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Our Staff

Lisa Wrona

School Director

Transitional Kindergarten Teacher

-BS in Education from State University at Cortland

-AS in Daycare Administration from Cazenovia College

-Director and Head Teacher for Presbyterian Church Nursery School in Morristown, NJ for 3 years

-Assistant School Director and Kindergarten teacher at Bright Beginnings Learning Center

-Teacher at Christ Clarion since 2002

-Served as Co-Director at Christ Clarion 2006-2014

-Appointed Director in 2014

Kelli Emke

Assistant Director

-BA in Psychology, Purdue University

-Coursework in Elementary Education, University of South Carolina

-Child Development Associate

-Pre-K and Kindergarten teacher and Assistant Director at Kindercare Learning Center for 5 years, West Lafayette, Indiana

-Para-Professional for Hershey Elementary School, Lafayette, Indiana

-Substitute Para-Professional for Pittsford School District

-In-home childcare provider for 9 years

-Substitute teacher for Christ Clarion since 2012

-Teacher at Christ Clarion since 2014

Jan Bamford

5 Day 4's Teacher


-Education through South Kent College, England, trained to provide specialist support for teaching and learning in schools.

-Higher Level Teacher Assistant at Kingsnorth Primary School, Kent England, specializing in literacy, running phonics, and speech & language lessons.

-Program Lead of the Toddler Dept. at Inspire! Crayon Campus, Pittsford

-Lead teacher of the Toddler Room at Park Avenue Daycare East, Fairport

-Lead preschool teacher 4 year old room at Southeast YMCA 

-At-home childcare provider

-Teacher at Christ Clarion since 2019

Sam Bunyan

2's and T/Th 3's Assistant Teacher

-BA in Sociology with Minor in Education & Sports Studies
-Corporate Meeting & Event Planner 2007-2016
-Parent Classroom Volunteer and Co-leader of Event Committee at PCNS from 2015-2019
-Girls Believe Soccer Coach
-Girls on the Run Coach

-Teacher at Christ Clarion since 2021

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Brett Byrne

5 Day 4s Assistant Teacher

-BS Niagra University

-Lead Teacher at the YMCA, 2019-2020
-Parent Classroom Volunteer at PCNS, 2009 - 2016

-Teacher at Christ Clarion since 2021

Jeneva Champion

T/Th/F 3's Teacher

-BS in Education from Ohio University

-MS in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College

-Student-teacher for 5th Grade in Limerick, Ireland

-Special needs preschool teacher at Lawnview Child and Family Center in Urbana, Ohio

-Head Teacher at Buckle My Shoe Nursery School in New York, NY

-Educational Director and Head Teacher at Collegiate Church School Preschool in New York, NY

-Substitute teacher at Christ Clarion

-Teacher at Christ Clarion since 2018

Daniela Esposito

Transitional Kindergarten Assistant Teacher and STEAM Assistant Teacher

-Substitute Teacher at Christ Clarion since 2020

-3 year old and TK Assistant Teacher 2020

-5 day 4s Assistant Teacher 2020-2023

-Teacher at Christ Clarion since 2020

Cathy Fields

T/Th 3's and Literature for Little Learners Teacher

-BA in English with a Minor in Education, St. Lawrence University

-Graduate courses and student teaching at Northwestern

-Teacher at Christ Clarion since 1996

Kim Finkbeiner

M/W/F 4's Teacher

-BS in Education k-12 with a minor in Spanish and Math from SUNY Cortland 1993

-MS in Spanish from SUNY Geneseo 1996

-Taught 8-10 Grade Spanish and Geometry at Irondequoit HS (1993-1996)

-Taught 6-8 grade Spanish at East Middle School in Bloomfield, MI (1996-2001)

-Taught Spanish Enrichment at Christ Clarion 2016-2019

-Teacher for Christ Clarion since 2016

Brigette Gondoli

5 Day 4's and Literacy Assistant Teacher

-Preschool teacher and infant care at Childtime Preschool

-6 Years of Nanny experience

-In-home childcare provider for 4 years

-Assistant preschool teacher at Crayon Campus 

-Assistant toddler teacher at Park Ave Daycare

-Assistant teacher at Christ Clarion since 2020

Jessica Jesse

T/Th/F 3's and Arts n Smarts Teacher

-Respite care provider for families with special needs children

-Provides support for special needs children during occupational and physical therapy sessions

-Childcare provider since 2007

-Nanny/Household Manager

-Substitute Teacher at Christ Clarion since 2018

-Teacher at Christ Clarion since 2019

Krista Krzemien

2's Teacher

-BA in English, Minor in Elementary and Special Education, Nazareth College

-MS in Inclusive Education, Nazareth College

-Special Education Teacher at East High School for 6 years

-First grade teacher in Birmingham Michigan for 5 years

-Substitute Teacher at Christ Clarion since 2019

-Teacher at Christ Clarion since 2021

Christine Monaghan

Arts & Smarts and STEAM Teacher

-BA in Elementary Education, Minor in Art, State University at New Paltz

-MS in Education Nazareth College

-Taught first and second grades for 9 years in Wappingers Falls and Rush-Henrietta schools

-Remedial Math and Reading teacher for 2 years in Rush-Henrietta school district

-Teacher at Christ Clarion since 1997 and served as Co-Director 2003-2014

-2019 Recipient of The Shining Star Award given by RAEYC to Exemplary Early Childhood Educators (RAEYC stands for Rochester Association for the Education of Young Children)

Niki Nassis

2's Teacher

-BS in Child Development, St. Bonaventure University
-Preschool teacher at a play-based program in Brooklyn, NY for 3 years
-Preschool/Pre-K teacher at RMSC Preschool for 2 years
-Teacher at Christ Clarion since 2022

Stephanie Simmons

MWF 4's Assistant Teacher

-BS in Art Education in Human Service Settings with minor in Art Therapy at Buffalo State College
-Para-educator for Monroe #1 BOCES from 2006-2012 and again in 2017
-Childcare provider (nanny) in 2012 and again in 2017
-Special Education Teacher Aide for Wayne Central School District 2013-2015
-Teaching Assistant for Penfield Central School District 2015-2016
-Substitute Teacher at Christ Clarion since 2022
-Teacher at Christ Clarion since 2022

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