Meet the Teachers

Dedicated, Passionate & Qualified

Honeydew classrooms have teaching teams who 

observe the children and collaborate to best support, engage and follow the children’s interests..


Our lead teachers have obtained or are pursuing their degrees in Early Childhood Education. All Honeydew teachers are CPR/First Aid trained, fingerprinted and state-cleared.  They receive year-round training to expand and advance their early childhood career.

Tinesha Martin

Lead Teacher at Honeydew Kiddy Loft

Tinesha is pursuing her Child Development Associate Credential and leading the wonderful team of teachers that care for infants and toddlers.

Lotte Slegers-douge

Lead Teacher at Honeydew Playhouse

Lotte is pursuing her Master in Early Childhood Education and is energizing the children with daily walks to Prospect Park Field.

Jennifer Valladares

Lead Teacher at Honeydew Nook

Jennifer is pursuing her Masters in Early Childhood Education.  She is helping the infant and toddlers successfully climb their milestones

Nancy Gordillos

Lead Teacher at Honeydew Safari

Nancy is about to obtain her bachelor in Early Childhood Education.  She is keeping the Safari children active and engaged with indoor and outdoor learning.

Samantha Chan

Lead Teacher at Honeydew UPK

Samantha is pursuing her Masters in Early Childhood Education and holds her New York State Teaching Certification for Birth to 2nd Grade. She has been teaching our Universal Pre-K classroom for the Dept of Education for 3 years.

Richard Rodriguez

Assistant Teacher at Honeydew UPK

Richard has a BA in Early Childhood Education. He is playing an important role in keeping our online learners engaged and educated.