The Children’s House staff is comprised of qualified childcare professionals with a trained Montessori teacher in each classroom. The staff is overseen by an Executive Director who manages the operations of the school under the direction of the Board of Trustees.
The greater part of my professional career I was employed by the County of Essex. In those 26 years I was given a number of responsibilities including; Director of the Department of Public Works, which oversees all county roads, bridges and buildings; Assistant Director of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs and the Deputy County Administrator. While in the Parks Department one of my assignments was to coordinate the 26 day camp programs held throughout the County. I enjoyed that so much that my goal, for the future, was to return to some type of work with young children. I am so excited to now have that opportunity to be working with The Children’s House family of children, teachers and parents. The Children’s House is a wonderful, enriching, Montessori environment for all our students and it is my pleasure to serve as the director. I grew up in Chicago, moved to Montclair and after I was married to my husband, Greg, we moved to Verona, where I have lived and raised our two sons ever since. After leaving the County of Essex, I spent a number of successful years in Real Estate and still keep myself involved in that. I have enjoyed volunteering for many school, church and civic organizations. I am excited about my opportunity to be a part of the new beginnings each day at The Children’s House.
The objective of the Board of Trustees, comprised of tuition paying parents who serve without compensation, is to direct the school in pursuit of a positive education in a Montessori context for preschool children.
Mary Clarke holds an Early Childhood Montessori Credential from North American Montessori Center (NAMC). She began first as a TCH parent, then as an assistant teacher in the 3-6 classroom in 2002. Mary has been a head teacher of the Young 3 classroom since 2004. She now has four adult children and three grandchildren.
Gina Roman holds an Early Childhood Montessori Credential from CMTS. She has been teaching Montessori for over 18 years. She has a daughter in Middle School, she’s president of her local parent/school association and enjoys coaching cheering, softball and basketball.
Ann Sheehan-Langrock received her Early Childhood AMI Credential in Sion Hill, Ireland and holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Fordham University. She has been teaching in Montessori schools for 12 years. She has two children, one in high school and one at university.
Claire Tennis holds an Early Childhood Montessori credential from the Westside Montessori School Teacher Education Program. Her experiences travelling have shown her how all children hold unique qualities, but also have so much in common.
Mary Helen Camporeale holds an Early Childhood Montessori credential from The North American Montessori Center (NAMC) and has been active at The Children’s House for 9 years. She began as a parent, served on the Board of Trustees, worked in administration, and is now an assistant teacher. She has three children who are in elementary and middle school.
Carole L. Miller is currently pursuing her Early Childhood Montessori credential from the Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE). Almost five years ago, she began the transition out of corporate America to pursue her dream of teaching. She has been with The Children’s House for four years in the office and as an assistant. Traces of her passion for crafts can be found in every classroom.
Terry Trabalka holds her Montessori Assistant Teacher certification from CMTE. She has worked in The Children’s House for 10 years as an assistant and oversees the lunch program. Her love for outdoor exercise keeps her energized in the classroom. She is also a proud mother of 3 sons.
Stacey Weisser holds her Montessori Assistant Teacher certification from CMTE. She began as a TCH parent, which sparked her love for the Montessori Method, and has now been a part of our school in several capacities for the past 11 years. Stacey is a proud mom to a daughter and a son.
Gail Mascera has sixteen years experience in various roles as a Teacher's Assistant, Personnel Aide and Classroom Aide in the public school system. Gail is excited to learn about the Montessori method of teaching. She has two adult children.
Johanna Luzak holds an Early Childhood Assistant Teacher certification from the Montessori Center for Teacher Development. She started at TCH as a parent and served on the Board of Trustees for 3 years. As an assistant teacher in the Young 3 class, she enjoys watching the metamorphosis of each child. Johanna has 2 children now in elementary school and has a background as a Pilates instructor.
Jeryl Nalupta is a TCH parent and has fond memories of her own time as a child learning in a Montessori preschool. Despite a career in pharmaceutical labs, she always dreamed of working in a classroom environment. Jeryl has served on the Board of Trustees and has two children. She has an extensive background in leading retreats for youth and is an avid music lover.
Agathe Lorenceau has completed her AMS Early Childhood Teacher program this summer and will do her Practicum with us this year. She has received her AMI Birth to Three Assistants Certificate in Paris, France, where she has worked for two years as a teacher with very young children. Before that, Agathe has practiced as a Child Psychologist in France for 10 years. She has one child in the TCH Kindergarten program.
Kim Serino holds an elementary school teaching certification and has over 12 years of teaching experience in elementary and pre-schools. She began at TCH as a parent, when her two children were students in the preschool program. They are now in high school and college. Kim enjoys spending time with her family, reading and traveling, preferably near a beach.
Sara Adler holds her Early Childhood certification from CMTE and taught at Hoboken Montessori for 4 years as both an assistant and lead teacher, and their music teacher for two. She has been the movement instructor at the CMTE summer program for the past 6 years. She enjoys combining her theatrical, musical and Montessori experiences into the music curriculum. This is Sara's second year at TCH as a teacher and her first year as a TCH parent, as her daughter joins the Young 3 program this year.