Our staff understands and works with each child’s needs. Whether your child is an older toddler learning to share or a pre-kindergartener beginning the road to their future, our teachers introduce new and dynamic means for them to learn and explore in creative and meaningful ways. We are proud of a curriculum that encompasses New York State standards and we recognize that school-readiness and success begin with child-centered approaches. In integrating various subjects, our goal is to create lifelong learners while caring for your children.

Comprised of dedicated professionals, our teaching staff have all the necessary certifications to teach in their classrooms. There is a director on site at all times. All staff members are First Aid and CPR trained.

Our Directors

Miss Linda Bryle

“To have the opportunity to serve children and their families is such a great honor and even greater joy!”

 

Linda has been active in the care and education of preschool children since 1972. Her experience includes Pre-K Center: HS Volunteer, Teacher’s Assistant, Teacher, and Center Advisory Board Member, Stay at Home Mom, PTA Member and Center Director for the past 26 years. She received an Associate’s degree from SUNY Farmingdale and a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Education at CW Post Greenvale, NY.

Linda has been with Stanford Care Center since February 2003 as its Director and continues to oversee its program with her loving and personal care. She and her husband Danny have been married for 40 years and are the parents of two grown children and make their home in West Babylon, NY.

Miss Evangeline (Vangie) Mojica

“Working with children is a noble profession because not only are we a part of their formative years but we learn and grow with them. Stanford is my home away home and I want children in my care to feel Stanford is their home away from home too – a warm, cheerful, learning and growing environment for them.”

Vangie Mojica began her teaching career as a high school Science Teacher in the Philippines where she taught thirteen years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture with a major in plant pathology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. She also completed academic requirements for her Masters in Administration and Supervision.

In 1993, she migrated with her husband and three children to the United States where she became a preschool teacher and later the director of a childcare center in Pennsylvania. She moved to New York in 2004 to join Stanford Care Center as one of our program directors. Miss Vangie believes in being a good team player and building sincere relationships.

Our Teachers

Miss Sadet Sulejman

Hello, my name is Sadet Sulejman. I am very excited for this school year and all it has in store for your children. It was my own early experiences as a young student that made me want to be a teacher! To me, there is nothing better than seeing a student achieve a goal and gain a sense of pride for learning something new.

This is my first year at Stanford and my fourth year of teaching UPK. Previously, I have taught in the Farmingdale School District and for Family Service League in Huntington Station.

I have a Bachelor’s degree from Vassar College and a Master’s degree in early childhood and childhood education from Hofstra University.

I am NYS certified to teach early childhood (birth-2nd grade) and childhood education (1st grade to 6th grade).

I look forward to getting to you know your child and your family. It is my goal to have all of my students love learning as much as possible and have a positive start to their education.

Miss Athena Gatto

Hello! My name is Miss Athena Gatto and I have been teaching in the pre-school setting since 2013. In 2013, I graduated St. Joseph’s College of Patchogue with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Recently, I graduated Long Island University of Brentwood with a Masters degree in Literacy. Currently, I am certified from ages birth through sixth grade in General Education and Special Education.

I believe that children need to be inspired to create their love for learning at an early age. With the right amount of structure and guidance, children can become independent thinkers and learners – which leads them to success.

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” —Benjamin Franklin

Ms. Bessi Moreno

Hello! My name is Bessi Moreno. I am a graduate of St. Josephs College and a proud mother of three. I believe a child’s education is the most valuable thing in the world. There is nothing more gratifying than witnessing a young child learn something new, knowing you have been the driving force behind that growth.

I currently hold a degree in early childhood and elementary general and special education. Prior to working at Stanford, I have worked with children with a variety of abilities across different settings. Some of these settings include: UPK, nursery, integrated, self-contained, as well as a SEIT teacher and ABA therapist.

I was born in Washington D.C., but raised here on the Island. When I am not at Stanford, I am home with my three children. I look forward to getting to know your child and your family.

“If you can dream it, you can make it.” – Walt Disney

Miss Stephanie Murphy Johnson

My name is Stephanie Murphy Johnson.I have a degree in Childhood Education Birth through 6th grade, Special Education Birth through 6 grade, and now just completed my other degree in ENL (English as a New Language) certification (K-12th).

I have been teaching for 13 years. I always knew I wanted to be a teacher, even when I was young. I always enjoyed helping others learn and grow. When I am not teaching I help children in the community by coaching local teams.

“Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.” —Nelson Mandela

Miss Marilyn O’Reilly

Marilyn O’Reilly is the Lead Coordinating Teacher at Stanford Care Center and has been with us since we opened our doors. She has worked with both toddler-age children, preschoolers as well as school-aged children.

Ms. Marilyn is the mother of two grown children and has been teaching preschool for over seventeen years beginning at St. Boniface in Lindenhurst, NY. She has also taught religious education at Our Lady of Perpetual Help and ran their confirmation program. Marilyn has a Child Development Associate Degree (CDA) and lives her life by her own words.

“Teaching is a great joy in my life. There is nothing like the smile that comes over a child’s face when they grasp something for the first time.”

Miss Alicia Rodriguez

I hold a NYS Teaching License for Early Childhood Education: Birth – Grade 1, Childhood Education Grades 1-6, Students with Disabilities Birth-Grade 1, and Students with Disabilities Grades 1-6.

I had the opportunity and pleasure of working with children in many different venues. Prior to Stanford, I was a camp counselor at the local Town of Babylon Summer Camp, a nanny for two years and a mother of two boys Anthony (age 8) and Alexander (age 4). I currently live in Lindenhurst, NY with my husband Anthony and two boys.

“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” —Christopher Robin (Winnie the Pooh)

Ms. Kelly Walsh

“My goal as an educator is to challenge each individual child by creating an environment that promotes active learning through developmentally appropriate activities. I know that the education field is constantly evolving, therefore I am always open to change and new ideas in order to best meet the needs of my students. School should be an exciting, safe and healthy environment that encourages learning.”

Kelly Walsh is one of the UPK Teachers at Stanford Care Center. She has worked with children from pre-school through High School. Kelly graduated from Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She later attended Dowling College in Oakdale, NY where she earned her Masters Degree in Literacy Education.

Kelly is the mother of three. Her daughter is currently in the 7th grade and her twins are in  5rd grade. This is her fourth year teaching UPK at Stanford Care Center. She taught at St. Boniface in Lindenhurst, NY and Grades 3, 4, 5 and 6 at Saints Cyril and Methodius School in Deer Park, New York. Kelly is a New York State Permanently Certified Teacher for Pre-Kindergarten – 6 as well as Literacy Education.

“Children should be taught how to think, not what to think” —Margaret Mead