Meet our TLE® Center team

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Nicole Brunetti

Lead Infant Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Bubbles

Nicole is currently working to obtain her CDA credential. In her free time she enjoys traveling, writing, and rollerblading. Her classroom goals are to help develop the infants fine motor and gross motor skills and help develop their language skills including teaching them to communicate through sign language.

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Michelle Gonzalez

Lead Infant Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Penny Polite

Ms. Michelle has a BS from Stony Brook University. She is a mother of 4 children and when she isn't working she is working out or running. She is also the Vice President of her children's Elementary school PTO and a team mom for her girls Cheerleading team. Her classroom goals are to continue to help develop her babies fine and gross motor skills, introduce them to colors and continue to develop their language skills, including sign language.

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Alyssa Grimm

Twaddler Lead Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Bubbles

Ms. Alyssa is in the process of completing her BA in Childhood Education at St. Joseph's College. In her free time she loves skateboarding!! In her classroom her goals are to teach love and respect for all!!!

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Kristen Irani

Prepper Lead Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Penny Polite

Ms. Kristen currently holds a BA in Childhood Education from St. Joseph's College and is pursuing her Masters at Stony Brook University. In her free time she enjoys traveling, hiking and photography. Her classroom goals are to be able to have all the children in her class potty trained and to learn independence skills and good manners.

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Marisa Benedetto

PS 2 Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Bubbles

Marisa has a BS/MS in Elementary Education. She enjoys working out, yoga, and spending time with her family. He goals for her classroom are to develop and create a positive environment for the children to learn and grow.

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Hemal Shabir

PS 1 Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Bubbles

Hemal has a Bachelors in English/Biology. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends. Her classroom goals to create a safe and fun learning environment for all children.

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Simone Brown

PS 2 Lead Teacher

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Favorite TLE® Character:
Phoebe Phonics

Ms. Simone has a double BA in both English and Spanish from Stony Brook University. She is currently working on obtaining a CDA credential as well. She loves to read and write creatively. She also enjoys drawing, painting, and listening to music and doing yoga!! Her classroom goals are to give the children in her class a worldly education through play and the use of their imaginations because anything is possible.