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Nursery School

Staff & Faculty

A highly experienced faculty trained in early childhood education works with children individually and in groups fostering creative expression through art, music, movement and language. The faculty of the 92nd Street Y Nursery School are passionate and dedicated. Many of our faculty members have been teaching at 92Y for over 30 years. The faculty bring a wide variety of professional experience and backgrounds which enrich the classroom experience. Our teachers work in teams, and collaborate and plan together. Professional development opportunities are provided during each year to enrich faculty growth.

The Nursery School partners with other 92Y Centers for our specialist classes. Gymnastics instruction is provided by certified coaches from the May Center for Health, Fitness and Sports. Wonderdance classes are taught by a dance instructor from the Harkness Dance Center and music teachers from the 92Y School of Music.

Ellen Birnbaum

Director, Early Childhood Programs and Director of Nursery School Oversight

Ellen Birnbaum is a veteran of 92nd Street Y’s Nursery School, where she began as an Assistant Teacher in 1981 …

Malka Lowenstein

Interim Director

Malka Lowenstein is the Interim Director of the 92nd Street Y Nursery School …

Dena Warren

Director of Admissions and Operations

Dena Warren is the Director of Admissions and Operations. She started working at the 92nd Street Y Nursery School in 1998 as a Head Teacher in the Yellow room …

Lora DelPonte

Director of Education Programs

Lora DelPonte holds a dual Master’s Degree in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education from Fordham University …

Gail Raybin

Admissions Associate and Office Manager

Gail Raybin has been working at the 92nd Street Y since 1988 …

Tracy Birkhahn, L.M.S.W., M.S.Ed.

Director of Learning Resources

In her current role, Tracy meets and works with parents to discuss and explore developmental or parenting issues and concerns …

Susan Caplan

Director of Community Engagement and Development

Susan Caplan is the Director of Community Engagement and Development at the 92nd Street Y Nursery School …

Laura Rosen-Apostolou

Associate Director, Community Engagement & Development

Laura brings over 10 years of special events planning, program planning and fundraising to her role at the 92nd Street Y Nursery School …

Updated August 2020.

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