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

Jeanine Bona, 2’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.

Jo Gagliardi, 3’s Teacher

Jo Gagliardi is a married, mother of four; three boys and one girl. She has been teaching at Little Sparrows for 9 years. “My children went to school here when they were little and I always felt that it was such a warm and loving place! The staff, families and children are so nice here. It is a great place to learn and make life-long friends. I feel very fortunate to be part of the Little Sparrows family.” She has her CDA in Early Childhood Education, BA from Iona College, and studied art at The School of Visual Arts, and SUNY Purchase. In her free time, she substitute teaches at Byram Hills Elementary Schools. She also enjoys cooking, biking and walking her dog. “I feel blessed to start each day with their smiling faces. The children are like little sponges, I love to find creative ways to teach them.”

Lori Lofaro, 4’s Teacher

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!

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

Katie Luongo <br /> 3’s Assistant
Katie Luongo
3’s Assistant
Stephanie K Rufo <br /> 4’s Assistant
Stephanie K Rufo
4’s Assistant
Jill Monteforte <br /> 2’s Assistant
Jill Monteforte
2’s Assistant
Jenna Valcich <br /> Admin Assistant
Jenna Valcich
Admin Assistant
Marilyn Wiese <br /> 3’s Assistant
Marilyn Wiese
3’s Assistant
Cathy Perucci <br /> Admin Assistant
Cathy Perucci
Admin Assistant
Josie Doty <br /> 3’s & 2’s Assistant
Josie Doty
3’s & 2’s Assistant
Nicole Secchiano <br /> 2’s Assistant
Nicole Secchiano
2’s Assistant
Christine Fiskaa <br /> 4’s Assistant
Christine Fiskaa
4’s Assistant
Lori Schiliro <br /> 4’s Assistant
Lori Schiliro
4’s Assistant

Meet Our Director

Doreen Semple, Director

Doreen is a married mother of 4 adult children and lives in Armonk. She acquired her Masters in Professional Studies from Manhattanville College and has a passion for children with special needs. She worked several years in Peekskill Public Schools as a special education teacher before leaving to start her family. She started working at Little Sparrows in 1991 as a classroom teacher and then supported the director as the Education Director for many years and became the director in 2013. The mission of Little Sparrows is to provide the finest Early Childhood Education, imparting the truth of God’s great love and His provision for every child and family.