Staff

Executive Director

Name: Ms. Lori Moulton

Qualifications: AA in Early Childhood Education from Mater Dei College, BA in Elementary Education (K-6 with an Early Childhood Concentration) and MS in Reading K-12 from SUNY Potsdam.

Date of Hire: July 1998

Assistant Director

Name: Ms. Amy Foote

Qualifications: BS degree in Business Administration, Emphasis on Small Business Management from Walla Walla College in Washington State; AAS degree in Accounting from SUNY Canton; some college credits toward an AAS degree in Early Childhood from Blue Mountain Community College in Oregon along with several years of teaching at the Preschool level and three years in Administration.

Date of Hire: August 2013

Program Assistant

Name: Ms. Linda Dashnaw

Qualifications: BA in Sociology from SUNY Potsdam & has a CDA. In addition, she has been a pre-school teacher and worked her way up to Education Coordinator in a child care setting.

Date of Hire: August 2007

Lead Infant Caregiver

Name: Ms. Amanda Richards

Qualifications:
BA in Early Childhood Education and MS in Literacy from SUNY Potsdam.

Date of Hire:
January 2007

Assistant Infant Caregiver

Name: Amber Barney

Qualifications:
BOCES Early Childhood Certificate, Military Service background

Date of Hire:
Feb. 2010

Lead Toddler One Caregiver

Name: Ms. Val Haas

Qualifications: BA in Anthropology and MST in Early Childhood, birth to 2nd grade. 4 years of teaching experience at elementary level.

Date of Hire: April 2011

Assistant Toddler One Caregiver

Name: Talitha Thompson

Qualifications: High School Diploma and working to complete the Infant/Toddler Child Development Associate (CDA) credential from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Date of Hire: April  2014

Lead Toddler Two Caregiver

Name: Ms. Heather Lauzon

Qualifications:
Infant/Toddler Child Development Associate Credential from National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Date of Hire:
August 2003

Assistant Toddler Two Caregiver

Name: Ms. Amy Weil

Qualifications:
Associates Degree in Food Service Administration and Bachelors Degree of Science in Dietetics.

Date of Hire:
January 2008

Lead Progressive Preschool Teacher

Name: Ms. Kiana Saunders

Qualifications: B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Human Services and 22 credit hours in Childhood Education courses.

Date of Hire: January 2015

Lead Preschool 3 Teacher

Name: Jessica Bogardus

Qualifications: AA in Liberal Arts from SUNY Canton, BS in Psychology and English from St. Lawrence University. Preschool Child Development Associate (CDA) credential from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Date of Hire: August 2008

Assistant Preschool 3 Teacher

Name: Ms. Marlee Barse

Qualifications: B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Society & Human Services as well as an M.S in Education, Curriculum & Instruction Birth through Grade 6

Date of Hire:
August 2014

Lead Preschool 4 Teacher

Name: Ms. Brenda Kuiken

Qualifications: MS in Elementary Education (N-6) from SUNY Potsdam. BA in Psychology from SUNY Potsdam.

Date of Hire: September 1989

Assistant Preschool 4 Teacher

Name: Ms. Samantha Hooker

Qualifications: Early Childhood Education, Ontario College Diploma.

Date of Hire: August 2007

Lead School Age Teacher

Name: Ms. Amanda Felix

Qualifications: BA in Childhood Education and currently working on her MS in Literacy at SUNY Potsdam.  

Date of Hire: October 2012

Assistant School Age Teacher

Name: Brytney Laird

Qualifications: HS Diploma and 4 years of experience working with school age children

Date of Hire: August 2014

 

Cook

Name: Heidi LaShomb

Qualifications: High School Diploma

Date of Hire: January 2008

Assistant Cook

Name: Ms. Sylvia Lalone

Qualifications: Infant/Toddler Child Development Associate Credential from National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Date of Hire: July 1996

Alternate Assistants/Floaters:

Ms. Amanda Felix
Ms. Marsha Fitzsimmons
Ms. Brytney Laird
Ms. Shay Silver


SUNYPotsdam Child Care Center, Inc. also employs substitutes and student aides on a part time basis.
CDA = Child Development Associate credential.

Ongoing Training for Staff

All individuals working in the childcare profession must have at least 30 hours of training every two years. New York State designates areas of training in specific areas. Each childcare professional must have at least one training in each of the designated core body of knowledge areas.

Child Care Center Staff:

(1) principles of childhood development, including the appropriate supervision of children, meeting the needs of children enrolled in the program with physical or emotional challenges and behavior management and discipline;
(2) nutrition and health needs of children;
(3) child day care program development;
(4) safety and security procedures, including communication between parents and staff;
(5) business record maintenance and management;
(6) child abuse and maltreatment identification and prevention;
(7) statutes and regulations pertaining to child day care; and
(8) statutes and regulations pertaining to child abuse and maltreatment.

Childcare CPR/AED/First Aid instruction is provided every two years.