THERESE RAGGHIANTI, Head Teacher/Director, graduated from Brooklyn College with a Masters in Education in 1998. Her undergraduate studies were in Fashion Design and Merchandising from the American College for the Applied Arts in Atlanta and London. Therese began teaching at Old First in 1997 as an assistant. After several years as Head Teacher/Director, she left to have her own preschooler and returned as a parent. During that time she stayed on as Educational Director and then Educational Consultant. Therese believes that important life skills are being taught every day in preschool and is excited to be part of that process. Making learning fun while fostering self-esteem is one of her primary goals. She accomplishes this through song, dance, play and playdough. During her spare time, Therese enjoys sewing and playing the Alfaia with a Brazilian marching band.

Our Assistant Teacher, NELSON ORTIZ JR. joined the staff in 2016. Nelson is currently obtaining a dual degree in early special and general childhood education at Bank Street Graduate School for Education. He received his undergraduate degree in childhood education from Nyack College. Nelson is a proud native of Brooklyn and has worked in many capacities with children, emphasizing bridging the academic gaps in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. Nelson believes in fulfilling every child's need for significance and belonging, and for having fun!

Kay Gordon: Educational Consultant