Child Care Center

Our Staff

Jaci Maurer, Director

Jaci Maurer is the director of the Lehman College Child Care Center (managed by Imagine Early Learning Centers) at CUNY.  She has been employed with Imagine Early Learning Center since 1993, and has worked at Lehman's Child Care location since 2002. In addition, Jaci serves as the vice president on the board of Kids for Kids, Inc. She is also an adjunct instructor, teaching literacy methods at Lehman College. She received her B.S. and M.S. at Pace University in elementary education. In her spare time, she likes to read, play golf, and travel to Montana, Nebraska, and Kenya to visit family and friends.

Dawn Barton, Executive Director

Dawn Barton earned her B.A. in psychology and business at Pace University and earned her M.S. in reading at the College of New Rochelle. She has been at the Lehman College Child Care Center since 1986. She has been involved with NAEYC (National Academy of the Education of Young Children) since 1990, and has functioned as a validator since 1995. Barton is responsible for securing substantial grant, for the Child Care Center's expansion project. In her spare time, Barton likes to travel, read, and cook.

Olga Spearman, Assistant Director and Head Teacher of the Four-Year-Old (Pre-K) Class

Olga Spearman earned her B.A. in sociology, with a minor in early childhood education. She earned her Master’s degree in early childhood education in May 2009. Spearman joined the Child Care Center in fall 2007, and loves participating with the children in outdoor activities. When not in the classroom, Spearman likes to read and spend time with her family.

Erika D. Sevall - Parent Coordinator/Administrative Assistant

Erika Sevall began at the Center as a parent peer in the peer educator program and joined the Center in winter 2007, after graduating from Lehman with her B.A. in psychology, with a minor in Latin American studies. Sevall is currently working on her Master’s in school counseling and education, and enjoys helping with fundraising and other activities for the Center. When she's not at the Center, Sevall loves to spend time with her son and family, tend to her garden, run, and dance.

Bianca Gloss, Head Teacher of the Three-Year-Old Class

Bianca Gloss joined the Child Care Center staff in August 2005. She earned her Bachelor's degree in liberal arts, with a minor in early childhood education in 2008 from Lehman College. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in early childhood education. She says working with children is her passion; she loves to watch them learn and grow, and feels her role as a teacher will impact the future. In her spare time, Gloss enjoys cooking and spending time with her children.

Rita Latchoo, Head Teacher of the Two-Year-Old Class

Rita Latchoo moved to the United States in 1990, from Guyana, South America. She earned a teaching certificate in Guyana and has been working with children of all ages for more than thirty years. Latchoo has been with the Child Care Center since 2003, and has worked for Imagine Early Learning Centers (Lehman College Child Care Center's managing company) since 1998. In her spare time, Latchoo likes to read, travel, cook, and spend time with her family.

Rafaelina Vargas, Assistant Teacher of the Four-Year-Old Class

Rafaelina Vargas came to the Child Care Center as a work study student and was hired as an assistant teacher in the summer of 2008. She completed her B.A. in Spanish, with a minor in sociology in May 2008. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in early childhood education. Outside of the classroom, Vargas likes to travel and spend time with her family.

Julie Moreno, Assistant Teacher of the Three-Year-Old Class

Julie Moreno began working at the Child Care Center in August 2011. She comes to the Center with several years experience working in the early childhood field. She holds an Associate's degree in liberal arts, with an option in education from Bronx Community College. Right now, she is pursuing a Bachelor's degree at Lehman College in speech pathology, with a minor in early childhood education. In her spare time, Moreno enjoys cooking, shopping, and spending time with family.

Miriam Angulo, Assistant Teacher of the Two-Year-Old Class

Miriam Angulo moved to New York from her native Nicaragua in 1996. She received her Bachelor’s in sociology, with a minor in Early Childhood Education. She looks forward to pursuing a Master's degree in early childhood education. Angulo has experience in all of the classrooms and loves to sing with the children, and especially enjoys working with the toddler age group. When she's not at the Center, Angulo likes to travel home to Nicaragua and spend time with her family.

Holly Saltzman, President, Imagine Early Learning Centers

Holly Saltzman has been in the field of education for more than thirty years. She earned her B.A. from Skidmore College and her Master's degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. In 1984, Saltzman joined Lou Gallousis as a consultant to develop Innovative Learning Centers, Inc., a childcare management firm, which began managing Lehman College Child Care Center in 1985. In October 2000, Gallousis passed away and in January 2002, Saltzman started a new company, Imagine Early Learning Centers, L.L.C., the current management company of the Lehman College Child Care Center.

Last modified: Jan 31, 2012