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Ellenville Staff

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Jamie Blauvelt

Assistant Teacher

Hello my name is Jaime.  I’ve been working with children since 2001 through a variety of roles and organizations. I have two children, one all grown up, and the other almost there, and now I have a grandson. I am currently completing my child development credential. My hobbies are hiking, yoga, binge watching Netflix, and meditation.  

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Kathy Chan

Site Director/Teacher

My name is Kathy Chan and I hold the dual role of Site Supervisor and Teacher. I have been in education for more than 20 years. I have a bachelor’s degree from University of LaVerne and a teaching credential from the University of Redlands. I began teaching in California, first in a public elementary school, then I became a Site supervisor-Teacher at Head Start. I moved to New York and have been at Head Start in Ellenville for eleven years. I love teaching and find it immensely rewarding. Being able to instill a love of learning in children and witnessing their growth and development as they discover/ experience so many things for the first time is extremely fulfilling. When I’m not working, I enjoy family time; I have a son and daughter, gardening, boating, swimming and hiking with my dog.

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Maribel Ferraro

Family Workerr

My name is Maribel Ferraro.   I have worked for Ellenville Head Start for 36 years.  I have 4 children and 3 of them attended Head Start. Since my time here, I have been a cook, Assistant Teacher, Behavioral Assistant 1 on 1 and a Family Worker.  I love what I do and my goal is to retire in a few years.

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Marina Raiban

Teacher Aide

My name is Marina I am teacher Aide I work in the Ellenville Head Start for 4 yeas,  I work with the child because I love the children, I love to play together, I love learning and communicating with the children and the families .  I obtained my child development credential last year. 

My favorite hobby is enjoying time with my family being able to eat together, watch a movie and watch my children play soccer.   

Rob Owsinski

Teacher Aidee

My name is Rob.  I started working in Head Start after I finished High School in 2008.  I started as a bus monitor, then became a substitute and worked my way up to a Teacher Aide.  In the Summer of 2018, I got my Child Development Credential (CDA).  I’ve been working with children for more than 7 years.

In my  spare time I like to work on my cars.  When I have free time, I like to go fishing and hang out with my family. I’ve got two cats that are my little Ying and Yang.

The one thing that I love about working with children is knowing when they go home and talk about what they did with their teachers and when parents come in saying my kid talks about you at home. It gives you a feeling of accomplishment and pride in your job.

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Paola Pared


My name is Paola a lot of my close friends and family members call me P. I was born in the Dominican Republic and was raised in Washington Heights. I moved upstate with the love of my life in 2015. We have a four-year-old son Named Amun-Ra. He is the smartest, kindest, and courageous little boy I know. He means the world to us. Furthermore, I received my associate degree in Early childhood education from Hostos Community College. I received my bachelor degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from City College. I continued to further my education by receiving my master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Walden University in 2019. I have been working in the educational field for over 20 years. I have been employed at the Ellenville Head Start program for almost 8 years. Teaching is my passion and my goal is to instill a want to be lifelong learners onto my students and their families. I love spending quality time with my family and friends, going out eat, and traveling.

I love everything fashion, hair and beauty. I love DIY beauty projects and self-care routines. I am going to end this brief biography of myself with one of my favorite quotes “I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. Every single thing. The good and bad all leads where you are meant to be “. 

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Jessica Rios-Rodriguez

Assistant Teacher

My name is Jessica Rios Rodríguez, a native and raised in Puerto Rico. I speak both Spanish and English. I am the mother of a beautiful teenager. Since 2013 I decided to start my life path by moving to the USA. That same year, I enrolled my daughter in the Head Start program. Since I was filled with enthusiasm to help as a volunteer mother and visualize the affection of the children. For 2014, I was offered part of the program as a Teacher Aide from which I accepted. The Head Start program gave me the chance to take the CDA.  For the year 2018 I am offered the opportunity to work in the position of Teacher Assistant until the present of the year 2024.  

My philosophy in teaching that I have had in the nine years working with preschoolers of the ages of 3-5, has given me the ability to demonstrate my educational teaching in a transcendental way I love working with children and family and for my grow I want to be a teacher. When I think of development is evolution, transformation to change the ability to growth on children to learn.