Our Staff

“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

Katarina Fitz

Ms. Katarina Fitz moved to Armonk with her husband and two daughters in 2019 from Brooklyn, NY. Katarina last taught as Head Teacher for the 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 classes. 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 a gift from God. Every child is unique 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!

Marilyn Weise             2’s Teacher

Marilyn and her husband have lived in this community for over 20 years.  They have three beautiful boys, who all attended Little Sparrows Nursery School.  Marilyn has a BA in Business Administration with an Art Minor and a Certification in Interior Design.  It was her love of children, watching them grow and flourish (and missing the joy of having a preschooler at home) that brought her to our staff in 2012.  During that time, she has enjoyed teaching each of our age groups.  Always warm and nurturing she encourages children to explore the world around them, explore their creativity and gain confidence in their school setting. 

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 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-Ann Troiano has lived in Armonk with her husband for 30 years where they raised their three children in the Byram Hills community. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and her CDA in Early Childhood Education. She owned and operated a group family day care of her own for 20 years before joining the Little Sparrows family in 2008. “My mission as a teacher is to develop the children socially, academically and spiritually while having fun.” In her free time Barbara enjoys being outdoors, gardening, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.

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.

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Gabriella Assistant

Meet Our Director

Lori Lofaro, Director

Lori Lofaro has lived in Pleasantville with her husband and three children for the past 25 years. She worked in the Byram Hills school district before teaching here at Little Sparrows for the past 20 years. She is so grateful in her role as Director and continues to enjoy that special connection she has with the children and their families. She attended Iona College, where she received her BBS and also has her CDA in Early Childhood Education. She is a Certified Health and Wellness Coach, who graduated from the Institute of Integrated Nutrition. “As the Director of Little Sparrows, I am truly blessed to be a part of this wonderful community and the families that have entrusted their children to us.  The entire staff believes in leading by example. To be kind, patient, forgiving and respectful toward others. I believe that teachers are like detectives. Every child learns differently and it is so important to find the learning style that will encourage and build that child’s self confidence. Their energy, silliness, fearlessness, honesty, laughter, smiles and heartfelt hugs are simply the best! I especially love the connection of family here at Little Sparrows. We are a tight knit community of people who help, encourage and pray for each other.  I hear this time and time again that the friendships that were made here have lasted throughout the years. I also get to work with the most amazing group of women who provide a warm, loving, fun and nurturing environment for our children! Our goal is to educate the whole child cognitively, emotionally, physically and spiritually.”

We welcome all to our Little Sparrows Family ~

                        “For His eye is on the Sparrow, And I know He watches over me”