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Our Professional Staff

 

Elizabeth A. Geary, M.Ed., LMSW
Director of Community Program Centers of Long Island, Inc.

Betsy brings more than thirty years of educational, social work and program administration experience to her role as Director of Community Program Centers of Long Island, Inc. (CPC), the sponsoring agency of The Children's Community Head Start and Early Head Start. She completed a Bachelors degree at Rhode Island College and Masters degrees at Boston College and Hunter College School of Social Work. Providing services that support individuals and families caring for their young children or elderly parents has been the hallmark of her professional life. Betsy's leadership is directed toward establishing and maintaining systems that promote excellence in every area of our service.

Denice Karotseris, M.S. Ed
Director of The Children's Community Head Start

Denice has been a Director of Early Childhood Programs for the past 30 years and has been a Director with the Head Start/Early Head Start Program since 2003. She holds a Masters of Science degree in Special Education and a B.A. in Early Childhood Education. She has experience as a preschool teacher and as a resource room teacher for children with disabilities when she taught in a Head Start Program in 1980. She also held the position of Education/Disabilities manager in a Head Start program many years ago, before working in childcare, campus childcare and currently Head Start. She is a NYS certified teacher in early childhood and elementary education and special education with an emphasis in working with social/emotional disabilities and mentally challenged children. Denice is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), The National Head Start Association (NHSA), Suffolk Child Care Council, and is a Board Member for the Suffolk County Association for Education of Young Children. She is also federal reviewer for Head Start programs and formerly a "validator" for NAEYC accredited programs and most recently a PD Specialist for CDA candidates. Denice believes children thrive in environments that support, respect and provide for individuality and that all children have the right to be given the best opportunities with which to learn and grow. Denice believes that all children deserve a "head start" and remains committed to serving children and families in the community.

Chrissy Beatty, B.S.
Assistant Director/Education Manager

Chrissy has worked in Early Childhood Education for over 15 years. Her career began at the Community Program Centers of Long Island, Inc. in 1997 as a Preschool Teacher. As her experience grew, she progressively took on more responsibility. In 2003 Chrissy joined Children’s Community Head Start as the Education and Disabilities Manager/Site Supervisor for Ronkonkoma Center with responsibility for supervising and mentoring teaching staff, curriculum implementation, maintaining collaborative relationships with several local school districts and ensuring children are screened as required. Most recently, Chrissy was promoted to Assistant Director /Education Manager where she is committed to ensuring that staff, children and families reach their full potential. She believes that children need to be socially, academically, and emotionally prepared for school and success in life. Chrissy holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and has taken classes towards her Masters in Early Childhood Special Education.

Kerry-Ann Hosek, B.A.
Home-Based Manager

Kerry-Ann has been in the field of Early Childhood Education and employed with the Community Program Centers of Long Island, Inc. (CPC) since 2000. She holds an A.A.S in Early Childhood Education, from Suffolk County Community College; a B.A. In Communication Disorders from St. Joseph’s College; and continues to pursue her M.A. in Early Childhood Education and Special Education at Touro College. She began as an assistant toddler teacher and instantly developed a passion for the field. In her time with CPC she has held positions of Child Care Teacher, Head Start Teacher, Assistant Program Director for Early Discoveries, and now Home Based Manager for the Children’s Community Early Head Start Program. Each of her roles has helped shaped her personal philosophy on Early Childhood Education --that children learn and develop through experiences and a trusting and nurturing environment. She also believes that parent engagement in a child’s education is key for educational success.