Susan Roscigno, Holly Adams, Lara Pelleriti, Molly Cultice, Angela LaMonte, Ellen Cook, Sarae Pacetta, Destiny Segovia, Jenifer Bojanowski, Amy Rudawsky
Sitting left to right:
Carrissa Izzo, Gudrun Herzog, Lisa Marquand, Maureen Campbell, Dawn Nauman, Chris Crannell, Segal Kothari
The most important criterion we use in selecting SYC teachers is their rapport with children and their respect for children’s ideas and feelings, but all have training as required by Ohio Daycare Licensing and are qualifed as teachers and assistant teachers by the NAEYC Academy for Early Childhood Program Accreditation.
Co-Directors (we teach, too)
I hold a BA in Elementary Education and a MS in Human Development and Family Sciences. I taught grade school in NC for a few years, stayed home with my children for a bit, and have been at SYC since 1993. Outside of SYC, I love to knit, travel and read. I am honored to share in the leadership of SYC as a co-director with Amy, and look forward to maintaining the special combination of play, joy, and learning that has come to mean “SYC”. Little known fact: My favorite number is 87.
I’m a graduate of The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education and Development. Since, 2000 I have been involved in the early childhood field, as a teacher and administrator, research assistant, contributing writer to Ohio’s Infant and Toddler’s Guidelines, a consultant to Ohio Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (O.C.C.R.R.A.) and as Mom to Nate and Natalie (both SYC Alums). Little Known Fact: In my spare time I enjoy running, CrossFitting, and spending time outdoors with family.
I have been teaching at SYC since 1992 (with the exception of 6 years when I was in California- too long of a commute). I hold a Bachelors of Science from Bethany College in West Virginia. SYC has been a part of my life since I was a young child. Not only has it provided a safe place to grow, but it is a place of nurturance and sustenance. I have been so fortunate to have spent the time I have at SYC and with the children in our classes. Little known fact: When I am not at SYC I can be found amongst my many beads creating jewelry.
I am originally from New Hampshire, but moved around a lot as a kid. My family moved to Ohio when I was in high school, and I have lived in Columbus since 1997, when I started college at Ohio State. I spent 10 years at home with my children, and now that they are all in school, I’m able to focus more on the many other things going on in my life! In my spare time, I like to garden, go for walks, read, volunteer at my kids’ school, hang with my family and friends, and cook. Little known fact: In 1998 I had the opportunity to spend 10 weeks living with a family in Mexico. It was awesome!
I graduated from Xavier University with degrees in Elementary Education and Montessori Preschool Education. I have worked in the field of early childhood education as a teacher, parent mentor and a trainee at The Ohio State University’s interdisciplinary leadership program. My husband, Dave and I have four children: Tori, Drew, Mitchell and Noah. Little known fact: I am the youngest child of five, all of us born within three and half years.
I received my undergraduate degree in psychology, with a minor in art, from Fairmont University in West Virginia. I went on to earn a Masters degree in counseling from Marshall University. I met my husband on New Year’s Eve in 1996, and I have two wonderful stepchildren: Kyle, and Keara. I love to read, read, and read some more, walk, bicycle, knit, make art, and spend time with my family and friends. Little known fact: I won best of show for my art in a show during my undergrad years in college.
I graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Child Development. Since then, I have worked in several child care centers, was a nanny for a year, stayed home with my children, then worked at SYC. I am married and have three children, Ian, Cody and Taylor. I love to read, take pictures, hike, garden and spend time with my family. Little known fact: All 3 of my children attended SYC and I am also an SYC alumni! I went there when I was 4 and 5.
I was born in Graz, Austria, a city about a 2 hour drive from Vienna, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy and the Alps. This is also where I spent the first 28 years of my life, met my husband Rudi. I have two children, who are both SYC alumni and a dog named Banjo. I have met more wonderful people than can be named at SYC, both children and adults. At SYC we help children grow, but it is also a place where children, parents and teachers help me grow – for many more years, I hope! Little known fact: I once studied law and worked for IBM and liked neither one of them!
I have a Bachelors in Business from Mumbai University(India) and an Associate degree in early childhood education from Columbus State Community College. I did my last field practicum at SYC as a student and by the end of my practicum experience I knew I wanted to work here. My husband and I have two boys, Amaan and Ved. Little known fact(s): I love to paint canvases, dancing classical dance – Kathak, traveling, interior designing and working out.
I’ve been an early childhood educator for over 30 years, and at SYC since 1995, with a B.S. in nursery/kindergarten education and a M.S. in child development. During all this time I’ve worked in a variety of settings with children and parents. Little known fact: My three children came to SYC and grew up–they had to leave and I got to stay!
I have a B.A. in social work (Purdue) and an M.S.W. (OSU). I’ve worked as a social worker in an agency for the elderly, a pediatric nursing home and day school, a community house, a sheltered workshop, and a mental health agency. My children attended SYC for 5 years prior to my employment here. I love to read novels. I belong to a book club and a mother’s group and have been politically active at times. Little known fact: I grew up on a Christmas tree farm in Indiana.
I have an Associates degree in early childhood education. I have been teaching at SYC since 2011. I am married, have two children and a dog. In my spare time, I love to read, watch movies, exercise, travel, cook, bake and volunteer at church and hang out with my family and my silly dog Stella. Little Known Fact: My last career was in local government. I am reminded each day that City Council members and preschoolers can be surprisingly alike!
I have my BS and MA in Early Childhood Education and taught preschool-1st grade in and around Boston for 16 years before moving to Columbus in 2013. I grew up riding my bike around Boulder, Colorado, and scrounging for quarters to play Ms Pac Man at the arcade downtown. I had lots of independence and time for play as a child, and still love to play as an adult by baking, cooking, singing, being outside and playing the piano/uke/guitar. I have an awesome 8 year old and a partner who teaches history at Otterbein University. Little known fact: My dream is to play a horn in a honk band (which is like a marriage of a marching band and a rag tag group of activist artists)!
I have a BS in Child and Family Sciences and a minor in Women’s Studies from The Ohio State University. I spent many years working as a mother, social worker, child care provider, and baker. I have 3 children. My two youngest went to SYC and I loved it instantly! Little Known Fact: I traveled with The Grateful Dead for many years.
I was born and raised in a small town in northwest Pennsylvania but spent the 15 years after high school living and traveling to all over the world. Six years ago, my husband and I decided to lay down roots here in Columbus. I am a mother of two children who have taught me more than anything I have learned in a textbook. During the pockets of time in my life when I am not engaging with children I enjoy reading, talking, and CrossFit. Little known fact: Before we moved to Columbus we lived in Hawaii for two years.
I have a BA in Music from OSU. I play the flute, piano and sing! After college, I worked as an assistant manager at a housewares store and at a major health insurance company before having kids and becoming a SAHM. I’m so happy to work in the office at SYC where my two kids spent a total of six years. Little known fact: I was once on the Reynoldsburg Tomato Queen Court.