Meet the Early Childhood Center Team


Lorayne CarbonLorayne Carbon, Director •

Lorayne began teaching in Head Start programs in 1984, and has directed several programs in various settings, both public and private. A faculty advisor to the College’s Child Development Institute, she is a frequent speaker at conferences and in early childhood settings. She is a 1984 graduate of SUNY Buffalo and received her M.S. Ed. from the Bank Street College of Education in New York City in 1986. Lorayne has been Director of the Early Childhood Center since August 2003. 

"A child's natural sense of wonder thrives at the ECC. Immersed in hands-on experiences, guided by teachers who are sensitive to their ideas, strengths, and passions, they become makers of meaning, developing a deep understanding of the world. The amazing thing about the Early Childhood Center is that it encourages this deep understanding from adults as well. College students, parents, and teachers can engage fully with the ECC community, learning from the children and each other."

Jan Drucker, Consultant •

Jan has a B.A. from Radcliffe College and a Ph.D. from New York University. She has been a member of the Sarah Lawrence psychology faculty since 1972. Jan teaches both undergraduate psychology and graduate Art of Teaching courses, and is the former Director of the Child Development Institute. Her areas of academic focus include developmental theory; development of personality; symbolization; narrative of life experience; and the professional development of preschool and elementary teachers. Jan is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst, specializing in the development of normal and emotionally disturbed young children. She is also an author and researcher on play and other symbolic processes and aspects of clinical practice.

 "There are no one-way vision screens at the ECC, as there are at most lab schools. Student observers are directly involved in the life of the classroom. They get a richer experience of observation by interacting with the kids over time, and the children benefit from having more adults around, especially since the students bring their own talents – from dancing to art to cooking – to classroom activities."

Shirley DeGenova •

Shirley has been an administrative assistant at Sarah Lawrence since 1998.

Lead Teachers

Milagros Harper
Sarah Lawrence, 1995–
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Robbin Hawkins
Sarah Lawrence, 1994–
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Sarah Mathews
Sarah Lawrence, 1992–
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Debra Riessen
Sarah Lawrence, 2012–
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Sonna Schupak
Sarah Lawrence, 1989–
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Susan Schwimmer
Sarah Lawrence, 1989–
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 “We could not have had a better experience at the ECC this year. We feel so lucky that our son had the chance to learn in such a supportive and dynamic environment that fosters a love of learning through play and exploration.”

—Adam Brown, ECC Parent