Glenda Villajuan – Founder & Director Glenda has been a children’s advocate for almost 30 years. She holds a Master of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education birth to 5 years old, and school age grades 1 and 2 from Touro College. She also earned a Certificate for Child Care for Professionals from Bank Street College of Education. She has worked as a preschool teacher at Northside Child Development Center in Manhattan, a therapeutic nursery serving children with varying levels of developmental needs. She has taught at the Susan Patricoff Head Start and Early Head Start Program, Public School 102, Jacques Cartier Elementary School serving a group of 1st grade and 2nd graders.
Prior to teaching, Glenda served as legislative staff at the New York State Assembly in Albany, working on legislation helping children and families. She moved to New York City in 1993 to work directly with children and their families initially as Service Coordinator, then held various roles as Quality and Training Manager, Borough Director, Project Director and Consultant for New York City’s Early Intervention Programs, while employed at Public Health Solutions, TheraCare, and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. In these various capacities, she worked closely with developmental pediatricians, special educators, speech therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists and other interventionists helping children at risk for developmental delays and disabilities. She also served as Deputy Director for New York City’s Infant Child Program/Child Find responsible for identifying and monitoring approximately 5,000 infants/toddlers and preschoolers with special needs.
In 2001, she received the “Caring For Children” award for her work from the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families and the “Entrepreneur of the Year” award from Enterprise magazine for creating a greeting card company that featured Asian American children. Glenda has a daughter attending Binghamton University and a son attending New York Collaborative High School.
Ryah – Educational Director
Ms. Ryah obtain both her Bachelors and Graduate degree at Brooklyn College in Early Child/Childhood Special Education. She chose this career due to her love for children and seeing a need for caring and educating young children in urban areas. With appropriate encouragement and positive guidance children are able to reach for the stars and beyond.
Anjelica – Assistant Director
Ms. Anjelica is happy to be joining the Cititots’s family. She comes from an extensive background in Early Childhood Education. A Brooklyn native, Anjelica attended Long Island University and has over eight years of experience as a teacher and three years in operations at a private pre-school. Some fun facts about her are she loves to read and is a published author of beginner reader, children’s books.
Kadijah – Lead Teacher
Ms. Kadijah has been promoted from Assistant to Lead Teacher, as she is currently working on her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. From a very young age, her passion and dedication to taking care of children was inspired from her babysitting jobs. Outside of Cititots, she enjoys reading, movies and painting.
Adrimely – Lead Teacher
Ms. Adrimely’s best qualities are optimism, passion, integrity, and self confidence. She is a very positive person and always does her best to obtain the best outcome. She highly values integrity, as well as being honest and transparent. Her self confidence helps her to be her best self day by day and makes Adrimely feel stronger because she believes and trusts herself and her abilities.
Jennifer – Lead Teacher
Previously, Ms. Jennifer has worked for a Department of Education 3-K Program for the past four years. Prior to being a Lead Teacher, she worked in an Early Childhood Education eleven years as an Assistant Teacher and Summer Camp Coordinator. When not at Cititots, she enjoys spending time with friends and family.
Latasha – Lead Teacher
Ms. Latasha is in charge of the toddler classroom at our Bedford-Stuyvesant location. She’s been in the education field since 2014 and enjoys teaching and seeing the growth in our kids. Outside of teaching, Ms. Latashs enjoy spending time with her family and taking long walks in the park. Among her favorite hobbies is cooking which is more of a passion.
Towanda – Teacher Assistant
Ms. Towanda is a warm and engaging caregiver with over twelve years of experience in various educational organizations throughout New York City including the Bedford Stuyvesant Early Life Child Center. She is a fully certified Teacher’s Aid and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the College of New Rochelle.
Ms. Edith is a mom of two children, and has over 13 years as a Pre-K teacher in the Philippines. She has completed Child Development Associate training. Working with children inspires Ms. Edith to continue to share love and knowledge, as she believes that a “strong foundation of knowledge leads to a powerful and successful pathway to achieve one’s dream.”
Belma – Teacher Assistant
Ms. Belma comes to us with over ten years of experience caring for children at various places including Public School 54 in Brooklyn. She has a love for children and enjoys working with them. Ms. Belma aspires to further her education in teaching and hopes to build on her knowledge on how to create a strong foundation for early learners.
Brunilda – Teacher Assistant
Ms. Bruni has over twenty-five years of experience in schools and daycares and, herself, has a very successful daughter and grandchildren. She has been with CitiTots since 2015 and provides the love and wisdom that can only come from a “grandmother.” Not only does she help the children, she also cares and nurtures the staff as well!
Alize – Teacher Assistant
Ms. Aly is very energetic, friendly and passionate when working with kids. She comes with over four years of childcare experience as a private nanny and babysitter. At a very young age she was taught how to take care of children after being the oldest child of 4. Outside of Cititots she enjoys reading, and exploring new things with family.
Liza – Teacher Assistant
Ms. Liza really enjoys working in education and helping out around the classroom and was also an elementary school teacher back home in the Philippines. She is currently working on her New York City child care credentials. In her personal time, Ms, Liza loves to cook Filipino food and spending time with her family.
Ramon – Marketing & Operations Mr. Ramon manages the website, the social media, the lights, supplies and all things electric and electronic. He has also been a Teacher’s Assistant for the Long Beach Unified School District in California and a Teaching Artist for a New York City High School. He is certified in food safety, CPR/first aid and child care.
Melissa – Teacher Assistant
Melissa is one of our Assistant Teachers. She has many years of childcare experience. Melissa enjoys teaching and helping out in our infant and toddler classrooms. When not working at Cititots, her hobbies include, sight seeing in the city and watching movies.