Jaime Abbatemarco

Administration – Staff

I live on Staten Island with my husband Frank, and 3 children, Olivia (9), Frankie (7), and Nicholas (5). “Children want the same things we do.  To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained and delighted.” – Dr. Seuss

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 had a love of working with children.  Being able to touch the 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 every day, working with great children and wonderful families.

Kirsten Callahan

Teaching Assistant

I’ve been working as a Teaching 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

Christine Connell

Interim Director

Happily married and the mother of 3 adult children and “1.5” grandchildren. I am humbled to provide leadership and work alongside such high-quality staff that has dedicated decades to teaching preschoolers in the Zion Community and surrounding areas.

As a lifelong Lutheran and ELCA Deacon, I feel it takes a village to care for and educate the littlest members of our communities.  “We are blessed to be able to assist in teaching the next generation of leaders, be they doctors, politicians, teachers like ourselves, or parents that are able to stay home with their children.  Each day of work is a gift and I am thankful for it, and for all the children in it.”

Dayna Comito


I enjoy spending time with my family, especially my nieces and nephews, and friends. I love working at Zion because I love working with kids.  Zion is my second family.

Andreana Doyle

Administration – Student Enrollment

I’m originally from Brooklyn, but love my life 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.

Jamie Fermaint

Teaching Assistant

I was an EMT until I became a mom.  I love working at Zion with the kids because it’s such a happy and nurturing environment.

Dhanya Iadarola


I enjoy spending time with my family, going on hikes and doing yoga.  I am continually inspired by the wide-open minds of young children.  I am dedicated to providing my students with a meaningful and engaging learning experience.

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 Kobrak


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.

Angela O’Donnell

Teaching Assistant

I’m a native Staten Islander and mom of two girls.  I retired from the NYPD as a detective and am enjoying my second career working with children at Zion.

Stacey Olson

Teaching Assistant

I am a nose wiping, potty helping, hand soaping, crayon drawing, story reading, alphabet singing, number counting, jacket zipping, tear wiping, hug giving, difference maker for young children and I love every minute.

Jennifer Rogers

Certified Food Handler

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!

Nicole Smith


I love teaching because it allows me to have a positive impact on children’s lives.  “A teacher plants the seeds of knowledge sprinkles them with love and patiently nurtures their growth to produce tomorrow’s dreams.”

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 – Student Records

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.