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Meet our Team!!

Director: Melissa Wassil

2 Year Old Programs:

Teachers:  Jennifer Donnelly 

Teacher Assistants: Natalie Warner and Maira Sullivan

3 Year Old Programs:

Teacher:  Jill LaRocque

Teacher Assistant: Sarah Jersey 

4 Year Old Program:

Teachers:  Elaine Bell 

Teacher Assistants: Carol Steinberg, Brenna Wassil

Sunset's teachers are all certified and/or hold degrees in the field of early childhood.  

All teachers and aides are all certified for cpr and first aide.

Hello and welcome to Sunset Nursery School's website for parents of Sunset Nursery School!


Sunset Nursery School is a sensory based learning experience.  

The children are emersed in a sensory environment with both independent and teacher lead activities.  We work in small groups and believe keeping a low student ratio is key at this age.   

All of our programs (for 2, 3 and 4 year olds) are based on sensory play with a purpose.  Sensory rich experiences are proved by science to stimulate the brain and develop neuro pathways!  It encourages learning through their own curiosity, exploration, problem solving and creativity.  The benefits include development of social, emotional, communication skills, building strength, coordination and relationships along with encouraging independence and self esteem.  

We have one large room with 5 different centers; Art, Literacy, Math/Science/Dramatic play, blocks and Gym (Fine and gross motor)  for free play.  The four different outdoor classrooms ensure fresh air activities on a daily basis.  Each age group has their own classroom as well for hands-on group skill building activities that are teacher lead. 

At Sunset, we realize the importance of pre-school and the development milestones that are developed at each this age level.  We also realize the importance of providing a program that makes your child feel special and loved!  We are grateful to our families for choosing Sunset as their child's first early school experience.   

Why choose Sunset Nursery School for your child's early education?

Sunset is an academically strong, play with a purpose school.  We support and stregthen each child's God-given talents.  On a daily basis, they will enjoy art, dance, spanish, yoga, sign language, literacy, math, science, physical development and more!  Our  focus is on building independence, self esteem and individuality.   With our 5 dynamic centers in the main room, the children have daily "free play".  It is important to never underestimate the importance play has in a pre-school program.  There must be an opportunity for center time play incorporated into their day.  Play allows for creativity and the development of their imagination.  It teaches emotional control, appropriate social interaction and healthy brain development and it is an integral part of their early childhood experience.  

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    Phone: 914-737-1818

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