About us

Welcome to Country Knolls

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The Preschool Program is a full learning environment where children have the opportunity to explore the world of science, math, language arts and literature. It is important for a child to express themselves through dramatic play, creative art, blocks, workbooks, writing and water table activities.

Our school uses Zoo-phonics® which teaches all aspects of language arts. The principle of Zoo-phonics® maximizes understanding, memory, utilization and transference to all areas of the reading, spelling and writing process in a playful and concrete manner. As the children start to write we introduce them to the PAF Read & Writing Program.

Through the use of workbooks we develop exceptional readers and writers. We recognize that each child has unique talents, learning styles and personalities. Our highly-qualified teachers and staff are committed to working within each child’s comfort zone to ensure social, emotional and educational results.

Our Principals

Our mission is to give your child the best educational experience they can have.  One they will remember forever.
Sandy Herbst
Co-Founder
Sue Harney
Co-Founder

Meet our teachers

There is nothing more than the smile on a child’s face.  Our goal is to support children’s desire to be life-long learners.
Stacy Lindsay

Stacy has been teaching for over 10 years in both kindergarten and first grade. She holds teaching degrees in early childhood, special education and literacy education. While holding teaching certifications in both New York and and Connecticut.

Aubrey Johnson

Aubrey Johnson, a 2008 graduate of SUNY Purchase College, holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Liberal Studies. 2017 marked Ms. Johnson’s first year as the Half-day 4’s teacher at Country Knolls Preschool. Before Aubrey started teaching, she was the lead Crisis Intervention Specialist for Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES, in Yorktown Heights, NY, where she worked for 10 years. In her last two years at PNW BOCES, Ms. Johnson was The Walden Schools Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) head coach for two years.
When Aubrey isn’t teaching, she loves spending time with her husband and two daughters.

Connie Froelich

Ms. “F” has been with Country Knolls since 2011, starting in Kindergarten as a TA after 3 years she moved to the 4’s class. She loves the feeling like every day is a new adventure and the children have taught her so much. Last year she decided she wanted to do more, so she took a year to earn her Child Development Associate and was made Head Teacher in the “Busy Bee 3’s” classroom. Prior to Country Knolls she graduated from Katherine Gibbs in NYC and worked in the Recording and Fashion Industry.

Rose D'Angelo

Rose is thrilled to be joining the Country Knolls team and working in the 4’s room in addition to teaching the music program. Ms. D’Angelo received her Bachelors from Mercy College in New York. After graduating she taught pre-K enrichment programs with the Town of Carmel for several years, as well as giving private lessons in piano and voice. She spent several years home raising her children and is now currently working on her Master’s in Early Childhood and Special Education

Denise Angeloni

A teacher assistant since 2011 with the four year olds, she graduated from Berkeley College and earned a degree in business. After taking time off from her business career to raise her two children, Denise realized she wanted to spend her time working with children. She loves working with children and having the ability to teach them new things everyday.

Donna Aquilino

Teaching Assistant has been with us in the 3’s room for 5 years.  She has been involved with the Mahopac Central School district for over 25 years in many different programs.  Donna is also a Parent Advocate for the District.  She is very active in the Arts and Music  Programs in the community.  Donna is married and raised 4 very successful children.

Cathy Ogden

Cathy has been with us since 2013 and runs our before and aftercare program at Country Knolls.  She has over 15 years experience as a Teacher Assistant in a preschool environment and she will also be working in our 3’s class this year. Cathy has a Certificate in Business from Westchester Community College.  She is CPR trained as well as NYS Certified MAT trained.