Our team takes great pride in caring for, educating and nurturing our students.
Our teaching staff regularly attend ongoing training and educational seminars to learn new and exciting things which they bring back to the classroom to engage and educate the students and share with their peers.
Valarie Petersen, Owner
Hi, my name is Valarie Petersen and I am the owner of New Wonders Learning Center. I have been in the childcare field for 15 years and owning a childcare learning enter has always been a dream of mine. Children are my passion and I am grateful to be able to provide a safe and loving school culture where our families and teachers learn, grow, and have fun together!
Melissa Alvarado, Director
My name is Melissa Alvarado and I am the Director at New Wonders Learning Center. I come with many years of teaching experience and hold a BA with a double major in Elementary Education and E.L.A. and a Master's in Special Education. I am a New York City native and the mother of 3 children, Tatiana, James and Taina and the proud grandmother of Aiden and Ashton. I love children and children love me!
Tatiana Alvarado, Assistant Director
My name is Tatiana Alvarado and I am the Assistant Director at New Wonders Learning Center. I worked as an infant and toddler teacher at New Wonders for a couple of years before being able to grow into my position.
I grew a passion for teaching and building relationships with both the children and their parents. I have two amazing little boys who attend New Wonders Learning Center since infancy and have flourished throughout the years academically and socially. I am so excited to grow and be a part of a such a great team!
Miss Rose, Administrative Supervisor
Hello Families, my name is Roselene Siena. I originally started with the New Wonders Family as a mommy. After some time, I became part of the team. I was a teacher first and now I am the Assistant Director. Every day that I come to work I strive to make a positive and loving influence in all the children’s lives here at New Wonders Learning Center.
Miss Hazel, Office Assistant
Hi, my name is Hazel and I started here at New Wonders as an
assistant teacher and now I have worked my way into the evening supervisor position. I also am lucky to say that my child also attends New Wonders. Although I am mostly doing admin work, my love for teaching children has not changed. I have obtained my CDA and will continue to further my education.
Mr. Baird, Food, Health, Safety and Transportation Supervisor
Hi, my name is Mr. Baird. I am the Food Production/ Health and Safety/ Transportation Manager here at New Wonders. I am also the proud parent of five children; all of which I can say have been in the care of Valarie and Melissa for over 10 years. I love coming to work every day to witness a very diverse group of teachers, children and staff come together to truly create something Wonderful! Thank you for letting me
be part of their lives!
Our Wonderful Teachers
Miss Kissena, Assistant Teacher
My name is Ms. Kissena. I have been working in this
establishment since opening day. I currently have my CDA and am working on furthering my education. I have 2 children. I
have worked in every classroom and do many other things here at New Wonders. My goals are to keep renewing my CDA and obtain a Bachlors degree.
Miss Fallyn, Lead Teacher Toddler Classroom
Hi, my name is Miss Fallyn. I am currently the Lead Teacher of one of our many Toddler classrooms. I work extremely hard every day to be the best teacher I can be. I am so happy that New Wonders has given me the opportunity to do so.
Miss Desiree, Lead Teacher Toddler Classroom
Hi, my name is Ms. Desiree and I am a Lead Teacher for one of our Pre-school classrooms. Teaching young children is one of the best feelings in the world. I have the pleasure of watching them grow and helping them reach new milestones in their development. I have furthered my education so that I can teach any age group.
Miss Dianna, Lead PreK Teacher
Hi, my name is Dianna. I am the Co-Teacher for the Pre-K
Class. I have been working with children my whole life and it is something I have always been passionate about. I have my
associates in Early Childhood Education and look forward to making a difference in the children’s lives here at New Wonders Learning Center.
Miss Erin, Teacher Pre-K
Peace: how I like to live and the meaning of my name, Erin. The New Wonders Pre-K classroom is my new community. Teaching and children's literature have been my passion since adolescence. For nearly 20 years I have taught pre-school and pre-k. Each year is a new adventure I love exploring. My 3 children, Madison, Avery, and Cian are my greatest accomplishments. My hubby Stefan is extremely supportive and loving. I am a lucky gal all around. Learning is a constant in my life which carries over into all the new visions I bring into the classroom. I have treasured every experience with my New Wonders families and co-workers. I look forward to continuing this journey with all of you!
Miss Beryl, Lead Teacher for Pre-K
Hello, my name is Ms. Beryl and I am the Pre-k Teacher. I have been in the education field for more than 20 years. I enjoy seeing the transformation of the children starting from young toddlers to little people holding conversations with one another and discovering the world around them with never ending questions.
Miss Christa, Lead Toddler Teacher
My name is Christa. I am a Lead teacher here at New Wonders Learning Center. I thoroughly enjoy my job. It is fulfilling as well as exciting. So much so that I’ve even enrolled my son Christopher. I hope to one day find myself in the field of holistic nutrition. I love working with children so much that I would love to eventually have the two passions coincide and work as a nutritionist for a school. I firmly believe that our bodies are temples for our souls and what we put into them is vital to our longevity.
Miss Glenda, Assistant Teacher
Hello, my name is Glenda Williams. I am the assistant teacher in one of our Toddler classroom. I have three children. I started out in New Wonders as a parent when my son was a little over a year old and my daughter was seven. I absolutely fell in love with New Wonders. The staff and the family friendly atmosphere is amazing. I currently attend school to achieve my associates in Early Childhood Education. I look forward to my time working with your children to help mold and nurture them.
Miss Shyanne, Lead Crawler Toddler
Hey, I am Shyanne. I began working for New Wonders because of my passion for being a mother. I am currently a Co-Teacher in the crawlers room. I love teaching my daughter while enjoying her unique personality and thought I could share that with the children here. “Teachers who love teaching teach children to love learning”.
Miss Jessica, Assistant Teacher
Hi, I’m Ms. Jessica. I am a co-teacher in the Crawlers room. I attained my A.A.S. degree in Early Childhood Education and hope to continue my education. I am a wife and a mother of two incredible children. I have always had a passion for making learning fun using art and literature. My belief is that we can open the door to endless possibilities through compassion and creativity.
Miss Becca, Summer Camp Teacher
Hi, I’m Ms. Becca. I have been with New Wonders Learning Center since May 2018. I hold a degree in both Early Childhood and Childhood teaching Birth-6th grade. I have a passion for project-based learning to introduce new concepts and skills to all my students. New Wonders has allowed me to create connections, watch personal growth, and inspire children to achieve their personal goals.
Miss Ashley, Assistant Teacher
My name is Ashley Perez. I am a floater here at New Wonders Learning Center. I am currently enrolled in SUNY Orange to pursue my degree in pediatrics. I love working with young children and being able to help them bring joy to my life and theirs.
Miss Judi, Assistant Teacher
My name is Ms. Judi Ringwood and I am the assistant teacher in our Pre-K 2 classroom at New Wonders Learning Center. I have worked in the Early Childhood development field for 10 years as both lead and assistant teacher. I was born and raised in Middletown and worked many years for the Middletown City School District. I have 2 children of my own and 6 grandchildren.
Miss Lyndsey, Lead Toddler Teacher
Hi my name is Ms. Lyndsey. I am the lead teacher of one of our toddler classrooms here at New Wonders. I obtained my associates degree in Occupational therapy and hope to be certified in New York state soon. I have two fur babies, my adorable cats Elsa and Anna. I am a huge family-oriented person and spend most of my free time making memories with them. I absolutely love children and plan on working with them for the entirety of my career.
Miss Lauren, Toddler Teacher
Hi my name is Ms. Lauren and I am a lead toddler teacher here at New Wonders. I have four beautiful children of my own which allows me to have a well understanding of the needs and wants of the children and parents. I thoroughly enjoy this age group because I love watching the children’s imagination and
cognitive skills grow. In the future I hope to further my education in this field so I can excel as a teacher.
Miss Melissa, Co Teacher
Hi, I’m Melissa. I have been working in early childhood education for over five years now, most of which were in a special needs classrooms. I obtained an Associates degree in Early Childhood and would love to continue my education to earn a bachelors and masters degree in Special Education. In addition to teaching I am passionate about environmentalism and photography which I enjoy doing during my spare time.
Miss Crystal, Infant Teacher
Hello my name is Ms. Crystal and I am the lead teacher in the Infant room. Working with children has always been my passion. Since having my two daughters, my love for children has grown even more. It is such a lovely feeling to be able to teach children and to witness their growth. I have begun and will continue to further my education to help increase my knowledge on teaching your children.
Mr. Michael, Lead Preschool Teacher
Hello my name is Mr. Michael and I am the Co-Teacher in our Bilingual preschool class. I am fluent in both English and Spanish and will share my now knowledge of the Spanish language. I will embrace all the cultures in my classroom. I have had a passion with working with children since I was 16 years old. I look forward to learning from and teaching your children.
Miss. Victoria, Co Teacher
My name is Miss Victoria and I am a Co-Teacher in the Infant room. I am so excited to help set the first educational stepping stone for parents and their little ones! I love this age group because infants are beginning to explore the world around them and it is so amazing to watch them while they do it. I am currently on the path to eventually obtain a Masters degree in Early Childhood education. I am ready to expand upon my knowledge while working here at New Wonders and I can not wait to grow along with your children.
Miss. Amber, Lead Toddler Teacher
Hi, my name is Amber. I am the lead teacher of the Toddler 2 Class. I'm a mother to my beautiful daughter named Aria who also attends New Wonders. Im furthering my education in Early Childhood Development. I plan to work with children my entire career.
Miss Samantha, Assistant Teacher
Hi, my name is Samantha. I work in one of our Toddler classrooms here at New Wonders. I have an Associates degree in Liberal Arts that I earned from SUNY Orange. Working with children is a passion of mine and it makes me extremely happy to do what I love everyday. My long term goal is to become preschool teacher. I love working here because working here will enable me to achieve my goal.