FACULTY & STAFF 

The Jack and Jill School prides itself on a world-class faculty and staff that is fully committed to the education and well-being of every individual child. Jack and Jill faculty work diligently to create a family atmosphere while also providing a quality education.

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Kristin Smith,

Director

PhD in Leadership Studies (in progress)

M.A. in Organizational Leadership, Lincoln Christian University

B.A. in Youth Ministry/Christian Education, Johnson University

Kristin brings her contagious enthusiasm for children to The Jack and Jill community. For the last 18 years, she has taught and mentored students of all ages. Kristin holds a Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership from Lincoln Christian University and a Bachelor's from Johnson University. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Leadership Studies. In her free time, Kristin loves to perform and be with people—you can find her singing in a community chorus, performing a bit of stand up comedy, or making friends from her stoop. She is thrilled to be a part of The Jack and Jill family.

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sorelly belliard,

Administrator

B.S. in Business Administration, York College

Sorelly Belliard grew up in the small town of Bonao in the Dominican Republic. She graduated in 2014 with a B.S. degree in Business Administration with a focus on Aviation Management from York College. With the help of her Spanish background she was able to obtain a certification, and work in the field of Spanish tutoring. At Hostos Community College, she was able to fulfill her role successfully as both Senator and Vice-president of the Student Government Association (Chair of Senate). Both positions provided her with the development and experience necessary that a position in leadership requires.

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Alexandra Easton,

Young 3’s Head Teacher, Young 4’s/5’s Co-Teacher (PM)

M.Ed., Hunter College
B.A., Clark University

This is Ms. Alex’s second year at The Jack and Jill School and her fourth year working with this age group. She got her Masters in Early Childhood Education at Hunter College and went to Clark University in Worcester, MA for undergrad. Prior to her time at Jack and Jill, Ms. Alex worked at Park East Jewish day school in a 2’s program.

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Debbie Gilman, Young

3’s Assistant teacher

B.A., Cornell University

This is Ms. Debbie’s 5th year at The Jack and Jill School and second year working with Ms. Alex. Outside of school, she volunteers in pediatrics at Sloan Kettering and with The Pajama Program, a non-profit that provides free books and pajamas to children. Ms. Debbie is the very proud mother of Sarah, who works in HR, and Ben, who attends Michigan Law School. In her free time, she likes to read, walk in Central Park with her husband, and spend time at the beach (obviously!). She is very excited for another great year at Jack and Jill with some familiar faces and new faces as well!

 
 
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Joanna Batog,

Curriculum Director,

Young 4’s/5’s Head Teacher

M.Ed., The City College New York

My name is Ms. Joanna. This is my 15th year of teaching at The Jack and Jill School. I grew up in Poland and I love to go home and visit often. I live in New Jersey with my husband Pawel and our two sons, Paul and Oliver. I enjoy traveling and being with friends and family. I love Young 5's and all the exploring, learning and fun we get to have.

 
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Caroline Meere,

Young 4’s Head Teacher

M.Ed. Fordham University

B.A., Manhattan College

Caroline is beginning her second year as the Head Teacher in the Young 4’s classroom. Prior to that, she was was an assistant teacher at The Jack and Jill School for three years. Caroline received her B.A. in communications from Manhattan College. Following college, Caroline worked in advertising as a project manager. She always had a passion working with young children and had the opportunity throughout college tutoring early childhood aged children. Caroline decided to pursue her passion and received her M.S.T in Early Childhood and Special Education from Fordham University and completed her Special Education certification at Central Park Early Learning Center working with children with special needs. For the past two summers Caroline has also worked at Friends Seminary heading their 2’s and 3’s program.

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Jamilah Cayenne,

Young 4’s Assistant Teacher

B.A., Brooklyn College

Jamilah has a B.A. in Children and Youth Studies with a minor in sociology. She also studied early childhood education as an undergraduate. She is currently in graduate school at Hunter College for Early Childhood Education. Jamilah has spent many years working with young toddlers in different environments and will continue to master her skills in working with this age group. In her spare time, Jamilah enjoys curling up with a good book or doing a physical activity such as yoga, jogging, and long walks. She is an art enthusiast and finds joy in attending Broadway shows and visiting museums.

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B.A., Wake Forest University