's school since kindergarten.
Kindergarten Teacher - Ms. Amanda Tucker
Ms. Tucker has been a part of the ECLC since April of 2011. She began her career at the center as a Pre-K 4 aide and is currently our Kindergarten teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Marist College and a Masters of Science in Education from Suny New Paltz.
Pre-K 4 Head Teacher - Mrs. Karry Durante
Mrs. Durante has been part of the ECLC since it opened. After participating with her daughter in the "Just The Two of Us" program, Karry went on to become the teacher of that program from September of 2011 until June of 2014. She is currently one of our Pre-K 4 teachers. She holds Bachelor of Science in Education from Marymount College and a Masters in Early Childhood Education from Fordham University.
Pre-K 4 Head Teacher - Mrs. Janice Nastasi
Mrs. Nastasi was a teacher for 28 years before coming out of retirement to join our staff as a Pre-K 4 teacher in September of 2012. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Western Connecticut State College and received her Masters in Education from Cambridge College.
Pre-K 3 Head Teacher - Mrs. Jessica Grutzner
Mrs. Grutzner joined the ECLC as a parent in September of 2012. She came full circle, and in September 2013 she became one of our Pre-K 3 teachers. She holds an Associates in Liberal Arts from Westchester Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Fordham University.
Pre-K 3 Head Teacher - Mrs. Dina Murphy
Mrs. Murphy also began her career at the ECLC as a parent in September 2011. In September of 2012 she became a Head Teacher in one of our Pre-K 3 classrooms. She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Education from Fordham University.
Pre-K 4 Teacher Aide - Mrs. Carol Feehan
Pre-K 4 Teacher Aide - Mrs. Fedela Kessler
Pre-K 4 Teacher Aide - Mrs. Nancy Tucker
Pre-K 3 Teacher Aide - Mrs. Patricia Ledley
Office Staff - Mrs. Mary Ann O'Neill