Meet Our Staff

    • Nancy Zajdel
      Director

      Nancy Zajdel

      Director

      I have been in the childcare industry for over 20 years. For fourteen years I ran a very successful in home childcare center and then was the director at a center in Jefferson, NJ. This is what I love to do! Children bring so joy to me. I love being involved in the children’s lives, but also being able to assist parents and to provide a safe a nurturing center to bring their children.

      • Education:
        Bachelor of Science – York College of Pennsylvania
      • Certifications:
        CPR, First Aid, Epi-Pen and AED certified
      • Working at Little Footsteps since:
        January 2013
      • Hobbies and Interests:
        I like to travel and spending time with my family. I collect wine corks and make cork wreaths and crafts. I am involved in my local parish and I enjoy working out and running in charitable 5K runs.
    • Amy Peterson
      Assistant Director

      Amy Peterson

      Assistant Director

      Little Footsteps is a school where family, education and fun are first and foremost which makes coming to work enjoyable.

      • Education:
        Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
      • Certifications:
        CPR, First Aid, Epi-Pen and AED certified
      • Working at Little Footsteps since:
        August 2012
      • Hobbies and Interests:
        Spending time with my children at the beach and playing golf.
    • Kim Mueller
      Infant Room Teacher

      Kim Mueller

      Infant Room Teacher

      I love being greeted by all the smiling faces and I really love the most is watching the children’s faces light up with excitement when they learn something new!

      • Education:
        BSin Psychology w/minor in Elementary Ed. & MS in Reading
      • Certifications:
        CPR, First Aid, Epi-Pen and AED certified
      • Working at Little Footsteps since:
        September 2015
      • Hobbies and Interests:
        I love spending time with my family, I also love taking walks, exercising, visiting with friends going out for a nice dinner & planning parties!
    • Donna Bucci
      Waddler Room Teacher

      Donna Bucci

      Waddler Room Teacher

      I enjoy working with babies and Waddlers/Toddlers.

      • Education:
        One year of business school and working towards her CDA (Child Development Associate Certificate)
      • Certifications:
        CPR, First Aid, Epi-Pen and AED certified
      • Working at Little Footsteps since:
        October 2011
      • Hobbies and Interests:
        Reading and cross stitch.
    • Kathy Steussing
      Teacher’s Assistant / Toddler Room

      Kathy Steussing

      Teacher’s Assistant / Toddler Room

      I enjoy working at Little Footsteps because I love being with and teaching children of all ages!

      • Education:
        High School Diploma
      • Certifications:
        CPR, First Aid, Epi-Pen and AED certified
      • Working at Little Footsteps since:
        October 2016
      • Hobbies and Interests:
        I enjoy hiking, gardening & making jewelry!
    • Silvana Polifonte
      Pre-Kindergarten / Assistant

      Silvana Polifonte

      Pre-Kindergarten / Assistant

      We are all like a family here and the facility is nice.

      • Education:
        GED
      • Certifications:
        CPR, First Aid, Epi-Pen and AED certified
      • Working at Little Footsteps since:
        September 2009
      • Hobbies and Interests:
        Spending time with family and friends… especially the grandchildren.
    • Helene Salerno
      Teacher's Assistant

      Helene Salerno

      Teacher's Assistant

      I enjoy the environment of Little Footsteps as well as the staff. I also enjoy working with the children!

      • Education:
        Working towards Associates Degree in Communication
      • Certifications:
        CPR, First Aid, Epi-Pen and AED certified
      • Working at Little Footsteps since:
        November 2016
      • Hobbies and Interests:
        Playing soccer, hiking, the beach and spending time with my family!
    • Maureen Donohue
      Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

      Maureen Donohue

      Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

      Little Footsteps has a warm friendly environment for both staff and children.

      • Education:
        BA Elementary Education, English Minor, Preschool Concentration
      • Certifications:
        CPR, First Aid, Epi-Pen and AED certified
      • Working at Little Footsteps since:
        November 2008
      • Hobbies and Interests:
        Spending time with my family.
    • Stacy Roberts
      Pre-School Teacher

      Stacy Roberts

      Pre-School Teacher

      Little Footsteps has a friendly staff and warm, welcoming classrooms. There is so much to offer both children and staff. I look forward to continuing my teaching here!

      • Education:
        State Certification, K-5
      • Certifications:
        CPR, First Aid, Epi-Pen and AED certified
      • Working at Little Footsteps since:
        September 2013
      • Hobbies and Interests:
        Spending time with my family and traveling.
    • Andrea Bucci
      Teacher’s Assistant

      Andrea Bucci

      Teacher’s Assistant

      I enjoy spending time with the children and the friendly environment.

      • Education:
        Currently studying Communication Disorders at William Paterson University
      • Certifications:
        CPR, First Aid, Epi-Pen and AED certified
      • Working at Little Footsteps since:
        January 2012
      • Hobbies and Interests:
        I enjoy spending time with the children and the friendly environment.
    • Sandi Razen
      Teacher’s Assistant

      Sandi Razen

      Teacher’s Assistant

      Working at LFS is wonderful. The children, parents and staff have made working here a true joy.

      • Education:
        Went to school for Dental Technician/ Assistant.
      • Certifications:
        CPR, First Aid, Epi-Pen and AED certified
      • Working at Little Footsteps since:
        January 2010
      • Hobbies and Interests:
        Time spent with my family gives me the greatest pleasure. I enjoy cooking, baking, challenging crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles and whenever possible.traveling.
    • Melissa Pruestel
      Kindergarten Teacher

      Melissa Pruestel

      Kindergarten Teacher

      Working with children is a lot of fun! I enjoy being a part of the children’s growth & learning!

      • Education:
        BA Liberal Studies, concentration in Psychology & Sociology
      • Certifications:
        CPR, First Aid, Epi-Pen and AED certified
      • Working at Little Footsteps since:
        January 2011
      • Hobbies and Interests:
        I love spending time with my family & friends! I also enjoy traveling!

    • Jesenia Ramos
      Waddler Room Teacher

      Jesenia Ramos

      Waddler Room Teacher

      Little Footsteps is a very friendly & nurturing environment. I love knowing I made a difference in a child’s life.

      • Education:
        Working towards Associates Degree in Professional Studies
      • Certifications:
        CPR, First Aid, Epi-Pen and AED certified
      • Working at Little Footsteps since:
        November 2013
      • Hobbies and Interests:
        I love being with my son, Michael Angelo. I also love relaxing with a good book and driving to the shore!
    • Jess Maltese
      Infant Room Teacher

      Jess Maltese

      Infant Room Teacher

      LFS is clean, welcoming & all staff seem to be actively involved in the continual betterment of the curriculum. I have been caring for children for 35 yrs & love that I am able to teach baby sign language!

      • Education:
        HR Management Certificate
      • Certifications:
        CPR, First Aid, Epi-Pen and AED certified
      • Working at Little Footsteps since:
        September 2015
      • Hobbies and Interests:
        Creating new recipes for family dinners, hiking,avid reader & enjoy puzzles. I am an active volunteer with Eleventh Hour Rescue transporting rescued dogs. NY Giants fan!
    • Trisha Gerard
      Infant Room Teacher

      Trisha Gerard

      Infant Room Teacher

      I enjoy working at LFS because because the people are friendly, it feels like a family and the kids…are awesome!

      • Education:
        Bachelors Degree in Physchology
      • Certifications:
        CPR, First Aid, Epi-Pen and AED certified
      • Working at Little Footsteps since:
        September 2013
      • Hobbies and Interests:
        Reading, gardening, shopping for shoes & then not wearing them and my two kitties!
    • Lisa McCarthy
      Toddler Room Teacher

      Lisa McCarthy

      Toddler Room Teacher

      The staff is very welcoming and friendly and the children are so sweet and kind.

      • Education:
        Working towards a CDA (Child Development Associate Certificate)
      • Certifications:
        CPR, First Aid, Epi-Pen and AED certified
      • Working at Little Footsteps since:
        March 2014
      • Hobbies and Interests:
        I love spending time with my daughter, Madison, and when I can relax-read a good book!
    • Kelly Hassler
      Teacher’s Assistant

      Kelly Hassler

      Teacher’s Assistant

      I love the warm, friendly environment. I also love watching the children grow and learn new things!

      • Education:
        BS in Health Sciences w/ a concentration in Communication Disorders
      • Certifications:
        CPR, First Aid, Epi-Pen and AED certified
      • Working at Little Footsteps since:
        December 2015
      • Hobbies and Interests:
        Hanging out with friends, shopping, and listening to music!

    • Linda Dubits
      Teacher’s Assistant

      Linda Dubits

      Teacher’s Assistant

      I enjoy working with children and I love seeing all their beautiful, happy faces!

      • Education:
        High School Diploma
      • Certifications:
        CPR, First Aid, Epi-Pen and AED certified
      • Working at Little Footsteps since:
        February 2015
      • Hobbies and Interests:
        I love to go for walks, the beach, reading & spending time with my family!

    • Deanna Amato
      Teacher’s Assistant

      Deanna Amato

      Teacher’s Assistant

      I have always loved babysitting & working with children. While working at LFS, I can enjoy children everyday!

      • Education:
        GED
      • Certifications:
        CPR, First Aid, Epi-Pen and AED certified
      • Working at Little Footsteps since:
        December 2014
      • Hobbies and Interests:
        I enjoy spending time with my family, having family dinners. My husband & I love to garden & grow vegetables. I also enjoy crafting with my daughter!