Meet Our Specialty Teachers

Mr. Doug is the Music Teacher. He began teaching at The International Preschools in 2000. He earned his Associate 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.
Ms. Talcott is the Librarian. She began teaching at The International Preschools in 1990 and took a 2 year leave of absence to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer in Central Africa. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin Madison and a Master of Science from the Palmer School of Library Science at 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 believes the adage, “the right book, in the right hands, at the right time,” works wonders.
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. Ms. Mary is the Science Specialist. She returned to teaching at The International Preschools in 2014. She graduated from Oberlin College and is the author of two books, Let’s Play Science and The Scientific Kid. For many years, she taught a graduate level workshop, The Youngest Scientists: Hands on Adventures, at the Bank Street College of Education. She is dedicated to providing the groundwork for a life-long love of science. When she is not at The International Preschools, she is teaching and running workshops at both public and private schools across New York City.
Ms. Nikki is the Technology Specialist. She began teaching at The International Preschools in 2012. She received her Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from SUNY Rockland and is finishing up her degree at Empire State University. Prior to joining The International Preschools, Ms. Nikki taught English for a year in Taiwan which inspired her to work in an international school community. Her goal is to introduce children to technology such as iPads and robots as tools to explore their imagination and independence.