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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.

Stacy Struble

Assistant Director

I enjoy working at LFS because it’s a loving place, where developing close relationships with the children, parents and co-workers is fun and easy. I love that I get to share my passion of working with children of all ages and watching them play, learn and grow in their own special way. The children bring me such joy and happiness every day!

Education:

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Certifications:

CPR, First Aid, Epi-Pen and AED certified

Working at Little Footsteps since:

April 2019

Hobbies and Interests:

I enjoy spending quality time with my two children, family and friends, as well as my puppy. I love being at the beach, watching sports, exercising, baking, and planning parties/events.

Kim Mueller

Pre-K/Kindergarten 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:

Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology w/a minor in Elementary Ed & MS in Reading

Certifications:

CPR, First Aid, Epi-Pen and AED certified

Working at Little Footsteps since:

October 2015

I love being greeted by all the smiling faces, and I enjoy playing and doing crafts, but what I love the most is watching the children’s faces when they learn something new! All the hugs & kisses are great too! I absolutely love the staff at LFS as well. Everyone is so nice & always willing to lend a helping hand. It’s a very warm & friendly atmosphere.

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.

Trisha Gerard

Toddler Teacher

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

Education:

Bachelors Degree in Psychology

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!

Donna Bucci

Waddler 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.

Monthaha Nishat

Assistant Teacher

I love dealing with kids and making them happy. There is nothing better than getting the approval of a child.

Education:

High School diploma.  Currently attending Passaic County Community College

Certifications:

Working at Little Footsteps since:

January 2019

Hobbies and Interests:

Reading and writing. Listening to crime scene podcasts

Ruksana Kurury

Assistant Teacher

I love dealing with kids and making them happy. There is nothing better than getting the approval of a child.

Education:

High School Diploma

Certifications:

CPR, First Aid, Epi-pen and AED Certified

Working at Little Footsteps since:

February 2018

Hobbies and Interests:

Spending quality time doing fun activities with my son!

Carly Soojian

Afternoon Kindergarten/Pre-K Enrichment Teacher

I enjoy working with babies and Waddlers/Toddlers.

Education:

Early Childhood/Special Education

Certifications:

CPR, First Aid, Epi-Pen and AED certified

Working at Little Footsteps since:

August 2017

Hobbies and Interests:

I love spending time with my family and friends. I always enjoy watching and playing sports.  Softball is my favorite sport. I also enjoy being with children and helping them learn and grow.

Hava Ceca

Assistant Teacher

I love dealing with kids and making them happy. There is nothing better than getting the approval of a child.

Education:

Attending Montclair State University

Certifications:

CPR certified

Working at Little Footsteps since:

September 2018

Hobbies and Interests:

I enjoy working at Little Footsteps because watching these children grow is a fun experience! It is a chance to share my knowledge with them.

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.

Sandi Razen

Assistant 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:

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.

Lisa McCarthy

Substitute

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

Substitute

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

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

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!

Amania Bajdough

Assistant Teacher

I love dealing with kids and making them happy. There is nothing better than getting the approval of a child.

Education:

High School

Certifications:

Working at Little Footsteps since:

August 22, 2019

Hobbies and Interests:

Sports Activities, Decoration and Design, and Traveling

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