Meet our passionate and talented team

Our early childhood program is led by and inspired through collaboration between our school director, pedagogista, atelierista, and student development coordinator. Their visions are masterfully carried out by our team of superb teachers. Our roles and mission continually evolves as we interact with and observe our children and reexamine our understanding of educational and psychological theory. Through this self-reflective approach, we synthesize contemporary pedagogy with our personal understanding of each and every child.

Professional, dedicated, and loving are words that speak volumes about the team at Preschool of the Arts. Equipped with years of academic study as well as professional experience, our staff strives continuously to respond to the individual needs of each child. Employing cutting-edge methodology and liberal doses of warm, loving, care, our staff is passionate about providing children with a magical, engaging, and inspiring, first school experience.

As Anatole France once said, “The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.” Teachers inspired by the Reggio approach to early childhood education believe that children’s innate desire to interact with others greatly affects cognitive, emotional, and social development. With this in mind, Preschool of the Arts’ staff creates a supportive environment conducive to the co-construction of knowledge between teachers and children. As co-constructors, our teachers have multiple, fluid roles as collaborators, researchers, and learners, all influenced by the needs of the children and the demands of the themes they are curious about.

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Preschool of the Arts is excited to invest in passionate Early Childhood educators. Learning is a life-long journey at POTA and our teachers are learners too! We seek to help our teachers grow and develop as they refine their craft. We are always looking to grow our team. If you are a forward-thinking educator and passionate about serving families and helping them grow, please contact us!

Sarah Rotenstreich

Founder & Executive Director
  • Leadership Team
  • Educators

Crystal Bhuiyan

Ariel Bock

Paige Farley

Chanie Tombosky

Abby Dagget

Rashawn Gordon

Isabel Itzkowitz

Chana Marcus

Meridith Pershes

Tatiana Vargas

Olivia Ascione D’elia

Dacota Pratt-Pariseau

Assistant Director, Gramercy

Seleena Phillip

Layah Schreiber

Valerie Gutierrez

Talya Leserowitz

Doyinsola Niniola

Janine Salinas

Private: Caroline Sullivan

Emilie Schliep

Fraida Weise

Mindel Yaffe

Michali Lipsker

Shenna DiTata

Renee Bock, M.S. Ed

Head of Preschool of the Arts & Gramercy

Alexandra Weider

Head of School, Chelsea & Greenwich Village

Rachel Fischer

Head of School, Union Square

Dacota Pratt-Pariseau

Assistant Director, Gramercy

Alexandra Maniacci

Gramercy, Office Manager

Ashlei Drumgo

Chelsea, Office Manager

Audrey Schalhoub

Greenwich Village, Office Manager

Jennifer Calcano

Director of Admissions

Leah Malka Weinstein, M.S. Ed


Julie Barel

HR and Billing
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