Our Teachers

Kristen Allen

School District: Winfield Township School District
Current Position: Special Education Teacher
Experience: 9 years
Current Position at Children's Learning Center: MSR1
Education: Bachelor's in Elementary Education from The College of Saint Elizabeth
Master's in Education from The College of Saint
Teaching Awards: Teacher of the Year for the 2015-2016 school year
Teaching Certifications: Elementary Teacher N-8th, Students with Disabilities
English Language Arts Specialization for 5th - 8th

Dana Bond

School District: Elizabeth Board of Ed.
Current Position: Reading Interventionist
Experience: 18 years
Current Position at Children's Learning Center: MSR1
Education: BA in Elementary Education from Kean University
MA in Early Childhood from Kean University
Teaching Certifications: Elementary Ed N-8

Ann Colodner

School District: Middlesex Board of Education
Current Position: Special Education Teacher
Experience: 16 years
Current Position at Children's Learning Center: MSR1
Education: Boston College
Seton Hall University
Kean University
Teaching Certifications: Teacher of the Handicapped
Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner
Elementary Education Teacher
Teacher of Spanish

Alane Cook

Bio Coming Soon.

Suzanna Corbitt

School District: Diocese of Paterson
Current Position: Reading Teacher
Experience: 17 Years
Current Position at Children's Learning Center: MSR1
Education: Providence College
College of Saint Elizabeth
Teaching Certifications: Elementary Teacher grades N-8
Teacher of Students with Disabilities

Elieen Devlin

School District: Morris School District
Current Position: Special Education, Co-Teacher, 4th Grade
Experience: 4 years
Current Position at Children's Learning Center: MSR1
Education: B.A. (Magna cum Laude) in Elementary Education/Social Studies from Caldwell University
Teaching Certifications: Teacher of Preschool through Grade 3 (P-3)
Elementary School Teacher in Grades K-6
Teacher of Students with Disabilities (Special Education)

Caitlin Disney

School District: Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District
Current Position: 1st Grade Teacher
Experience: 7 Years
Current Position at Children's Learning Center: MSR1
Education: B.S. in Elementary Education K-6 and English as a Second Language from Millersville University in Pennsylvania
M.S in Childhood Education (Literacy) from The University at Albany in New York
Teaching Certifications: Elementary Education K-6
English as a Second Language K-6
Responsive Classroom

Eliza Doblosky

School District: Jersey City School District
Current Position: 2nd Grade Inclusion Teacher
Experience: 12 years
Current Position at Children's Learning Center: MSR1
Education: BBachelor of Science in Accounting
Masters in Special Education
Teaching Awards: Hudson County Teacher of the Year Award, T.E.A.M Program, 2007
Teaching Certifications: Teacher of Students with Disabilities

Lindsay Finkelstein

School District: Mendham Borough
Current Position: Resource Room Teacher
Experience: 4 Years
Current Position at Children's Learning Center: MSR1
Education: Rowan University: BA in Early Childhood Education BA in Writing Arts
Certificate in Honors Studies
Pursuing MA in Reading Practitioner from Rowan University
Teaching Certifications: Early Childhood P-3
Students with Disabilities P-12

Alexandra Frio (Urso)

School District: Westfield
Current Position: Special Education Teacher
Experience: 7 Years
Current Position at Children's Learning Center: MSR1
Education: Dual Bachelor of Science Degree (Elementary Education and Special Education) from Bloomsburg University
Masters of Education in Reading from Bloomsburg University
Teaching Certifications: NJ Elementary Teacher Cert
NJ Special Education Teacher Cert

Diane Hesterhagen

School District: Catholic School Region of Staten Island
Current Position: School Principal
Experience: 31 years
Current Position at Children's Learning Center: MSR1
Education: M.S. English Education
Teaching Awards: Valedictorian NYPD Citizen's Police Academy – June 2001
Msgr. James Dorney Humanitarian Award – June 2004
Cichon Post Award for Promoting Patriotism – November 2004 Crossroads Foundation Community Service Award – November 2005 Elizabeth Seton Compassionate Educator Award – 2008
UAU Louis DeSario Educator of the Year – 2009
American Legion Outstanding Educator – 2010
Catholic War Veterans – Fr. Robert Drummond Award 2011
Instructional Television Moderator of the Year – 2012
CYO Shining Star Award – 2013
NYS Women – Woman of Distinction – 2015
Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Award – 2016
Todays Catholic Teacher – Innovations in Catholic Education Award – 2016
Teaching Certifications: NYS Licensed English Teacher
NYS Licensed School Building Leader and School District Administrator

Alison Kantor

School District: North Brunswick Township
Current Position: Academic Support Reading Teacher
Experience: 9 years
Current Position at Children's Learning Center: MSR1
Education: B.A. in Communications
M.A.T. in Elementary Education
Teaching Certifications: NJ Certificate K-5 Elementary Education

Christopher Keri

School District: Bernards Township School District
Current Position: 3rd Grade Teacher
Experience: 3 years
Current Position at Children's Learning Center: MSR1
Education: B.A. in Psychology from Rutgers University
Ed.M. in Special Education from Rutgers University
Teaching Certifications: Elementary Education K-6
Special Education K-12

Mary Anne Kopecki

Bio Coming Soon.

Samantha Lopez

School District: Madison Public Schools
Current Position: 2nd Grade Inclusion Teacher
Experience: 1 year
Current Position at Children's Learning Center: MSR1
Education: Montclair State University B.A in Psychology M.A.T teacher of students with disabilities
Teaching Certifications: B.A in Psychology
M.A.T teacher of students with disabilities

Ann McDonough

School District: Westfield Public Schools
Current Position: 2nd Grade teacher
Experience: 22 Years
Current Position at Children's Learning Center: MSR1
Education: Muhlenberg College (Undergrad), Rutgers University (Grad)
Teaching Certifications: Admin and Supervision and teaching K-6
Teaching Awards: KDP

Thea Scott

School District: Livingston
Current Position: Special Education Teacher
Experience: 3 Years
Current Position at Children's Learning Center: MSR1
Education: Arcadia University, Bachelors in Elementary Education
Masters in Special Education
Teaching Certifications: Elementary K-6
Special Education K-12

Lina Staropoli

School District: Clinton Township School District
Current Position: 1st Grade Educator
Experience: 6 years
Current Position at Children's Learning Center: MSR1
Education: BA in Elementary Education, minor in Special Education from Loyola University
Master of Education in Special Education from The College of New Jersey
Teaching Awards: Spruce Run School Governor’s Educator of the Year 2014-2015
The College of New Jersey Special Education Language and Literacy Book Award- in recognition of academic excellence and service to the Department and the Profession of Special Education
Maryland Teacher of Promise
Maryland Association of Teacher Educators Distinguished Teacher Candidate Award- honors teacher candidates who show commitment to student learning and reflective, responsive teaching
Magis Scholar Leader Award- honors students who compliment superior academic performance with co-curricular involvement 2010
Teaching Certifications: Standard Certificate- Elementary Education
Standard Certificate- Teacher of Students with Disabilities
Standard Certificate- Early Childhood Education P-3

Kerry Toumey

School District: Scotch Plains Fanwood Public School District
Current Position: First Grade Teacher
Experience: 3 years
Current Position at Children's Learning Center: MSR1
Education: The College of Saint Elizabeth MA in Education
Miami University BS in Health Promotion
Teaching Certifications: K-6 CEAS
Special Education Certificate

Lynna Tweeten

School District: Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District
Current Position: Basic Skills Instructor
Experience: 6 Years
Current Position at Children's Learning Center: MSR1
Education: BS in Business Administration, Oklahoma State University
Early Childhood Accelerated Certification for Teaching Graduate Program, College of Saint Elizabeth
Teaching Certifications: Teacher of Preschool through Grade 3
Elementary School Teacher in Grades K - 5

Cynthia Van Wert

School District: Maplewood
Current Position: 4th & 5th Grade Resource Room Teacher
Experience: 8 Years
Current Position at Children's Learning Center: MSR1
Education: M.A.T. from Montclair State University
B.A. from Muhlenberg College
Teaching Awards: Recipient of the Achieve Grant for the 2015/2016 school year
Teaching Certifications: Dual certification in Elementary Education (K-5) & Teacher of Students with Disabilities

Caitlin Walsh

School District: Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District
Current Position: Resource Teacher
Experience: 3 years
Current Position at Children's Learning Center: MSR1
Education: Early Childhood and Special Education from West Chester University
Teaching Awards: Kappa Delta Pi International Education Award
Teaching Certifications: Preschool through Grade 3 and Students with Disabilities

Shannon Webster

School District: Randolph Township Schools
Current Position: Elementary Resource Teacher (ELA Grades 2 & 5, Math combined 4th & 5th)
Experience: 3 years
Current Position at Children's Learning Center: MSR1
Education: Masters of Special Education, The College of New Jersey
Bachelor’s of Science in Sociology, The College of New Jersey
Teaching Awards: Presenter at National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE) (Fall 2017)
Teaching Certifications: Elementary Education, K-6
Special Education, K-12
Middle School Social Studies, Grades 5-8
Middle School English Language Arts, Grades 5-8

Dena Zapoluch

School District: Bernards Township School
Current Position: Resource Room, 5th Grade
Experience: 5 Years
Current Position at Children's Learning Center: MSR1
Education: B.A. in Environmental Studies
M.A in Special Education from Seton Hall University
Teaching Certifications: Elementary Education K-6
Students with Disability
OG teacher certification (IMSLEC)
OG therapist certification