Meet our Administration
The administration works collaboratively with teachers and staff so that together they coordinate the educational experience.
Director of Childcare
Jeanette Weldon is the Director of Childcare and holds a B.S. degree from The University of Alabama and a M.A. degree in Early Childhood Education from Springhill College. She holds certificates of Mastery in 17th and 18th Century Decorative Arts, 19th and 20th Century Decorative Arts and 19th and 20th Century Decorative Arts from Sotheby’s Institute in London, England. Jeanette was a founding partner in Welhil Interiors and first became involved with Brookwood as a parent volunteer when her children attended the school. She is an active community member who is committed to helping Brookwood thrive and grow. She grew up in Mobile, Alabama and lives in Cooperstown with her husband and three children.
Martha Brennan is the administrative assistant in the morning and a lead teacher in our afternoon Preschool Program. She holds an A.A.S. degree in Science from North Country Community College. Martha was an aide in Special Education for 7 years as well as an administrative assistant for a medical office for 10 years. Martha has four grown children and grew up in Saratoga Springs. She currently lives in Edmeston and enjoys skiing, foraging and hiking in her spare time. firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Finance
John Hodgson is the Director of Finance. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Mc Master University, and a B.Sc. in Elementary Education from Medaille College. John joins the Brookwood School team after 11 years as a stay at home dad. He is an active community member, involved in the Cooperstown Soccer Club, Girls on the Run, Substitute teaching at the Cooperstown Elementary School, Cooperstown Winter Carnival, and plays in several local bands. John is originally from Toronto, Ontario, and currently lives in the village with his wife and two children.
Meet our Lead Teachers
Michele Hubbard is a lead teacher in our Preschool Program with Eileen Fallon. She holds her A.A.S. degree in Early Childhood Education from Herkimer County Community College, and her B.A. degree in Early Childhood Education from Ashford University. Michelle enjoys spending time with her two daughters crafting and baking.
Joan Kegelman is a co-lead in a Preschool classroom with Skyler Babcock. She grew up in New York City, where she graduated from the Convent of the Sacred Heart College and attended Marymount Manhattan. After a career in retail and then Wall Street, Mrs. K spent twelve years prior to Brookwood at CPC Nursery School and Kindergarten in Summit, New Jersey. She also taught French at Brookwood for four years. Mrs. K has over 17 years of experience in education of young children. She lives in Fly Creek and enjoys playing tennis, knitting and gardening.
Alma Curtis is a lead teacher in our Preschool Program. She holds a B.S. in Marketing/Management from Staten Island College and a B.S. in Nursing from Mount St. Mary College. Before coming to Brookwood she was the Artistic Director for Cooperstown Performing Arts where she instructed preschool children and up from 2007 until 2015. In her spare time, she enjoys teaching the Cooperstown Middle School cotillion program, dancing and running. email@example.com
Ashlie Dawson is a lead teacher in our Toddler Program and holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from SUNY Oneonta. She grew up locally and has been at Brookwood since 2004. Ashlie lives in Cherry Valley with her husband and daughter Emma, who was born in February 2017. Her free time is spent remodeling her home and enjoying her time with Emma.
Skyler Babcock is a lead teacher in our Preschool Program. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and a M.S. in Childhood Education from Ithaca College. Skyler also works in the office during the afternoon as one of our business administrators. She enjoys practicing yoga and spending time outdoors, especially on Canadarago Lake. firstname.lastname@example.org
Denise Lull is a lead teacher in our Toddler Program. She holds a B.S. in Health and Physical Education from Slippery Rock University and an A.A.S. in Health and Physical Education from Herkimer County Community College. Denise has been in the field of childcare for thirty-seven years. Denise enjoys the great outdoors, watching sports and baking with her grandchildren. email@example.com
Charlotte Thayer holds a Childhood Development Associate Degree and is a lead teacher in our Infant Program. She has been at Brookwood since 2012. Charlotte grew up locally and currently lives in Hartwick with her husband and children. She enjoys taking walks, reading and spending time with her family.
Lyz Dailey holds a Childhood Development Associate Degree and is a lead teacher in our Infant Program. She has been at Brookwood since 2004 and has raised five of her own children. Lyz grew up in Connecticut and moved to the area twenty-five years ago. She lives in Springfield Center, where she enjoys Stephen King novels, sewing and watching movies in her spare time.
Meet our Assistant Teachers
Nicki Wakefield is an assistant in our Infant Program. She is currently working towards a Childhood Development Associate Degree. Nicki grew up locally and currently lives in Hartwick with her family and young son. She enjoys reading, drawing, and cooking.
Esther Rood is a floater in our Preschool Program. She holds her Certified Nurse’s Assistant degree from Masonic Care Community of New York and previously worked in adult home care at Sitrin Home Health Care Center in New Hartford. Esther grew up in Litchfield, NY and currently lives with her family and two daughters in Springfield Center. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering at her church, reading and hiking.
Meet our Specials Teachers
Stephanie Hoster is our Physical Education teacher and helps run our School Age After Care Program. Stephanie holds a B.S. in Kinesiology/Health and Physical Education from West Chester University. In her free time, she enjoys camping, hiking and culinary arts. Stephanie lives in Cooperstown.
Deb Clark assists in our afterschool Preschool, School Age. Vacation Care and Summer Care programs.
For 12 years Deb was a certified, register daycare provider through Catholic Charities of Oneonta. She is currently employed part time at Edmeston Central School and lives in West Winfield, NY. Deb grew up locally and enjoys swimming. painting and hiking.
Dana LaCroix has been teaching music at The Brookwood School since 2004. A critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter, she has released five CDs and continues to tour in Canada, the U.S. and Europe with her band of top New York City musicians. Her songs have been recorded by major label artists in Canada and the Netherlands and have been placed in feature films, including one starring John Turturro. Ms. LaCroix presents singing clinics and workshops at conferences and institutes of higher learning in Canada, the U.S. and Denmark. Ms. LaCroix’s passion is working with children. In music classes at the Brookwood School, she accompanies herself on the guitar, choosing material based on the conviction that children are natural music lovers and respond best to truly great songs. Her teaching is grounded in the Montessori method, which focuses on the whole child with respect for the naturally absorbent mind of the individual student. Ms. LaCroix is a graduate of the Humber College Jazz Studies Program in Toronto, Canada.
Meet our Floaters
Anne-Marie Whitaker, RN
School Staff Nurse
Anne-Marie started at Brookwood in September 2017 as our school nurse. She additionally assists as a floater and in administrative directives as needed. Anne-Marie holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in nursing, and additionally carries multiple nursing related professional certifications. Previously, Anne-Marie co-owned and administrated for local businesses. She and her family reside in the Cooperstown area where their children attend high school. In their free time as a family, they enjoy the outdoor activities of upstate and central New York. Anne-Marie enjoys supporting a variety of local youth sports, and in her free time engages in kayaking, fishing, gardening, and horse-related activities.
All the Departments
Ann Marsala helps with all the afternoon care.