Beata Spizarna Is the executive director of Learning Steps Preschool. She Opened her first center in 2007 in Middle Village, Queens in order to meet the growing demand for child care in the quickly expending neighborhood. After al-most ten years of working with the wonderful families and educators of the com-munity, she decided to expand her sights and worked on opening another facility. Having found a great space in the thriving and diverse neighborhood of Williams-burg Brooklyn, she was thrilled to begin the process of fulfilling her vision and providing high-quality daycare to a new community.
Beata has been dedicated to the field of education ever since she completed her early education degree in Europe. Eager to continue to pursue her passion in a new country, she attended City College of New York and spend many years teaching pre-school in New York City. After almost a decade of experience, she wanted to make a bigger impact on the community and support working families with flexi-ble childcare options.
Beata works closely with her staff to ensure that the school culture and policies reflect the best practices she has discovered and adopted throughout her career. Her mission is to aid in giving young learners a bright and wonderful future through a safe, stimulating and loving environment. With the belief that school should be as a warm space where children feel at home, Beata strives to design her centers with the aesthetics that invite children to play, learn, and explore.
Lana Folk began her teaching career in 2006 as a substitute at a YAI preschool in Brooklyn as she worked to obtain a degree in childhood education from Hunter College. She was surprised to discover a love for early education and inspired by young children’s ability to problem solve, innovate, and collaborate. She has been teaching in a preschool setting ever since! Continuing her education at Hunter College, she received a Master’s in educational psychology and was in-volved in research on the effectiveness of early literacy interventions. In 2009, she went on to teach at TriBeCa Community School: A Reggio Emilio inspired preschool in downtown Manhattan. There, she had the opportunity to share her classroom work and best practices at national conferences and with visiting edu-cators from all over the country.
Lana’s background in educational research and social constructivists approaches to education now guide her work as educational director and head teacher at Learning Steps Preschool. With the belief that careful listening, relentless sup-port, and reflective teaching can foster children’s sense of curiosity, activate their autonomy, and cultivate their understanding of the world around them, Lana strives to provide a research-based program that builds a partnership between the school, parents, teachers and child. Currently living in Windsor Terrace, she is thrilled to once again serve the Brooklyn community!