Our Kids Place
Our mission is to create an environment that is conducive to healthy learning for all of the students we serve. At Our Kids Place, we strive to engage our students using a curriculum that is balanced, rigorous and standards based. Our primary goals are to:
Ensure our students become independent thinkers, problem solvers, and for them to develop a love for learning and discovery. Teach students to be creative, expressive, well – rounded, and responsible. Develop self-esteem and respect for themselves and others in a safe, loving and sociable environment. Our success in this mission would be measured through our students’ achievement in acquiring the necessary skills to become leaders, lifelong learners, and productive members of society;thus, becoming assets to their community.
While raising my two daughters and interacting with children of all ages, I discovered that I had a strong connection with children and that they found a comfort zone within my presence. Shortly after this discovery, I founded a school bus company named LesRaine Transit, Inc. While providing this service, I realized there was a need for high-quality afterschool programs which would serve as a safe haven for young children of working parents. It was then I decided to take over Our Kids Place!
Motivating and encouraging students to become innovative and independent thinkers is a deep passion of mine. From an early age, I have been surrounded with a wide array of childcare practices and I only bring the best of those experiences to the table every day. My passion to bring out the best in my students and teachers is what motivates me to be the best I can be each day.
I started at OKP long before I knew what I wanted to do with my life. After completing my education at LIU Post, I realized that I was in love with business, specifically, management. Being at OKP is like having the best of both worlds. I am able to utilize my business degree but also fulfill my passion for molding and educating the youth in our community. Continuing to run the dance program each year is an added bonus to an already fulfilling job!
Ms. Lori Ann
Hola! My name is Lori-Ann Cardoza and I am profoundly grateful to be a kindergarten teacher here at Our Kids Place. My passion for educating children came about seven years ago immediately after the birth of my daughter. I received my Associates and Bachelor Degrees in Education at Medgar Evers College. I welcome the opportunity to educate your children!
Being a component of Our Kids Place has impacted my life tremendously. Not only are we a family but we ensure that we allow the kids to be a factor in our lives. We treat them like they’re our own kids and assist them in ways that can benefit them in life. The staff at OKP doesn’t just function as co-workers but operate as a family outside of our profession.
Hello! My name is Janay Contrejas and I am thrilled to say that I’ve been a part of OKP since I was a high school student. Working alongside our directors, teachers and staff to provide assistance and support to our families is an absolute pleasure. Working this close to a community of children has led me to pursue a dual degree (BA/MA) in Early Childhood/ Elementary/ Special Education with a concentration in English at Molloy College.
While on my path of pursuing a post graduate’s degree in Children’s Psychology, I found great pleasure in aiding those in need of my assistance. Interacting with the families are my favorite part of the day. I take delight in helping little minds and hearts grow to reach their full potential. As a part of the OKP administration, I have assimilated so much while continuing to grow. I enjoy being a part of the staff here at OKP!.
For as long as I can remember, I have always loved teaching children of all ages. Watching the
children in my class learn, grow and develop, not only mentally but physically, is what makes
teaching the most rewarding job to me. I have the three most beautiful and loving girls at home
who I cherish more than anything. As a veteran teacher with over seven years of experience, I
have always looked at and treated each child in my class as one of my girls at home. I love
working at OKP for so many reasons, but one of the things that I love most is that no matter
what, this place always feels like home. We are a family here at OKP and we always try to go
above and beyond to make our children and their parents feel like they are a part of that family.
That’s something that you don’t get at every school.