Early Childhood Learning Center




Our Mission Statement

St. Lawrence O’Toole Early Childhood Learning Center will provide each child entrusted to their care with the opportunity to grow spiritually, educationally, emotionally, socially and physically, as well as to become life-long learners in a Catholic environment.


St. Lawrence O’Toole Early Childhood Learning Center is a child-centered, value-oriented, co-educational Catholic school serving all children from ages three through Kindergarten.  The Center aims for academic excellence in an environment of religious and moral formations.  Along with teaching formal subjects, St. Lawrence O’Toole Early Childhood Learning Center will strive to give direction to the lives of its students by instilling certain values

  • Responsibility
  • Respect for authority
  • Consideration for the rights of others
  • Self-discipline with the guidance of caring, qualified professionals, students are provided with an array of learning experiences to broaden them on three levels: spiritually, scholastically and socially.

Particular emphasis will be placed upon inter-personal relationships as a long-term goal.  In a world which today challenges the ability and opportunity for people to be of service to their community, in their own homes, in their “back yard” and in distant lands, we will, through a variety of service experiences, help our students learn to appreciate the role of one who has come to serve.


Meet Our Staff

Principal  - Ms. Barbara Blank

Ms. Barbara Blank has worked in the education field for over thirty years in a variety of capacities: Teacher Assistant, Teacher, Director and Principal both in General Education and Special Education. Most of her work experience has been in the private sector or parochial settings. In fact, she is a product of a Catholic education from 1st grade through graduate school. Ms. Blank holds a Masters degree from the College of New Rochelle and an advanced certificate in School Administration and Supervision (S.A.S.) from Pace University. Her career has provided her with the chance to work with all age groups: from toddlers to high school seniors.

Born and raised in NYC, Ms. Blank currently resides in Danbury. She and her husband have two daughters; one lives in North Carolina with her husband and the other daughter lives in Brewster with her husband and two children. Both children attended PreK 3 and PreK 4 at St. Lawrence.

  Assistant to the Principal - Mrs. Sonia Álvarez

Mrs. Sonia Álvarez became part of ECLC family in Nov 2016 first as a Lunch Bunch Aide and now as the assistant to the Director. Sonia's work experience includes 15+ years working in the financial industry primarily in a back office capacity.  Sonia has a daughter and has been active in her child's school since kindergarten.

Office Assistant - Mrs. Kristin Tuohy








Pre-K 4 Head Teacher and Curriculum Coordinator - Mrs. Renee Torchiano

Mrs. Renee Torchiano has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Manhattanville College. Sha has been teaching for 15 years. In addition to teaching all age groups in early childhood, she has also been a director of a preschool in White Plains and a literacy coach for Sylvan Learning. Mrs. Torchiano's passion is creating, implementing and practicing developmentally appropriate early childhood curriculum. She started working for St. Lawrence O’Toole in 2011 as the Kindergarten teacher. In 2015 she was the “Just the 2 of Us” teacher for St. Lawrence. Her oldest son attended St. Lawrence and is now a fourth grader in CV Starr Intermediate School. Her daughter is in PreK 4 at St. Lawrence. She I also has a 10 month old son! Mrs. Torchiano and her husband moved to Brewster seven years ago and the first place that welcomed me and made me feel like I was part of a BIG family in a new neighborhood was St. Lawrence O’Toole ECLC! 

Pre-K 4 Head Teacher - Mrs. Janice Nastasi

Mrs. Nastasi was a teacher for 28  years before coming out of retirement to join our staff as a Pre-K 4 teacher in September of 2012. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Western Connecticut State College and received her Masters in Education from Cambridge College.

Pre-K 3 Head Teacher - Mrs. Jessica Grutzner

Mrs. Grutzner joined the ECLC as a parent in September of 2012.  She came full circle, and in September 2013 she became one of our Pre-K 3 teachers.  She holds an Associates in Liberal Arts from Westchester Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Fordham University.

Pre-K 3 Head Teacher - Mrs. Dina Murphy

Mrs. Murphy also began her career at the ECLC as a parent in September 2011.  In September of 2012 she became a Head Teacher in one of our Pre-K 3 classrooms.  She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Education from Fordham University.

Teacher's Aide - Mrs. Carol Feehan

Teacher's Aide - Mrs. Nancy Tucker

Teacher's Aide - Miss Siobhan Herbstritt

Lunch Bunch - Mrs. Mary Ann O'Neill

After Care - Mrs. Verna Bergstrom












Programs Offered

3 Year Old

4 Year Old


Lunch Bunch

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