A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Curry College and Boston College in Massachusetts, Doree received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education and Learning Disabilities, with a minor in Child Psychology. Upon graduation, Doree worked as a sixth grade Reading Teacher in Passaic, New Jersey. She then moved to New Paltz with her husband, Brian. In 1980, Doree worked as a migrant teacher at Duzine Elementary in New Paltz. After taking several years off from teaching to raise her two children, she was hired as a permanent substitute teacher at Duzine Elementary.
Before her employment at the Huguenot Street Cooperative Nursery School, Doree’s son, Rusty, attended the nursery school from 1984-1986, thus giving her the experience of being a parent at a cooperative nursery school.
In 1992 Doree was hired at the Huguenot Nursery School for the 4-year old class and the 3/4 mix class.
Ask any former student from Doree’s class what her two favorite things are and they will say: “kids and dogs.” Doree is sensitive and appreciates the diversity of students in her classes. She is always flexible in order to individualize her teaching approach to meet the students’ needs.
Doree resides in New Paltz with her husband, Brian; daughter, Holly, a certified Early Childhood Education teacher; and her two English Bulldogs, Mildred and Wilbur. Her son, Rusty, an alumni from HSCNS is a surgical oncologist at Georgetown University Hospital. He resides with his wife in Washington, DC.
Aimee Gertler Hemminger
Aimee is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and received her B.A. in Psychology in 2000. Over the years, she has maintained an ongoing dedication to serving young children professionally and personally. In her pre-family years, Aimee was a gymnastics instructor to children ages 2-4 and was hired, post graduation, to be a Teacher of 2/3 year olds and the Assistant Director for a local preschool. Shortly after, she accepted a position with Ulster BOCES so that she could focus her energies on her growing family. Aimee has volunteered on various local boards including the New Paltz Central School Board (2014-current), of which she is the President, and has logged countless hours substitute teaching for a local Sunday school program and for HSCNS. She continues to work as an Early Intervention Ongoing Case Coordinator for children 0-3yrs in Ulster County and serve her community seemingly tirelessly.
As a former HSCNS Parent (2009-2012) as well as Board President (2010-2012), she possesses deep and nuanced insight into the cooperative model. About her time with HSCNS she says:
“The cooperative model of HSCNS is one I found exceedingly rewarding as a parent and board member. The school not only puts nurturing children first but also encourages community building, within its membership and the greater community. HSCNS serves the child and their needs as learners as well as the needs of the families to make their own connections and friendships. The structure and mission of the school align perfectly with my personal beliefs about what education, specifically early education, should be. A child is best served when there is a cooperative relationship between educators and caregivers.”
Aimee currently resides in New Paltz with her husband and 3 daughters.