Our Team 


Nyla Kamlet, Founder and Director of PlayTogether NYC

Nyla Kamlet L.C.S.W. the Founder and Director of PlayTogether NYC, is a recognized leader in the field of child development. Her background includes extensive psychological training and clinical experience in child behaviour and development. Her PlayTogether NYC play-based preschool provides children with opportunities to realize their full potential by learning fundamental skills and strategies through interactive play and educational programs. Nyla’s role in the classroom includes that of teacher and clinical supervisor. Her specialties include communication, teaching art and pre-reading skills. She works with each student on an individual basis. Both academic and social goals for each child are set and reviewed by Nyla throughout the year.

Nyla received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University. Her postgraduate training from The New York Institute for Psychotherapy is in Infancy, Children and Adolescents. 


Holly Nedelka

Holly founded her “Child’s Play” program, specifically designed for parents-only and their children, in 1986 at Central Presbyterian Church. Holly eventually directed her program at Rutgers Presbyterian, West-Park Presbyterian, Holy Trinity Episcopal, Jan Hus Presbyterian and Lenox Hill Neighborhood House. Before retiring from “Child’s Play” in 2011, she expanded her program roster to include Mother’s Support Groups, Homeschooling programs and Parenting education workshops.  Holly chaired the Family Advisory Committee and serves on the Board of Directors of “September’s Mission”, an advocacy group for 9/11 families. In addition to being a Dance Major at Butler University, Holly attended Marymount Manhattan, focusing on Early-Childhood Education and Psychology. 


Melissa Allen,  Head Teacher PreK

 

 

Melissa Montero,  Assistant Teacher PreK


Shanade Hernandez,  Head Teacher 2s/3s

Shanade Hernandez has been involved in early childhood education for the last 8 years. She has assistant taught the Congregation Shearith Israel Toddler Program and has taught many independent music programs catered to early learning in association with the Universal Pre-K program . Aside from Playtogether NYC, Ms.Hernandez holds the assistant children's choir director position as Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, teaches private voice and beginner piano to various age ranges and volunteers at Borough of Manhattan Community College as section lead for the Downtown Community Choir. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Music Education from New York University. 

 

Lena Jakobsson

Lena is the Director of Admissions, Administrator, and the Handwriting teacher to the 4’s.  Joining the staff in 2011,  she came to PlayTogetherNYC from Rockinghorse Nursery School, where she worked for 3 years as the Assistant Teacher.