Maureen Wikane has served as the Director of the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center since it opened at its current location in 1996. Up until that time, the Center had only served up to 40 children. Expanding the Center’s enrollment to more than 100 children on a daily basis, Maureen was one of the first educators in the region to implement a half-day Prekindergarten program, working in collaboration with the East Hampton Union Free School District. Throughout her tenure, she has designed and implemented a Toddler program for the Center and collaborated with East Hampton Town and East Hampton School District to add an after-school program for elementary school children in East Hampton and Springs, which became Project MOST.
In 2004, the Center received the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) Magna Award at the NSBA annual convention. The award recognized the Center for its efforts to narrow the achievement gap among students entering kindergarten, through its collaboration with the district, town government, and private donors.
In the fall of 2015, Ms. Wikane was once again a pioneer as the Center opened the first full-day Pre-K program, serving children in the East Hampton and Wainscott school districts. She encourages innovation, growth and excellence, as well as a team atmosphere among her staff, while also incorporating the most current research findings into the curriculum.
Ms. Wikane holds a permanent New York State Teacher Certification in NK-Grades 6 and Social Studies, 7-12. She has been in the field of education for over 30 years, teaching at the elementary school level, working in school administration at Eastern Suffolk BOCES, and in college administration at Hofstra University.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia and a Masters of Science in education from Hofstra University. She was also awarded a certificate in not-for-profit management at the Graduate Business School of Columbia University. She currently sits on the joint committee for Pre-K with the East Hampton School District.
Arlene Pizzo Notel
Arlene is a dual-certified teacher in both Early Childhood and Childhood Education in New York State. She has been a teacher in the East Hampton community for 24 years. Following 12 years as a lead Pre-Kindergarten teacher at the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center (EWECC), Arlene currently serves as EWECC’s Program Director, working on implementing progressive programs tailored to today’s childhood population.
In 2014 Arlene designed a Resilience Program at EWECC that aims to prepare children for a life of positive mental health using an assessment and planning system designed specifically for social-emotional outcomes. Arlene is also a member of the Joint Pre-K committee that coordinates the collaborative effort of the Pre-Kindergarten at EWECC and the East Hampton Union Free School District.
Arlene received her Bachelor’s Degree at Long Island University-Southampton and her Master’s Degree at the L.I.U. Riverhead campus. She remains dedicated to her own professional development, engaging in training at institutions such as the Child Study Center at Yale University and the Devereux Center for Resilient Children in Villanova, PA.
For over 20 years Arlene has recognized the importance of Early Childhood Education and the changing needs of children and their families. She continues to ground her approach to teaching and learning in the need for constant adaptation of instruction for the many needs of today’s learners. Residing in East Hampton, where she has lived and worked for over 35 years, Arlene has two children and a grandson.
Room #1: (Pre-K)
Megan Payne-Lead Teacher
Room #2: (Pre-K)
Sandra McLaughlin-Lead Teacher
Room #3: (Pre-K)
Erin Albanese-Lead Teacher
Room # 4: (3-K)
Robyn Mott-Lead Teacher
Room #5: (3-K)
Luisa Raucher-Lead Teacher
Room # 6: (Toddler Transition Room)
Cassandra Bowen-Lead Teacher
Room# 7: (Toddler)
Linda Bonaccorso-Lead Teacher