All Staff Are Members Of NAEYC
Assistant Teacher, Nursery West, Playgroup West
Francesca S. Cohn
Francie graduated with Honors from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Romance Languages and Civilization (with a concentration in French) and earned a Master’s Degree with Honors in Early Childhood Education from Adelphi University. She is NYS Certified in Early Childhood Education, birth through second grade. Prior to her career in education, Francie completed editorial work and translation at Doubleday & Co. in NYC.
Head Teacher, Pre-K East
Jackie graduated with Honors in two programs from Queens College with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She is NYS Certified in Early Childhood Education, Birth through Second Grade. Jackie worked as the head Pre-K teacher in a private school in Long Island City until the birth of her son, Lucas (alumnus of GCNS class of 2017).
Jessica earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Information Systems from New York University Stern School of Business. Prior to working at GCNS, Jessica worked for Goldman Sachs for almost ten years, primarily in the Asset Management Division.
She serves on the Board of Directors of HOLA of Garden City as Treasurer and is a co-troop leader for her daughter’s Girl Scout troop. She is a CFA Level II Candidate and enjoys playing tennis. She spends most of her free time with her husband, Daniel, her two children, Brendan and Cassidy, who are alumni of GCNS, and their dog, Garcia.
Assistant Teacher, Pre-K West
Gail earned an Associate’s Degree in Applied Sciences and previously worked as a legal secretary. Her exposure to and involvement with the cooperative nursery school philosophy goes back more than 25 years. She was very active at St. Mark’s Cooperative Nursery School, where both of her children attended. She has been working with the four-year-old class at GCNS for the past 12 years.
In her spare time, she is an avid reader and cook and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Krysta graduated from Adelphi University with a Major in Music (emphasis on Classical Performance) and a Minor in Fine Art. She has worked with children privately for over six years, teaching both art and music. Krysta’s connection with GCNS also began as a parent; her son, Augustine, is an alumnus of the school. Last January, Krysta won the 24th Festival of Song USA competition, an international singing contest where the winner wins a trip to Italy to perform! Krysta will travel to Italy in mid-September for the Festival.
Assistant Teacher, Playgroup West
Rebecca is a GCNS alumnae and is the proud parent of three GCNS alumni: Liana (2013), Nina (2016) and Gemma (2019). She recently served on the GCNS Board of Trustees as both the Co-Chair of Hospitality and the Co-Chair of the Children’s Event.
Assistant Teacher, Pre-K East
Cris graduated from St. John’s University with a Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Analysis. She began her career in banking as a corporate trainer and continued to do so for over 20 years. She has been very active in the Garden City School District, serving as the president of the PTA and chairing committees for 15 years. She has been a board member of the Garden City non-profit organization HOLA and volunteers at the CTC at the Mary Brennan INN. Cris and her husband live in Garden City and have three adult children.
Assistant Teacher, Nursery West & Pre-K West
She has a broad range of interests, but especially enjoys the outdoors with her family and fostering rescued animals.
Head Teacher, Pre-K West Assistant Teacher, Playgroup East
Kerri has lived in Garden City for over 22 years and is married with three children, all of whom are GCNS alumni. She took a break from teaching to raise her family and returned as a substitute teacher in the Herricks School District before joining GCNS. She enjoys baking, the beach and spending time with family and friends.
Head Teacher, Playgroup West Assistant Teacher, Nursery East & Pre-K East
Emily lives in West Hempstead with her husband and two children. She enjoys watching sports, reading, hiking/being outside, scrap booking and spending time with her family.
Head Teacher, Playgroup East
Christine graduated from Pace University with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and completed her Master’s in Elementary Education at Adelphi University. Christine’s career in education includes working as a substitute teacher for the Garden City School District, an Assistant Kindergarten Teacher for the North Shore School District and a Second Grade Teacher for the Elmont School District. Until the birth of her daughter Emma (GCNS Class of 2014), Christine worked for many years as a Human Resources Manager with JPMorgan Chase. Prior to leading Playgroup at GCNS, Christine assisted for five years.
She enjoys reading, quilting, movies, musical theater and attending hockey games. Christine also enjoys co-leading Emma’s Junior Girl Scout troop.
Head Teacher, Nursery School East
Megan received her undergraduate degree in Social Sciences from SUNY Stony Brook and a Master’s Degree in Education. She is NYS Certified in General Education and Students with Disabilities, Birth through Second Grade. Megan began her career working with adults with disabilities and moved on to working with children, beginning as head teacher in an inclusion classroom in a center that provided early intervention services, followed by providing early intervention services on a full-time basis. She then pursued her BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst), which gave her a better understanding of behaviors and how to work with children with various disabilities.
She enjoys spending time with her family (two girls, a boy and two dogs) and enjoys ice skating, traveling, watching the New York Rangers, leading two Girl Scout troops, swimming, and arts and crafts (both with and without her kids).