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Susan Harney

Executive Director & Founder of Country Knolls Preschool

Susan Harney is the Executive Director of Country Knolls Preschool.  Susan graduated from Marist College with a Bachelor of Science Degree and paralegal certificate.  Susan served as a paralegal with Infinity Broadcasting Corporation, but quickly rose to the position of Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer.  After ten years working in corporate America, Susan retired to care for her three young children. Once her youngest child turned three, Susan longed to return to the workforce, but in a different capacity.

In considering her own children’s needs, Susan wanted to create a preschool which caters to the needs of the whole child. In pursuit of this dream, Susan returned to college in 2010 to obtain a degree in early childhood education, as well as the credentials necessary to be a preschool director.  Susan’s corporate experience and education has been instrumental in creating the special environment you will find at Country Knolls Preschool.

Susan and her team have created a learning environment designed to attend to the emotional and educational needs of its students. Susan also looks to continuously improve upon the quality of care and education provided by Country Knolls Preschool by assisting teachers in the classroom and bringing her love of arts and crafts to the children.

Susan’s husband Michael grew up in Mahopac and Susan quickly fell in love with her new hometown. Susan and her family are active members of the Mahopac community. Susan is an executive member of the Austin Road PTO, member of SEPTO, MSA Girls Lacrosse Coach, Girl Scouts Leader and Board Member of the Mahopac Boys Lacrosse, Mahopac Girls Lacrosse and Football Booster Clubs.  Most days you will find Susan, along with her husband Michael, cheering on their three kids, Michael 16, Hannah 15 and Erin 13 off and on the Mahopac sports fields.

Meet our Staff

Head Teachers

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3's Teacher
Ms. “F” has been with Country Knolls since 2011.  She started in the Kindergarten as a Teaching Assistant for 3 years and then moved to the 4’s class. Ms. F feels like every day is like a new adventure and the children have taught her so much.  The children love her and are so happy to see her each day.  Last year she decided she wanted to do more, so she took a year to earn her CDA – Child Development Associate and was made Head Teacher in the “Busy Bee 3’s” classroom.  It has been an adventure for sure and Ms. F has been up to the challenge.  Prior to coming to Country Knolls she graduated from Katherine Gibbs in NYC and worked in the Corporate World in the Recording and Fashion Industry before she resigned to raise her 3 wonderful children.
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4's Full Day Teacher
Ms.Doreen comes to us from working in the Bronx, at MARC Academy in a Pre-K for All setting, preparing 4 year olds for Kindergarten. The previous three years working as a Lead Teacher in a preschool setting at Andrus Early Learning Center in Tuckahoe, NY and for two of those years I had been co-teaching with Special Education teachers in an inclusion classroom. I  have also worked at Oak Lane Child Care Center in Chappaqua, NY for 5 years as a teacher’s assistant working with children ranging from 18 months through Pre-Kindergarten; getting an expansive view of early childhood at its core.

Ms. Jackie

     Early 3's Teacher
Ms. Jackie has been a teacher for 10 years. She is certified to teach early childhood, childhood, and special education. In addition, she has completed training at the TEACH autism program at the University of North Carolina. Miss Jackie is the mom of 3 children ages 4, 6, and 10. She spends her free time volunteering for the Somers Youth Sports Organization as a cheerleading coach for multiple teams.
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Ms. Meagan

1/2 Day 4's Teacher
Ms. Meagan comes to Country Knolls with a Bachelors in Psychology and a Master in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from Mercy College. She has a wonderful background teaching the 4’s class and is a great team player we are so excited to have her here at Country Knolls. Meagan and her husband are Mahopac natives and they have two daughters.




Ms. Donna has been with Country Knolls in our 3's Class since our organization began. Ms. Donna has been involved with the Mahopac Central School District for over 30 years as well as many programs in the Arts. Her love for the Arts brings fun and creativity to the classroom. Ms. Donna supports the Arts and Music in the community. Ms. Donna is married with four grown children.


Ms. Denise joined Country Knolls in 2011 as a teaching assistant in the 4's class. She loves teaching because of the impact she can have on childrens' lives and enjoys watching them grow and learn. Before joining Country Knolls, Ms. Denise graduated from Berkeley College and had a career in the corporate world until she decided to stay home and raise her two children.
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We would like to welcome Ms. Chrissy to our Country Knolls family! She comes to us having had 19 years of experience in the education field. 15 years as the head assistant teacher in an inclusion preschool classroom. Ms. Chrissy has a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood education with a concentration in Psychology. Ms. Chrissy enjoys spending time with her two children.


Ms. Cathy is starting her 7th year here at Country Knolls. She is part of our Before care team and is also the teaching assistant in our half day 4's program. Ms. Cathy has over 17 years experience working in a preschool enviroment. Her love and understanding of young children makes her a valuable member of our Country Knolls staff.