Meet our talented teachers.
Nicole Asselta lives in Port Washington and is a mother of three children. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Masters of Social Work from Hunter University. Nicole also has a certificate in Bioethics and Medical Humanities from New York University. Nicole worked as a Social Worker for Montefiore Medical Center in the Division of Adolescent Medicine and as a Social Worker for Visiting Nurse Service of New York. Nicole also served as the PRC’s Vice-President and Outreach Co-Chair.
Olga Berest has owned and operated the Berest Dance Center in Port Washington since 1979. Trained at the American Ballet Theater School and the Martha Graham School, she also has a B.S. in Speech and Hearing Pathology and an M.S. in Special Education. Her creative movement program is well known by the industry and has been written into teachers manuals, dance magazines, and presented at workshops. Olga developed and taught the very first movement program at the Parent Resource Center during its earliest years of operations.
Gregg Donovan is a father of two who has lived in Port Washington since 2013. He has been writing software professionally for 20 years and is currently a Staff Software Engineer at Etsy focused on search and machine learning infrastructure. He attended Brown and Columbia University and previously taught chess lessons and classes for kids.
Jen (Fink) Schiffer, more commonly known as “Yoga Jen,” she received her Master’s Degree from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. Jen is the Director of Business Development for Karma Kids Yoga, as well as a Registered Yoga Teacher who teaches all ages – from 5 weeks to 105 years. Jen lives in Port Washington with her husband and two sons and is an active member of the Port community, working in numerous schools and organizations around town, sharing her love of learning and yoga.
Christine Kelly was born and raised in Hicksville. However, after completing her yoga teacher training at Om Sweet Om – Port Washington has become her second home. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher and bringing yoga into the lives of adults and children is Christine’s passion. She is a graduate of Colgate University and also holds a Master’s Degree in Gerontology from Hofstra University.
Jade Kuei a.k.a. “MUMBOT” is a new media artist, designer, illustrator and animator and a Port Washington mother of two. Ms. Kuei graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2003, focusing on fine art and two-dimensional animation. In her freetime she has been hard at work developing powerful creative illustrations. Her kids and their superpowers, have been catalysts of inspiration.
Jennifer Mannion is a mother of two who has lived in Port Washington since 2010. She graduated from the Institute of Culinary Education and went on to do food writing and recipe development for several magazines and websites. She was also the Associate Food Editor at Country Living. Over the past 4 years Jennifer has taught culinary classes for Sur La Table and more recently privately throughout LI and Manhattan. She has a passion for real food and is passionate about getting kids to eat it.
Johanna Menzel has lived in Port Washington since 2010 with her husband Adam (a PRC alum!) and two children. Originally from Massachusetts, Johanna received her BA in sociology from Brandeis University. She currently works as a preschool aide at the Roslyn Trinity Cooperative Day school. Johanna is excited to be working at the PRC and feels lucky to spend time getting to know the children and their families.
Andrea Moleski is the mother of two little girls and has lived in Port for five years. She has served two terms on the Board of Directors at the PRC and assisted with events, programming and community health initiatives. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health. Her professional experience includes childbirth education and lactation counseling. She was the Health Information Specialist at March of Dimes National Office and a Community Health Educator/Trainer for 15+years. She has worked at Blythedale Children’s Hospital as a Therapeutic Recreation Counselor and served as a Public Health Volunteer in the United States Peace Corps. She was a running coach with Girls on the Run in NYC and is currently a Girl Scout Leader in Port. Andrea is also the owner and head coach of Moms on the Run Port Washington
Briana Parrino is a recent graduate from SUNY New Paltz. She completed her degree in Visual Art Education with a concentration in Drawing and Painting. She is currently studying at Hofstra University to become a certified Art Therapist. Although she is relatively new to The Parent Resource Center she is no stranger to working with children. She has spent three years being a camp counselor at North Shore Day camp. Additionally she has been spending her time after college nannying and working at the Haven Art here in Port Washington.
Lynda Quinn is a mother of one and resident of Port Washington since 2004, Lynda has an A.A.S. degree in vocal music performance and has been actively pursuing a degree in Elementary Education with a certificate in Special Education. She joined the PRC in 2001 and has created many workshops and classes for the center. She also coaches sports and gymnastics classes for young children. Lynda has been a DJ and party entertainer since 1999, entertaining all ages from 1-100 with her versatility, balloon animals, music, face painting, dances, games and more.
Esperanza Ramirez was born and raised in Colombia, relocated to New York in 1980 quickly adapteding to the culture and language, never forgetting her Spanish roots while raising 3 bilingual children. After a successful career as an administrative professional at the Colombian Mission to the United Nations and the Colombian Coffee Federation, Esperanza decided it was time for a new challenge. At 54-years-old she went back to school to pursue her passion of becoming a teacher. She graduated from Adelphi University with a Master’s in Education in 2008 and has been teaching English as a Second Language on Long Island ever since. Now nearing retirement, Esperanza is ready for a new chapter. As a grandmother she has found great joy in teaching her grandsons Spanish at home and wants to bring her passion for teaching children another language to chicks across Long Island with Pio Pio Spanish School.
Jeff Sorg, a popular children’s singer/songwriter, has been teaching his music classes at the PRC for over a decade. Jeff encourages participation form the parent as well as the child with sing-alongs, movement and marching songs. His ability to play several instruments (guitar, harmonica, keyboards, ukulele) also gives the children the chance to experience the different sounds these instruments produce. For more info on Jeff, visit his website www.JeffSorgMusic.com
Gail Thorpe started volunteering for the PRC Stepping Stones Outreach Program in September 2009 and is still with the program. Gail has a BS and Masters in Special Education and worked for the NYC Board of Education for ten years. Over the past 20 years she has served on the PTA and HSA boards in the Port Washington School district where her three children were enrolled. She feels it is very rewarding working with the Outreach families and knowing that the Outreach program is making the transition to PreK and Kindergarten easier for the children and their families.
Leah Zwerlein is a mother of two and has lived in Port Washington for ten years. She has a B.S. in Sociology from the University or Maryland and is a Registered Yoga Instructor for both adults and children. In recent years she decided to focus on teaching kids and has never looked back. She received her kid yoga certification from Karma Kids yoga and has been teaching kids and family classes at Yoga Life in town as well as preschools and daycares in the area.