Carmella Livingston, known as Miss Mella, has been the owner and director of Footsteps to Learning since the opening in 1991.
I've always known that I wanted to be a teacher since I was a young girl. As time went by, my desire to spend my life helping to form children's minds continued to grow. I wanted to be an integral part of their formative years and believed, then and now, that it not only something I wanted to do but who I was.
I attended Stella Maris High School in Far Rockaway and continued my education at St. John's University where I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education.
I was fortunate enough to get a 5th grade teaching position at St. William the Abbot school in Seaford and stayed until I had my first daughter. During my time at St. Williams, I was awarded "Teacher of the Year" through the diocese.
After a few years and another daughter, I went to Stony Brook University where I received a Master of Arts/Liberal Studies degree in Early Childhood Education.
After completing my graduate work, I substituted in several local districts but my heart still belonged with the little ones. As a result I started looking for real estate for my pre-school and in 1989 purchased a small farmhouse which has become Footsteps to Learning. The doors opened in 1991 and since then several thousand children and their families have walked through the doors of Footsteps.
I was honored to be nominated for the "Disney Teacher of the Year" award and received" The Long Island Woman of Distinction" award from the March of Dimes in 1998.
Over the years, I have been affiliated with The Suffolk Association for the Education of Young Children, The Suffolk County Child Care Council, The National Association for the Education of Young Children, The Pre-K Advisory Council for Longwood School District, The L. I. Center for Business/Professional Women, The Suffolk County Boat Club and The Girl Scouts of America and more recently The Patient Advisory Board at St. Charles Hospital.
With all the years that have passed and all the children and families that have become a part of our Footsteps to Learning Family, my passion to be a part of our children's lives is just as strong as ever.
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