I'm a household member at 615 Warren Street and a member of the Kids Run Around team.  I have all the OCFS clearances, database checks, Health & Safety/CPR training etc. My main role is to build and maintain a safe environment at Kids Run Around.  I take much satisfaction from the facility that Victoria and I created -- from the marvelous soft floors inside and in the backyard, to the educational toys, fire extinguishers, smoke alarms and safety plans, to our terrific staff and everything in between.  I spend a day or two per week at Kids Run Around -- the kids call me "Uncle Steve".  On those days I have the joy of interacting with them.  My main role on those days is enrichment and to foster development, condifidence, achievement and self esteem.  We play, we read stories, we sing and dance.  Outdoors we play in "the fort", we play together with shared wagon rides/pushing/pulling, water play, catching/throwing games, finding leaves, flowers, worms and bugs.  It's pretty awesome to watch them learn and grow from week-to-week.

 

I've been an educator most of my life -- as a big brother with five siblings, as a sailing instructor for kids from 8-18 and adults, as a little league coach, as an assistant professor of math and computer science at CUNY, and now at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, teaching data analysis and research methodology to MD/PhD candidates.  I also teach kayaking skills and am an ACA-certified Coastal Kayaking Trip Leader. 

 

I've raised two wonderful sons (now ages 30 and 33). My boys were in daycare from the age of 3 months. They benefitted enormously from the attention of early childhood educators -- which is why we've focused on recruiting staff with that training and experience at Kids Run Around.  My sons are very social and responsible to their friends, part of which I attibute to their group daycare upbringing.  As a daycare parent, I know the importance of being confident in the people taking care of my children and secure in the place where they spend a lot of time.  I view the daycare-parent relationship as a team enterprise with a very important mission.  I'm committed, as is Victoria and our wonderful staff, to frequent and effective communication with parents as we work together to foster the safety and development of your kids.

Hi, I'm Victoria, principal owner and onsite provider at Kids Run Around Daycare.

 

I bring a wealth of experience with human bodies and brains as a health care provider in New York City for 20+ years, working in postural awareness, injury rehab, and muscle/movement re-education.

 

I am delighted to turn my attention to children in their formative years!  I relish the opportunity to provide nurturing contact, promote attention and awareness to care of their bodies and minds, and help set them on a path of healthy balance throughout their lives.

 

Our daycare provides a robust environment that allows kids to develop their abilities in full.  We have great adventures!  We run, jump, throw, climb, discover, explore.  We build up and knock down, we fill and pour.  We read stories and take flight in our imaginations.  We eat healthy foods and snacks.  We take ourselves (safely) to the limits, and then...it's naptime.

I recently graduated from Medgar Evers College with an honors degree in Accounting. I was the first in my household to graduate with a Bachelors degree. I am currently working on my Masters Degree at LIU, to be able to work with children and children with special needs.


My goal is to impact the lives of children. I believe education is one of the most important tools a person can have in life.  Every child deserves to receive the best education possible and be placed in the least restrictive environment in order to gain necessary life skills. One of my personal goals is to teach a child to do something that no one thought the child would be able to learn.


I am a qualified early childhood professional. I have been selected not only because of my knowledge and experience in the field of early childhood education, but also because my personal philosophy and teaching style is compatible with the Kids Run Around approach.

I'm a mom.  I believe that learning is a life-long process, for children as well as for adults.

Zulma Huerta

Meet Our Team

Victoria Olson

Loryanne Gines

Steve Ellis

I'm Zulma, a mom and a student of life.  I joined the team at Kids Run Around last spring and I've been caring for the kids and getting to know and love them ever since.  It's a joy to work with kids as they grow and develop.  They surprise me every day!

 

I enjoy being in this learning environment with the rest of the team.  We laugh and play and take pleasure in our work.  We love seeing kids do new things all the time as they reach for more and more experience!

 

What we do here also helps me raise my own daughter.  She's been in daycare from a young age and now she's doing well in 1st grade.  She is sociable and mature for her time interacting with other kids early on in life.

 

I pay close attention to the kids and get to know them as individuals.  Each has a special gift to bring to the world.  It is a privilege to be a close part of their journey to know themselves.  Thank you for letting me into your family!  I look forward to teaching and learning with your kids.

Sherene Irvine

Hi my name is Sherene Irvine. I'm relatively new to Kids Run Around Day Care, but definitely not new to working with kids.  Being from a big family I've been around kids all my life and have always assisted with care and education.

 

I love working with kids.  I tutor at a middle school, and observe and assist teachers at an elementary school to learn more ways about working well with kids. I also live with my best friend and assist with the raising and caring of her two kids, a toddler and newborn.

 

I have an Associates degree in Science and I am currently working on my Bachelors Degree in Childhood Education/Biology. I am certified in Adult and Children CPR/First Aid/AED.

My life goal is to help with changing the world by changing the way young people work and think. Nurturing them and helping them come into their own, but also showing them and teaching them ways we can make the world a better place.

I'm kind, caring and loving and have great interest in helping others along the span of all age groups. I'm already learning so much about these amazing kids and seeing what makes each unique.

 

I'm definitely enjoying being in this learning environment and it is an honor to be a part of their life journey.

I'm Melody Bates, and I'm a teacher, actor, and writer based in Brooklyn.  I have taught for over ten years at Brooklyn Heights Montessori School, where I created the drama program for 4th-8th grade students.  In collaboration with my teaching partners at the school, I have pioneered a drama-based learning curriculum that applies Montessori principles to the performing arts and fosters a life-long love of learning. At BHMS I currently teach and direct a year-long immersive Shakespeare Collaboration that culminates in a full production in which students participate as actors, designers, and crew.

 

I have taught drama at every level from pre-school to grad school, and bring a passionate interest in individual learning styles to my work as an educator. In my non-academic life I am a busy actor and writer, frequently acting on the Metropolitan Opera stage and playing a lot of Shakespeare at the Stonington Opera House in Maine, where I also serve on the Artistic Advisory Board.

 

 I'm a big fan of the work Victoria and the Kids Run Around team are doing, and I'm excited to offer my expertise to helping design a fun and engaging learning program for the children they serve.

Melody Bates

Curriculum Consultant