“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
Our teachers have studied extensively in the area of early childhood and have many years of experience working with nursery school aged children.What sets us apart from other nursery schools? Our staff! They are professional, nurturing and will teach your child according to his/her needs.
Meet Our Teachers
Ms. Katarina Fitz moved to Armonk with her husband and two daughters in 2019 from Brooklyn, NY. Katarina last taught as Head Teacher for 2’s at Citibabes School in SoHo. Prior to taking a few years off to be with her children, Katarina spent six years as an Assistant Teacher at Dwight School in Manhattan teaching 2’s, 3’s, and 4’s. She earned her B.A in Early Childhood and Children & Youth Studies from Brooklyn College. Katarina loves spending time with her family, going hiking, biking, baking with her girls, making arts and crafts, planting, and dancing. Katarina believes that every child is gift from a God. Every child is uniques with a spark of genius hidden inside of him/her. Katarina strives to provide a nurturing, loving environment with lots of hands-on learning opportunities to choose from in order to help the genius in each child blossom!
Jeanine Bona, 3’s Teacher
Jeanine is married and has 2 adult boys. She has an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies from Kingsborough Community College and has a CDA in Early Childhood Education. Jeanine has been working in the Early Childhood field since 2002. She has been working at Little Sparrows since 2012. Being a part of a child’s first school experience has been life changing for Jeanine. She brings a love for God and the joy of watching a child broaden their sense of exploring and learning new experiences to her class every day. Jeanine also bases her day to day curriculum for the 2’s and 3’s on books and themes that relate to building a child’s knowledge of learning. In her free time Jeanine enjoys walking, shopping and traveling with her family.
Barbara Troiano, 3’s Teacher
Barbara has been working at little Sparrows since 2008 as both an assistant teacher and a head teacher for the afternoon enrichment classes. She owned and operated a group family day care of her own for twenty years before joining the Little Sparrows family. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration along with her CDA certification. She is CPR certified as well as certified in MAT. She resides in Armonk where she and her husband raised their three children.
Debbie Petfield, 4’s Teacher
Hi my name is Debbie Petfield I’ve been married for 35 years and have 3 children and 2 grandchildren. I have been working at Little Sparrows Nursery School for 21 years. I love working with this wonderful staff as we teach these children academics and the love of God. The best thing about teaching is when I get to see the looks on the children’s faces when the lesson clicks and they “get” what we are learning about.
Meet Our Assistants
Meet Our Director
Lori Lofaro, Director
Lori is a wife and mother of three. She attended Iona College where she received her BBS and also has her CDA in Early Childhood Education. Because of her love for Health and Wellness, she graduated from the Institute of Integrated Nutrition as a Certified Health Counselor. I believe in teaching by example. Being kind, patient, consistent and respectful toward others. I also believe that as a teacher you need to become a detective. Every child learns differently and it is so important to find the learning style that will encourage and build that child’s self confidence. For me, the best part of teaching young children, is that you never know what the day is going to bring. Children are giant sponges and they love the adventure and excitement of learning new things. I love to see the expressions on their faces when they have that special “AHA” moment. You can actually see the wheels moving around in their heads. I love to challenge those little minds with an array of questions. This is what I call “Exercising the Brain” and what creative brains they are! I became a teacher because…..I Love children! I love their energy, silliness, fearlessness, honesty, laughter, smiles and heartfelt hugs!