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.
Susan Straut Collard, Ph.D.
Susan has been a professor in the Child Study department of St. Joseph’s College since 1988. She served as the Director of the Dillon Center from 2004-2013, and now she is back as the Interim Director. Susan’s earned her Ph.D. in Special Education from Columbia University. Working with children who have special needs has always been her passion. Susan has 4 children, all of whom attended the Dillon Center!
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.
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.
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 — 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.