Our Staff

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. They were blessed with the birth of their son, David James, in May of 2017.


Leigh Cain, Infant Teacher, has a B.A. in English from Syracuse University. She was 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 idJan 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, Infant Assistant Teacher, has lived in Warrensburg for 12 years. She has been married to Brody for 12 years and they have two daughters named Paige, who is 12, and Haley, who is 9. 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!!




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.




Madeline (Mady) Daniello, Toddler Teacher Assistant, moved up here from Long Island 2 years ago. She has three grown children. She worked in customer service for 10 years, then decided to stay home with her children. When Mady’s youngest child started preschool, she went to work at that same school for 10 years as a teacher assistant, and then became a nanny for families on Long Island. She realized how much she loves working with children. Mady is a reiki practitioner, a certified nursing assistant, attended Business school and is looking forward to working at Small Tales. Mady likes to spend time with her family, horseback ride, and play with her dog.





Julina Walker, Toddler Teacher, who goes by Miss J, says “I am blessed to be at Small Tales.” She has been in the field of education for fifteen years, working with different age groups and in various learning environment. She has a sixteen year old son, named Avery. Her family enjoys kayaking, swimming, mountain biking, hiking and outdoor adventures.





Miranda Aldous, Teacher Assistant, says “It’s a privilege working with the school age children.” She is a Mom of two kids, Hunter and Amelia. She loves coming to Small Tales each day and having the children be just as excited to see her as her own children. Miranda enjoys being outside and trying new things. She has lived in Warrensburg for three years and she loves calling it home.





Jessica McKinney, Infant Teacher Assistant, has been working in the early childhood education field for over a year and she has six years’ experience working with children. Jessica started babysitting at a young age, and she has taken two years of Early Childhood Education classes through BOCES during high school.  She was born and raised in Lake George and graduated from Lake George High School in 2017. Jessica is an active member of the Lake George Fire Department. She has a dog names Jacco, who is one, and he keeps her very busy and entertained. Jessica is engaged to her fiancé Nick and they enjoy traveling, being a part of the FD together, and watching movies.




Skyler Bezio, Playschool Teacher Assistant, is the mother of two amazing kids, Zada and Jace. She started watching children at a very young age. Growing up with 8 siblings is what made me want to work with children. Skyler loves to spend time with her family and do things for other people.







Brandi Anaman, Waddler Teacher Assistant, grew up in Warrensburg and graduated from Warrensburg High School. She has four children - 3 girls and 1 boy, ages 4, 12, 13, and 19. When she is not working, Brandi loves spending time with her children and being there for all their sports, which they love to do. She is also a very athletic person, she loves softball, basketball, soccer and swimming. Brandi received her certification from BOCES in Early Childhood Education and she has put it to good use at Small Tales. Brandi said, “It has been a pleasure so far working at Small Tales because I love watching the group of children that I met a year ago grow and learn educationally, socially, and mentally. My favorite activity that I enjoy doing with the children is reading to them.”




Heather Monroe, Teacher Assistant, lives in Chestertown with her husband Quentin and daughter Alexis. She loves to go camping, four wheeling, and spending time with her family and friends. Heather says, “I am so excited to be a part of the Small Tales family and I look forward to getting to know everyone. Nothing makes me happier than spending time with and caring for children.”


Kora Millington, Toddler Teacher in Training, is currently enrolled at Ashworth College working on her Associates degree in Education. Kora would like to continue her education to work towards a Masters in Education. She has a wonderful fiancée Daniel and together they have a little girl named Adaline, 4 months old. When Kora is not working, she is crafting, participating in outdoor activities and spends a lot of time with her family. Kora is most excited to be a part of a team of teachers at Small Tales and to be able to become a part of your family!



Serena McNeill, Preschool Assistant Teacher, is 31 years old. Serena’s family is her world, she has 5 children as part of her blended family, ranging in ages from 21 to 8 years old. Serena is engaged to Joe and will be married in October. She enjoys horseback riding/training, going to her kids sporting events and being creative. She also loves animals. Serena is really excited to be a part of the Small Tales Family and she looks forward to adventures together with your children.