Children’s Center Staff
Director: Kalsi Johnson
Kalsi Johnson is the Director at The Virginia Marx Children’s Center. As part of her lifelong dream of being an educator, Kalsi started her career at Westchester Community College pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She graduated from Lehman College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood/Special Education. Kalsi also holds a dual NYS teaching certificate in Early Childhood Education and Special Education.
Prior to assuming the role as the Director, Kalsi’s 20-year tenure at The Virginia Marx Children’s Center began as a student-intern. Kalsi assumed numerous roles at The Virginia Marx Children’s Center. She served as a teacher for over 15 years to later serving as the Assistant Director for 4 years.
As part of the leadership at Virginia Marx Children’s Center and the team of dedicated teachers, Kalsi is committed to providing children with a solid foundation and a safe learning environment that will stimulate their physical, intellectual, social and emotional growth.
In addition to working at the Children’s Center in various capacity, Kalsi is also an adjunct professor at the Westchester Community College teaching courses in the Early Childhood Program and she also works in an advisory capacity to develop innovative programs and technological tools that seek to enhance literacy skills in low income children.
“I am so very honored to lead this extraordinary school community. This opportunity provides me with the chance to work collaboratively with teachers and families on a daily basis, while also remaining connected to the children as they learn and grow in their classrooms.”
Teacher: Hi, my name is Heather and I have been working here at The Virginia Marx Children’s Center since 2001. I attended Westchester Community College, where I received my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. I then went on to Mercy College, where I graduated Summa Cum Laude, with a degree in Behavioral Science. I have always worked with children in a variety of ways, from teaching swim lessons, working at the Nursery School I attended, and even coaching a swim team. I truly enjoy working with preschoolers.
Teacher: My name is Eileen Boyle. I have been working in the Toddler room for the past four months. Pervious to VMCC, I was a teacher of 3’s, 4’s, and Kindergarten. I have a BA and MA in Early Childhood Education from Lehman College. I am very happy to be a part of the VMCC staff. The toddler room is a unique place in which to learn. I look forward to helping your child flourish in this period of development.
Teacher: Hi, my name is Jennifer Goncalves. I joined the Virginia Marx Children’s Center in September of 2009, after completing an internship at Sarah Lawrence College and graduating with a degree in Early Childhood Education and a Teacher’s Assistant Certification from Westchester Community College. I began my career here in a preschool classroom while I continued my education at Cuny Lehman College, eventually receiving a Bachelor’s in History in 2011. I am currently pursing my master’s degree. In 2013, I became an Assistant Teacher in an Infant Room, where I worked until I was promoted in August of 2018 to Head Teacher of Preschool Room 121. I have been part of the VMCC family for more than 9 years now and it is still an absolute joy to walk into work every day and see smiles on the children’s faces.
Teacher: Hi, my name is Helen Cox Walters. I am presently working at Virginia Marx Children’s Center, entering my twenty third year. I was given the honor to open the Infant Room 119. I have my CDA qualifications, which allows me to be a Head Infant Teacher. I absolutely love working with infants and their parents, helping them to grow and develop. A parent once told me the first years are important for infants to learn and that the classroom is a college for this. I enhance, encouraging children to flourish and thrive to their best capability.
Teacher: Hi, my name is Rita. In September 1996, I started my career at the Virginia Marx Children’s Center at Westchester Community College. I have held the position of Head Teacher since 1996, a position I believe to have been my destiny. During my career that has spanned over two decades, I have made a difference in the lives of the infants in my classroom. In 2018, I was awarded the staff excellence award. I received my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education in 1983 from Suny Farmingdale. I have taken several courses here at Westchester Community College including Infant and Toddler Assessment.