Ms Christy

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My name is Christy Kinkhabwala and I founded Over the Moon Preschool in February of 2016 in order to teach young children the way I know is best: through play.  I earned my degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Literacy Acquisition from U.T. Austin and I have over 12 years of teaching experience in both public and private schools in the U.S. as well as overseas.  I teach with gentle guidance and aim to extend children’s play and redirect when necessary.  I am proud to be able to employ parents who want to do the job they love while being able to spend more time with their own children.

I met my husband while we were both serving in the Peace Corps in South Africa, and together with our three boys, we enjoy traveling the world, exploring nature, riding bikes, and reading books.



Ms Nina


My name is Nina Arnold and I am honored to join the Over the Moon community!  I began my teaching career 10 years ago as a paraprofessional in the Boston public schools.  After a few years working in the middle school, I decided to follow my passion in early childhood education, and get my M.Ed.  Since then, I have worked in both the public and private sector with children from infancy through first grade. As a  teacher, I plan to create an environment that allows all children to flourish, both emotionally and intellectually, through developmentally appropriate experiences.
My husband and I recently moved to Ithaca to start a family, and I am currently raising our son and working on our homestead.  In my free time I enjoy cooking, gardening, and hiking.

Ms Patty


I have been a teacher since the Fall of 2010, I taught my first year at the New England Center or Children in Southborough Massachusetts. I joined the New York City Teaching Fellows and taught for four years in a high-needs school in Harlem. My husband and I wanted to settle in Ithaca to start our family, so we moved up here two years ago and I taught 7th grade in Newfield. This year I have been on maternity leave taking care of my little nugget Eliza! I’m excited to join Over the Moon as a co-teacher!

Ms Phoebe


My name is Phoebe Wyllyamz. I am a mother of two children Sagan 10yrs and Kramer 14yrs.  I have been involved in early childhood education for 20 years. For the past two summers I have spent my time as a playworker and assistant director of 3-5yr olds at the Ithaca Children’s Garden summer camps. I have also worked as a nanny for several local Ithaca families from infancy to elementary ages. I am thankful to join this amazing team of people at Over the Moon and guiding the future generation.

Ms Carisa


My name is Carisa Smith and I’ll be joining the Over the Moon team this Fall, 2019. I was born and raised in Ithaca, NY. I enjoy hiking with my dog around the beautiful trails in the area. I also enjoy biking and kayaking. I have worked as a private nanny for many families over the last decade. I loved taking care of children so much I decided to go back to school. In 2018, I graduated from Tompkins Cortland Community College with a degree in Early Childhood Education. I get so much joy working with children and creating a setting filled with respect and warmth. I’m very excited to work in a play centered environment. Cognitive development, socialization, creativity, and so much more are reinforced here at Over the Moon! Can’t wait to meet you all!