Orchard Park Co-op Teachers

Our Teachers

All of our teachers are experienced early childhood specialists with bachelor and master degrees. They bring to the Co-op high expectations for student growth within a culture of respect and nurturing. Every day is planned to provide the children with opportunities to practice sharing and caring, learn about the world around them, develop reading and math skills, and express themselves through the joys of art and music. Co-op parents consistently praise our program for its strong educational curriculum within an atmosphere that makes their children eager to come to school every day.

Jenny Aidala Teacher for Three Year Old Class

Mrs. Jenny Aidala has a B.S. in Elementary Education from SUNY Fredonia, along with M.S. in Special Education from Buffalo State College. She has been a substitute teacher within the Orchard Park and Hamburg School Districts, and has held a handful of long-term teaching positions. Prior to having her children, Mrs. Aidala worked at the Buffalo State Child Care Center as a teacher in the three year old room. She has three boys, the oldest of which is enrolled in the four year old program at the Co-Op. She is very excited to be joining the Co-Op this year, and looks forward to getting to know the three year olds!
Jen Coyle Teacher for Four Plus Class

Mrs. Jen Coyle earned a M.A. in Secondary Education Mathematics from Hunter College in NYC after earning a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University at Buffalo. Her previous professional experience includes teaching Seventh and Eighth Grade Mathematics for the New York City Board of Education for 5 years before taking time off to raise her family. After moving to Orchard Park, Jennifer’s involvement at the Co-op began as a parent while her three children attended. During those years, she held various positions on the Board including Treasurer and President. Previously Jen taught one of our three year old classes. This year she is very excited to take on a new role co-teaching our Four-plus class.

Stacie Cramer Teacher for Four Year Old Class

Mrs. Staci Cramer holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from St. Bonaventure University. Additionally, she earned an M.S. in Reading from the University At Albany. She spent four years teaching first grade in both the Southern Tier and later in Westfield, NJ.  Upon relocating to Orchard Park, she took a leave to raise her three children who now attend school in Orchard Park.  Staci is actively involved in the Ellicott Elementary PTO and also volunteers as a religion teacher for a local church's faith formation program.  She is looking forward to her new role as a four year old teacher this year.  
Susie Kapaun Education Director & Teacher for Four-Plus class

Mrs. Kapaun has degrees in both Speech Pathology and Elementary Education. Susie has taught kindergarten, first, and second grades for 13 years in Colorado prior to moving to New York. While in Colorado, she was also a freelance writer for Mailbox Magazine, a publication of ideas for classroom teachers. She started working at the Co-op in 2000 and has taught in both the three year old and four plus programs. Susie is currently co-teaching the Four-Plus Program with Jen Coyle. Susie is the mother of three boys and an active volunteer in the Orchard Park community.

Jonelle Smith Teacher for Three Year Old class

Mrs. Jonelle Smith holds a B.S. in Paralegal Studies from Hilbert College and a M.S. in Elementary Education from Medaille College. She spent two years subbing in the Orchard Park and Hamburg School Districts before taking time off to stay home with her two children. From 2012-2016, she served on the Board of Directors (2013-2016 as President) for the Co-op while her children were students at the preschool. Currently, she serves as a PTO Officer at Windom Elementary. This is her second year as a three year old teacher.
Sally Stephen Teacher for Four Year Old class

Mrs. Stephen holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and a M.S. in early childhood education from Fredonia State College. She joined the Co-op in 2005 and teachers one of our Four-Year-Old classes. Previously, she taught kindergarten for 18 years in area schools including Sweet Home and Alden. As a kindergarten teacher, Sally conducted a math workshop for teachers, managed the kindergarten screen program, and ran a summer program for entering kindergartners. She took a leave to raise her two children who now attend Orchard Park.

Cindy Wiencek Teacher for Three Year Old class

Mrs. Cindy Wiencek earned her B.S. degree in Early Childhood Development from Buffalo State College. Prior to teaching at the Co-op, Cindy taught pre-kindergarten and kindergarten in both Buffalo and Hamburg. She is in her eighteenth year at the Co-op. Cindy teaches one of our three year old classes and is director of Camp Lunch Bunch. She enjoys cooking inside and outside of class. She also enjoys children’s literature and has an extensive collection of children’s books.