Marcus Valentiner: Owner/Director, since
Born in Germany
Resident of Bayonne, NJ
Marcus Valentiner first learned about
Prodigy in 2011 when he and his wife Yenny were looking for a daycare
for their son. After becoming owner/director in June 2017, he has often
remarked "if we had chosen any other place back then, I would have never
known about this life-changing opportunity".
Born and raised in Germany, Marcus'
career in the financial industry brought him to the United States in
2000, where he lived in New Jersey ever since and in Bayonne since 2006.
In 2009, driven by his skill to coach and motivate others, he started
looking for new job opportunities, surprisingly also in the educational
As a father of two, he was always very
much involved in every stage of his children's growing up. He strongly
believes that from an early age children should be provided a broad
foundation that balances their intellectual, emotional, social and
physical developments while having fun. At the playground, he was (and
still is) the dad who runs with his son and other children. So in a way
Prodigy was probably the missing piece in a big puzzle that started
building over the last eight years.
Bringing the "inside" perspective of a
parent and the "big picture" view of a professional, he is enthusiastic
and committed to further build on Prodigy's 30-year legacy and expand it
to new levels.