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JENNIFER L. DELUNA Co-Founder/Director

jennPrior to establishing Building Bridges, Jennifer was a Marketing Consultant and Assistant Teacher for Linden Tree Preschool.

She holds a dual MBA in both International Management and Marketing and was an Assistant Vice President and Marketing Manager in Asset Management/Private Equity. Desiring to stay close to home with her two young children and expand her creativity, Jennifer left finance to pursue her own graphic design business and part-time teaching position. Jennifer also is a Certified Fitness Instructor. Along with managing the preschool, you can still find Jennifer teaching adult fitness classes at the local YMCA.

SUSAN L. KUHLMANN Co-Founder/Director

sueSusan is a founder and director of Building Bridges. Susan was Principal at Linden Tree Preschool in Cobble Hill for seven years before venturing out to open her own preschool.

Prior, she worked as a substitute teacher for several local private schools and before that lived and worked for a private preschool in the UK. Susan spends quite a bit of time in our classrooms assisting our head teachers and firmly believes children should be encouraged to explore and investigate their surroundings. She is passionate about storytelling and can often be found reading a favorite book to the children. She has extensive experience in marketing/ business/education and is currently pursuing her MBA.



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ASHLEY ADAMS

Head Teacher - Yellow Class

Ashley has a Bachelors of Arts in Urban Education and Africana Studies from North Carolina A&T State University and is currently in pursuit of her Master of Science in Education Dual Certification in Special Education and Early Childhood Education from Long Island University. She has worked as a Montessori Head Teacher and as a personal tutor for elementary and early childhood aged children. “My philosophy on teaching is children should never feel like it is a struggle to learn. I infuse love and dedication into all my lessons and I believe it resonates with the children. Children learn best when they are comfortable and in an exciting atmosphere and that exactly what I make my classroom to be. I want my students to love school and be happy to share what they learn in the classroom with their families and the world.”



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RACHEL WANDER

Assistant Teacher Yellow Room

I’m excited to be a member of the Building Bridges teaching team and being in the classroom as an assistant Two’s Program teacher with Miss Ashley. I have my Master’s degree in Social Work and extensive experience working with young children in Early Intervention as well as clinical therapy. I believe children learn best while having fun. "I enjoy creating opportunities for teaching thru play." I live in Brooklyn Heights with my husband and enjoy walking the promenade and Brooklyn Bridge park.

 

 

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MONICA ORTIZ

Assistant Teacher - Green Room

Monica has a Bachelors Degree in Science from the College of Staten Island. She has been a Preschool Assistant Teacher for the last eleven years. Monica is fluent in Spanish and Italian. “Working with preschool-aged children makes everyday exciting and fun as their ideas and interests develop, they begin to thrive in the classroom environment.



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Lisa Genaro

Head Teacher - Blue Room

From 2011 – 2016, Lisa was a PreK teacher at Warbasse Nursery School in Coney Island. “I believe that education is the key to success and with a rich, profound, and meaningful education students will be given the chance to flourish to the best of their abilities.” Lisa is a lifelong Brooklyn resident and holds a BA in psychology from Saint Francis College. She also is completing her master’s degree in special education at Mercy College. Over the course of her teaching career she has had the privilege of teaching gifted and talented students, special education and is also a behavioral therapist. Lisa loves teaching, and believes that all children learn through play. When Lisa is not at work or school you can find her at her favorite museum or strolling through Central Park.



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NICOLE MONTEMARANO

Assistant Teacher - Blue Room

Nicole, a born resident of Brooklyn Heights, enjoys the educational and social environment of a daily preschool setting. Over the past nine years she has provided private family childcare for numerous local families. In addition to studying early childhood development, Nicole is an assistant preschool teacher. "I love the creativity, imagination, and fresh perspective a child offers daily. As a teacher I am able to encourage the growth of a child's individual self. Being a part of a child's excitement to learn is my true reward."



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ALICE PALENQUE

Floater Teacher - All Rooms

Alice has extensive experience in child care. As a lifelong resident of Carroll Gardens, Alice has been a nanny for several local families. She loves children and believes that preschool provides better language development, socialization and helps form a child’s love of learning. “Preschool helps teach the children how to be a good friend, a good listener and and ultimately a good student.”



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ELIZABETH GIOVINO

Music Teacher

Liz is a teaching artist originally from Buffalo, NY. She specializes in music, dance, and theater arts. Liz has her BFA in musical theater from the University of the Arts and loves to use her musical comedy skills to engage with little ones and really get on their level. Along with being a musical member of Building Bridges, Liz is also a Play and Music Teacher at Gymboree of Manhattan where she serves as the Lead Teacher Trainer. Her music classes are chock full of fun and lots of energy where she follows the lead of the student’s imaginations. “Joining the team at Building Bridges has been one of the most rewarding and uplifting experiences….ever!”