Modern, bright and spacious classrooms foster growth and learning for every child.
TEACHERS AND STAFF
Experienced early childhood specialists help develop each child’s uniqueness.
Dillon boasts a student-to-teacher ratio that ensures individualized attention.
A full range of additional programs appeal to our students’ various skills and interests.
Teaching Assistant — Early Learn
Claudia is the wife, mother, friend, and has been a Teaching Assistant for the last 16 years here at the Dillon Center. She graduated from St. Joseph’s College in January 2016, with her B.S in Organizational Management. “The children of Dillon are a constant inspiration for me to remain young both in body and mind. Their inquisitive minds help me to remain a constant learner so that I can help them to discover the world in which we live.”
Special ED Assistant Teacher — Inclusion
Merlina is the Special ED Assistant Teacher in the Inclusion classroom. She has been working in the Inclusion classroom at Dillon for 14 years. She loves planning big art projects such as murals, paper mache, and puppet making. She also loves to do finger plays, cook, read and act out stories with the children.
Assistant Teacher Inclusion
Keah completed her Bachelor’s of Science majoring in Psychology from Brooklyn College. Currently she attends Pace University where she is completing her masters in Early Childhood Development, Learning, and Intervention. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.
Susan H. Shapiro, Ed.D.
Susan Shapiro has served as a director of diverse preschools for more than 20 years. Prior to her directorships, she was a preschool teacher. Dr. Shapiro earned a bachelor’s degree from the New School for Social Research, Eugene Lang College, and a master’s degree from Bank Street College of Education. She received her doctoral degree from New York University in the Educational Leadership Program. Dr. Shapiro has published extensively on ethical leadership. Her dissertation focused on the effects of 9/11 on early childhood directors.
Kristen Miller is currently the Assistant Director at Dillon. Over the years she has been a teacher, Program Coordinator, and Principal, and strives to always be a learner. While earning her Masters in Early Childhood, she became a registered teacher trainer in order to work more closely with teachers and provide them with current resources and innovative practices to explore as well as examine within their own classroom. She is very happy to be a part of the Dillon community and feels fortunate to work with this dynamite team of teachers.
Head Teacher Early Learn
Ms. Emily loves to work with young children and enjoys learning from them as well as teaching them. She is a graduate of St. Joseph’s College with a Masters in Literacy and Cognition. Ms. Emily is the mother of eight grown children and a Girl Scout Leader for over 25 years.
Head Teacher of the All-Day Threes
Sameena Rahman was born in India and immigrated to the United States in 1983. She complied her M.A. in literacy and cognition at St. Joseph’s College. Rahman has worked at the Dillon Center since 1995.
Head Special Education Teacher— Inclusion
Danielle Endes graduated in 2013 from St. Joseph’s College with her bachelors degree in general and special education for children from birth to 6th grade. She will soon complete her masters degree in special education and is already looking towards her second masters. With a background in dance, Danielle incorporates movement and music into her classroom as much as possible.
Katherine Goldsmith, RN, BSN
School Nurse — Toddler Teacher
This is Katherine Goldsmith’s 15th year working as the school nurse at the Dillon Child Study Center of St. Joseph’s College. In addition to being a Toddler Teacher, she is also the Toddler Program Coordinator, the Inclusion Classroom Coordinator and the After School Program Coordinator at the Dillon Center. Katherine recently added a part-time job working as one of the Library Assistants at the McEntegart Library of St. Joseph’s Collage. It has been a very rewarding work experience.
Sister Patricia Dittmer CSJ
Head Teacher — Kindergarten
Sister Patricia Dittmer received her B.A. from St. Joseph’s College, and from Bank Street College of Education she received her M.S. in Early Childhood Education, and her P.D. in Supervision and Leadership. She is the co-author of the book Look Listen and Plan — Developing Literacy in Young Children. Sister Patricia is also a Consultant at Catholic School Academy, and an Instructor of Early Education at St. Joseph’s College. She has a passion for art and creativity, music and movement, and learning.
Assistant Teacher — Pre-k
Ms. Afryea joined the Dillon Child Study Center in August 2014. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree at City College of New York and is a seasoned educator who has worked in the field for 23 years. She enjoys astrology, astronomy and cooking.
Assistant Teacher — Full Day Threes
Victoria Contreras has been at Dillon for 16 years. She enjoys singing songs, reading stories and cooking with the children. Sometimes she plans activities in Spanish because she is bilingual.