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Meet The Teachers!
Kate Pentland-Robinson, Director and Mom & Tot Teacher Welcome! I am delighted to be the Director here at Canal Town Nursery School. I grew up in Marion, New York and am a graduate of Marion High School.  I completed my undergraduate degree in Childhood Education from SUNY Oswego and my Masters in Literacy at the University at Albany. While living in the Albany area I taught Pre-School to three and four year olds and went on to teach AIS Reading and Math to students in grades 3-6.  After having my first child, I decided to become a stay-at-home mommy and that’s when I found Canal Town Nursery School.  This will be my 6th year as the director here- it has been a very rewarding experience to see this preschool grow! My husband, Chris, and I now live in Marion (in the house I grew up in!) with our three spunky children, Keira, 6, Claire, 4, and Connor, 2. I truly enjoy the journey of watching young children grow and become active learners in this world! When I’m not teaching I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, reading, running, snowboarding, and kayaking.   I look forward to a fantastic and fun school year!  John Attanasio, UPK Teacher My twenty year career in teaching began after graduating from Wheelock College in Boston, MA with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Administration. I started teaching in a little community brick building on Beacon Hill in Boston in a school called The Beacon Hill Nursery School. It was a school very similar to the Canal Town Nursery School where I have found myself in my second year here teaching four-year olds, my favorite age. I was a preschool teacher for many years before becoming a Kindergarten teacher in the Franklin Public Schools in Franklin, MA. I have taught in Head Start, the Rochester City Schools, and was employed as an Education Specialist and Literacy Coach. After several years of supervising teachers I could not get over my passion for teaching young children so I continued to search for a position that was the right match. And here I am ready for another exciting year of learning, growth, and enthusiastic energy on behalf of your children! In my free time I enjoy cooking, gardening, hiking, reading, and making memories with my children, Sarah (18), Matthew (16), and Jacob (11). Enjoy your little ones they grow up very quickly! It is hard to believe that my “baby” will be going off to college this fall. I am grateful to be working with you and your children this year. Welcome to UPK! Heather Edlind, UPK Assistant Teacher My name is Heather Edlind and I am excited to be the teaching assistant in the UPK classroom! This will be my third year with Canal Town Nursery School and I love every minute of it! I have a degree in Graphic Design and although I love my art career (and it's a passion of mine), when I became a mom my children became my first priority. I have been home with them ever since and I love it! Both of my children are graduates from Canal Town and are now in third grade and kindergarten! I have thoroughly enjoyed the past two years at CTNS watching the students learn and grow. To see their smiling faces every day and to see them achieve their academic goal is truly rewarding. When I am not working...Oh wait I am a stay at home mom so I'm always working! Well in my "free time" I enjoy being creative with art, running, spending time with my family and friends and I do enjoy dancing.  My favorite is ballroom dancing although it's been quite a while since I have been able to dance. With that said, I am excited to work with your child this year and I know we will have lots of fun while we are learning! Lisa Perry- 3’s and 4’s Teacher My name is Lisa Perry, and I will be teaching a 3 year old and the 4 year old class this year! I grew up in Cheektowaga, NY (not far from Buffalo - GO BILLS!) and graduated from SUNY Fredonia. Later that year got married and moved to Palmyra! My husband was teaching in the High School, and we both loved the village! I taught for two years at a private school in Fairport, until we found out I was expecting our first child. When we looked around for a preschool, I just knew that Canal Town was the place for her. Now, that "little" girl is in 8th grade, her sister is in 5th, and my "baby boy" is in 3rd grade, all proud CTNS graduates! Canal Town has had a special place in my life, too, as not only a mom but a Board member, substitute, assistant and teacher! Other than Canal Town, I've taught sign language classes for young children at both Marion and Macedon libraries. At home, I'm usually running the kids to dance class, musical rehearsal, or basketball games. Another favorite family activity is ganging up on Mom when we play Sorry! I love to try and knit and am working on playing (more than 3 chords on) guitar. I can't wait to see what adventures are in store this year! Robin Lindstrom, 3’s Teacher Hello, and welcome to Canal Town Nursery School! My name is Robin Lindstrom or “Miss Robin,” to all my CTNS friends. I have a degree in Early Childhood Education and eighteen years’ experience in early childhood programs. I have worked in a variety of settings with ages spanning from newborns up to, and including, kindergarten.  I am so happy you are here! I believe nursery school is the true foundation to classroom learning. It forms the building blocks for not only early learning concepts but also general socialization and life skills. I truly believe it takes a village to raise a child. My husband and I both grew up in Palmyra. He, in fact, went to CTNS in 1981 and 1982! We moved to Oregon after we graduated college and lived there for 5 years. We are “back home” in Palmyra, where we are raising our three children: Jenna (7), Erika (4) and Luke (3). They keep us very busy and constantly entertained. We enjoy: sports activities, running races (5k, 10k, etc.) and obstacle courses, camping, the beach, movies and watching football (GO BILLS!!!). I am excited to be teaching at CTNS!  We have a very family-orientated atmosphere and I feel privileged to be working with such a great staff. I am excited to help begin or continue building the foundation of your preschooler’s education! Keri Devlin, 3’s Assistant Teacher My name is Keri Devlin. I live in Palmyra with my husband, Shawn, and our three children , Kassi, 13, Shana, 9, and Keegan, 6.  I have devoted the last 13 years to be at home raising our children while working part time at Roots Salon as a hairstylist and nail technician.  I will continue to work there as well as start a new adventure at Canal Town Nursery School. I am looking forward to being part of such a great team of people and a great group of children! Maria Palmer, 3’s Assistant Teacher My name is Maria Palmer.  I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.  After high school I moved to the Chicago area and graduated with my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education.  After I graduated, I moved back to Brooklyn and taught 2nd grade for four years.  I also have experience working with children of all ages in church.  Along with working with children, I am a wife and mother to a beautiful little girl.   I enjoy spending time with my family, exploring the area, reading, helping interpret ASL and Spanish for my church, and baking. I look forward to working with your children, watching them grow, and learning new things.
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