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Mon. June 26: First day of summer program!

Thurs. June 29: Nap & Toileting Workshop - Session 1: 9:15AM-10:30AM, Session 2: 5:00PM-6:15PM - Hudson Street






Heather Burchyns 

Site Director, Duane St.

Heather was raised in New Hampshire and still enjoys spending time there in the summer with her family. She attended the University of New Hampshire and received a B.S. in Family Studies. After taking a child development course Heather knew she wanted to pursue a career in early childhood education. Heather was particularly interested in the Reggio Emilia philosophy and had the opportunity to spend many semesters at the UNH Child Study and Development Center, a Reggio inspired center. After graduating, Heather moved to Washington D.C. and began her teaching career in a Quaker preschool. After many years, she came to NYC and received a Master's Degree in Special Education at Bank Street College. For the past 14 years Heather continued to work in a Quaker School, this time a k-12 school for children with learning disabilities in Brooklyn. There she taught kindergarten, was head of the lower school and head of admissions.  In addition, Heather was an adjunct professor at Bank Street College and Hunter College. She is delighted to be back in preschool as the Site Director at Duane Street.

Heather is responsible for maintaining a safe, productive and enriching environment for children at WMS attending the Duane Street site.  She oversees the day-to-day operational aspects, ensuring that our school adheres to the standards required by the New York City department of Health/Bureau of Child Care.  Heather meets frequently with the teaching teams to discuss curriculum and child development needs; she also meets daily with the Head of School and weekly with the Child Development Specialist. Through ongoing classroom observations, she gains firsthand information about the children.  She also works with local colleges to recruit student teachers.  Feel free to contact Heather with any questions regarding Duane Street.

Heather can be reached via email at:

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