Our teaching staff is highly trained in early childhood and is dedicated to their field. Their passion for teaching and love of children is validated on a daily basis in their hard work. Each staff member is CPR and First Aid Trained and has completed all of the requirements for the New York City Department of Health.
VICTORIA CABAN (Little Explorers)
Victoria has been working with Stepping Stones for over two years. She grew up in Brooklyn and currently lives in Bay Ridge. When she first started at Stepping Stones she worked with the three-year-old program and now has begun working at the two-year-old program. Victoria, who goes by Ms. Vicky, has several years of experience in working in the field of education. Her previous experience included managing afterschool programs for a non-profit arts education organization and working at a partial separation two-year-old program in Brooklyn Heights. When she’s not at Stepping Stones, you can find her learning new recipes and continuing her education at Kingsborough. In her spare time, Vicky can be found playing the latest video game or catching up on nerd culture. Vicky really enjoys creating a safe, fun, and enriching program at Stepping Stones and looks forward to the years to come.
NICOLE CANALE (Extended Day)
Nicole has worked with children as an after school assistant and camp counselor for two years. This is her second year as an after school teacher at Stepping Stones. She enjoys working with children and showing them new things. Nicole is currently attending Kingsborough Community College with a major in Mental Health and Human Services. Her goal is to be a mental health counselor specializing in children and adolescents. In her free time, Nicole likes to discover new music and spend time with family and friends. She looks forward to getting to know the staff, children, and parents at Stepping Stones.
JILLIAN DOYLE (Little Learners @ The Next Step)
Jillian has been a two-year-old teacher at Stepping Stones since 2017. Jillian has been an early childhood educator for over five years, in both early intervention and preschool classes. She has extensive experience working with children who have special needs and believes every young child learns in a personal and unique way. Jillian’s goal this year is to foster her students’ independence, explore the world around them, and learn through play. Jillian continues to study Early Childhood Education because she believes that a positive school experience at a young age sets the students up for success. Jillian looks forward to an exciting year ahead.
JILLIAN ENGLISH (Remote Learning/AfterSchool)
Jillian has been a three-year-old assistant teacher at Stepping Stones for over a year. She was a wonderful addition to the staff. She brings humor, fun, and creativity to all the students and teachers she works with. Jillian has been an extended day teacher and is currently completing her Degree in Early Childhood Education with Children and Youth Studies from Brooklyn College. She has a passion for art and loves to play any board games or creative games with the children. Her patience and kindness are seen on a daily basis.
DONNA FONTANA (Little Explorers)
Donna has been working at Stepping Stones since 2014. She has been a toddler assistant teacher for both summer and fall and is currently completing her degree in Early Childhood Education. Donna loves to sing and play the piano in her spare time. She truly enjoys working with the children and loves being able to see how much the children learn and grow over the school year. She is extremely patient and kind and treats every child as if they were her own. She loves nurturing the children and helping them get adjusted to their new school environment. Donna is excited to be Co-Teaching her class this year!
Shannon has worked with Stepping Stones Nursery School since 2010. During her tenure, she worked with two-year-olds and has spent the majority of her time here as the three-year-old headteacher. Shannon attended Saint John’s University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Education with a concentration in English. She has received her professional certification in Education and completed her Master’s Degree in Education. Shannon teaches to help instill the values of education in her students and creating early education bonds with her students that she carries with her forever. Shannon is an animal lover and enjoys feeding and caring for the stray animals she encounters. Shannon also looks forward to spending time with her husband and her new baby daughter!
DANA MARINO (Pre-Kindergarden)
Dana currently works as a teacher in Stepping Stones. In the past, she has been a co-teacher of the Kindergarten After School Program and also an assistant teacher for the two-year-old class. She has taught the Twos, Threes, and now Pre-K. She has been with Stepping Stones since 2014. Dana received her Associate’s Degree from Kingsborough Community College in Early Childhood Education and completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education in January of this year. She loves teaching because there is nothing better than watching children grow. During her free time, Dana enjoys working for Event Works; an Event Planning Company on the weekends where she creates the parties of your dreams. Her creativity inside and outside the classroom always shines. You can always find Dana laughing and smiling with her students and their parents. She loves interacting with people and is a great addition to the Stepping Stones staff.
JACQUELINE NIGLIO (Learning Bridges)
Jackie has been at Stepping Stones since 2015. Jackie completed her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education this year and is looking forward to teaching this year. Jackie has an exceptional way with children and you can always hear her laughing with her students. She has worked with all different age groups. She also has an interest in the arts, such as photography, painting, and sketching. Her talent as an artist enables her to bring her artistic side into the classroom. When school is closed for vacations, you can find Jackie traveling overseas and spending time with her family and siblings.
DALIA SARSOUR (Substitute)
Dalia is currently a substitute teacher. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education at the College of Staten Island. Her interests include spending quality time with family and friends. Her previous experiences with children include babysitting and tutoring for all ages. In her free time, she enjoys getting hold of a good book. Her objective at Stepping Stones is to mold, experiment, and support children’s interests through play and activity while feeling engaged in their environment.
SAMIAH SARSOUR (Substitute)
Samiah has helped in the After School Program at Stepping Stones for over a year. Last summer she worked as an extended teacher and various days with children in the two, three, and four-year-old classes. Samiah is currently enrolled in Hunter College full time working towards her degree in Nursing. During her free time, she loves to walk the pier with her friends as well as creating new crafts with her little sister. She looks forward to being a part of the friendly and enthusiastic family at Stepping Stones.
ROSARY SCHININA (Little Learners @ The Next Step)
Rosary has had a love for teaching since she was 12 years old. Rosary has been a Preschool teacher here at Stepping Stones since 2007. Along with holding her position here, she is a mother of two children. Having children in grade school allows Rosary to empathize with your concerns regarding your child’s early childhood development and it helps her to prepare your child for their future education. Rosary is currently a teacher for our Threes program at The Next Step. She is a caring, nurturing, and enthusiastic individual, who is dedicated to her classroom. Outside of her classroom, she enjoys spending time with her family! Rosary’s future goals are to continue teaching the incoming students of Stepping Stones. She enjoys watching every student in her class blossom into mature young individuals. She strives to provide a fun and interactive environment for her class where the children will not only learn but grow to love the process of learning itself.
Caitlin has been a part of Stepping Stones for over six years and is now teaching Kindergarten. Caitlin grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia in Newtown, Bucks County. She attended an all-girls private, Catholic preparatory high school. After high school, Caitlin attended The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. She graduated from CUA, with a BA Degree in Early Childhood Education. Caitlin’s interests include music, going to concerts, running, going to the beach, trying new things, and meeting new people. Caitlin’s future goal is to receive her Masters in Guidance Counseling. Caitlin loves to constantly create a positive learning environment within her classroom. Caitlin loves to constantly engage her students to further their understanding of the material being taught with enjoyable and hands-on lessons!