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Michele_Wild_ODNSMichele Wild: Teacher
I joined the teaching staff at Open Door Nursery School in 2012 and I am happy to be teaching the two-year-old class. I love working with this age group.

Before coming to Open Door I taught at Corner House Nursery School for 17 years. My other teaching experiences include preschool classes at the Heritage Education Program and a primary class at St. Joseph’s School for Exceptional Children. In addition, I did some substitute teaching for Heritage and Corner House during the years I stayed home raising my children.

I received my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from St. Bonaventure University and my Master’s degree in Special Education from Ohio University. I live in Cheektowaga with my husband David, and I have three grown sons.

Melinda_Foran_BibkoMelinda Foran-Bibko: Teacher
Over my many years here at Open Door, I have taught in most of the classrooms as an aide and then as a teacher. It is where all of my children attended and when given the chance to teach back in 1996, I jumped at the chance!

My teaching certification is in elementary education with a concentration in early childhood education. Upon graduation, I taught for several years as a first and second grade teacher. I love working with the very youngest children as they discover their own abilities, learn new concepts and gain independence. Their enthusiasm and excitement about learning is magical. As a former parent of Open Door students and now as a teacher, there is much that is so special about this school.

RobertaSendkerRoberta Sendker: Aide
I began working at Open Door in 1996 as an aide in the 3-year-old room. It is truly a blessing to spend time with Open Door’s children!

I grew up in Williamsville and moved away temporarily when I was first married. After living in Philadelphia while my husband attended graduate school, we returned home. When my husband and I started our family, my Office Administration degree was put on the back burner and I chose to stay home full-time with our children.

My husband, Matt, and I have two grown children—a son and daughter—who both got their start at Open Door! As empty nesters, Matt and I make our home in the Village of Williamsville. In addition to my job at Open Door, I am also on staff with the music ministry at Harris Hill United Methodist Church.

overtonKate Overton: Aide
In my years working as a teacher, Open Door has become my first experience working with young children.  I became a part of Open Door first as a parent, then a board member and now as an aide in the Three Year Old classroom.  I love working in an environment that allows children to learn but most importantly have fun!  I attended the University at Buffalo for my bachelors and masters degree in Education, then again for an advanced certification in Literacy.
I live in Williamsville with my husband and two boys, both of which whom have attended Open Door.  We have the privileged of living in an area with so much to offer so typically we are off on adventures visiting the Buffalo Science Museum, Buffalo Zoo or exploring some place new.  We also enjoy spending time with family.  Being a part of Open Door is such a special experience and I hope to be here for years to come.

unnamed Lynn Plezia: Teacher
My name is Lynn Plezia and I am so very excited to be a part of the Open Door team as the 4’s teacher!  I believe in Open Door’s learning through play philosophy as I am passionate about the benefits of play and movement for children. As Mr. Rogers said, “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning.”

I grew up in Burlington, Ontario and graduated from Niagara University with my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.  I taught in Tonawanda and Lackawanna before having my three children, Cole, Ava and Emma.  All three of my kids went through Open Door Nursery School and thrived.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband Jon, taking family hikes, watching my kids’ soccer games and running.

Pardo_Mary_ODNSMary Pardo: Aide
I have been an Aide in the 4-year-old program at Open Door Nursery School since 2009. I have a BS in Business Administration from SUNY Fredonia. I worked in the Accounting and Administration field for 14 years before leaving to be a stay-at-home mom. I consider myself so fortunate to be part of the Open Door family where I am blessed to see all of the children’s smiling faces each day!

I was born and raised in Amherst, where my husband and I now reside with our children, Daniel and Bridget. Both of our children attended Open Door and loved every minute of it!

GailSextonGail Sexton: Teacher
It is my great joy and pleasure to teach the Four/Five-Year-Old Kindergarten Readiness Class. I grew up in Tonawanda and graduated from Buffalo State College in the 1970’s, majoring in Elementary Education. For many years, I lived in Connecticut where I taught in several preschool programs. I returned to Western New York in 2006 and began working at Open Door at that time.

My husband and I have two grown sons, two daughters-in-law, and two grandchildren.  When I’m not busy visiting them, I enjoy quilting, gardening, and reading. I look forward to a successful year at Open Door.

AmyNelsonAmy Nelson: Aide
I have been a teacher’s aide at Open Door Nursery School since 2002. I have worked with children in the three, four, and kindergarten readiness classes.

Prior to coming to Open Door, I spent eight years as an aide working with special education students in the Williamsville School District. I have a degree in Medical Laboratory Technology, and worked in an Immunoflourescent Laboratory for seven years before starting my family.

My husband and I have a son living in Richmond, Virginia and a daughter living in Syracuse, New York. I look forward to spending many more years with the wonderful children of Open Door Nursery School as they learn and grow.

McCormack Maria McCormack:  Aide
I work as an aide for the 2 year-old class and also for the 3 year old literacy class on Friday mornings. I feel blessed to be working in such a caring and loving environment.

I have my Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Geneseo and my Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Buffalo.  Before coming to Open Door, I worked in the Early Childhood program at Buffalo Hearing and Speech Center for 12 years.

My husband Robert and I live in East Amherst with our three children Maddy, Erin and Lily, who keep us very busy and bring us a lot of joy.  I love to do yoga, I take walks every chance I get, and reading a good book are three of my favorite things to do.

HammonKathy Hannon:  Aide
I am excited to be working at Open Door. I have had many years of experience working with preschoolers and I absolutely love it!

My husband John is an engineer and we live in Amherst. We enjoy traveling, reading, bike riding and many other activities. We have two grown sons who are married. I am looking forward to a wonderful year with your children!