Miss Misa - Director of Open Arms Preschool
Misa was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has lived in Mamaroneck, NY, for the last 23 years. She is married and has six children, ages 11 - 30. Misa earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Studies from Empire State College, and holds a Master of Science degree in Education from the College of New Rochelle, earning an Academic Excellence award for perfect grades, with concentrations in Early Childhood and Special Education. Misa is a frequent guest lecturer at that college. She holds NY Teacher Certification in Birth–6th grade, in both General Education and Students with Disabilities. She has over 20 years teaching experience from several nursery schools. She believes in early education and strongly advocates Early Intervention.
Misa is an avid reader and has organized book clubs for children and adults, and enjoys reading about anything she can get her mitts on! Story time is her favorite time of day and she wants all children to enjoy reading as much as she does. Misa loves children and wants to see all children have access to a safe and nurturing school environment where they can build a strong foundation for all future learning.
My name is Vicky Genaro and I am the lead teacher in the Red Room at Open Arms Preschool. I have over 20 years experience as an Educator. I received my Masters in Education from CUNY Hunter College and my Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Development from Pace University. I am state certified in New York, New Jersey and Florida. I have spent most of my career in Early Childhood communities, but I also was an Adjunct Professor at CUNY Hunter College’s School of Education.
My favorite thing about being a teacher is having conversations with young children. I love to encourage learning through kindness, and use hands-on play based lessons so that children have fun, interesting experiences. I look forward to spending time with the families, children and staff of Open Arms Preschool.
Miss Kim- Assistant Teacher
Kimberly Parente is so happy to be a part of the Open Arms team! She was raised in New Jersey with her parents and sister. She went to Hampshire College, studying education with a concentration on arts integration. After moving to New York, she spent the next 5 years teaching preschool and arts classes for children aged 5 mos all the way to 5 years!
She comes from a musical theater background, preforming in many shows. This helped her grow to love the arts. She enjoys incorporating lots of singing and dancing into the work she does with children! She also enjoys getting creative as possible with art projects and literacy building.
It's such a wonderful gift to be a part of a child's learning and growth! Miss Kim looks forward to building a community with everyone in the Open Arms family!