Tiffany Meccia - 2's Teacher
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Mrs. Meccia has been part of the Ridgeway Nursery School faculty for four years but is no stranger to early childhood education. Before joining our staff, Mrs. Meccia taught at Montessori Children’s School for three years and then was a a head teacher at the Children’s Corner in White Plains. She holds a degree in Social Science Interdisciplinary from Buffalo University.

Mrs. Meccia believes that “creating an environment where children are excited to come to school and excited to learn is essential in teaching children. Religion and education are extremely important to me and I do my absolute best to relay that importance to the children who are in my class.” When not teaching, she spends time with her husband and two daughters, Olivia and Milani.


Coleen Pufahl 2’s Teacher
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Mrs. Pufahl knew she wanted to be a teacher all her life! She loved arts and crafts and babysitting from a young age and it led her to a career in Early Childhood. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Fine arts at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in 2009. She returned to school and gained her Masters degree in Early Childhood Education at SUNY Lehman in 2015. Mrs. Pufahl has experience teaching many different philosophies. She was a Toddler teacher at the Alcott School in Scarsdale and at The Montessori Children's Center in White Plains. Throughout her years of teaching she has always found new ways to connect with her students and loves finding new projects to try! When Mrs. Pufahl is not at school, she is spending time with her family, searching Pinterest for a DIY project, or out on a walk with her dog Hudson!

Laura Kavanagh - 3's Teacher

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Laura Kavanagh is in her fourth year as a teacher at Ridgeway after both of her sons attended the program. She is happy to be teaching in a school that she chose for her boys. Mrs. Kavanagh has a BA in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and is certified in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade. She is working on receiving her Masters in Special Education. She has taught for 23 years, over 14 of them in early childhood. Mrs. Kavanagh feels that helping to establish a love of learning early in life sets the stage for positive learning experiences all through a child’s education. “The first five years have so much to do with how the next 80 turn out” - Bill Gates. An important aspect of her life is her family, she is an active member of her PTA and her boys sports programs.

Kyra Powell - 3's Teacher
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Kyra Powell is in her third year with the RNSK family! Ms. Powell has always had a heart and passion for children. She has been active in Ridgeway Alliance Church’s youth + children’s ministry since 2009. She graduated from Nyack College in December 2018 and is hoping to start her Master’s next year. Ms. Powell came on as an assistant teacher at RNSK and is happy to be a lead teacher with the three’s class. She strongly feels that this is what the Lord is calling her to. Proverbs 22:6 says: “Train up a child in the way they should go; even when they are old they will not depart from it.” She firmly believes that the responsibility of this verse is not one to be taken lightly and is so honored to be a part of a program that goes above and beyond to ensure that our children are trained up academically, spiritually, socially and emotionally. When she is not working, you can likely find Ms. Powell baking, creating or spending time with family and friends.

Tara Wilson - 3's Teacher

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Tara Wilson is thrilled to be a part of the RNSK family this year! Mrs. Wilson has a BS in Art from Pace University and her CDA from Norwalk Community College. She has been working with preschool aged children since 2006 at a private school in Stamford, CT. Over the years her positions have included an art enrichment teacher, 3's classroom assistant, lead 3's teacher, team kindergarten teacher and art teacher. This past year she worked to develop special programs for Stepping Stones Museum for Children. Mrs. Wilson is excited to be in the classroom again and looks forward to a rewarding year for all! When she is outside the classroom Mrs. Wilson enjoys cooking, playing golf, going to the theater and spending time with her husband and their three adult girls.


Kim Emmert - 4’s Teacher
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Kimberly Emmert has returned to Ridgeway Nursery School & Kindergarten as a teacher after sending her three children through its nursery program. She loved the school so much as a mother and was very pleased when asked to join the staff. This is her fifth year as four’s teacher. She began her career in early childhood before moving to public school for ten years. There she taught second and third grades as well as kindergarten through fifth in a dramatic arts program. She loves using this skill to have students act out all kinds of stories including bible drama.

Mrs. Emmert took some time off from teaching to be home with her children and has returned to her first love which is early childhood. Her goal in teaching the youngest learners is to have them fall in love with learning. Literacy is her passion and believes “there are many little ways to enlarge your world. Love of books is the best of all” (Jacqueline Kennedy). She would find it a greatest accomplishment if each of her students learned to love books and the Lord.

When not teaching Mrs. Emmert plays chauffeur to her children’s sports, theater, youth groups and dance programs.

Jessica Hacking - 4’s Teacher
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Jessica Hacking received her BA in Early Childhood/Childhood Education, and holds a Masters’ Degree in Special Education at Nyack College. She has been a lead teacher at Ridgeway since 2010 and now partners with Mrs. Emmert in creating the Bible Curriculum for the school. Her passion has always been to teach and she feels that this is God’s calling for her life. She also enjoys leading and planning our monthly chapels!

When Mrs. Hacking is not teaching you can find her spending time with her family, she has one son and two daughters! She enjoys cooking, hosting parties, being outdoors, and serving children with special needs. “Great teachers empathize with kids, respect them, and believe that each one has something special that can be built upon”-Ann Lieberman

 

Mela Macchia - 4's Teacher
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Mela Macchia has been teaching preschool aged children for the past thirteen years. She graduated from Manhattanville College with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Elementary Education (pre-K - grade 6) and a Masters degree in Literacy (birth - grade 6). In her teaching, Mrs. Macchia incorporates a great deal of love and enthusiasm, and possesses a strong determination to reach each and every one of her students. Teaching is her true passion in life. "Together may we give our children the roots to grow and the wings to fly" - anonymous. In her spare time, Mrs. Macchia enjoys spending time with my wonderful family, enjoying the outdoors, and learning new things.

 

Regina Olson - 4’s Teacher
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Regina Olson began her career at Ridgeway as an assistant teacher in order to familiarize herself with early childhood education and quickly fell in love with both the age group and the school. She strongly believes that as an educator she can make a difference in students’ lives and guide them to succeed. There has always been a special place in her heart when it comes to caring for children. Mrs. Olson has her Master’s in education and is certified in both General and Special Education. She enjoys long walks with friends and family, loves to bake, and her favorite holiday is Christmas.

 

Emma Pochintesta - Kindergarten Teacher
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Ms. Pochintesta comes to Ridgeway after studying Childhood and Special Education at Marist College. She received her Masters degree in Early Childhood Education at Manhattanville College while also working as a head teacher at Ridge Street Country School. Ms. Pochintesta has worked as not only a 4's teacher but as a kindergarten and 1st grade teacher as well. She believes that an important part about being an early childhood teacher is to create a small and mighty community within the classroom. When she is not teaching, Ms. Pochintesta enjoys spending time with family and friends. Her love of children is evident as is her passion for teaching. We are very happy to have Ms. Pochintesta as part of the RNSK family!