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!