Monika Keksis has joined the staff of the Country Children’s Center as its new educational coordinator.
The Country Children’s Center, headquartered in Katonah, is the largest child care provider in northern Westchester, caring for more than 400 children at five sites in Katonah, Bedford Hills and Yorktown. CCC also runs before- and after-school programs for the Katonah-Lewisboro and Bedford school districts.
The major focus of Ms. Keksis’ newly created position will be to coordinate and make consistent the CCC curriculum across its different sites and age groups.
“We want to make sure all of our centers are on the same page,” she said. “I will take the best practices from all of our different areas of teaching and share them with the staff. I will hold meetings each month for every level of our teaching staff and make sure their ideas and practices are discussed and shared.”
Ms. Keksis said she would also be conducting individualized classroom observation. “I will make recommendations and do some coaching,” she said. “I also have some new ideas for the curriculum that I will be sharing.”
The Country Children’s Center cares for children from infancy through fifth grade, with the curriculum component beginning with toddlers and going on up through elementary school.
Ms. Keksis, a native of Flagstaff, Ariz., has lived in northern Westchester for the past four years.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Northern Arizona University and is currently working on her master’s degree.
She has previously worked as assistant director for a nonprofit organization serving the homeless population and as a preschool assistant teacher at the Mt. Kisco Child Care Center. She has also worked in several before- and after-school child care programs and done independent tutoring.
Ms. Keksis said she was pleased to have a newly created position that she could shape.
“Everyone here at CCC has been very welcoming,” she said. “I view this as a long-term project, and I plan to be flexible as we go along and make changes as they are needed. So far, the feedback has been very positive and I am trying to help everyone share their best ideas. I am excited to be here and have the opportunity to work in such an outstanding program.”
CCC Executive Director Polly Peace said that “the creation of this position is the natural next step for the CCC as we continue to expand and improve. The recent expansions to new sites created a real need for coordination in order to maintain quality and keep everyone connected. Monika has quickly become the perfect person for the job. We are thrilled to have her enthusiasm, creativity and follow-through and look forward to her input as we move forward, together, as an organization.”