Carrie Bryant Render

DIRECTOR / TRUSTEE​

It has been such a blessing to be the School Administrator/ Director here at Holy Cross these past 7 years. Like many of our staff I started as a parent and quickly realized that this was not only a wonderful place to teach my own children, but a remarkable place to work with awesome people. I am a parent of 3 children between the ages of 6 and 13. I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Finance from Mt. St. Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Upon graduation, I moved to Tampa, Florida where I owned and directed Accent on Dance for five years. Most recently I was Owner/Founder and former Artistic Director of Showtime Dance Company. I am blessed to be a part of this Holy Cross family and truly believe in the importance of teaching children in a fun, loving and Christ centered environment. ​

Laura Valvo

OFFICE MANAGER/TRUSTEE

I became involved at Holy Cross first as a parent after working on Wall Street for 15 years. My daughter attended our Level I and II programs. I started as a teacher aide in 2011. I assisted in Level I, Level 2 and Academic Enrichment. A few years ago, I started assisting as part of the administrative staff. I am now the Office Manager. I love working with the children and staff at Holy Cross. I have two children currently in High School in the Suffern Central District.

Veronica Kellner

HEAD TEACHER / TRUSTEE

Holy Cross has been a part of my life since 2008, first as a parent and then as a staff member. I have taught both the Level 1 and Level 2 classes and have also been in charge of running our lunch bunch program including our Special Themed Wednesdays. My experiences at this school as both a parent and a teacher have been wonderful. I love that our students have fun while learning. They get a great academic base to prepare them for the years of school ahead while also learning about God.

I am thrilled to be the Head Teacher and 5 day Level 2/Pre-K Teacher this year and work with all of our very talented staff here at Holy Cross.

Lynda Babaian

FIRST STEP TEACHER

I have been part of the Holy Cross family since 2008 when both of my sons attended school here. Having not worked for some time and being a certified teacher I decided to add my name to the substitute teacher list at the school. I enjoyed it so much that I began to get more involved and eventually became a teacher's assistant in First Step. I have been the lead First Step teacher now for several years. I love working with the little ones and I feel blessed to be a part of this beautiful school and program.

Hannah Volekas

LEARNING POD COORDINATOR / COMPLIANCE MANAGER TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN / LEVEL 2 PRE-K TEACHER

I started at Holy Cross in 2014 bringing my daughter to Mommy and Me. I was excited to see how wonderful the staff and school was and knew I would love to work here. I started as a substitute and quickly found my place as an assistant in First Step and Level 2. I have taught Level 2 and Transitional Kindergarten. Currently, due to COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines, I am the Learning Pod Coordinator and Compliance Manager. During the summer, I co-teach summer camp. I am a proud parent of two children, Molly and Joe. I have a teaching certification in preschool–3rd grade and my Master’s in Reading and Literacy K-8.

Nicole Bello-Kotzsch

LEVEL 1 TEACHER & ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT TEACHER

I am a grateful member of the Holy Cross Staff/ Family since 2011.

My youngest son graduated Level 2 in 2012, and what I most treasure was the spiritual foundation that was built, through bible stories, prayer and worship. Over the years I have had the privilege to work in all levels and programs at Holy Cross, as a substitute, teacher’s assistant, and since 2017 as a Level 1 teacher. In the afternoons, I teach Level 2/Academic Enrichment and have also been the Special Lunch Bunch Coordinator facilitating afternoons of fun crafts and making our own snacks.

I came to the USA with the EurAupair Organization in 1997, and I have been caring and teaching preschool age children ever since. I believe all children are a special gift. They deserve our loving attention, and guidance to help them build a strong foundation, social and emotional skills as well as learning in a fun interactive/ hands on kind of way.

Connie Florio

CLASSROOM AIDE

I am a graduate of William Paterson University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. I taught Kindergarten for 10 years as well as nursery school. I have been blessed with 3 children, Keith, Stephen,and Leah,who lead very busy lives ! I am the aide in Ms. Lynda's class and enjoy teaching the little ones ! I feel at home here at Holy Cross !

Dominique Chirardio

CLASSROOM AIDE / PIANO TEACHER

LIKE MANY OF OUR STAFF I FIRST CAME TO HOLY CROSS AS A PARENT. AFTER BEING AN AIDE IN EACH OF OUR PROGRAMS, I AM NOW A FLOATER AND AIDE FOR ALL CLASSES AT HOLY CROSS THIS SCHOOL YEAR. AS A TRAINED MUSICIAN I ALSO TEACH GROUP AND PRIVATE PIANO LESSONS AS PART OF OUR EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES.

TAYLOR GARDNER

Learning Pod Assistant

I am a graduate of Middlebury College and currently enrolled at Smith College as a graduate assistant. I am so fortunate to work at Holy Cross and help children with their education. Every day is something new and exciting. I have always loved working with children and this is a great opportunity!

SARAH VITA

Teacher Assistant

I am a graduate of New England College with a degree in Education. I started working as a one on one aide here at Holy Cross. Then started working as a substitute and teacher assistant in all levels. I have worked helping with Academic Enrichment, lunch bunch and Special Wednesday Lunch Bunch. I work the early morning drop off and this year, I am in the Learning Pods. I love watching the students succeed and grow during the year. Holy Cross is an amazing place to work! I feel so lucky to be here helping your children succeed and grow during their time at Holy Cross.

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