Established in 2011, Who's On First? is
a Children's Enrichment Studio for children 2 to 4 years old. It is centrally located in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
just down the block from acclaimed P.S. 58 and a few blocks away
from Carroll Park on a charming tree lined street... 1st Place.
business, Kathryn Sennis, has co-founded the studio with her daughter,
Nicole Pappas. At the heart of Kathryn and Nicole’s inspiration
for the studio is their love of children and desire to create
a nurturing and supportive environment for children and their
caregivers. Our aim is to enhance self-esteem, problem-solving,
socialization and conflict-resolution skills through our Preschool
Alternative Program and to foster free expression through art,
music, and creative movement.
is the most important phase throughout your child’s lifespan
and experiences and environment highly influence abilities through
middle childhood, adolescence and into adult life. As the African
proverb denotes, “it takes a village to raise a child”.
It is our firm belief that an inviting environment, self-directed
enrichment activities, a low child to teacher ratio, and a patient
approach will enable the discovery of each child’s unique
abilities, while having a world of fun!
We are dedicated to strengthening the
foundation of your child’s life.
Sennis, L.C.S.W., has worked and resided in Carroll Gardens for
over thirty years. Having attained her Master’s degree from
Columbia University and licensing to practice individual, child
and family therapy in the State of New York, she has thirty years
of experience working with young children and families. She has
a private practice, has conducted exemplary work in the arena
of mental health, coordinated one of the largest treatment programs
in the Metropolitan area, as well as has taught on the college
experience with young children includes the use of puppets, art,
dolls, storytelling, games, dramatics, and music as a means of
expression. At Who’s on First?, Kathryn has authored a program
wherein these modes of expression have been incorporated so as
to enable independent thinking and has created an environment
conducive to facilitating self-esteem enhancement, discovery and
Kathryn is CPR certified.
grown up in lovely Carroll Gardens, Nicole Pappas has been privy
to the transformation of the neighborhood throughout the years,
and its present day needs. Now a mother of two young children
herself, Nicole wanted to create a space where parents and children
can come to experience a more personalized, intimate setting offering
fun and engaging classes. “I simply thought of what I would
want for my own children.”
Having worked with her father in
his DUMBO glass studio throughout her youth, Nicole learned the
art of stained and etched glass and completed a myriad of professional
projects alongside her father until his passing in 2006. Her appreciation
and devotion to Art manifested in her attending The Fashion
Institute of Technology where she studied Art History and
Merchandising and earned her Bachelor of Science degree. She
soon became part of the Home Design team at Ralph Lauren and later
joined forces with Gap International, working for the Japan division.
strengths and motivation led her to develop her talents in music
and dance. She studied classical piano for nine years and became
an accomplished dancer, having won multiple awards. "There's
nothing more instrumental than building self-confidence."
Her goal is to foster a program which instills the value of discovering
ones abilities during the most formative years of childhood development.
Nicole is CPR Certified.
Dana received her graduate degree in School Counseling from Hunter College in 2014. While attending Hunter for her bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Dana was given the opportunity to volunteer at the Police Athletic League, a non-for-profit agency throughout the five boroughs of NYC where she worked with children from K-5th grade. After volunteering, Dana took on a position with P.A.L. as Youth Development Specialist where she worked with over 200 students conducting individual and group counseling sessions. She developed lesson plans and directed staff to successfully exceed goals by managing program initiatives. Her training enables her to identify student’s strengths and to help cultivate them. She also strives to spark a love for learning and to guide children to hone that experience. Dana is at the forefront of each student's education and socialization experience at WOF. Dana is CPR and First Aid certified.
Elizabeth is originally from San Francisco, California and now resides in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. She has been involved in early childhood development and education from when she was a camp counselor at the YMCA and the Jewish Community Center in her hometown. She was also a tutor at 826 Valencia in San Francisco, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting under-resourced students with their writing skills.
Elizabeth received her Bachelor’s degree from Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut in Art History in 2017. This enabled her to join Sotheby’s auction house thereafter. While pursuing her degree in Art History, Elizabeth continued her love of working with children as an assistant teacher at Moylan Elementary School in Hartford and as a tutor at the Trinity Tutoring Program where she aided elementary school students from the local community.
During her studies, Elizabeth also found an interest in psychology and is currently taking courses towards a Master’s Degree in Developmental Psychology.
At WOF Elizabeth is able to combine her love for children, art, and psychology to help facilitate a warm, creative, nurturing environment conducive to learning, exploring and realizing an enhanced sense of self.