Our teachers are all experienced preschool teachers who have a love for children and learning. Most are also parents too! We are certified in First Aid and CPR, and participate in professional development to enhance our programs and keep us up-to-date. Our teachers plan curriculum together and occasionally combine classes for special learning experiences such as story telling and music. Our focus is on preparing your child for the ever-rising kindergarten standards and expectations in the areas of readiness, attention, fine motor skills, phonemic awareness, writing, social skills, and gross motor development.
Christine Yalanis, Director
Christine Yalanis joined FBNS in 2009 as the teacher of the Mommy and Me class before becoming the Director. She has worked as a special education teacher since 1996 in various settings: a hospital- based class for children with physical disabilities and medical issues, a Head Start class, a school for children with emotional & behavioral needs, and as a home instruction teacher providing educational and behavioral therapy for children with autism. She is married to Phil and they have one daughter, Kara, who graduated from FBNS.
Bridge Program Teacher
Caroline Boyd has been teaching for over 30 years in various arenas- public schools, nursery schools, and churches. However, her heart truly is in teaching the Bridge class, where she enjoys working with children who need an extra year of kindergarten readiness skills. Caroline is trained in the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum and utilizes it daily to help children achieve handwriting and fine motor goals successfully. She is married to Mike, and they have four grown sons and three grandsons.
3s and 4s Teachers
Gina Hanselmann has been teaching in the early childhood realm for years. She started as a nursery school teaching assistant in California, and after moving to our area Gina first became a part of FBNS as a substitute teacher before permanently joining us in 2002. Gina has also worked in Vacation Bible School programs and as a Nursery leader. She is known for her sense of fun and the way she uses humor in working with the little ones. Gina is married to Jorg and they have two teens, one son and one daughter, both graduates of FBNS.
Heidi Agosta joined FBNS in 2007. She has been involved in a variety of children’s ministries in different settings for at least a decade, including Vacation Bible School, Sunday School, and Nursery. Heidi is a patient, compassionate teacher who especially has a heart for parents of children who have special needs. She is happily married to her husband George and the proud mom of two sons.
Julie Emmett worked as a teaching assistant in public school and as an elementary school substitute teacher before accepting a teaching position at FBNS. She also directs the Children’s Ministry program for Fishkill Baptist, overseeing both Sunday School and Children’s Church. Julie is a compassionate teacher whose life is truly about children. She is married to Joe, and they have a teen daughter as well as an adult daughter who worked at FBNS in the past.
Marie Waldvogel became a welcome addition to our FBNS team in 2011. She has a quiet, loving spirit, and her love for her students is evident. Marie has been a Sunday School teacher for years and an integral part of the Vacation Bible School at her church, serving as both the Director and as a teacher there. Marie spends her summers teaching preschoolers at a Christian camp. She is married to Hans, and has five adult children, four grandsons, and two granddaughters.