Our Staff


“I began my journey in Early Childhood Education after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Los Angeles, California. During a six year period, I taught preschool as a 3s, 4s and Pre-Kindergarten teacher in California and New York. In 2002, I received my Masters from New York University in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. After graduation, I transitioned to education administration as the Assistant Director of a corporate preschool and childcare center in Manhattan.

I came to Learning Community in 2007 as a parent looking for an exceptional preschool program for my then two-year old daughter. Our family spent seven wonderful years at LCDS, where both of my children completed the entire program. My son graduated from LCDS’ Kindergarten program in 2013. I am proud to say that LCDS has become a part of our extended family. There is no doubt that LCDS has laid the foundation for my children to go forth and face the world as inquisitive and industrious learners. I am honored to return as Director of this exceptional school that celebrates the joy of learning.”


Picture-16-300x200 At LCDS, teaching is an art. We strive to perfect our skills as teachers of young children by setting self-defined goals and participating in self-reflection. We open our minds to new ideas and share our classroom experiences with each other. We are fortunate to attend weekly staff meetings which focus on best practices in early childhood education, the ways in which children make discoveries, and how we can improve their opportunities for learning. We reflect on work accomplished by the children and how it will inspire each child’s participation in further exploration. As adult learners, we celebrate the joy of learning. Teaching children is one of our passions. Our teachers come with many years of teaching experience, some having been with LCDS for 20+ years. Coupled with the classroom teaching experience are their educational credentials. At a minimum, each classroom’s Lead Teacher must have an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education or the equivalent and the Assistant Teacher must have a minimum of a CDA (Child Development Associate).


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Gail Pepper, Educational Facilitator Deirdre Murtha, Music Frank Cronson, Science
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Missy Brown, Yoga Lauren Beusse, Art Ana Leon, Spanish

In addition to their normal classroom curriculum, the children at LCDS also attend classes for Music, Science, Yoga, and Gym as well as have opportunities to work with the school’s Educational Facilitator. In addition to these, Kindergarteners also have Art and Spanish. All of these classes are taught by Specialists with many years of experience in their field and in working with young children.