Meet the Smarter Toddler Family

We plan to continue raising the bar of future childcare provision by challenging complacency and pioneering a forward thinking approach today and every day. One way we will achieve this is to continue making significant investment in our staff by supporting their training and ongoing professional development.

Smarter Toddler’s success to date can be attributed to the dedication of our staff and their leadership. How this manifests day-to-day is in the excellent relationships that our staff members have had with the children and their families.

Alinda Etienne | Infant Classroom Assistant Teacher, Financial District

Hello! I am excited to join Smarter Toddler as the assistant teacher in the Infant Classroom. I have over 8 years of teaching experience as an infant and young toddler teacher and I am excited to contribute my passion for working with young children to the Infant classroom at Smarter Toddler. I hold an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and will pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education in the Spring of 2017. Teaching has always been a dream of mine, and I am so happy that it has come true! I would love to utilize my skills to become a lead teacher in the Infant and Toddler Program.

I hope to instill a love of art and creativity in all the children I work with, and am inspired by their fascination and curiosity of the world around them. I enjoy creating art with my son, Mac and offering sensory related experiences.

I am so proud to be a part of the Smarter Toddler family! Children are our future and I look forward to helping each and every child reach their full potential. I can’t wait to see what the future holds!

Maria Rodriguez | Infant Classroom Lead Teacher, Financial District

Hola! I am ecstatic to be the Infant Teacher at Smarter Toddler in the Financial District! I have over eight years of experience working with infants and toddlers students. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Rutgers and am working towards a Master’s Degree and NYS teaching certification in Early Childhood Education. My goal is to inspire a lifelong love for art and learning in children.

When I am not teaching I enjoy traveling abroad. My favorite country to travel is Spain. I love the beautiful architecture, food and culture. I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I am an animal lover and love both cats and dogs. I love to watch the seasons change and enjoy the cool crispness of the fall and the beautiful snow fall of the winter.

I look forward to working with the infants and helping them to meet developmental milestones. I am very excited to be a part of the Smarter Toddler community.

Sheila Robinson | Young Toddler Classroom Lead Teacher, Financial District

Hola! I am happy to be the Young Toddler Lead Teacher in the Financial District! In 2014, I received my Liberal Arts Degree in Spanish Literature and Education from Brooklyn College, and am currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Education in Spanish Literature. My previous experience has helped me to learn about child development and to differentiate instruction so that all learners are successful. I believe strongly in creating family partnerships and in collaboration.

During my free time I enjoy engaging in outdoor activities: hiking, sightseeing and traveling and learning more about different cultures around the world. I enjoy learning and seek to enhance my pedagogical skills in participating in educational forums and discussions. Both traveling and reading enhance my creativity and hands-on concepts in the classroom. I believe in empowering children every day through the power of love, creativity and innovation.

Diane Lui | Older Toddler Classroom Lead Teacher, Financial District

Nihao! It is a pleasure to join the Smarter Toddler team as the new lead teacher in the Older toddler classroom. I have over 34 years of teaching experience and am so excited to contribute my time, talent and enthusiasm to the Smarter Toddler community. To say that I love working with children is an understatement. They are my world and I enjoy facilitating the learning process in my students. I hold a BFA in Graphic Design and a MS in Early Childhood & Elementary Education. I love to do hands-on projects and activities where children can express themselves through how they see their world. I believe children can have fun while playing, working individually, or together with their peers.

On my downtime I enjoy traveling and mentoring young people. Any chance I get to pay it forward I do. I love to organize community events like can and book drives and I love to teach children about diversity. I believe that my passions will help to spark the interest in our rising superstars. As an educator, I strive to provide children with confidence, positive motivation, and a safe haven for them to learn and grow. I look forward to working with your child and helping the develop their talents to their fullest potential at Smarter Toddler.

Yvonne Harris | Older Toddler Classroom Assistant Teacher, Financial District

Hello! I am very excited to be joining Smarter Toddler as the Assistant Teacher in the Older Toddler classroom. I have almost 5 years of teaching experience in a preschool setting. I hold an Associate’s Degree and am pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. I also hold a NYS Assistant Teacher Certificate for ages birth to 2nd grade. I am happy to be able to do what I love to do—teaching children. Nothing makes me happier than watching children learn and grow.

When I am not teaching you will find me exploring NYC. I enjoy listening to music, taking pictures, traveling, shopping and going to restaurants. I am a people person and love to share ideas and smiles with those around me. My goal in life is to share my love for teaching and learning to ensure that not one child is ever left behind.

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