Abbey Lombardo-Kumar

Founder and Director

Meet Abbey

Abbey has been in the field of Early Childhood Education for the past twelve years. She is passionate about the education of young children and the importance of a balanced, creative and comprehensive approach to curriculum. Learn’ique, Little Learners Studio, and Design-to-Learn are the representation of her vision and mission to instill a sense of joy and curiosity in her young students. In addition to her career in teaching, Abbey has a passion for creating unique and adaptable learning environments for young children and their families. Her strong understanding of child development, combined with her coursework in interior design concepts, have inspired her Design-to-Learn™ services intended to facilitate “livable, learnable spaces” at home.

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Maria Caballero

Studio Manager

Meet Maria

Throughout her career in the field of early childhood education Maria has had the opportunity to facilitate curriculum in a wide variety of curricular areas including art, music, literacy and physical education. Maria strives to foster a positive learning environment for all students, and believes in establishing trusting relationships with the children and families that she works with. In addition to her love of teaching Maria is an avid cook and art enthusiast who loves spending time with her family and singing with her church choir. Maria’s main priority is to ensure that each and every child is provided with the resources to thrive socially, emotionally and academically.

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Ann-Marie Condon

Curriculum Coordinator

Meet Ann-Marie

Ann-Marie recently returned to Rye with her family after spending the last fifteen years living and working overseas. She earned her advanced degree in elementary school education   from Saint Patrick’s College in Dublin, Ireland. Her diverse experience in the field of early childhood education has taken her to many countries including Ireland, the United Kingdom and Australia. Prior to returning to Rye in 2012, Ann-Marie taught for ten years at the British International Schools in Brussels and Paris. She has found great joy in teaching young children of many nationalities from Preschool- 6th grade. Ann-Marie is excited to continue to foster the mission and love of learning that she has helped to cultivate at Little Learners Studio!

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Michele Dennis

Associate Program Instructor

Meet Michele

Michele has been a Rye resident for many years following her move to New York from her native Australia. She and her husband have raised their five, beautiful children as part of the community. Michele finds great joy in working with young children and brings a lively and energetic spirit to her work at the Little Learners Studio. In addition to teaching, Michele is an active runner who has competed in several triathlons over the past few years. She enjoys the outdoors and traveling with her family.

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Tammy Murphy

Art Instructor

Meet Tammy

Tammy has been an artist for as long as she can remember. She received her BFA in Advertising and Design at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. From there, she went on to work as an Art Director at several leading advertising agencies, before leaving the business world to start a family and pursue a career in teaching art to young children. Tammy firmly believes that children should be taught to be true observers of the world around them. Her uniquely inspired curriculum facilitates the exploration of the senses and encourages creativity and a genuine love for learning. In addition to teaching and inspiring young artists, Tammy enjoys designing jewelry and interior design.

Joanna Levine

Music Specialist

Meet Joanna

An active singer-songwriter and musician, Joanna has has graced stages small and large (she sang back-up for the band Dispatch at Madison Square Garden last summer!) and for audiences young (with her children’s duo- Joanna’s ‘n Bananas, featuring her husband Rob) and older (with her roots-rock band Pinkwing). She has taught guitar and ukulele lessons, and has lead children’s sing- alongs and music classes throughout NYC and surrounding areas over the past 6+ years.