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New York State Office of Children and Family Services
Licensed and Certified



Orange County Chamber of Commerce Member



We are active supporters of



Downing Film Center



Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra



Scor! - String Camps for Adults.



Express! - Sparking Musical Creativity in Kids (school programs).

Infants and Toddlers

Kori Hacke

I am a NYS certified teacher for children ages birth through grade six. I attended the State University of New York at Fredonia where I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood/ Childhood Education. I have previously worked with children in settings such as elementary schools, tutoring sessions, after school programs, daycare centers and summer camps. 


Although I have worked with children of all ages in various settings, I prefer to teach the youngest of children. I am very passionate about providing a safe, nurturing environment where young minds can develop. I believe that the earliest years of a child’s life are the most important. Since children are learning so much in their first year of life, I will provide experiences that assist infants in reaching new developmental milestones. I am looking forward to continuing my teaching career at Windsor Academy. 


Kori Hacke

Jennifer Olivera Jennifer Olivera

I am really happy to have become a part of the Windsor Academy Family this year. I attended film school after graduating high school where I studied acting for Film and Television and received my Meisner Certification for acting technique. Later, after landing a small role in a film, I was able to join the Screen Actors Guild. Acting was my dream until I realized a few years back that it cannot be a total reality especially if I want a home and a family one day. But one day I wish to pursue it again. After film school, I worked with animals as a pet care specialist and jack of all trades at PetSmart for 7 years. I have also worked with children as a babysitter for close family and friends on occasion. I have also assisted teaching children, helping them get active in a Zumbatomic program at “Jusz Danze & Fitness” in New Windsor where I currently teach Zumba Fitness for adults. Prior to joining Windsor Academy, I attempted an office job at an IT company as an HR Assistant where I realized sitting for nine hours a day at a desk, was NOT for me and I wanted to be part if something more meaningful.

Although working in a school such as Windsor Academy is a new experience for me, I have always loved children and I am a nurturing person at heart. I love taking care of and helping other people grow. I feel I have finally found my niche and it feels great to finally say I love my job! I look forward to pursuing my career in this field with the children and I am so thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this school. The best thing in the world is walking into a room of little children who don't know how to carry on a full conversation yet, because they are so young, but their expressions say it all, with huge smiles on their faces and yelling your name "Nennie". Every time you witness something new from them, a word, a song, a movement, a gesture, it’s the most rewarding experience and job. In my spare time, you'll find me taking care of my pet rat Zoey, spending time with family and friends, and most times going straight from work to workout at “Jusz Danze.” I enjoy watching movies, listening to all kinds of music and continuing my studies as a fitness instructor. Also, I enjoy camping, hiking, traveling, the beach and anything Disney related.



Lourdes Ortiz
Lourdes Ortiz

Laura Shear Laura Shear
After graduating from Denison University, Laura Shear came to New York and has worked in several Child Care facilities, from small to large, as Full-time substitute, Assistant Teacher, Lead Teacher, and Director . During her 30+ years in this field, she has specialized in Toddlers and Twos. At this stage in her life, she is looking forward to concentrating on a toddler classroom and believes in singing with children as often and as joyfully as possible.  Her hobbies include camping and historical re-enactment.

 


Vanpen Smith

Pen comes to Windsor Academy with over twenty years experience in child care.  Her love for the children and genuine pride in their accomplishments helps create a warm and happy environment in the Infant room.  She enjoys drawing and arts and crafts.  Orginally from Thailand, Pen lives in Washingtonville with her husband and daughter. 

 

Vanpen Smith

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