Mike Echols - Director Mike has been a part of SNS since April 2015 after moving to Skaneateles from Hoboken, NJ. Both of his sons have or currently attend SNS. During the 2016-2017 school year, Mike joined the staff as a Fun Fridays teacher’s assistant. He holds a Masters in Television/Radio from Syracuse University and a Bachelors in Education from Cornell University. Mike worked as a production manager for a small media company in NYC for 12 years. His professional experience also includes working for a streaming media company in the early 2000s and for a public relations company in Lansing, MI, where he was an assistant account executive and a producer for a statewide television program. Mike has served on the Skaneateles Elementary Parent Teacher Committee for the past two years, serving this past year as its president.

Mike Echols - Director

Mike has been a part of SNS since April 2015 after moving to Skaneateles from Hoboken, NJ. Both of his sons have or currently attend SNS. During the 2016-2017 school year, Mike joined the staff as a Fun Fridays teacher’s assistant. He holds a Masters in Television/Radio from Syracuse University and a Bachelors in Education from Cornell University. Mike worked as a production manager for a small media company in NYC for 12 years. His professional experience also includes working for a streaming media company in the early 2000s and for a public relations company in Lansing, MI, where he was an assistant account executive and a producer for a statewide television program. Mike has served on the Skaneateles Elementary Parent Teacher Committee for the past two years, serving this past year as its president.

Janet DeFalco - Handwriting, Afternoon Adventures & Fun Fridays Teacher Mrs. DeFalco is a trained Montessori teacher.  She has developed curriculum and has taught many of the programs that we offer at SNS. Prior to her arrival at SNS, Mrs. DeFalco spent 5 years as a teacher/director at Princeton Montessori in Princeton, NJ. She also worked one on one for 6 years as a Teacher's Assistant in Kindergarten and First Grade classes, where she focused on reading, writing and math.  Mrs. DeFalco (and her ever-present smile) is an invaluable member of our SNS family!

Janet DeFalco - Handwriting, Afternoon Adventures & Fun Fridays Teacher

Mrs. DeFalco is a trained Montessori teacher.  She has developed curriculum and has taught many of the programs that we offer at SNS. Prior to her arrival at SNS, Mrs. DeFalco spent 5 years as a teacher/director at Princeton Montessori in Princeton, NJ. She also worked one on one for 6 years as a Teacher's Assistant in Kindergarten and First Grade classes, where she focused on reading, writing and math.  Mrs. DeFalco (and her ever-present smile) is an invaluable member of our SNS family!

Pam Kirk - 4 Year Old & Afternoon Adventures Teacher Mrs. Kirk has a degree in Early Childhood Education from Trenton State College and over 16 years of teaching experience with preschool aged children.  Before Joining SNS, she spent 12 years as both a teacher and director of a nursery school in Pennsylvania.  Mrs. Kirk is also a grief counselor who specializes in helping children dealing with addictions in their families.  Her mindful classroom is a very special place to learn!

Pam Kirk - 4 Year Old & Afternoon Adventures Teacher

Mrs. Kirk has a degree in Early Childhood Education from Trenton State College and over 16 years of teaching experience with preschool aged children.  Before Joining SNS, she spent 12 years as both a teacher and director of a nursery school in Pennsylvania.  Mrs. Kirk is also a grief counselor who specializes in helping children dealing with addictions in their families.  Her mindful classroom is a very special place to learn!

Joy LoPiccolo - Art and Music & Afternoon Adventures Teacher Mrs. LoPiccolo graduated from Syracuse University with a BA degree in Fine Arts and a dual Masters in Social Work and School Counseling.  She completed several internships before working as a school counselor from 1997-2000 in Rochester NY.  Mrs. LoPiccolo has been involved in numerous volunteer positions such as Project Star and PTC.  She has brought endless energy and creativity to SNS for the last 10 years!  

Joy LoPiccolo - Art and Music & Afternoon Adventures Teacher

Mrs. LoPiccolo graduated from Syracuse University with a BA degree in Fine Arts and a dual Masters in Social Work and School Counseling.  She completed several internships before working as a school counselor from 1997-2000 in Rochester NY.  Mrs. LoPiccolo has been involved in numerous volunteer positions such as Project Star and PTC.  She has brought endless energy and creativity to SNS for the last 10 years!
 

Elizabeth Loy - 3 Year Old & Fun Fridays Teacher Mrs. Loy received her Bachelors in physical education and her Master in education from Salisbury University.  She has many years of teaching experience at Bullock Elementary School in Glassboro, NJ and Tender Care Learning Center in Pittsburgh, PA.  She has worked with all age groups from youth to collegiate level athletes.  Mrs. Loy currently volunteers her time to our local youth sports and PTC. She makes preschool so much fun!

Elizabeth Loy - 3 Year Old & Fun Fridays Teacher

Mrs. Loy received her Bachelors in physical education and her Master in education from Salisbury University.  She has many years of teaching experience at Bullock Elementary School in Glassboro, NJ and Tender Care Learning Center in Pittsburgh, PA.  She has worked with all age groups from youth to collegiate level athletes.  Mrs. Loy currently volunteers her time to our local youth sports and PTC. She makes preschool so much fun!

Kristi Peterson - 4 Year Old & Fun Fridays Teacher Mrs. Peterson has been a part of our program for many years as a parent, Board Member and Classroom Aid.  She is New York State Certified and has over 10 years of experience teaching in both PA and NY State. She has her BA in Political Science/English from SUNY Oswego, Teacher certification from SUNY Cortland and her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from SUNY Oswego. Mrs. Peterson is highly involved in the PTC and organizing events and programs that benefit our community. We are so lucky to have her preparing our kids for Kindergarten!

Kristi Peterson - 4 Year Old & Fun Fridays Teacher

Mrs. Peterson has been a part of our program for many years as a parent, Board Member and Classroom Aid.  She is New York State Certified and has over 10 years of experience teaching in both PA and NY State. She has her BA in Political Science/English from SUNY Oswego, Teacher certification from SUNY Cortland and her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from SUNY Oswego. Mrs. Peterson is highly involved in the PTC and organizing events and programs that benefit our community. We are so lucky to have her preparing our kids for Kindergarten!