Kristina Trombley, Director of Small Tales, grew up on Long Island and attended and graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a BS in Early Childhood and Childhood Education and then went on to receive her Masters in Teaching and Learning through SUNY Plattsburgh. This is Kristina's fifth year as a professional in the Early Childhood field. Kristina got married to Luke Trombley in 2013, they have 2 dogs named Rufus and Bailey who they live with in South Glens Falls.
Cindy Belden is joining the childcare world once again after previously working at Warrensburg Elementary for 16 years as a teaching assistant; she is now one of Small Tales' new staff members and is joining us as a Teacher's Aide. Cindy, who has two kids of her own, has lived in Warrensburg for 30 years and says she is excited to be a part of something new in the community. In regards to the center being literacy-based, Cindy said that she thinks our whole world revolves around reading, and the earlier children start the better. In her spare time, Cindy likes to spend time with her family.
Leigh Cain, Assistant Playschool Teacher, has a B.A. in English from Syracuse University. She has been the Playschool Assistant at Hobby Horse Playschool for 5 years and has cared for children in both commercial and in-home settings for over 15 years. Leigh is devoted to nurturing the hearts and minds of little ones as well as sharing her love of literature.
Jan Higgins, Head Playschool Teacher, started her career in childcare in 1974 when she saw a need for her community and herself; Jan wanted to work with and teach amazing play-schoolers so "Hobby Horse" Playschool was created. Jan feels so blessed to have shared this crucial and formative time with hundreds of beautiful and eager to learn children and she believes kids really do learn through play. With the correct, colorful, fun, and loving stimulus, Jan is certain that children can thrive. Mrs. Higgins truly believes in an environment that nurtures and teaches the "whole child" yet allowing their uniqueness to shine through. Jan is looking forward to bringing these same philosophies to Small Tales.
Amanda Morse – Amanda has lived in Warrensburg for 12 years. She has been married to Brody for 11 years and they have two daughters named Paige, who is 10, and Haley, who is 7. Amanda has always loved working with children and she followed this passion when she took Early Childhood Education at BOCES for two years, even more so now that she is working at Small Tales. When Amanda isn’t working, she loves to spend time with her family and to be outdoors, especially partaking in fishing and camping. Amanda is really looking forward to being part of the Small Tales team.
Arlinda Birdsall – Arlinda has been happily married for 46 years and has 2 grown children who are both science teachers. She has been a school bus driver for 40 years, 35 of which were spent at Warrensburg Central School. She has also developed and presented a school bus safety program for young children around 5 counties nearby, including Warren county. Arlinda has been involved with children’s activities, such as Little League, Sunday School, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4-H and The Special Friends Program at WCS for the last 35 years. She loves to hike, bike, kayak, swim, climb mountains, Tube on the river, go horseback riding, and go anywhere her seven wonderful grandchildren lead her. Arlinda is an avid reader and enjoys writing and illustrating children’s books, including “Safely Around the Hill with Bus Driver Bill,” which has sold about a million copies. Children are the love and light of her life!!
Nastassia Wescott - Natassia, better known as Stass, grew up in Warrensburg and is happy to be working in her hometown. Stass graduated from Warrensburg High School and went on to get her Bachelor’s Degree in Childhood & Early Childhood Education; as well as an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice – Substance Abuse Services. She is also a Reiki practitioner. Stass has spent the last two years working with babies up to 18 months old and in the past has worked in a pre-school classroom. Being part of a large family, Stass has spent years helping take care of her younger family members including her little sister and her older brother’s two daughters. In her free time, Stass enjoys being outdoors, hiking, playing volleyball and spending time with her family.
Teresa Denes - Teresa was born and raised in Glens Falls, NY. She lived there most of her life. She recently moved to Warrensburg because she purchased her first house. She really enjoys living in the Adirondacks. Teresa’s hobbies include hiking, camping, going for walks, taking pictures, making collages and scrapbooking. In her free time, Teresa likes to visit family and friends. She is the third born of five daughters. She is very family orientated. Teresa likes to attend all family events/functions. Most of Teresa’s professional experience includes retail warehouse work. Teresa feels very blessed to have the opportunity to work at Small Tales as a Teacher’s Assistant.