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"When I meet new people and they find out I teach preschool, a common question often follows.  “Is the preschool where you teach, play based or academic based?” This question continues to remind me why I love teaching at Landmark. Isn’t learning new concepts supposed to be fun?  At Landmark, the answer to this question is always yes. Through play and games, students at Landmark Academy learn to become independent, enthusiastic, and creative lifelong learners. When children sing and dance and act out stories, they are learning literacy. When they sort and stack blocks, they are learning mathematical concepts. When they are interacting with one another in the kitchen area or dramatic play center, they are learning social skills. While investigating and exploring in the sensory tables, they are learning science. At Landmark Academy our students are learning while playing and having fun.
Our students do all this with the guidance of a well-educated and nurturing staff. I love that all of the teachers at Landmark know the names of most of the students in the school and not only the ones in their class. I love that they show support and concern for every student and not only the ones they are teaching. Working at Landmark feels like being a part of a large family. Everyone, from the staff and the parents, are supportive of one another. We take the time to know our families and their independent needs and concerns.
The atmosphere at Landmark is always fun and relaxed. The camaraderie amongst my peers and the love and support of my children’s parents, makes it a great environment to work in. We have great support not only from our fellow teachers and parents but from everyone in the school."
Phyllis Petridis, Head Threes Teacher 
"Being part of the Landmark community for the past twelve years has been life changing. I have had the privilege of teaching entire families in the fours program. The relationships I share with parents, faculty and administration are built on the mutual goal of providing top notch, cutting edge and developmentally appropriate learning experiences for our preschoolers. No other profession could provide me with as many opportunities to explore my creative and nurturing side in such a fun and challenging way. The children keep me young and the ultimate reward is seeing their proud little faces every June. I love my school and feel honored to be part of a great team."
Meg D'Onofrio, Fours Head Teacher
"It is a pleasure to work at a school that is filled with enthusiastic students, supportive parents and passionate teachers. I love our curriculum; it's stimulating and exciting and our students are captivated by our monthly themes."
Megan Maloney, Fours Head Teacher

"I have worked in many schools throughout my career, but working at Landmark has been the highlight. The families and children are exemplary as is the teaching staff as a whole. I truly enjoy teaching here because of the friendships I have cultivated and the families that I have been privileged to work with. The environment at Landmark is warm and caring, everyone is willing to share ideas and work together for the betterment of the school. Landmark is the only place that I have worked where I truly enjoy coming to work everyday. The hugs and the laughter from the children make it all worthwhile and to know that I am truly making difference in the life of a child. I am also a Landmark mom. I can truly say that I would not want my children anywhere else. The teachers here take the time to see my children as unique individuals. They always have time for a quick chat about my child's day and to offer a cute story or insight. My children are becoming wonderful people because of the Landmark experience. Every teacher on this campus gives 150% to each child in her class and it shows."

Corinne Salerno, Fives Head Teacher
Working at Landmark for over 15 years has truly been the most fulfilling job ever.  Each day brings new and rewarding experiences.  It’s gratifying to watch the smiles on each child’s face as they explore, discover and learn new things.  The dedicated staff, nurturing environment and rich curriculum are just a few of the components that make Landmark a truly remarkable preschool. Working in a small class size has given me the opportunity to get to know each child on a personal level.  I have had the privilege of developing life-long friendships with many Landmark families. I have not only been able to witness the excellence of Landmark from a teacher's point of view, but from a parent's as well.  My children attended Landmark and still reminisce about their fun days there.  Landmark has not only given them a strong academic foundation, but has more importantly instilled a love for learning.  I am honored to teach at such a special place and be part of a team that is truly dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children.
I am especially looking forward to next year, when we will launch a new program called, Fundamentals! This program will integrate the Kindergarten and Fives curriculum in a personalized, child-friendly approach.
Donna Parrillo, Fundamentals Head Teacher

A Strong Foundation...
"For the past 18 years, I have been affiliated with Landmark Preschool of Ridgefield Academy. I personally have seen three of my children pass through the program. The school has given them not only a strong academic foundation, but confidence and a positive self-image. What attracted me to this program was its loving and nurturing environment where children learn through fun! As a two's teacher for the past 13 years, I have been blessed with wonderful children, supportive families and a loving staff. A place where I love to go to work every day"
Siobhan Santini, Head Twos Teacher
A Love of Learning...
"Working with children is such an amazing experience. As a teacher, I am able to show children how truly significant and special they are. I have the pleasure of teaching them the importance of believing in themselves and being proud of who they are. Preschool establishes how children will look at school forever. It is a privilege to instill a life-long love of learning into each child that walks through my door."
Jessica Brito, Head Threes Teacher
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