Meet Our Staff

With education and experience in early childhood care
  • Our staff consists of three teachers and one assistant with experience in early childhood care.

    • Barbara Swason
      3s Teacher, Director of CCNS

      Barbara Swason

      3s Teacher, Director of CCNS

      I was born and raised in Croton, and enjoy living in a small town. I received an Associate Degree in Human Services from Westchester Community College, a Bachelor of Psychology from Iona College and Certification from Mercy College. I have been working in the summer camp program for the past 30 years and have been teaching at CCNS for the past 24 years. In 1997 I took over the position of Director. I have always known I wanted to work with young children and cannot imagine doing anything else. Teaching at CCNS is a unique opportunity. One not only gets to know each child, but the family as well. The honesty that the children bring to the classroom opens one’s eyes to the reality of life. Although not everything in life may go as we would like, a child’s innocence can warm one’s heart through both the good times and the bad. As one of my students this year tells me in her words: “Have I told you that I love you today?”

    • Ann
      4s Teacher

      Ann

      4s Teacher

      I remember vividly many, many years ago sitting at the CCNS orientation for the first time with my husband. As we listened to each presenter, we were very impressed at how everyone referred to the CCNS community as their CCNS “family”. Our precious daughter was just two years old and sending her off to “family” seemed much easier than sending her off to “school”. After orientation we were both anxious and very excited. We were looking forward to what we hoped would be a wonderful experience for all of us. The next five years proved to be just as terrific as we had expected. Our family easily became part of the CCNS family. We all met some of our closest friends during those years at CCNS. Returning to CCNS in this new capacity of teacher is like coming “home”. I look forward to working with both the children and their parents. I know what a fabulous place CCNS is, and I’m thrilled to once again be a part of this wonderful CCNS “family”.

    • Suzan
      2s Teacher

      Suzan

      2s Teacher

      I reside in Buchanan, NY. I live with my husband and have three grown children. My youngest son and daughter are attending college. My oldest son has graduated college and now lives and works in New York City. I graduated with a BA from Pace University. I have been a pre-school teacher for thirteen years, the last seven as head teacher in a two- year-old classroom. I enjoy spending time with my family, playing tennis, taking walks with our dog Lily and relaxing with a good book. It is such a joy to see the two year olds laughing and singing together as they learn through music and play. My favorite activity at circle time is to sing “What’s the Weather” and then dress Mr. Weather Bear so he is ready to go outside to play too. All the children are so excited to have a turn!

    • Karen
      Assistant Teacher (4s class)

      Karen

      Assistant Teacher (4s class)

      In the summer of 2008, after ten years of working in a nursery school in Bedford, New York, I went looking for a new job at a new school. I remember coming to CCNS for my interview as a teacher’s assistant, pulling up to the little red school house and thinking, “Wow, this school looks so lovely. I hope I get this job”. From the moment I walked through the door until now, I have loved working here. Everyone is so friendly and easy to get along with. Thank you for the opportunity to share my day with you and your children.