Thekla was born in Pittsburgh and has been living in Astoria for the past 8 years. She has her Master's in Public Administration from Baruch College and her undergraduate degree in International Relations from American University in Washington, D.C. She has over 10 years experience working in public health for various non-profits and loves being a small business owner in one of the most beautiful and culturally diverse neighborhoods of New York City.
Eleni is a mother of two girls and is dedicated to making Astoria her new home. Eleni is a recent transplant from the Washington D.C./Maryland area where she earned her Bachelor's of Arts degree from American University in International Relations. After college, she worked in Sales & Marketing for 10 years. Having moved here 5 years ago, Eleni is very involved in the school and the community. She loves everything that Astoria has to offer and is looking forward to seeing our children play, learn, and grow in this great neighborhood.
Maura Hili is a New York native and currently lives in Astoria with her husband and two sons. She received her undergrad and graduate education at Iona college. Maura owns her own retail business but is very passionate about making education fun for children of all ages and being involved in her community.
Alberta Maineri-Burke is the Founder and Co-organizer of Friends of Raimonda Park, a volunteer community park group, which is designed to address the safety and care of Paul Raimonda Park, while bringing the community together through free community events. Alberta is a native of Connecticut who has spent some time living in San Diego, CA, Boston, MA and Chicago, IL, before settling in Astoria for over ten years and counting. Alberta has more than twenty years of experience working with children and families in different capacities which included Early Intervention, Child Welfare work as well as a Dual Chinese Language Head Start Program. Through her work with families she has employed art as an expressive medium to explore together with hands-on projects she designed herself. Alberta has a BA in Psychology with a concentration in Art Therapy and a Master’s of Social Work. She enjoys photography and designing costumes for her children. Alberta lives in Astoria with her husband Michael and her daughter, Clara and son, Christopher.
Janira is a married local mom of two. Raised in New York and Europe; she is fluent in both Greek and Spanish. She received two bachelor’s degrees, one for International Relations at the American University of Paris, and the other in English Literature at The American College of Thessaloniki. She also received certification in teaching English as a second language for early childhood while she was living in Greece. Janira is passionate in creating an environment were little ones can explore and learn through playing.
Jeannette has been practicing yoga for the last 20 years. The moment she took her first class she was hooked. The philosophy, the physical movement and stillness spoke to the depths of her being. It felt as if she had arrived home. Jeannette was inspired to become a teacher after sharing the practice of yoga with her daughter while attending baby and toddler classes. She first became a kids yoga instructor certified through Karma Kids Yoga then went onto receive her 200 hour teaching certification with The Yoga Room in Astoria. Jeannette teaches at The Yoga Room, Karma Kids Yoga and at various public and private schools in the NYC area. Jeannette is a certified yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance and is currently pursuing her prenatal yoga teacher certification. Jeannette enjoys teaching babies, children and families. She firmly believes beginning yoga early gives children invaluable benefits. They become empowered by practicing challenging yoga poses while building strength, in addition to exploring the connection to their breath and its beneficial effects. Jeannette wants people to know that yoga is accessible to all. There are so many different ways to practice. As a student this is what drew her to the practice and continues to spark her interest. Prior to teaching yoga Jeannette received her BA in Communications from Adelphi University. She worked in film and television production and then in advertising becoming a video editor prior to becoming a mom. Jeannette splits her time between Astoria and The North Fork of Long Island residing with her husband Peter, daughter Talia and dog Stella.