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Meet our Staff!

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Joelle Ziele - Owner/ Lead Teacher: Toddlers

Joelle Ziele - Owner/ Lead Teacher: Toddlers

Joelle Ziele - Owner/ Lead Teacher: Toddlers

 Joelle has always had a passion for child care. Since she was 16, she has been in the daycare industry. She currently holds her CDA and is MAT certified. Because of her love for children, she decided to open Kid Central Child Care. She loves spending free time with her family and her dog, Marty.

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Rebecca Halpin - Director

Joelle Ziele - Owner/ Lead Teacher: Toddlers

Joelle Ziele - Owner/ Lead Teacher: Toddlers

Rebecca attended the College of St. Rose and earned a BS in Special & Elementary Education. Her past experiences include working with children and senior citizens with Dementia in the daycare setting. For fun, Rebecca loves spending quality time with her family and working on DIY projects. 

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Kailey Brunell - Lead Teacher: Infants

Joelle Ziele - Owner/ Lead Teacher: Toddlers

Kailey Brunell - Lead Teacher: Infants

 Kailey has a Bachelors Degree in Human Development and Family Relations from SUNY Plattsburgh. She will be attending St. Rose in the fall to pursue a MSED in School Counseling. She has a lot of experience working with children of all ages in a daycare setting. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, painting, and watching movies.

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Etana Morris - Lead Teacher: Toddlers

Etana Morris - Lead Teacher: Toddlers

Etana Morris - Lead Teacher: Toddlers

Etana has worked with children for three years now of multiple age groups. Starting with before and after school programs, then spending three summers as a camp counselor at the HVCC Kids on Campus Summer program.  She loves being a part of their educational and developmental success! 

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Sharon Coletti - Teacher's Assistant

Etana Morris - Lead Teacher: Toddlers

Etana Morris - Lead Teacher: Toddlers

Miss Sharon has been working with kids for over a decade. She loves playing with them, caring for them, and helping them grow! She loves spending time with her husband and reading. 

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Ashley Vincent - Teacher's Assistant

Etana Morris - Lead Teacher: Toddlers

Ashley Vincent - Teacher's Assistant

Ashley always knew she wanted to work with kids since the day her nephew came home from the hospital. He will be six in March and she has loved watching him learn and grow! Ever since then she has had a passion for working with children. In her free time, she loves spending time with her friends and family. 

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Rebecca Johnson - Assistant Teacher: Pre-K

Amanda Bernier - Assistant Teacher: Preschool

Amanda Bernier - Assistant Teacher: Preschool

More info to come!

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Amanda Bernier - Assistant Teacher: Preschool

Amanda Bernier - Assistant Teacher: Preschool

Amanda Bernier - Assistant Teacher: Preschool

  Amanda has worked in child care since 2014, ranging from infants to school age and is currently completing her CDA.  She also has experience with children on the spectrum and/ or with behavioral issues. She loves to engage children in art and show them the value of creative expression.  In her free time, she enjoys music, traveling and spending time with family.

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Sara Rose Hamilton - Lead Teacher: Pre-K

Amanda Bernier - Assistant Teacher: Preschool

Sara Rose Hamilton - Lead Teacher: Pre-K

Sara is a part-time student at HVCC, majoring in Early Childhood Education. Her passion has always been working with kids. She loves the joy and happiness they bring. In her spare time, she loves being outdoors and going for runs.

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Kyna Yapyapan - Lead Teacher: Infants

Kyna Yapyapan - Lead Teacher: Infants

Kyna Yapyapan - Lead Teacher: Infants

Kyna is a full-time student at HVCC. She is currently pursuing her dream to be a Child Psychologist. She has worked with all ages of children in daycare settings. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies and spending time with loved ones. 

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Jennifer Biance - Assistant Teacher

Kyna Yapyapan - Lead Teacher: Infants

Kyna Yapyapan - Lead Teacher: Infants

  More Info to come!

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Join our team!

Kyna Yapyapan - Lead Teacher: Infants

Join our team!

We are always accepting applications! Feel free to send us your resume to kidcentralcolonie@gmail.com.

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Gary Ziele - Owner/ Chef

Jennifer Bannigan - Nutritionist Consultant

Terry Tompkins - Health Care Consultant

For over a decade, Gary and his wife Joelle had the dream of opening a child care facility in their hometown of Colonie. They wanted a program that offered superior education and supervision, with highly qualified teachers in a smaller classroom setting. After careful planning, they decided it was time!

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Terry Tompkins - Health Care Consultant

Jennifer Bannigan - Nutritionist Consultant

Terry Tompkins - Health Care Consultant

Terry is a Physicans's Assitant in the Capital Region. 

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Jennifer Bannigan - Nutritionist Consultant

Jennifer Bannigan - Nutritionist Consultant

Jennifer Bannigan - Nutritionist Consultant

Jennifer is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and Certified Leap Therapist located in the Albany area.