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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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

Jesenia Ramos

Waddler Room 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:

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!

Melissa Pruestel

Kindergarten 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:

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!

Sandi Razen

Teacher’s Assistant

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:

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.

Andrea Bucci

Teacher’s Assistant

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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