International Nursery School

Quality Early Childhood Education

Our Staff

Shayna Ponce-Drakos, Director

Years of experience:  11

Years at I.N.S.:

Degrees/Licenses/Certifications:

M.s. in Early Childhood Special & General Education

B.A. in Psychology

Initial Certification, Birth to 2nd Grade

Initial Certification, Students with Disabilities, Birth to 2nd Grade

"INS is a wonderful place to work. Being around 4 year olds all day is the best part of all!"

Sheena Marte, Teacher

Years of experience:  6

Years at I.N.S.: 3

Degrees/Licenses/Certifications: Queens College, M.A. Early Childhood Education. NYS certified (N-2nd grade). Ms. Sheena has experience working with children ages 2-5 years of age.

 

"INS has become my home away from home."

Gabriel Rivera, Teacher

Years of experience:  4

Years at I.N.S.: 3

Degrees/Licenses/Certifications: Cuny Queens College B.A. in English; Minor in Theatre. Currently enrolled in the LIU C.W. Post Early Childhood Education Graduate Program (leading to NYS Certification N-2nd Grade).  He has worked in UPK classrooms at International Nursery School & Pee Wee Folks Preschool. Mr. Rivera has also worked with various childhood education programs at  the Great Neck Park District, Camp Parkwood, The College Now Program at Queens College, and The Theater Learning Center.  He has worked with private families as both a childcare provider as well as a tutor and has taught summer drama classes to children from ages 4-10.

 

"Working with children at such an important time in their education is extremely gratifying and humbling. INS is the perfect environment for children of all ages to learn and grow!"

Linda Sanford, Assistant Teacher

Years of experience: 29

Years at I.N.S.: 27

Degrees/Licenses/Certifications: College, 3 years. Certified as an assistant teacher.

 

"INS has been a part of my life since 1981 when my daughter attended for 2 years. My son also went to INS for 1984-1985. I’ve always loved the school for its warm & friendly environment, while providing a strong foundation for socialization and early childhood education. I am happy and proud to be a part of this wonderful school."

Elena Truschew, Assistant Teacher

Years of experience: 4

Years at I.N.S.:

Degrees/Licenses/Certifications: Fashion Institute of Technology, B.F.A. for Illustration. Also certified as an assistant teacher. Worked for 8 years at McGoldrick branch of the Queens Library. She has worked with the Toddler Learning Care programs and has taught summer art classes to children of all ages. Ms. Elena has also worked at the Children's Museum of Manhattan as a museum educator.

 

"I find working with children very rewarding and gratifying. Children show us things that we might never stop to look at."

Rocio Marmolejo, Assistant Teacher

Years of experience:

Years at I.N.S.:

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"I find working with children very rewarding and gratifying. Children show us things that we might never stop to look at."

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171-39 Northern Boulevard, Flushing NY 11358  |  Phone: 718.353.0932