Our Teachers

Child care teachers work daily with children during the day and must foster an atmosphere of trust, love, and security.  Your child will be involved in activities that will enrich their social, emotional, and physical growth.  . They must incorporate physical and mental awareness to assist the children with their daily activities, plan new activities and projects for them to do each day, and be mindful and aware of their safety at all times. Some of the other daily tasks with the children include reading to them, preparing food and snacks, and playing games. Child care teachers work with other teachers in a child care setting--usually lead teachers and teacher aides. Child care teachers work directly with children, helping them with their playtime, snacks and any learning activities. Child care teachers also plan activities for the children and keep the classroom clean. Teachers must also be able to interact with the children’s parents and communicate any problems or issues to them. Child care teachers must also work to facilitate any communications with the children and their parent(s) or guardian(s) if there are problems or goals to reach. Most child care teachers must be a high school graduate and at least 18 years old. Many child care teachers have an educational background in early childhood education or childhood development. Many child care teachers also have specialized training such as teacher certifications, first aid food handling, and have completed a background check.

Director:

Iris Mascio

Miss Iris comes to Linkage Childcare with years of experience in childcare education. As an Assistant Director at Kindercare, Iris was instrumental in preparing classrooms and teachers for NAEYC accreditation from which they received a Four Star Rating from Parent Aware.  Iris earned her Master’s in Teaching from Kent State University in Ohio.  Iris is a married mother of four and her favorite book is "Elephant and Piggie: We are in a Book." Her favorite part about teaching is helping children be more independent, self sufficient and confident in themselves. 

Infant Room: 

Miss Silvia is our Lead Teacher in the Infant Room! Her favorite book is Los Sentimentos (The Feelings Book). She loves to dance and sing! She has been in childcare for 5 years and has her Child Development Associate Degree. She loves to learn from the children and she thinks they are so much fun! She loves to teach children songs and dances!

Miss Minerva is our Teacher Aide in the Infant Room! Her favorite book is El Oso Café and she loves to take walks and to sing. She has 2 years of experience working in child care. She loves being a teacher and spending time with kids. She likes doing art projects and different activities.

Toddler Room:

Miss Anair is our Lead Teacher in the Toddler Room. Her favorite book is Brown Bear. She likes to take walks and read books to kids! She has worked with children for 6 years including 4 years with Preschoolers and 2 years with Infants. She has her Child Development Associate Degree. She likes to spend time with the children at school and teach them new things. She loves doing art projects and sensory activities.

Miss Martina is the Assistant Teacher in the Toddler Room. She has worked in childcare for over 7 years, both in centers and home daycares. She has her Child Development Associates degree in Bilingual Preschool. She loves spending time with her daughters and taking her puppy for walks. Her favorite part of her job with young children is using songs and games to teach them important concepts like numbers and letters!

Preschool Room:

Miss Sharlene is our Lead Preschool Teacher. She comes to us with over fifteen years of childcare experience. Her favorite book is "Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day." She likes anything art related including music, drawing, crafts and photography. She has her Child Development Associates degree and 5 years of college credits. She loves watching children learn and teaching them new things. Her favorite thing about teaching is how excited the kids are to share what they have learned at school.

Miss Gabby is the Teacher Aide in the Toddler Room. Her favorite book is El Oso Café. She loves to run, go shopping and dancing. She has less than a year of experience in child care and was previously in the technology field. She has some college credits and is working on getting her Child Development Associates degree. She loves being around kids and thinks they are very fun!

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