Glenda Villajuan – Founder & Director
Glenda has been a children’s advocate for over 20 years. She holds a Master of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education birth to 5 years old, and school age grades 1 and 2 from Touro College. She also earned a Certificate for Child Care for Professionals from Bank Street College of Education. She has worked as a preschool teacher at Northside Child Development Center in Manhattan, a therapeutic nursery serving children with varying levels of developmental needs. She has taught at the Susan Patricoff Head Start and Early Head Start Program, Public School 102, Jacques Cartier Elementary School serving a group of 1st grade and 2nd graders.
Prior to teaching, Glenda served as legislative staff at the New York State Assembly in Albany, working on legislation helping children and families. She moved to New York City in 1993 to work directly with children and their families initially as Service Coordinator, then held various roles as Quality and Training Manager, Borough Director, Project Director and Consultant for New York City’s Early Intervention Programs, while employed at Public Health Solutions, TheraCare, and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. In these various capacities, she worked closely with developmental pediatricians, special educators, speech therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists and other interventionists helping children at risk for developmental delays and disabilities. She also served as Deputy Director for New York City’s Infant Child Program/Child Find responsible for identifying and monitoring approximately 5,000 infants/toddlers and preschoolers with special needs.
In 2001, she received the “Caring For Children” award for her work from the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families and the “Entrepreneur of the Year” award from Enterprise magazine for creating a greeting card company that featured Asian American children. Glenda has a daughter attending Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for the Arts and a son attending Quest to Learn.
Crystal Blade – Lead Teacher
Crystal is a dedicated educator who earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from Brooklyn College and is currently working on her Masters. She enjoys doing volunteer work and loves interacting with children. Outside of CitiTots, she enjoys movies and connecting with nature.
Brunilda Quintana – Assistant Teacher
Bruni has over twenty-five years of experience in schools and daycares and, herself, has a very successful daughter and grandchildren. She has been with CitiTots since 2015 and provides the love and wisdom that can only come from a “grandmother.” Not only does she help the children, she also cares and nurtures the staff as well!
Judith Villareal – Assistant Teacher/Office Manager
She joined the CitiTots family because of her strong desire to work with children and help build an organization that makes a contribution to the community. She has extensive experience as a nanny for various New York City families and has travelled around the world in this capacity. She is also a mother of three ranging from 16 to 21 years old.
Ramon Gil – Marketing & Operations
Aside from maintaining the CitiTots website, the social media, the lights, supplies and all things electric and electronic, Ramon teaches graphics at SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology and writes comic books. He has also been a Teacher’s Assistant for the Long Beach Unified School District in California and is New York certified in food safety, CPR/first aid and child care.