Our Teachers

Gina Augello

School District: Scotch Plains Fanwood School District
Current Position: Substitute Teacher
Experience: 11 years, plus 3 as a substitute
Current Position at Children's Learning Center: MSR1
Education: Bachelor's in Elementary Montclair State University - BA
Kean University - MA Reading Specialist
Teaching Certifications: Nursery through grade 8, Reading: kindergarten through grade 12

Ludmila Battista

School District: Morris Plains School District
Current Position: Reading Specialist/College Instructor
Experience: 20 years
Current Position at Children's Learning Center: MSR1
Education: BS in Psychology/Education, Rutgers University
Masters in Reading (Education), Montclair State University
Teaching Certifications: Elementary Education, Reading Specialist/Reading Teacher
Teaching Awards: Sussex County Governor Teacher’s Award (2001), Above & Beyond, Kaplan University (2017), Outstanding Faculty Award, Kaplan University (2015), Creative Course Design Award (2007), Kaplan College Extra Mile Award (2004)

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

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

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

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

Stacey Giordano

School District: Bound Brook School District
Current Position: Kindergarten Special Education
Experience: 5 years
Current Position at Children's Learning Center: MSR1
Education: Kean University
Teaching Awards: Graduated Magna Cum Laude
Teaching Certifications: K-6 General Education, K-12 Special Education

Terry Godfrey

School District: Warren Township
Current Position: Retired LDT-C
Experience: 42 Years
Current Position at Children's Learning Center: MSR1
Education: Supervisor Certificate Program, Rutgers University, N.J.
Master of Science in Education, Special Education, College of New Rochelle, N.Y.
Bachelor of Science, Special Education/Psychology, Marymount Manhattan College, N.Y.
Teaching Certifications: New Jersey – Supervisor
New Jersey – Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant, LDT-C
New York – Special Education, Grades 1-6, Kindergarten, Nursery

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

Daria Kibitelsky

School District: Glen Ridge Public School District
Current Position: K-2 Resource
Experience: 7 years
Current Position at Children's Learning Center: MSR1
Education: Bachelor's in Elementary Education from The William Paterson University
Master's in Education from Augustana University
Teaching Certifications: Elementary School Teacher in Grades K-6, Teacher of Students with Disabilities

Julie Lima

School District: Mountainside School District
Current Position: Pre-K Special Education Teacher
Experience: 3 years
Current Position at Children's Learning Center: MSR1
Education: Kean University
Teaching Certifications: Special Education, K-6
Teaching Awards: Mountainside Desire to Inspire, June 2018

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

Sydney Lynn

School District: Bernards Township School District
Current Position: Behavioral Disabilities Teacher
Experience: 1 year
Current Position at Children's Learning Center: MSR1
Education: Dual Bachelor of Science Degree (Elementary Education and Special Education) from Bloomsburg University
Master of Science in Special Education with a Specialization in Emotional Support from University of North Dakota
Teaching Certifications: NJ Elementary Teacher Cert., NJ Special Education Teacher Cert.

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

Jeanette Pine

Bio Coming Soon.

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

Deidre Seaman

School District: Linden School District
Current Position: Remedial Reading Teacher
Experience: 19 years
Current Position at Children's Learning Center: MSR1
Education: BA in Elementary Education and English, Georgian Court College
MA in Reading Specialization, Kean University
Teaching Awards: Linden School #5 Teacher of the Year, 2013-2014
Teaching Certifications: Elementary Teacher K-8, Reading Specialist Cert.

De Bora Thompson

School District: East Orange School District
Current Position: 7th Grade Special Services, Social Studies, Reading Specialist
Experience: 18+ years
Current Position at Children's Learning Center: MSR1
Education: Rutgers State University, New Brunswick Campus, Post Graduate Certifications, 2011 - 2012
New Jersey City University, Jersey City, MAT, Special Services, 2007 – 2009
Rutgers State University, Newark Campus, MALS, 2001-2003 (History and the Classics)
Hunter College, CUNY, New York City, BA, History, Health Education
Teaching Certifications: K-8, TOSD, Social Studies, Reading Specialist, Supervisor, Health Education, Driver Education, School Technology
Teaching Awards: 2015-2016 East Orange district and building recognition as outstanding GEOY award

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

Nicole Turant

School District: Plainfield Public School District
Current Position: Kindergarten - Second Multiply Disabled
Experience: 5 Years
Current Position at Children's Learning Center: MSR1
Education: BA Rutgers Universtiy- Psychology
MA Rutgers Unvierstiy- Elementary Education and Special Education
MA Grand Canyon University- Autism Studies
Teaching Certifications: Elementary K-6 and teacher of students with disabilities

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

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

Keri Weinglass

School District: Summit School District
Current Position: Self-Contained LLD Teacher
Experience: 7 Years
Current Position at Children's Learning Center: MSR1
Education: M.A.T. from Montclair State University, BA Communication Bridgewater State University
Teaching Awards: Teacher of the Year 2016-2017
Teaching Certifications: Dual Certification Elementary Education (K-5) and Special Education (K-12)