Our Wonderful Teachers & Staff
The teachers at Little Scholars EDC take pride in providing engaging activities that foster the development of each child’s physical, social, and emotional wellbeing. Trained and certified in childcare as well as in early childhood education, our teachers adapt their lesson plans to align with the latest research and methods in order to pave the way for success in elementary school and beyond.
Our teachers communicate regularly with parents and caregivers through face-to-face conversations, emails, newsletters, and more. If you would like to get in touch with one of our teachers, we encourage you to send an email or give us a call.
Ms. Jasmin Corniel
Educational Director/Founder, received her MA in early childhood education from Lehman College in 2008, with a BA-CUNY in psychology/media studies from Hunter College in 2006. Ms. Corniel has a New York Initial Teacher Certification (2008) and a New York State Professional Teacher Certification (2013). Her specialized training includes child abuse and prevention, school violence prevention, CPR, first aid, managing difficult behaviors, food handling, and fire safety. She has been with Little Scholars since its founding in 2011.
Ms. Bushra Nagi
Ms. Ashley Baerga
Lead Teacher, is currently attending Lehman College and will receive her BA in sociology and early childhood education in 2014. She has worked with the children at Little Scholars for three years and has special training in child abuse, CPR, first aid, and managing difficult behaviors.
Ms. Daisy Cruz
Head Teacher, has a BA in behavioral science and is currently attending Mercy College. In 2014, she will receive her MA tri-certification in early childhood/special education as well as her New York State Initial Teacher Certification. Her training includes special emphases on CPR, first aid, child abuse and violence prevention, and managing difficult behaviors. Ms. Cruz has worked with children for four years and has been with Little Scholars for two years.
Ms. Najèe Coppin
Assistant Teacher, has an A.O.S. in medical assisting and will receive a BA in sociology and early childhood education from Lehman College in 2015. Ms. Coppin’s training includes mandated reporter, CPR, first aid, and managing difficult behaviors, and she is certified in phlebotomy. She has been with Little Scholars for two years.
Ms. Marienelly Quinones
Co-Lead Teacher, has been with Little Scholars for one year. She is attending Lehman College, working on a BA in sociology and early childhood education with a bilingual extension. She will also receive her New York State Initial Teacher Certification in 2014. Her training includes child abuse and prevention and school violence prevention. Ms. Quinones has been with Little Scholars for one year.
Ms. Yvette Rivera
Co-Lead Teacher, is currently attending Touro College and will receive her BA in early childhood education in 2016. She received her AS in child development in 2003. Her special training includes child abuse, CPR, first aid, SKIP, and managing difficult behaviors. She has worked with children for 18 years and has been with Little Scholars for three.