The Pond’s founder, director, and teacher, Dottie Giuliano, was co-founder of The Kinder Club in 1994. The school had originally been established on the grounds of beautiful Camp Alvernia. During those years she has obtained the following certifications:
- MS in Early Childhood Education – CW Post (with additional Bank Street courses in educational philosophy, in particular Montessori and Waldorf education, Reggio Emilia approach, as well as Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences theory)
- NYS Certification in B-2nd grade
- NYS Certification in 1st-6th grade
- Licensed Kindermusik educator
- Certified yoga instructor, registered with Yoga Alliance and trained/graduated at Yoga Shanti with Rodney Yee – 2 teacher trainings completed
- Certified children’s yoga instructor by Karma Kids Yoga in NYC- two teacher trainings completed
- Certified senior’s yoga instructor by Silver Age Yoga
- Piano teacher in the Centerport community for over 20 years!
- Current Pediatric CPR and First Aid Certification – expires July 2023
- on the campus of Camp Alvernia for 25 years!!!
- Centerport resident for 38 years
All credentials are available for you to view in our classroom. We recommend that you verify staff certifications with any program that you are considering!