Child Care Center

Our Staff

Jaci Maurer, Director

Jaci Maurer is the director of the Lehman College Child Care Center (managed by Imagine Early Learning Centers) at CUNY.  She has been employed with Imagine Early Learning Center since 1993, and has worked at Lehman's Child Care location since 2002. In addition, Jaci serves as the vice president on the board of Kids for Kids, Inc. She is also an adjunct instructor, teaching literacy methods at Lehman College. She received her B.S. and M.S. at Pace University in elementary education. In her spare time, she likes to read, play golf, and travel to Montana, Nebraska, and Kenya to visit family and friends.

Dawn Barton, Executive Director

Dawn Barton earned her B.A. in psychology and business at Pace University and earned her M.S. in reading at the College of New Rochelle. She has been at the Lehman College Child Care Center since 1986. She has been involved with NAEYC (National Academy of the Education of Young Children) since 1990, and has functioned as a validator since 1995. Barton is responsible for securing substantial grant, for the Child Care Center's expansion project. In her spare time, Barton likes to travel, read, and cook.

Olga Spearman, Assistant Director and Head Teacher of the Four-Year-Old (Pre-K) Class

Olga Spearman earned her B.A. in sociology, with a minor in early childhood education. She earned her Master’s degree in early childhood education in May 2009. Spearman joined the Child Care Center in fall 2007, and loves participating with the children in outdoor activities. When not in the classroom, Spearman likes to read and spend time with her family.

Bianca Gloss, Head Teacher of the Three-Year-Old Class

Bianca Gloss joined the Child Care Center staff in August 2005. She earned her Bachelor's degree in liberal arts, with a minor in early childhood education in 2008 from Lehman College. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in early childhood education. She says working with children is her passion; she loves to watch them learn and grow, and feels her role as a teacher will impact the future. In her spare time, Gloss enjoys cooking and spending time with her children.

Rita Latchoo, Head Teacher of the Two-Year-Old Class

Rita Latchoo moved to the United States in 1990, from Guyana, South America. She earned a teaching certificate in Guyana and has been working with children of all ages for more than thirty years. Latchoo has been with the Child Care Center since 2003, and has worked for Imagine Early Learning Centers (Lehman College Child Care Center's managing company) since 1998. In her spare time, Latchoo likes to read, travel, cook, and spend time with her family.

 

Hasra Bocus, Assitant Teacher of the Two-Year-Old Class

Hasra Bocus was involved in work study at the Child Care Center while attending Lehman College. She came to Lehman College as a transfer student with an Associate Degree in Dietetics and Nutrition from Bronx Community College. In 2013, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Education from Lehman College. In Hasra's spare time, she enjoys gardening, travelling and spending time with her family. She recently joined the team at the Child Care center only a month ago.

Keyla Llorente, Head Teacher of the Two-Year-Old Class

Keyla Llorente  is from Dominican Republic, but currently a Brooklynite. She is a teacher at the Rocket's 2 year old classroom. Keyla has worked at Lehman's Child Care since 2009. She received her B.S. and M.S. at Lehman College and she also did her bilingual extension. In her spare time, she likes to go to church, sing and travel. She also loves spending time with her husband and three kids.

Mirla Aquino, Head Teacher of the Two-Year-Old-Class

Mirla started as a work study student in 2010, and was later hired as a full time teacher for the Bunnies classroom. Currently she is one of the head teachers for the Moonlight classroom. She has an Associate degree in liberal arts (2010) and a Bachelor degree in child psychology with a minor in early childhood education (2013). She is currently working on her Masters in early childhood with a specialization in diversity and culture. She loves to be around children, and enjoys their beautiful imagination. She loves to travel, read, go shopping and most importantly, on her free time, she loves to spend it with her family and friends.

Tanya Evans-Ransom, Head Teacher of the Two-Year-Old Class

Tanya Evans-Ransom has worked at the Child Care Center for 5 years.  She is married and has two children: Christian, 14 and Taylor, 8.  She has her B.A. in Sociology and is currently working on her Masters in Special Education.  Tanya enjoys reading, cooking and spending quality time with her family.

Orlando West, Head Teacher of the Three-Year-Old Class

Orlando West started workibng with the Child Care Center in August 2014. He earned a degree in teaching from Church Teacher's College in Jamaica and received his Associate degree with honors from BMCC in Childhood Education. He is currently completing his BA in Sociology and Childhood Education at Lehman College. Mr. West has been teaching Early Childhood since 2001 and enjoys the unique experience as a male teacher and role model for children. In his spare time, Orlando enjoys listening and playing music, outdoor adventures, reading, and participating in Track and Field.

Rafaelina Vargas, Assistant Teacher of the Four-Year-Old Class

Rafaelina Vargas came to the Child Care Center as a work study student and was hired as an assistant teacher in the summer of 2008. She completed her B.A. in Spanish, with a minor in sociology in May 2008. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in early childhood education. Outside of the classroom, Vargas likes to travel and spend time with her family.

Julie Moreno, Assistant Teacher of the Three-Year-Old Class

Julie Moreno began working at the Child Care Center in August 2011. She comes to the Center with several years experience working in the early childhood field. She holds an Associate's degree in liberal arts, with an option in education from Bronx Community College. Right now, she is pursuing a Bachelor's degree at Lehman College in speech pathology, with a minor in early childhood education. In her spare time, Moreno enjoys cooking, shopping, and spending time with family.

Holly Saltzman, President, Imagine Early Learning Centers

Holly Saltzman has been in the field of education for more than thirty years. She earned her B.A. from Skidmore College and her Master's degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. In 1984, Saltzman joined Lou Gallousis as a consultant to develop Innovative Learning Centers, Inc., a childcare management firm, which began managing Lehman College Child Care Center in 1985. In October 2000, Gallousis passed away and in January 2002, Saltzman started a new company, Imagine Early Learning Centers, L.L.C., the current management company of the Lehman College Child Care Center.

Last modified: Oct 30, 2014