Faculty

At the Union Congregational Weekday Nursery School, our teachers are our primary assets.  Many of our Lead Teachers are certified in Early Childhood Education and all possess at least a four-year degree in education. We have a licensed nurse and every faculty member holds a current Adult and Pediatric CPR/First Aid Certificate. The members of the faculty bring their own unique experiences and abilities that combine to convey enthusiasm, professionalism, and a genuine sense of caring in our classrooms.  Below is a brief description of our experienced faculty.


Director/Head Teacher

Lynn Kulik: Lynn has been involved in education for the past 25 years. She holds a B.S. in Early and Middle Education from Radford University and most recently graduated from the NJ Directors Academy in the fall of 2013. She joined the UCWNS Community in 1998 as a parent, served on our Nursery School Leadership team, and later joined our faculty in 2008. She has taught Kindergarten and a multi-age loop classroom of Kindergarten/1st grade at a progressive public school in Chapel Hill, NC. She is passionate about how children construct knowledge and the Reggio Philosophy Approach to educating children, Lynn was a delegate on a Study Tour to Reggio Emilia, Italy, in 2016. 


Office Administrators

Susanne Cantalupo: Susanne has a BS in Elementary Education from Trenton State College.  She has worked as an elementary educator for over 10 years in the surrounding area.  Both of her children attended UCWNS and she is an active volunteer in the community.

Sue Lotz: Sue joined the faculty of UCWNS after her own children graduated from the Nursery School in the early 90's. She has a B.S. in Nursery School/Kindergarten Education from the University of Delaware. Sue splits her time between classroom and office.

Catherine Sweeney: Catherine rejoined the office staff in January of 2015. Both of her children attended the nursery school and for four years, Catherine doubled as a documentation specialist and studio teacher. During that time she also served on the nursery school leadership team and took on a support role in the office. After leaving us for several years to serve as the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid for an area private school she was thrilled to return with emphasis on admissions, marketing, and communications. Catherine has a fine art degree in photography from Syracuse University and over 15 years experience working in school settings.

 

Lead Teachers

 

Anne Marie DeMasi: Anne Marie has had a profound interest in the philosophy of the Reggio Emilia Approach in Early Childhood settings since her introduction to it in 1993.  She was a delegate on a Study Tour to Reggio Emilia in 2003 funded by a Geraldine R. Dodge Teaching Fellowship.  Anne Marie has a BA in Liberal and Performing Arts from Brooklyn College and holds a MA in Early Childhood Education from Kent State University.  Beginning her teaching career at the Boardman Academy in Ohio, she returned to the East Coast and taught as Lead Kindergarten Teacher in the School District of the Chathams for 26 years.  Anne Marie holds NJ State Certification – Nursery through Elementary School and joined UCWNS in 2015. 

Beth Falcone: Beth has a BA in Special Education from New Jersey City University.  She is certified as both Teacher of the Handicapped and Elementary School Teacher – Pre-K through 8.  She has worked in both private and public schools in New Jersey teaching Kindergarten and Pre-K.  She also had training in Applied Behavior Analysis while working in an Autistic Pre-school class. 

Paula Fields: Paula joined UCWNS in 1998 and holds an M.S. in Early Childhood Education from Montclair State University. Paula holds NJ State Teacher certification. Paula was a delegate on a Study Tour to Reggio Emilia, Italy, in 2003.

Jennifer Galati: Holds her B.A. from Montclair State University, with a concentration in Family/Child Studies. Jennifer also has her NJ State certification in Elementary Education. She has nearly 20 years of teaching experience in a variety of public and private school settings.

Emma Hellman: Emma joined our faculty in 2004 and received her M.S. in Educational Psychology from Montclair State University. She has also studied at William Paterson University.  She became acquainted with UCWNS as a parent when her daughter started in the Young 3 program. Emma was a delegate on a Study Tour to Reggio Emilia, Italy, in 2016.

Krista Leonte: Krista joined our faculty in 2007 and earned her M.S. from Montclair State University with highest honors. Krista holds NJ State Teacher certification. She is an active alumna of Pennsylvania State University, and has been an involved parent volunteer and Studio Teacher when her son and daughter were students at UCWNS. Krista was a delegate on a Study Tour to Reggio Emilia, Italy, in 2013.

 

Brittany O'NeillBrittany, a seasoned educator, was a preschool museum educator at the Montclair Art Museum and a private reading specialist before joining our staff. She has also been a UCWNS substitute teacher. She holds a Master of Science in Education from Bank Street College of Education and holds a NJ Teaching certificate.  Brittany, while new to our faculty, has been a familiar face to our school; she attended our program as a child and is a current parent.

Carol Stoddart: Carol holds her B.A. in Early Childhood from Kean College (now Kean University) and has completed course work at Bank Street College of Education. She has taught in Vermont, Washington, D.C. area, and she worked as a teacher of three-year-olds at the Montclair Cooperative before joining us here in 1999.  Carol is currently working toward certification in Applied Behavior Analysis from Caldwell College.  Carol was a delegate on a Study Tour to Reggio Emilia, Italy, in 2013.


 

Support Teachers

Susanne Cantalupo: Susanne has a BS in Elementary Education from Trenton State College.  She has worked as an elementary educator for over 10 years in the surrounding area.  Both of her children attended UCWNS.  She has been volunteering at their elementary school as a class parent and at various school events. 

Jacqueline Farbman: Jackie comes to the school with over 5 year's experience working at Ben Samuel's Children Center at Montclair State University as a permanent substitute. Prior to that, she worked for 15 years as a clinical social worker in mental health and is still currently licensed in that field.

Judy Karp: Judy has a variety of experiences with children including provider of in-home childcare for children when her own child was young and work as a teacher's aide for the Kearny Board of Education.  In May 2003, Judy received her CDA from Montclair State University. She joined our faculty in 1999.

Judith Leporati: Judith earned a B.F.A. in Theatre from Montclair State University with a minor in Mathematics. She  joined UCWNS in 2008.

Sue Lotz: Sue joined the faculty of UCWNS after her own children graduated from the Nursery School. She has a B.S. in Nursery School/Kindergarten Education from the University of Delaware. 

Susan McIntosh: Susan joined our faculty in 2000 and has her LPN from Overlook Hospital School of Nursing.  Susan is our School Nurse as well as a Support Teacher, Lead for the 3's Explorers Club, and Camp Teacher.  She received her CDA from Montclair State University in 2004.

Vera Roebuck: Vera joined UCWNS in 2001 and studied psychology at Rutgers University. She has 13 years of experience working in special education classes in the Verona school system and area preschools.  She received her CDA from Montclair State University in 2004.

Eileen Sammon: Eileen has taught at UCWNS since 1995 when her children attended the school. She has completed courses in Recreation Therapy at Montclair State University. In May 2003, she received her CDA from Montclair State University.

Patty Strom: Patty recently completed her M. S. Ed. in Infant and Family Development at Bank Street College of Education. She has worked at Montclair State's Children's Center in a Pre-School classroom and at the Montclair Public Library where she visited family day care providers to read to toddlers. She joined our faculty in 2010.
 

Studio Teachers

Cathy Grupper: Cathy has a B.A. in Art History from Cornell University and an M.S. from Bank Street College in Museum Education. She has worked in Central Park, Brooklyn Children's Museum and Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Cathy is also a Lead Teacher with Young 3s. She joined UCWNS faculty in 2008 and was a delegate on a Study Tour to Reggio Emilia, Italy, in 2016.

 

Myra Lango: Myra holds a B.A. in Art with minors in Art History and Psychology from Hofstra University. She has worked in publishing, and has had extensive experience with special education programs in the Verona public schools. She joined our faculty in 1995.

 

Ginger Nufrio: Ginger joined UCWNS in 2008. She has a B.A. in Advertising Design from Trenton State College (now known as The College of New Jersey). She has extensive experience as a Graphics Designer and also does mural work for children's rooms. Ginger has worked with children as a counselor and has used her creative skills and graphic arts experience to teach specialty classes. She has taken classes in puppet production and performed shows for children ages 3 to 7.
 

Teaching Specialists

 

Jim Rohe-Music Teacher:  Jim enriches UCWNS through the musical curriculum that he has developed, called Gentle Rhythms. He plays guitar, harmonica, and tambourine and also uses a variety of instruments from around the world. He is a Master Storyteller and leads the children through folk songs, funny tunes, and sing-a-longs synthesizing movement and finger plays with his musical experiences.

 

Myra Lango: Myra holds a B.A. in Art with minors in Art History and Psychology from Hofstra University. She has worked in publishing, and has had extensive experience with special education programs in the Verona public schools. She joined our faculty in 1995.

Ginger Nufrio: Ginger joined UCWNS in 2008. She has a B.A. in Advertising Design from Trenton State College (now known as The College of New Jersey). She has extensive experience as a Graphics Designer and also does mural work for children's rooms. Ginger has worked with children as a counselor and has used her creative skills and graphic arts experience to teach specialty classes. She has taken classes in puppet production and performed shows for children ages 3 to 7.

  
Teaching Specialists

exander-Creative Movement Teacher: Lori has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance and another in Hospital Administration from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She helps children explore movement through music and play in order to communicate ideas, channel energy, and improve focus. Lori works with all ages, from preschoolers to college students, and is a veteran Broadway pe

Jim Rohe-Music Teacher:  Jim enriches UCWNS through the musical curriculum that he has developed, called Gentle Rhythms.  He plays guitar, harmonica, and tambourine and also uses a variety of instruments from around the world.  He is a Master Storyteller and leads the children through folk songs, funny tunes, and sing-a-longs synthesizing movement and finger plays with his musical experiences.