About The School
Rebecca Schultz is the Executive Director of The Brookwood School. She graduated from Cooperstown Central School in 1998. In 2002 Rebecca graduated from SUNY Oneonta with a B.S in Child and Families Studies; and a minor in Special Education. Rebecca has experience working as an Assistant Director of a Domestic Violence Shelter in Newburg, N.Y. Rebecca has worked with new and expecting parents with the Building Healthy Families Program through Opportunities For Otsego as a Family Support Worker, Team Leader and the Program Manager. Rebecca also has experience with Head Stat as a Center Director. Rebecca enjoys doing fun activities with her family. She has three children; Sawyer, Parker and Ophelia. Ophelia attends The Brookwood School and is currently in the Toddler Program.
Martha Brennan is the Administrative Assistant at Brookwood. She holds an A.A.S degree in Science from North Country Community College. Martha was an aide in Special Education for 7 years, as well as, an Administrative Assistant for a medical office for 10 years. Martha had four grown children and raised them in the Saratoga Springs area. She currently lives in Edmeston and enjoys gardening, skiing, foraging, hiking or anything outdoors in her spare time.
Warren Ainslie is the Head of Maintenance. He grew up locally working many jobs from ditch digging and well drilling to electrical, plumbing and carpentry. He also is a 19th century broom maker and cabinetmaker at the Farmers’ Museum. Warren has three grown daughters and began at Brookwood as a parent volunteer when they started attending school here after initially being homeschooled. He enjoys gardening, traditional crafts, selling garlic and handcrafted brooms at the Artisans Guild in Oneonta and at several shows and festivals in the summer.
Sarah Ford is an assistant in our preschool department. She holds a L.P.N in nursing from the Otsego Area School of Practical Nursing. She has four children. Two children are Brookwood alumni and two are currently students at Brookwood. She enjoys spending time with her family and attending her kids sporting events as well as working on her hair bow business.
Ashlie Dawson is a lead teacher in our Toddler Program and holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from SUNY Oneonta. She grew up locally and has been at Brookwood since 2004. Ashlie lives in Cherry Valley with her husband and daughter Emma, who was born in February 2017. Her free time is spent remodeling her home and enjoying her time with Emma.
April Aramini is an Assistant Teacher in the Infant Program. She has an educational background in Early Childhood Education and Marketing. She has been with Brookwood since October 2018. Prior to Brookwood, she was employed as a Lead Teacher at Head Start for several years. April lives in Cherry Valley with her husband and four children, Maddox, Mina, Macon and Meadow. When not at swim meets, her free time is spent volunteering as a Girl Scout leader, Sunday school teacher and serving on her local Board of Education.
Trista Bartl joined us in January 2020 in the Infant Program and has a degree in Health Service Management. Trista, her husband and three children live on their dairy farm in Richfield Springs. She has her own photography business and enjoys taking care of her children and the many animals.
Lyz Daley is a sewer, knitter, crocheter and a reader when awake or not napping. She just enjoys children and watching them grow, so much, that she has been here nearly sixteen years and may stay another sixteen. She has worked with infants and is presently in the Waddler Room working with those becoming grown (from 1 year to 18 months). The greatest thing for Lyz is seeing them head out into the world as self-assured kindergarteners.
Kendra VanBuren graduated from SUNY Cobleskill with her Associates degree in Early Childhood Education in May 2014. After graduation, she worked in the Toddler and Infant programs at Bugbee Children’s Center in Oneonta until December of 2016. When Kendra and her husband moved to Brookings, SD, she worked at Bright Horizons in the Infant Program as a Teacher. In June of 2018 they returned to New York and she worked as a Toddler Teacher at the Cobleskill Campus Childcare Center. She decided to join the Brookwood family in April of 2019, and began in the Preschool Program and moved to the Infant Program in September of 2019. In her spare time, Kendra enjoys spending time with her husband going fishing and being outdoors. They are excited to welcome their first child in June of 2020.
Nicki Wakefield has been with Brookwood since September of 2013. She is currently a Lead Teacher in the Toddler Program and has her Childhood Development Associate (CDA). She grew up locally and lives in Hartwick with her family. Her two children, Garrett (4) and Maddie (2) have been students at Brookwood from infancy. It is like their home away from home. Nicki enjoys playing with her children, reading, drawing and doing crafts. Her favorite part of the day is seeing the spark in children’s eyes when they accomplish something they have been working on.
Brittany Demorest has been with Brookwood since 2017. Her daughter Amelia attends our preschool program. In her free time, Brittany enjoys crocheting, crafts and cooking for friends and family. She has a passion for music and enjoys going to concerts.
Courtney McBride is an Assistant Teacher in the Toddler Program. Courtney has been with Brookwood since July 2019. She enjoys spending time with her family and her young son who attends The Brookwood School.
Megan Blanchard has been employed at the Brookwood School since fall of 2018. She is currently the floater in the Toddler Program. When not at Brookwood, Megan enjoys working at her second job at New York Pizzeria in Richfield Springs. Her favorite part about her job is being able to see the children in each room throughout the day.
Maria Nejaime is a Lead Teacher in the Toddler Program. Maria has been with Brookwood for a total of 19 years. She currently holds a Child Development Associate in Early Childhood, as well as, certifications in Montessori and teaching young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is a SUNY Cobleskill graduate and attended Worcester Central School. Maria has lived in this area for over 35years. Both of her children attended Brookwood. One is a graduate of Cooperstown and is attending college for Criminal Justice. Her other child is a graduate of Oneonta Community Christian School and is attending college for teaching/ministry. They enjoy attending church and spending time at home.
Amber Hosford is a Lead Teacher in the Toddler Program. She is currently working towards a Child Development Associate Degree. Amber has a L.P.N in Nursing from a local practical nursing program. Amber has been married for 19 years and enjoys spending time with her family. She has four children; two which are very active in varsity sports and two active in several youth sports in Richfield Springs. Amber and her family enjoy camping, sports and outdoor activities.
Joan Kegelman is a co-lead in a Preschool classroom with Shannon Vigh. She grew up in New York City, where she graduated from the Convent of the Sacred Heart College and attended Marymount Manhattan. After a career in retail and then Wall Street, Mrs. K spent twelve years prior to Brookwood at CPC Nursery School and Kindergarten in Summit, New Jersey. She also taught French at Brookwood for four years. Mrs. K has over 20 years of experience in education of young children. She lives in Fly Creek and enjoys playing tennis, knitting and gardening.
Alannah Sperbeck is an assistant in our Preschool Program with Kaitlin Grant Talbot. She recently joined Brookwood after experience working with children at The Headstart Program in Oneonta. She enjoys tennis, swimming, photography and bowling.
Jennifer Giacomelli is a Licensed Teachers Assistant in our Preschool program. She enjoys working with children and has 2 of her own, a daughter in 8th grade and a son who just graduated college. Jennifer enjoys playing tennis, going camping and loves going to the movies.
Alexis Bryce is a Preschool Teachers at The Brookwood School. She has an Associate Degree in Fine Arts from Mohawk Valley Community College. Alexis has also earned her degree in Early Childhood Education and Interdisciplinary Studies from Liberty University. She plans on continuing her education in the fall through LU to earn her Masters in the field of education.
Alexis is also a certified Yoga instructor, and she enjoys teaching both kids and adults. Her remaining time is spent at home in Richfield Springs where she loves to paint, garden and spend time with her fiancé.
Esther Rood is a floater in our Preschool Program. She holds her Certified Nurse’s Assistant degree from Masonic Care Community of New York and previously worked in adult home care at Sitrin Home Health Care Center in New Hartford. Esther grew up in Litchfield, NY and currently lives with her family and two daughters in Springfield Center. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering at her church, reading and hiking.
Alyssa Tronlone joined Brookwood in July 2019. Alyssa is a New York State Certified Teacher in Early Childhood Education (Birth – Grade 2) and Childhood Education (Grade 1 – Grade 6). Alyssa grew up in Buffalo, NY where she graduated with her B.S. in Psychology from the University at Buffalo Honors College as well as her M.S.Ed in Early Childhood and Childhood Education from Niagara University. Alyssa enjoys spending time with my significant other and family, crafting, reading, listening to music, and exploring Cooperstown!
Stephanie Hoster is our Physical Education teacher and helps run our School Age After Care Program. Stephanie holds a B.S. in Kinesiology/Health and Physical Education from West Chester University. In her free time, she enjoys camping, hiking and culinary arts. Stephanie lives in Cooperstown.
Deb Clark assists in our afterschool Preschool, School Age. Vacation Care and Summer Care programs.
For 12 years Deb was a certified, register daycare provider through Catholic Charities of Oneonta. She is currently employed part time at Edmeston Central School and lives in West Winfield, NY. Deb grew up locally and enjoys swimming. painting and hiking.
Paola Rudloff is originally from Mexico and is our Spanish teacher. She lives in Cooperstown with her husband and three children. In her spare time she enjoys dancing, working out and working with children.
Dana LaCroix has been teaching music at The Brookwood School since 2004. A critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter, she has released five CDs and continues to tour in Canada, the U.S. and Europe with her band of top New York City musicians. Her songs have been recorded by major label artists in Canada and the Netherlands and have been placed in feature films, including one starring John Turturro. Ms. LaCroix presents singing clinics and workshops at conferences and institutes of higher learning in Canada, the U.S. and Denmark. Ms. LaCroix’s passion is working with children. In music classes at the Brookwood School, she accompanies herself on the guitar, choosing material based on the conviction that children are natural music lovers and respond best to truly great songs. Her teaching is grounded in the Montessori method, which focuses on the whole child with respect for the naturally absorbent mind of the individual student. Ms. LaCroix is a graduate of the Humber College Jazz Studies Program in Toronto, Canada.