The Elements Preschool teaching staff consists of Early Childhood education professionals who have varying levels of degrees in the field of family and child development. They have been chosen for their dedication, interest, creativity and experience with children and their families.
We take great care in ensuring that staff meet standards set forth by the Department of Health and the state of New York. Our staff regularly attend trainings from leading professionals in the field of early childhood education and are carefully screened to ensure the safety and well-being of each child in the care of Elements Preschool.
Angela Speakman, Education Director
Angela has worked in the field of early childhood for over 20 years and has vast experience in operating high-quality early childhood centers, training staff, and building learning communities. Angela is passionate about fostering hands-on, child-led learning experiences for young children. Angela has a MSEd in Early Childhood Education, a BS in Child Psychology and Development, and a permanent New York State Teacher’s certification for birth-2nd grade. Angela joined Elements in April 2017 as Educational Director.
Elizabeth Swift, Lead Teacher for Adventurers (3-5 year olds)
Liz has a background in early childhood environmental education. Through Americorps, Liz was recruited as a full-time Park Ranger in Maryland. In her role as a Ranger, Liz was appointed as the Environmental Education Coordinator for the Parks Department which involved leading tours, developing curriculum, and developing enrichment opportunitites for children of all ages for 7 years. After her move to NYC, Liz joined Elements in the fall of 2016 and has been instrumental in helping Elements reach its goal of implementing an urban nature preschool.
Katherine Arkham, Lead Teacher for Explorers (2 year olds)
Katie has been an early childhood educator for 3 years and holds a bachelor of arts in English Literature and a master’s of science in Early Childhood Education. Katie chose the field of early childhood education because it offers her an opportunity to build the foundation for all future learning. Inspired by Vygotsky and the Reggio Emilio approaches to learning, Katie strives to create a classroom in which children gain a perspective of the world around them through multi-sensory investigations.