Meet Our Teachers and Staff

What really makes Miss Sue’s stand out are the people who we call family. Our teachers and staff may overflow with certifications and degrees, but the true source of their impact is their clear love of learning and teaching. Consisting of a collection of highly-trained and enthusiastic educators, our team grows alongside our students in philosophy, mindset, and creativity over the course of each school year. 

The family we have chosen here are more than simply educators—they’re passionate teachers who care deeply for their students. At the opening of each new school year, we find ourselves in awe of the energy, effort, and inventiveness of our team. Their upstanding example and thoughtful lessons stay with our students long after they leave the classroom.

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Ronnie Kuznetz, Owner and Director 

Ronnie has been Miss Sue’s owner and director for over 45 years. He has whole-heartedly dedicated his life to the kids. His mother Miss Sue started the nursery school in their basement and garage. When it was time for Ronnie to decide the details of his future, he attended Queens College and graduated as the only male majoring in childhood education. While teaching at Miss Sue’s, his innovative mind designed and developed what became known as “Miss Sue’s Nursery School and Summer Fun Day Camp.” Years later, he proudly purchased and opened Driftwood Day Camp. Alongside his son in-law Wags, he works continuously to make Driftwood the best day camp on Long Island. Not only is Ronnie devoted to helping children grow, learn, and develop, he has given everything to his community. He is the past president of the Long Island Camp Association and has spent many hours speaking at various national and local educational conventions. And that’s not all, Ron is a former athlete, marathon runner, and participant in NASA’s Teacher in Space program.  

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Michael Wagenberg, Owner and Director  

Mike or, as many of us know him, “Wags” has been a proud owner of Miss Sue’s Nursery School for 36 years. Although he has held that title for over three decades, his time at Miss Sue’s and Driftwood Day Camp started long before then. Mike started working as a counselor at Miss Sue’s Summer Fun when he was only 15 years old. After obtaining a bachelor’s of science at Syracuse University, he developed his career in food management by working at Marriott Hotels for almost a decade. While working at camp on the side, he realized his strong love for working with children. Because of this, he put his food management career aside to fully commit to making this the best day camp ever. Ever since then, he is always thinking of ways to improve his businesses, just as a true project manager would. Mike has been happily married to Marissa for 18 years. They have three wonderful children and two dogs. When he is not busy with work or family, he can be found on the couch watching movies or out riding around on snowmobiles and ATVs. He also loves to travel—his favorite destinations include Turks and Caicos, Disney, Universal, and Hawaii.  

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Jodi Freiberg, Educational Director 

Jodi has worked as the educational director at Miss Sue’s for 11 years. She received her bachelor’s and her master’s in elementary education from Hofstra University. Her passion has always been to help develop and nurture children from birth to early adolescence. She has taught grades K-5, but it was her love for the early childhood students where she found her forever home here at Miss Sue’s. She spends her free time reading, vacationing with her husband Mike and their three children, and spending time with friends and her two dogs, Zoe and Bella. Jodi also serves as the director for the two and three-year-old campers at Driftwood during the summer. 

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Angela Zikos, Educational Director

Angela has been the Miss Sue’s educational director for the past 10 years and a staff member for over 30 years. After moving to Long Island, Angela joined the Miss Sue’s family and never left. She loves spending time with her husband and two boys, one of which attended Miss Sue’s Nursery School. Reading a book, going to the beach, and cooking an Italian meal are some of the things she loves to do. Her summers are spent at Driftwood Day Camp taking care of the youngest campers.

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Matt Spolansky, Director 

Matt started working for Miss Sue’s Nursery School as a Counselor 27 years ago. He now serves as a Director and Transportation Coordinator. Though he wears many hats, he still gets hands-on teaching experience every day. Matt holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood development and education, as well as a master’s degree in general and special education. Prior to joining our team, he spent a year teaching in Jericho elementary schools. Matt and his wife Beth, have two children, Zoey and Evan. In his free time, Matt enjoys spending time with his family as well as making new friends while playing Pickelball. He also enjoys finding new restaurants with gluten free menus and loves live music. Matt spends his summer with us at Driftwood Day Camp. 

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Alexis Breinberg, Head Teacher for PreK Class 

Alexis has been part of Miss Sue’s Nursery School for nine years. She received her master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders and is a licensed speech-language pathologist. She began her career working in long-term care facilities and found her true passion working with early intervention and preschool age children. In addition to using her knowledge of communication skills in the classroom daily, she spends her after-school hours helping children achieve their speech and language goals in private sessions. For the past 12 years, she has spent her summers at Driftwood Day Camp as a group leader and then division leader for the Guppy Girls. She and her husband of 19 years have two teenage children and a Labrador mix keeping them busy. In her free time, she loves to do scrapbooking, watch movies, and take family vacations.

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Marci Schrier, Head Teacher for PreK Class 

Marci has been a devoted member of Miss Sue’s Nursery School for 23 years. Marci received her master’s in education from Hunter College. Born and raised on Long Island, Marci began her career working in the NYC school system. She enjoys spending time with her spouse on the beach and out in nature. She loves to take photos and travel—her favorite destination is the Canadian Rockies. Not only is she a mother to two girls, she is also a mother to a labradoodle and goldendoodle.  

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Tammy Weisenthal, Head Teacher of PreK Class 

Tammy has been a part of Miss Sue’s Nursery School for six years. A native Floridian, Tammy attended University of Florida before receiving her master’s in education at NYU. Prior to discovering her love of education, she worked in marketing at Chelsea Piers. Her experience working as a kindergarten teacher for PSI58 and at a sleep away camp has shaped her into the wonderful PreK teacher she is. Tammy is married and a mother of three kids. She loves spending time with her family, especially if it’s at Disney World!

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Lauren Krain, Head Teacher for 3’s Class 

Lauren has been a part of the Miss Sue’s family for seven years. Lauren received her master’s in special education from Touro College. Prior to Miss Sue’s, Lauren worked with children in a special education setting, serving as a SEIT (special education itinerant teacher) and an ABA provider. Lauren and her husband Jon are parents to three children, MiKaela, Ryan, and Zachary. All three children have attended Miss Sue’s and Driftwood Day Camp. Lauren also works at Driftwood Day Camp as the division leader of the youngest campers, the Jellies and the Nemos. Lauren spends her free time with her family and loves all sports, especially soccer. She is a big fan of all things Disney and loves taking family vacations there. 

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Allison Goodman, Head Teacher of 3’s Class 

Allison has been a member of the Miss Sue’s family for two years. Prior to finding her love for education, Allison worked as a media buyer for four years. She holds a bachelor’s in communication from the University of Buffalo and a master’s degree in elementary education from Hunter College. Her prior experience as a third grade teacher at PS9 set her up for success at Miss Sue’s. Living in Syosset, she is a mother of three and has been married for 19 years. Though her family keeps her life busy with activities, she likes to read biographies, watch documentaries, and travel (she loved Hawaii!) when she has free time. In addition to working for Miss Sue’s during the school year, she has joined us over the summer for the past two years and came back this year as one of our allergy specialists.  

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Julie Liebman, Head Teacher for 2’s Class 

Julie has been a member of Miss Sue’s Nursery School for six years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a master’s degree in instructional technology, and a certification in special education, birth through 6th grade. After working in the city for several years, she decided to bring her wisdom and expertise to Miss Sue’s. Happily married with three children, her free time is spent at the beach with her family and golden doodle, teaching in special education through ABA therapy, and on the ski slopes during the colder seasons. During the summer, she works at Driftwood Day Camp as a bus driver.  

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Alyssa Gorfinkel, Head Teacher of 2’s Class

Alyssa has been working as a teacher at Miss Sue’s for the past 12 years. She currently lives in Plainview with her husband, three sons, and her goldendoodle. Alyssa received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware in family studies, and a master’s degree from Adelphi University in social work. Following school, she worked in the field of social work at Jersey City Medical Center and Little Flower Children Services. In her free time, Alyssa enjoys reading, watching criminal investigation television, and putting together puzzles. She also loves to travel with her family; her favorite destination was Parrot Cay off the coast of Turks and Caicos. When school is out for the summer, Alyssa is part of our Driftwood Day Camp Family.