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Our Team

Meet the Team

Take a look at our staff and get to know them a bit!

Tina Winchell

Executive Director

Has been with the agency since 1996

Fun Fact: Tina loves coaching Ithaca JV basketball & is a huge Syracuse Basketball fan

Quote: “Lead with Love” – Gerry Czarnecki

Email: twinchell@schuylerheadstart.org

Work Phone: (607) 535-6814 Extension: 3282

Noelle Gross

Chief Financial Officer

Has been with the agency since 2022

Fun Fact:  Noelle loves big, dangly earrings

Quote:  “What’s random to one person isn’t necessarily random to another”  -Herself

Email: ngross@schuylerheadstart.org

Work Phone: (607) 535-6814 Extension: 3285

Elizabeth Waite

Education/Disabilities/Mental Health Manager

Has been with the agency since 2000

Fun Fact: Elizabeth loves Christmas music all year round.

Quote: “You is Kind, You is Smart, You is Important.” – The Help

Email: ewaite@schuylerheadstart.org

Work Phone: (607) 535-6814 Extension: 3290

Amanda Wylie

Health Manager

Has been with the agency since 2022

Fun Fact: Amanda is in a Country Rock Band named Spencer Creek

Quote: “Music is therapy. Music moves people. It connects people in ways no other medium can. It pulls heartstrings. It acts as medicine.” – Macklemore

Email: awylie@schuylerheadstart.org

Work Phone: (607) 535-6814 Extension: 3286

Ashley Wilson

Administrative Assistant

Has been with the agency since 2020

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Email: awilson@schuylerheadstart.org

Work Phone: (607) 535-6814

Diane Angle

Family Advocate

Has been with the agency since 1990

Fun Fact: Diane has a relative on the Titanic.

Quote: “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” – William Shakespeare

Email: dangle@schuylerheadstart.org

Work Phone: (607) 535-6814 Extension: 3243

Deb Morse

Early Head Start Parent Educator

Has been with the agency since 1993

Fun Fact: Deb loves to listen to classic rock.

Quote: “Every moment is a teachable moment! – Author Unknown

Email: dmorse@schuylerheadstart.org 

Work Phone: (607) 535-6814 Extension: 3239

Michele Cole

Early Head Start Parent Educator

Has been with the agency since 2000

Fun Fact: Michele loves to camp with her family.

Quote: “Imagination is the highest kite that can fly.” – Lauren Bacal

Email: mcole@schuylerheadstart.org

Work Phone: (607) 535-6814 Extension: 3238

Melissa Jantzen

Lead Teacher (HS)

Has been with the agency since 2018

Fun Fact: Melissa makes homemade honey and maple syrup.

Quote: “Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.” – Author Unknown

Email: mjantzen@schuylerheadstart.org

Work Phone: (607) 535-6814 Extension: 3235

Ashleigh Arden

Lead Teacher (HS/OM 4pk)

Has been with the agency since 2021

Fun Fact: Ashleigh was a member of her high school Color Guard.

Quote: “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” – Vivian Greene

Email: aarden@schuylerheadstart.org

Work Phone: (607) 535-6814 Extension: 3283

Rebecca Majors

Lead Teacher (HS/OM 4PK)

Has been with the agency since 2009

Fun Fact: Becca was an extra in the movie “In The Line of Fire” starring Clint Eastwood

Quote: “It was then that I carried you” footprints in the sand

Email: rmajors@schuylerheadstart.org

Work Phone: (607) 535-6814 Extension: 3236

Breanna Murphy

Lead Teacher (HS/WG 4PK)

Has been with the agency since 2021

Fun Fact: Breanna was a cheerleader at St. John Fisher College.

Quote: “Everything happens for a reason” – Author Unknown

Email: bmurphy@schuylerheadstart.org

Work Phone: (607) 535-6814 Extension: 3240

Amber Newton

Teacher Assistant

Has been with the agency since 2022

Fun Fact: Amber spends her free time painting and making jewelry.

Quote: “No amount of money ever bought a second of time.”– Author Unknown

Work Phone: (607) 535-6814

Phoebe Majors

Teacher Assistant

Has been with the agency since 2022

Fun Fact: Phoebe was named after Phoebe from the show “Friends” because her mother thought it was pretty.

Quote: “Our fingerprints don’t fade from the lives we touch.” –Judy Blume

Work Phone: (607) 535-6814

Eric Johnston

Teacher Assistant

Has been with the agency since 2009

Fun Fact: Eric speaks Mandarin Chinese.

Quote: “Good, better, best. Never let it rest. ‘Til your good is better, and your better is best.” – St. Jerome

Work Phone: (607) 535-6814

Lynn Hayes

Teacher Aide

Has been with the agency since 2019

Fun Fact: Lynn has a bronze foundry in her garage.

Quote: “Every artist was an amateur.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Work Phone: (607) 535-6814

Tracy Landon

Teacher Aide

Has been with the agency since 2020

Fun Fact: Tracy was named after her grandfather.

Quote: “Make your Life a masterpiece, imagine no limitations on what you can be, have, or do.” – Brian Tracy

Work Phone: (607) 535-6814

Stephanie Chiacchiarini

Teacher Aide

Has been with the agency since 2019

Fun Fact: Stephanie was kissed by Jim Kelly (Buffalo Bills Quarterback)

Quote: “I wasn’t born just to teach; I was born to inspire others, to change people, and to never give up; even when faced with challenges that seem impossible.” – Author Unknown

Work Phone: (607) 535-6814

Sumer Landon

Floating Teacher Aide

Has been with the agency since 2019

Fun Fact: Summer is a very talented artist.

Quote: “Great Leaders don’t set out to be a leader; they set out to make a difference.” – Author Unknown

Work Phone: (607) 535-6814

Rachel Thurston

Substitute Teacher Aide

Has been with the agency since 2006

Fun Fact: Rachel is a firefighter and the Beaver Dames Fire Department president.

Quote: “Live the life you love, Love the life you live.” – Author Unknown

Work Phone: (607) 535-6814

Emma Landon

Substitute Teacher Aide

Has been with the agency since 2023

Fun Fact: Emma was voted Odessa-Montour’s 2022 Homecoming Queen.

Quote: “Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.” – Author Unknown

Work Phone: (607) 535-6814

Riley Tournour

Substitute Teacher Aide

Has been with the agency since 2023

Fun Fact: Riley has swam with dolphins.

Quote: “Focus on the step in front of you, not the whole staircase.” – Author Unknown

Work Phone: (607) 535-6814

Cheryl Gleason

Substitute Teacher Aide

Has been with the agency since 1993

Fun Fact: Cheryl loves animals of all kinds!

Quote: “Children are not things to be molded, but are people to be unfolded.” – Jess Lair

Work Phone: (607) 535-6814

Pat Clearwater

Substitute Teacher Aide

Has been with agency since 2008

Fun Fact: Aunt Pat is a huge fan of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren!

Quote: “I woke up still not dead again today.” – Willie Nelson

Work Phone: (607) 535-6814

Deb Evans

Substitute Teacher Aide

Has been with the agency since 2022

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Work Phone: (607) 535-6814

Heather Hardwick

Substitute Teacher Aide

Has been with the agency since 2022

Fun Fact: Heather loves scary movies, but can’t watch them alone.

Quote: “life is a journey, with problems to solve, lessons to learn, but most of all, experiences to enjoy.” – Author Unknown

Work Phone: (607) 535-6814

Ruth Prince

Substitute Teacher Aide

Has been with the agency since 1992

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Work Phone: (607) 535-6814