Faculty and Staff

Meet Our Educators
  • Many of the staff of Little Ones have been with us since our inception. We have a minimal turnover of staff members!

  • All faculty and staff at Little Ones Too have training in child development, are Montessori certified, and hold college degrees. Little Ones Too teachers are experienced, highly qualified, and genuinely dedicated. Many of our teachers have children who are, or have been, students at Little Ones Too.

    All staff members are required to be cleared through the State Central Clearance, fingerprinting and an SEL clearance. Also, we receive thirty hours of training within every two years in regards to Nutrition & Health Needs of Children, Child Day Care Program Development, Safety & Security Procedures, and many more! All staff members are First Aid Certified as well as CPR Certified. Our Child Care Facilities are also qualified to administer all types of medication (MAT Certified). For more information about NYS MAT Certification go to https://ocfs.ny.gov/main/childcare/mat/default.asp.

    • Stephanie McCarthy
      Children’s House Co-Head Teacher

      Stephanie McCarthy

      Children’s House Co-Head Teacher

      Stephanie has a BS in Education K-9 with minors in English and Social Studies.  She has an International Montessori Teaching Diploma from the North American Montessori Center (NAMC) and also has a Montessori Assistant Certificate from Rising Stars Montessori.  Stephanie has been in a classroom setting every year since the age of 5 – either as a student, substitute, public school teacher, or as a volunteer.  She has been teaching Montessori for the past 9 years with her Co-Head Teacher, Colleen.

      In her free time, Stephanie loves to spend quality time with her family:  traveling, going for walks/hikes, camping, going to the movies, cooking and playing games.

    • Colleen Labuski
      Children’s House Co-Head Teacher

      Colleen Labuski

      Children’s House Co-Head Teacher

      Colleen has been working in a Montessori classroom for over 18 years.  She started out as a Lower Elementary Level Assistant teacher in a Montessori school her daughter attended.  She then transferred to a Korean Montessori school in Ohio. After working there, she moved to New York, where she quickly advanced into a Head Teacher position in a Children’s House classroom.  She is working on completing her Head Teacher Montessori Degree.

      In her free time, Colleen loves spending quality time with her daughter, Rowan.  She is a doer and a maker of all things, especially in regards to sewing, book collecting, and gardening.  She also enjoys being a member of the Schenectady Herb Society. 

    • Lauren Lougher

      Lauren Lougher

      Lauren has been working in a Montessori classroom since 2013. Lauren started out as an assistant and received her Rising Stars assistant certification the same year. She assisted for 2 years, then eared her Montessori head teacher diploma from the North America Montessori Center.

      Lauren became passionate about early childhood Montessori after she sent her daughter to an early childhood Montessori program.

      In her spare time, Lauren enjoys reading, jewelry making and playing with her daughter.

    • Amy Haworth
      Lead Toddler Teacher

      Amy Haworth

      Lead Toddler Teacher

      Amy’s Montessori journey began 18 years ago when she enrolled her oldest daughter in a wonderful Montessori preschool, much like Little Ones Too. The teachers she met there were an inspiration to her. Their kindness, sensitivity, patience and deep respect for children inspired her parenting and ultimately led her on a path to becoming a Montessori teacher. She has been teaching now for over 13 years in both Toddler and Children’s House classrooms. She received her Toddler training at Princeton Center for Teacher Education and her AMS Early Childhood Certification from Northeast Montessori Institute. She has a BA from Gettysburg College.

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