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Mr. Doug is the Music Teacher. He began teaching at The International Preschools in 2000. He earned his Associate’s of Arts degree in Music from County College of Morris.  He actively seeks out musicians to participate in his music program to broaden children’s interests in composition, instruments and love of music.  Each year he looks forward to bringing his passion as a composer and experience as a performer to the classroom.


rosso-nikkiMs. Nikki is the iPad Specialist.  She began teaching at The International Preschools in 2012. She received her Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from SUNY Rockland and is currently enrolled at Empire State College. Prior to joining The International Preschools, Ms. Nikki taught for a year in Taiwan which inspired her to work in an international school community.  Her goal is to introduce children to iPads as a tool to explore their imagination and independence.


Peggy Gallagher

Ms. Peggy is the Creative Movement Specialist. She began teaching at The International Preschools in 1996.  Ms. Peggy is a graduate of the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) at the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center with advanced training in Laban Movement analysis, functional anatomy and kinesiology. She is also a certified Pilates instructor. Her goal is to encourage and guide each child through a process of self-discovery, to provide an opportunity to move freely while developing a love for dance and the language of movement.

Mary Stetten Carson


Ms. Stetten Carson is the Science Specialist.  She returned to teaching at The International Preschools in 2014. She graduated from Oberlin College and is the author of the book, Let’s Play Science which includes fun, easy experiments to introduce small children to science.  She is dedicated to providing the groundwork for a life-long love of science.  When she is not at The International Preschools she is providing continuing education workshops for teachers across New York City.   


Ms. Talcott is the Librarian.  She began teaching at The International Preschools in 1990.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin Madison and later earned her Master of Library Science from the Palmer School of Library Science/Long Island University. She has been a storyteller in Carl Schurz Park and in the public schools. Prior to teaching, Ms. Talcott worked in children’s literature publication.  She remembers the editor-in-chief sifting through manuscripts with the mantra/criteria: “Who cares?” Now she applies those words as she makes book selections for the children. She hopes the children will care very much about the stories they hear. A highlight of her career in children’s books was when Margaret K. McElderry, the American editor of MARY POPPINS, asked her to lunch. Check out my You Tube Videos!

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