Staff

Sunshine Learning Center is a chain of privately owned centers focused on providing the best Early Childhood Educational experience from infancy to preschool age. Our centers are conveniently located in Brooklyn, Manhattan and The Bronx, with the mission of creating a warm and stimulating atmosphere while inspiring lifelong learners.
Karyn Alston
Karyn Alston
MSED; Advanced Certificate in School Building Leader/School District Leader
I have been an early childhood educator for over nine years. Prior to being an administrator at Sunshine Learning Center, I served as a head teacher in schools on the Upper Westside and Eastside of New York. My interests include promoting diversity in education and implementing an integrated early childhood curriculum. I am an avid learner and having completed my degree in School Building/School District leadership, I continue to attend conferences and workshops throughout the tri-state area. Working at Sunshine Learning Center has helped me make a positive impact on the lives of young children and has given me the opportunity to grow as an educator. Becoming the Educational Director of Sunshine Learning Center is a dream job for me. It encompasses all the things that I love best about teaching: hands-on interaction with children, partnership with parents and the ability to mentor and guide fellow teachers.
Dr. Tolaison Hooks
Dr. Tolaison Hooks
I am originally from Albany, Georgia and attended undergraduate and graduate school at Tennessee State University. I earned my Doctoral degree from Argosy University in Educational Leadership. I have worked in the field of education for over 10 years. I've worked in a variety of educational settings and with an array of age groups; however my love for early learning was confirmed very early in my teaching career. I am certified as a Professional Teacher (Birth-2 and grades 1-6) in Tennessee and New York. I also hold an Administrator's license in Tennessee. My educational philosophy is driven by a quote from Nelson Mandela; "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." Many theorists and philosophers weigh in on how we can change our world; I believe that we can change the world one child at a time. Through self-discovery, meaningful and relevant subject matter, and access to multiple perspectives, students can be equipped with the tools necessary to become contributing members of society. I believe that every child has something unique to bring to the world. At my Center, every classroom is a small community of learners who have diverse abilities, learning styles, and experiences. All of these things are incorporated into a well-rounded learning experience for the benefit of both students and educators alike.