Meet our Administration

The administration works collaboratively with teachers and staff so that together they coordinate the educational experience.


Jeanette Weldon

Director of Childcare

Jeanette Weldon 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.
jweldon@thebrookwoodschool.org

Martha Brennan

martha brennan 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. mbrennan@thebrookwoodschool.org

John Hodgson

Director of Finance

martha brennan 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.
jhodgson@thebrookwoodschool.org

Meet our Lead Teachers


Michele Hubbard

Preschool

michele hubbardMichele 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.
mhubbard@thebrookwoodschool.org

 

Joan Kegelman

Preschool

IMG_2013Joan 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.
jkegelman@thebrookwoodschool.org

Alma Curtis

Preschool

alma curtis 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. acurtis@thebrookwoodschool.org

Ashlie Dawson

Toddler

Ashlie Dawson

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.
adawson@thebrookwoodschool.org

Kathryn Estell

Toddler

Kathryn Estell (1)Kathryn Estelle holds a certificate in Early Childhood Education from ONC Boces and is a lead teacher in our Toddler Program. Kathryn grew up in Edmeston where she currently lives and enjoys cooking, reading and assembling puzzles.
kestelle@thebrookwoodschool.org

Elizabeth Daley

Infant/Waddler

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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.
ldaley@thebrookwoodschool.org

Skyler Babcock

Preschool

Skyler Babcock 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. sbabcock@thebrookwoodschool.org

Morgan Sylvester

Preschool

michele hubbardMorgan Sylvester is a lead teacher in our Preschool Program.  For the past two summers Morgan worked as an Assistant in our Preschool Program with Skyler Babcock.  She holds a duel B.S. degree in English and Education from SUNY Oneonta and is currently working on her M.S. in Literacy Education.  Morgan enjoys walking her two German shepards and baking in her spare time.
msylester@thebrookwoodschool.org

 

Erin Kelly

Preschool

Erin-Kelly

Erin Kelly is the lead teacher in our Kindergarten program. She holds a B.A. in General Education Studies and Special Education from Southern New Hampshire University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Erin is currently working towards her Masters in Curriculum Instruction. Before coming to Brookwood, Erin previously taught and volunteered in the NH school districts of Hookset, Auburn, Manchester, Plymouth and Concord. Erin comes from a long line of educators and just last year (2016) her mother was awarded “Teacher of the Year” in Hookset, NH. When not teaching, Erin enjoys running, reading and spending quality time with family. ekelly@thebrookwoodschool.org

Denise Lull

Toddler

Denise Lull 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. dlull@thebrookwoodschool.org

Charlotte Thayer

Infant

Charlotte Thayer

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.
cthayer@thebrookwoodschool.org

Rebecca Baker

Infant

michele hubbardRebecca Baker is a lead teacher in our Infant Program.  She grew up in Springfield Center, New York and enjoys cross-stitching, reading and taking care of her children. rbaker@thebrookwoodschool.org

Meet our Assistant Teachers


Nicki Wakefield

Infant

20141204_163405Nicki 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.
nwakefield@thebrookwoodschool.org

Eileen Fallon

Preschool

michele hubbardEileen Fallon is an assistant teacher in our Preschool Program with Michele Hubbard.  Before coming to Brookwood Eileen worked as a Teacher Aide at Edmeston Central School and as a 1:1 Aide for kindergarten through second grade.  She also has experience working with adults in a group home setting.  In her free time Eileen enjoys spending time at home with her son Oliver.

Christine Wood

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Christine Wood is an assistant teacher in our infant Program with Charlotte Thayer.  She grew up locally and enjoys spending time with her daughter, being outdoors and taking care of her animals.
cwood@thebrookwoodschool.org

Esther Rood

Preschool

Esther Rood

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.
erood@thebrookwoodschool.org

Margaret Leslie

Waddler

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Margaret Leslie is an assistant teacher in our Waddler Program with Lyz Dayley. She graduated from Cooperstown in 2009 and continued her education at Suny Oneonta where she received a B.A. in English. Margaret has many years of child care experience. She loves animals and enjoys expressing herself creatively in her spare time.

 

Laurie Wisniewski

Toddler

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Laurie Wisniewski is an assistant teacher in our Toddler Program with Denise Lull. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her three grown children, six grandchildren and going on nature walks.
lwisniewski@thebrookwoodschool.org

 

 Meet our Specials Teachers

 

Stephanie Hoster

Physical Education

Stephanie HosterStephanie 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.
shoster@thebrookwoodschool.org

Deborah Clark

Extended Care

Deborah ClarkDeb 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.
dclark@thebrookwoodschool.org

Paola Rudloff

Spanish

nophoto-femalePaola Rudloff is originally from Mexico and is our Spanish teacher. She lives in Cooperstown with her husband and three children. In her spare time she enjoys dancing, working out and working with children.

Dana LaCroix

Music

dana lacroixDana 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.
dlacroix@thebrookwoodschool.org

 

Meet our Floaters


Rebecca Baker

Infant / Toddler

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Rebecca Baker is a floater in our Infant and Toddler Departments.

Anne-Marie Whitaker, RN

School Staff Nurse

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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.

Ann Marsala

All the Departments

Ann Marsala helps with all the afternoon care.

Ashley Mumbalo

All the Departments

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Ashley Mumbalo is a floater who works in all of our Departments.

Jane McCoy

Morning Drop Off Program

Jane McCoy is a supervisor for our Early Morning drop off Program