Teacher Profiles

We are very proud of the exceptional teaching staff that we have at PUNS! All of our teachers are dedicated professionals who go out of their way to make your child(ren)’s preschool experience exceptional. They have teaching credentials and are also all certified in CPR, First Aid and AED, as well as allergy protocols and procedures.

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Dawn Jones

Education Director, Half Pints Teacher, Pre-K/4s Teacher, Literature LLAMAS Teacher, STEAM Conductors Teacher, June Bugs Teacher & June Bugs Director

Mrs. Jones has been a teacher at PUNS since September 2006. In addition to her many teaching roles, she also serves as our school's Education Director, overseeing all curriculum, educational programming, and teaching staff. Mrs. Jones holds NYS permanent teacher certification in Elementary Education, has an M.S.Ed. in Elementary Education, N-6, with a reading concentration from SUNY College at Cortland. She also holds a B.S. in Elementary Education, N-6, from SUNY College at Cortland and an A.A. in Elementary Education, N-6, from Sage Junior College of Albany. Formerly, Mrs. Jones worked as the Lead Preschool Teacher, Kinder Club Wrap Teacher, and the Head Counselor & Co-Director of the After School Program, at the Sanford-Springvale YMCA in Southern Maine. Mrs. Jones is a Pittsford PTSA member & volunteer, and a volunteer with Pittsford Boy Scout Troop 336 & Girl Scout Troop 60843. Mrs. Jones is married to her husband Spencer and they have two children — Spencer and Abby, who are both PUNS alumni!


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Melissa Richardson

Pre-K/4s Teacher, STEAM Conductors Teacher, Young Discoverers Assistant Teacher, June Bugs Teacher

Mrs. Richardson has been a PUNS teacher in both the 3s and 4s programs since 2012 and has taught in the June Bugs program since 2014.  She was a PUNS Parent and Board member from 2007 – 2012.  Mrs. Richardson was an 8th grade Social Studies teacher in the Pittsford Central School District from 2000-2003.  She also worked as a graduate assistant to the Monroe County Historian from 2003-2004.  Mrs. Richardson graduated from SUNY Buffalo with a B.A. in History and a Minor in Secondary Social Studies in 2000 and graduated from SUNY Brockport with an M.A. in History in 2009.  She is an active Girl Scout leader of 2 Cadette troops, as well as one of the Co-Service Unit Managers of Pittsford Girl Scouts.  Mrs. Richardson is married to Adam with two wonderful daughters — Katie and Brenna, who are both PUNS alumni!  


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Danielle Shannon

Pre-K/4s Assistant Teacher

Mrs. Shannon is a nationally certified athletic trainer and has worked with college and professional athletes in the prevention and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. She attended Ithaca College for her undergraduate degree and West Virginia University for her masters degree. Mrs. Shannon has also worked for the Town of Pittsford in their Summer Fun Program. Mrs. Shannon lives in Pittsford with her husband Mike and their three children — Claire, Jack and Abigail, who are all PUNS alumni!

 


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Wendy Littlefield

3s Teacher, Bookworms Teacher, Young Discoverers Teacher, June Bugs Teacher

Mrs. Littlefield has taught in our Half Pints and 3s classrooms since 2013, as well as teaching in the June Bugs summer program. This year, we are so excited that she will be teaching our new enrichment courses -- Bookworms and Young Discoverers -- for our 3- and 4-year-old friends! She is a 1989 Graduate of the University of Central Florida with a B.S. in Elementary Education and holds Florida State Teaching Certification in grades 1 – 6, 5 – 9, and preschool.  She worked at Sonbeams Learning Center in a three-year-old classroom from 2006-2009, and taught grades 1-3 at Sterling Park Elementary from 1990-2004.  Mrs. Littlefield is a Pittsford PTSA member, volunteer and room representative.  She is certified in CPR, First Aid and AED.  Mrs. Littlefield is married to Devon and has two children — Noah and Madison (who is a PUNS alumni!).


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Joy Blake

3s Assistant Teacher, Bookworms Assistant Teacher, Young Discoverers Assistant Teacher

Mrs. Blake is our Assistant Teacher in all of our 3s programs. She comes to PUNS with years of experience as a PUNS parent! Mrs. Blake earned her B.A. in Psychology and Studio Art from the University of Mississippi in 2000. She has worked extensively in a variety of educational settings, including the Children's Trust Fund, The Child Development Project, and as Lead Instructor for the After School Magnet Program in the Auburn City Schools. Mrs. Blake worked as a Private Art Instructor in the Jackson Public Schools and as Studio Gallery Art Instructor at the Mississippi Museum of Art. We are so thrilled that she has brought her rich talent and extensive art background to share with us at PUNS! She is married to her husband, Thomas, and has two beautiful children — Townes and Birdie, who are both PUNS alumni!


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Jodi Sacks

Half Pints Teacher, Literature LLAMAS Teacher, Bookworms Assistant Teacher

Mrs. Sacks attended Wheelock College, majoring in Teaching/Preschool Education and has a B.S. in Child and Family Studies with a concentration in Infant/Toddler Development & Educational Management, from Syracuse University, 1990. Mrs. Sacks’ previous work experience includes time in several preschools and day care centers in upstate NY and New England. She has served as Teacher, Co-Teacher, Assistant Director and Education Director during her time at these institutions. Mrs. Sacks has been an active Pittsford PTSA member & volunteer, a volunteer within Pittsford Scouting Units, and has held a number of board positions on various charitable and education committees. Mrs. Sacks is married to her husband Stu and they have two children — Greg and Sami.


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Cathy Kuhn

Half-Pints Teacher, Room to Bloom Teacher

Mrs. Kuhn received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Dayton in 1998 with a minor in Psychology. She earned her Master’s degree in Special Education from Cleveland State University in 2007. Cathy has worked as a classroom teacher for first and second grade at schools in Ohio and South Carolina. She brings a wealth of knowledge in the area of Special Education and has vast experience in differentiating curriculum, lessons and teaching methods to the individual needs of her students. Mrs. Kuhn lives in Pittsford with her husband and three sons, including Aiden, who is a Half Pint alum and currently in our 4s program.


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Karen Evanitsky

Room to Bloom Teacher, School-wide Substitute Teacher

Mrs. Evanitsky’s love for working with children started as a camp counselor for the Bayview YMCA and Waterfront Director in 1996 teaching canoeing on Irondequoit Bay. She also worked for the Red Cross from 1996-2001 teaching CPR, swimming, and life guarding. Her devotion to her community extended to volunteering with the Bushnell's Basin Fire Department from 1996-2001. In 2001, Karen graduated from Ithaca College with a B.A. in Physical Education and Health Education. From there she started substituting around the Ithaca area until she moved out to Los Angeles in 2002. Karen quickly started working as a Physical Education teacher for Los Angeles Unified School District. Mrs. Evanitsky lives in Pittsford with her husband Steve and two daughters — Chrystiana (PUNS alum) and Kathryn (Pre-K/4s).


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Lisa Glanton

Gross Motor Teacher

Mrs. Glanton holds a bachelor's degree from The College at Brockport in physical education teacher certification (preschool through twelfth grade). She also has a master's degree in recreation management. For many years before being at home to raise her family, she worked for the Webster Central School District teaching aquatic classes for children of all ages. Mrs. Glanton has also coached various sports at all levels. She currently coaches preschool classes at the Gymnastics Training Center of Rochester. Mrs. Glanton lives in Pittsford with her husband Todd and their four sons — Gavin, Jameson (both PUNS alumni), Micah (3s program) and baby Cormac.