Julie Albanese

Teaching Assistant

I’m a shoe-tying, tear-drying, line-leading, book-reading, multi-tasking, question-asking, song-singing, smile-bringing, Teacher’s Assistant ….. and I love it!

Caitlin Boyle


I have always loved working with children. Being able to touch lives of young children, to teach them to love learning, is the most rewarding experience.

Maria Cahill

Teaching Assistant

In my spare time I enjoy singing, dancing, cooking, crafting, and shopping. I enjoy my time at Zion everyday, working with great children and wonderful families

Kirsten Callahan

Teaching Assistant

I’ve been working as an assistant for 6 years. I raised my own kids and enjoy doing crafts and working with toddlers. “Don’t give up, I believe in you all! A person’s a person no matter how small!” – Dr. Seuss

Andreana Doyle

Administration – Students

I’m originally from Brooklyn, but love living on Staten Island for last 25+ years.  I’m the mother of three beautiful girls.  As a cooking and baking enthusiast, my heart is always in the kitchen.  You’ll often find me singing and dancing there while I whip up special meals and treats for my family.  I can’t survive without coffee and speak fluent sarcasm.

Francine Kettyle


I’m the mother of two boys and have been a teacher for 26 years.  “A child’s life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark.”

Lisa Knudson

Teaching Assistant

I enjoy reading, baking, and spending time with my family.  I look forward to going to work everyday to help children learn and grow with support of the other  teachers and teaching assistants.

Marcy Kobrack

Teaching Assistant

The best sound in the whole world is the laughter of children.  I’m so blessed to spend my days learning and laughing with them.

Joyce Monnick

Teaching Assistant

I am the mother of two and grandmother of three. Zion has been my home for many years. I can’t think of any place else I’d rather work than here, with my hardworking colleagues, touching the lives of these amazing children.

Stacey Olsen

Teaching Assistant

I am a mom of 3 and a Zion church member. I love working with kids because they see the magic in things that adults don’t.

Jennifer Rodgers

Kitchen Manager

Children bring me a lot of joy…… as they do to everyone who appreciates them.

JoAnn Rozas

Teaching Assistant

I’ve been working at Zion since 2008.  After working with many different ages and programs, I have found my current happy place in the Gigglez to Scribblez all day care program.  Thanks for sharing your babies with me!

Liz Thompson

Teaching Assistant

I’ve been working at Zion for 11 years.  I love being a child’s first teacher and watching them learn and grow.  I enjoy spending time with my family , traveling, and all things Disney!

Jennie Traficenti


In my spare time, I love to read, craft, explore art techniques, and spend time with my family. I’m huge fan of the Beatles and Paul McCarthy fan.  I work at Zion because I love teaching, I love my co-workers, and because from my very first day at Zion it felt like home!

Karen Williamson

Administration – Assistant

I live on Staten Island with my three amazing kids.  I am an LMSW and have worked with children of various ages for the past 20 years.

Linda Herman

Preschool Director

I am a happily married mother of two children, Chris and Becky, and four granddaughters, Luna, Nila, Lily and Willa. I’m also a mom to two very mischievous cats, Max and Sammy.

I have been blessed to be an Early Childhood educator for over 30 years and now I am blessed to work at Zion Lutheran Preschool with amazing teachers, children, families and Zion Lutheran Church.   

Quote I love…

“Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

–  The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams