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Meet The Faculty

Judi Menken, Director

Judi joined Spuyten Duyvil in 2008 after 38 years as an early childhood public school teacher in East Harlem and Midtown Manhattan and principal of the Muscota New School in Inwood.  Judi has a BS and Masters in Early Childhood Education from City College and a Masters in Administration and Supervision from Bank St. College of Education.  "Returning to preschool has gotten me back to my roots.  I am committed to creating strong, active learning environments for all young children and their families."


Grazia, Head Teacher UPK

Grazia is Spuyten Duyvil.  She first came to the school as a mom.  Her 3 children are now in their 30's, but she is still here!  Grazia has a Masters in Early Childhood Ed. from Bank St. College.  The neighborhoods of Riverdale and Kingsbridge are filled with happy, well adjusted adults that started off as preschoolers in Grazia's care over the past 25 years.  "My children attended one after the other.  I was involved with the school as a parent for so long I just couldn't imagine being anywhere else that could be as fulfilling.  After all these years I still feel the same way!"


Alda, Head Teacher UPK

Alda joined Spuyten Duyvil in 2006 after working in another area preschool.  Through her own son she is very knowledgeable about services and programs and brings all that experience to her work at our school.  "I love working with this age group.  It is so exciting to watch their minds and faces open to all the new things they experience with us."


Margaret, Head Teacher UPK

Margaret has been at the school since 2008.  After working as a professional chef, when her own 2 sons became teenagers it was time to revisit her own career goals.  She has returned to City College for her B.S. in Ed. and Masters Degree.  "I always wanted to be a teacher.  I love the conversation with kids, the questions they ask.  Following their interests and watching them get engaged with their own learning gives me great satisfaction."


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