Administrators

Donna Conklin—Owner

Donna purchased PattyCake Playhouse in April 2005.  Since then she has expanded the school with a large addition, doubling the number of students and families served. Prior to PattyCake, Donna worked for large corporations and has an acute awareness of ethical business practices.  Being a mother of two children who attended PattyCake, she is very aware of what parents look for in a high quality preschool program. On the heels of PattyCake’s success, Donna ventured out to open additional locations, hence the birth of Castle Point Early Childhood Learning Center in Dutchess County and Pattycake on 32 in New Windsor.  Donna works diligently in aligning the three schools so that all the programs have reputations that supersede them. Email Donna Conklin: {This email is obscured. Your must have javascript enabled to see it}

Michelle Pagano—Director @ Pattycake Playhouse

Michelle began working as the Director at Pattycake Playhouse in April 2005. Prior to her role as Director, she taught in the Marlboro School District for two years.  Michelle did her undergraduate and graduate studies at Mount Saint Mary College. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English with NYS teaching certifications in Elementary and Special Education and a Master’s Degree in Education with a NYS teaching certification in Literacy. In addition to her responsibilities as Director, Michelle is a registered Aspire trainer and Professional Development Specialist. She provides early childhood professionals with mandatory training and assists individuals with obtaining their CDA credentials through her training organization, Training Wheels Education Station, LLC.  Michelle enjoys working with her staff to reflect on and improve program practices and to stay up to date on current educational trends.  She is always taking advantage of opportunities to get families involved in the center. As a mother of three young boys, Michelle understands the importance of quality childcare combined with a solid foundation for Kindergarten readiness. Email Michelle Pagano: {This email is obscured. Your must have javascript enabled to see it}


Lisa Kovacs—Director @ Pattycake on Route 32

Lisa has been with Pattycake Playhouse since March 2008. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s Degree in Literacy, both from SUNY New Paltz. Lisa’s strengths as an Director come from her ability to see the center from all points of view: as a teacher, a mother, and an administrator. Through the years, Lisa has worked on many projects for Pattycake including: fundraisers, Book Fairs, charity walks, and helping the center to obtain NAEYC accreditations. She is currently pursuing her NYS Early Childhood Training Credential. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, camping and the arts. Email Lisa Kovacs at: {This email is obscured. Your must have javascript enabled to see it}