Plainview Nursery School

Danielle Walowitz

It is with great enthusiasm that I introduce myself as the Director of the Plainview Nursery School.  Each year, I am excited to bring my skills as an educational leader to our school, to work with you, and our wonderfully talented teachers, as a partner in your child's education.

Educating children has been a part of my life since September of 1999 when I began my career in the East Meadow School District.  As a Special Education teacher, I had the opportunity to work with children grades Kindergarten through 12, all of whom had a variety of learning styles, skills and talents.  Through teaching, I have always had a desire to learn something new to better myself as an educator and to provide helpful insight into the multiple needs of children. 

I graduated from Adelphi University in August of 2001 with a Dual Masters Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education.  I began teaching in East Meadow where I received tenure in 2004.  Shortly thereafter, I began my greatest task of all; raising my own three children.  Throughout that time, I had become an essential part of their nursery school experience as a member of the Plainview Nursery Co-op Executive Board.   

I eagerly anticipate the challenge of being an integral part of your child's future.  Being able to help children work together and accomplish goals set for them is such an amazing feeling. I love to see the look on their faces when they learn something new!  Thank you for entrusting your children to us.  I look forward to a successful start in your child's development at the Plainview Nursery School.


Ms Dale

My name is Dale Garil and I have been part of the Plainview Nursery School family for many years.

I have an Early Childhood/ Elementary Bachelors Degree from Queens College / CUNY and a Masters Degree in Reading and ESL from Adelphi University. I was a NYBOE teacher for seven years where I was a first grade teacher in East New York, Brooklyn.  I decided to stay home with my daughter when she was born.  My extended leave from The NYBOE became a permanent leave when my son was born 4 years later.

I've lived in Plainview for a little over 16 years with my husband and two children.  My daughter is 16 and my son is 11.  My kids attended the Plainview Nursery School.  In 2003, my daughter attended The Toddler Class,  I knew this school would be a big part of our lives for a long time!  

I absolutely love to watch my students get excited when they create beautiful art, sing, dance and work together to solve problems. I'm so glad to be part of The Plainview Nursery School Family!

Ms Danielle
Hello, my name is Danielle. I live in Plainview with my husband and two sons, both students in the Plainview-Old Bethpage school district. I have been a part of the Co-op family since 2004, first as a parent and a member of the Parent Executive Board as VP of Fundraising and then as President. I then joined the staff as an assistant teacher for the Toddler program. During that time, I pursued a certification in Early Childhood Education and upon completion, was offered the position of Head teacher for both the 3-year Old and Full Day children, as well as our Lunch Bunch Enrichment program.

My goal as the 3-year Old teacher is to offer many experiences that stimulate children’s senses and curiosity and to encourage them to make choices among a wide variety of activities. I strive to provide a positive learning experience that promotes the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development for all children.

​Ms Bhavna
Hello my name is Bhavna Shah, I moved to Plainview in 2012 and have been a part of this wonderful school since then. My daughter and son attended Plainview Nursery School and had an excellent learning experience and made great friends.

I started working as a Substitute in 2014. I later worked in the Toddler class and 4 year old class as an assistant teacher. While working as an assistant I worked on getting certified as CDA (Child Development Associate). I was then offered the
Head Teacher position for the Afternoon 4 year old class in 2018-2019. I earned my Bachelors degree in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery (BHMS) from Mumbai University, India. I bring with me my strong background in Science and Mathematics to enhance the learning experience for children under my care.

I love how the children always greet me with their smiles and warm hugs and the first thing they would ask is what are we doing today? I made sure that we had a fun learning environment which kept children involved and they always came in wanting to learn more. Every child is special and unique and they develop at their own pace. I do believe that every child has an ability to learn. I make every attempt to identify and adapt to the methods that best suit to every child’s learning needs.

Assistant Teachers

Ms Laura

Hello, my name is Miss Laura, I have an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts. I have been a Plainview resident for over 45 years.  My husband and I are both graduates of the Plainview-Old Bethpage school district and have always been very active members in the community.  We have two wonderful sons who attended the Plainview Cooperative Nursery School.  I truly enjoyed my experience as a “Special Day” parent and always felt a sense of warmth throughout the school.  It was this feeling that inspired me to return to the school in a different capacity.

Since 2001, I have been fortunate to work with students ranging from 2-5 years of age by helping them develop their academic and social skills in the classroom and on the playground. Being an assistant teacher has been extremely rewarding. I always look forward to the start of another school year with meeting new students and their families.

Ms Suwalee
Hello, I am Miss. Suwalee and I am an assistant teacher for the four year old class.  I have lived in Plainview with my husband since 2002, and our high schooler twins.  The kids attended the Plainview Nursery School and had a wonderful and loving experience here.  I loved being a “Special Day” parent and how I was able to see and be a part of my children’s learning experiences. The teachers provided them with a warm and safe environment for learning and growing.  They truly cared about all the children and nurtured them to be independent and ready for Kindergarten.  

I have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from Adelphi University.  Wanting to be home with my children, I decided to become a stay-at-home mom after they were born.  I started working again in 2017 as a substitute teacher assistant here, and a year later became an assistant teacher for the Full Day class.  I always love seeing the happy, smiling faces on the children every morning and getting warm hugs from them. It is so rewarding to me to see the children learn new things and develop new skills everyday, both academically and socially.  I truly believe when the children feel loved, along with being in a safe and warm environment, they thrive and blossom.  I love seeing the progress the children make from the beginning of the school year until the end. It’s very rewarding to me.

Ms Yu
Hello, I am Miss. Yu, I have lived in Plainview for 12 years with my husband and three children. My son is 15, my daughter is 13 and my youngest daughter is 7. They all attended the Plainview Nursery School and to all of us, this school was our second home. The teachers worked hand in hand with us and gave my children the most nurturing school experience. I feel very fortunate to be a part of this family.

I have an Associate Degree in Advertising and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Packaging Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. I started working as the Toddler's Assistant teacher since 2017. I always liked the intimate and family-like class setting in the Plainview Nursery School. This is the first time most toddlers ever step into a school and to make them feel safe, happy, confident and loved is my goal! Nothing is more special than the smiles on the children’s faces as they experience the world around them.​ The most happy moments are when they enter the school with their eyes lit up and ready to embrace a whole morning of fun and learning experience. I'm glad to be able to watch them grow each day!

Ms Payal

Ms Julie

​Ms Priscilla