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Preschool Staff


Krista Adedamola

Program Director

Hello! My name is Krista and I have been with Brooklyn Explorers Academy for 6 years. I have been in the field for a total of 22 years! I am very passionate about Early Childhood Education and am so thrilled that we get to be a part of laying the foundation for a love of learning! It’s so wonderful to see how children grow as they are part of an environment that fosters play, encourages self-confidence, focuses on social-emotional development and teaches what it looks like to be a part of a community. 


Ms. Karen

Teaching Director/Lead Teacher

(White Owlets classroom)

Hi, My name is Ms. Karen, I am the Teaching Director of Administration here at Brooklyn Explorers Academy. I have been teaching preschool for the past 18+ years. It is such a great feeling to see how children learn, grow and develop into independent people! I love what I do!


Mr. Dre

Assistant Teacher

(White Owlets classroom)

Hi, my name is B’Andre, but I go by Dre. I have been working with children for the majority of my life in all settings ranging from home to camps to schools. I am experienced in watching over and nurturing your children to the highest capability. I love how kids still find joy in the simple things which adults may overlook or take for granted. I am looking forward to a fun-filled school year full of new experiences and the new personalities the children are sure to come with.


Ms. Simone

Lead Teacher

(Brown Cubs classroom)

Hi! My name is Simone and I’m the Lead Teacher for The Brown Cubs classroom.  I have always enjoyed watching children learn and create with very hands-on activities so they can feel a sense of accomplishment and empowerment throughout these formative years.  I also love how they continue to teach me things about myself and help me grow and become a better teacher for them.  I look forward to another year of being part of the Brooklyn Explorers Academy and to continue to explore!


Ms Sarah

Assistant Teacher

(Brown Cubs classroom)

Hi, my name is Sarah and I am the Assistant Teacher of the Brown Cubs. I am so excited to begin another school year here at Brooklyn Explorers Academy. One of the many reasons why I love working with children is that I am constantly reminded how amazing and magical the world can truly be. I love how the children constantly remind me to use my imagination and find new creative ways to do things. I look forward to teaching but most importantly learning more from the amazing children we have here this school year!


Ms. Nerlande

Lead Teacher

(Red Kits classroom)

I am Ms. Nerlande, the Lead Teacher for the Red Kits. I’ve been with Brooklyn Explorers for about 5 years, it's been an amazing experience. Every year is different because of all the new children I get to form relationships with. I am so excited for the school year & to be part of your lives.

Ms. Kim

Assistant Teacher

(Red Kits classroom)

Hi! My name is Ms.Kim. I am a Floater here at Brooklyn Explorers Academy. I have been with Explorers for three years in October. I am excited to meet new students and parents. I am also excited to know more about our new students that will be attending our school. I love hearing the hilarious stories that children come up with.  


Ms. Dawa

Preschool Floater

I love working with children of all ages, especially the most young ones in preschool. I can see their character growth through time, and they teach me so much more than anyone can imagine. This school year, I hope we can all have fun and explore so many new things together. I cannot wait to meet everyone!!


Mr. Tamir

Preschool Floater

I’ve been working with World Explorers for a year plus and it’s been such a great experience. I love working with children because it keeps me active and they always make you laugh no matter the situation, keeping you on your toes. I’m looking forward to having another fun and active school year with the kids; getting to spend time with and know more about the kids, and enjoying the school year while we learn new things and have fun.

School Age Staff

Joey DeMita
Joey Demita

Senior Director of

Programs and Development

I bring over 15 year of childcare and teaching experience both in and out of the classroom, ranging in ages from 3 to 14.  I love using my experience to find ways to enhance current programs and develop new programs, taking into account what is best for the children and families of our community.  As a theatre artist, my creativity and love of the arts has helped me find new and exciting ways to use our curriculum to enrich and engage the children in our care.   


Tahirah White

Local School Aged

Operations Director

I bring years of teaching experience, organization, resourcefulness, leadership as well as creative and innovative ideas. I enjoy building a team of passionate leaders that are creative and will inspire the children of our future to explore the world and take on new challenges confidently. 


Fatima Traore

Art Teacher

I’m a visual artist and teacher. I enjoy working with children and helping them learn, grow, create and explore the world around them. This school year I look forward to doing all of these things. We will play, laugh, and learn together. I look forward to sharing new experiences and memories that shape and enrich the minds of my preschool friends.

B+B Staff

Meliah McPhie

After School Site Supervisor

Brighter Choice Community School

I bring creativity, energy, understanding and laughter to the table - all things that are required to keep up with a child. I believe that every child is unique. They have energy that is unmatched by even the fastest of lions, and yet are all different in the ways in which they process thoughts and emotions. As for laughter, well, some may say that I am funnier than Kevin Hart or Spongebob Squarepants, depending on the day!

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