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Open Arms Family

Who We Are

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 25 years. She is married and has six children, ages 15 - 32 and 4 grandchildren.   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.  She holds NY Teacher Certification in Birth–6th grade, in both General Education and Students with Disabilities. She has over 25 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.


Miss Isabel -Teacher/Music and Language Specialist

Isabel graduated from Oberlin College with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. With a particular interest in early learning and development, she has a strong academic background and experience in various settings working with young children. In the past, Isabel has worked as an assistant preschool teacher, head preschool teacher, and dance therapy instructor for children with special needs. Isabel also has extraordinary language abilities, being fluent in Hebrew, French and Spanish.  She is thrilled to join the Open Arms family and provide a safe and stimulating environment to help kids fall in love with school and learning! 


Miss Carley- Teacher

Carley is a recent graduate from Hunter College and is currently working towards her CDA. She has been with Open Arms from the beginning and is thrilled to be a permanent Assistant Teacher this year. Carley has 5 years of experience working with preschoolers, as well as experience tutoring elementary students in reading, writing, and math.

Carley’s goal as a teacher is to make education fun and to get children excited about learning. She hopes to give all her students the tools necessary to have successful academic futures by being attentive to their individual educational needs and learning through play.


Miss Sally- Assistant Teacher

Sally Phipps was born and raised in Manhattan.  She recently left the corporate world after 30 years working in Corporate Philanthropy and Employee Engagement.  She has since returned to her first love, working with pre-school aged children. She feels children that age are so full of possibility, joy and wonderment, with eagerness to learn and explore. “I want to do everything I can to recognize and keep that unique spirit alive in each child,” Sally says.  In addition to Open Arms, Sally serves on several non-profit boards and is a trained Red Cross disaster responder.