​​East Setauket/Port Jeff Station Location


Sarah Gounaris – Miss Sarah is the Owner of Mill Pond as well as the Director of the Port Jefferson Station location. After not being able to find a preschool she loved for her own daughter, Sarah decided to start her own and opened Mill Pond’s Stony Brook location in 2013. In 2017, she opened the second location in Port Jefferson Station. Sarah has worked in childcare for 16 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in child development/sociology from BYU-Idaho where she graduated in 2005. Sarah grew up in New Mexico, but now lives in East Setauket with her husband and 3 kids, Caroline (12), AJ (10), Zachary (6) and her cat, KitKat. She loves the beach, crafting and playing the piano. 







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Samantha Blandi – Miss Sam is our three-year old preschool teacher as well as the Assistant Director of our Port Jefferson Station location. Sam started working at Mill Pond’s Stony Brook location in September 2014. At the time, her daughter was 2.5 and it was the perfect place for them to both learn and grow. Sam graduated from St. Joseph’s in 2006 with her degree in psychology with a minor in sociology. Before teaching preschool, she worked at a community residence for the mentally ill. While she loved that job, she felt more suited for teaching little ones. Ms. Sam has worked in our infant room, toddler room and preschool room. You may see her greeting your child at the door, singing and dancing with the 3 year old’s, or in the office doing paperwork. Ms. Sam lives in Miller Place with her husband and 2 kids, Dominick (13) and Avery (9).

                                         





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Heather Riddle – Miss Heather has been our lead infant teacher for the past two years but has worked at Mill Pond since 2017.  Prior to working at Mill Pond she was a stay-at-home mom to four beautiful children – Jarrod, Victoria, Kiera, and AJ. When her kids got older, she decided to return to work and working with small children was just what she wanted!  She has really found her niche in infants and toddlers and recently completed her CDA in infant/toddler development. She uses what she learned in the classroom along with what she’s learned raising her children to create a homey, loving environment for your child to learn and grow.  She loves singing, blowing bubbles, and reading with the babies.  She’s big on literature and wants to foster an early love for reading with the infants. She has found the perfect way by reading board books and singing nursery rhymes with the babies. She is looking forward to continuing to work with children and watching them grow up. 








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Jennifer Becker – Miss Jennifer is one of the two lead Pre-K

teachers at Mill Pond. This is her first year joining us after the

preschool she previously worked at closed due to the pandemic. Jennifer graduated from SUNY Oneonta in 2003 and received her Master’s in Literacy Education in 2006 from Dowling College. After several years working in district, she began her own family and decided to stay home with her children, Ally (14) and Nicholas (10). Once her children became school aged, she decided to return to work. She realized she enjoyed teaching the little ones and found a love for early childhood education.







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Kathy Schoemmell – Miss Kathy has been working as a Pre-K assistant teacher since 2015. She worked at Mill Pond for the 2019 -2020 school year and has now returned in September 2021. Miss Kathy grew up on Long Island and has always loved being able to be so close to the water. She and her husband moved to the Three Village area over twenty years ago and have been raising their two children here. 







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Julianna Romano - Miss Julianna is our Assistant Teacher in the 3's preschool room. She has been working at Mill Pond since 2019. Julianna loves working with children and has been babysitting since as early as the age of 12. She graduated from Comsewogue High School in 2019 and is currently in her last year at Suffolk County Community College where she is studying Liberal Arts. Julianna will soon move on to SUNY Old Westbury to study early childhood/elementary education.  She enjoys spending her free time with her family, which includes her mom, dad and sister Abbie who also works at Mill Pond! 







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Deanna Calascibetta - Miss Deanna is one of our Assistant Teachers. You can find her working in all our classrooms throughout the day. She has been working at Mill Pond since 2018, when she was a student at the HS across the street. She graduated from Ward Melville High school in 2019 and is currently in her last semester at Suffolk County Community College where she is a Liberal Arts major. She lives in East Setauket with her mom, dad, and 2 younger brothers, Dominic(19), and Michael(9). In her free time she enjoys hanging out with friends and spending quality time with her family.






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Stony Brook Location

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