Our Staff

Our experienced staff provides what it takes to help your child grow and learn in a safe, family friendly environment.

Our teachers have from 5 to 20+ years of experience in the education field which allows us the opportunity to not only utilize tried and true educational techniques but also incorporate new and exciting strategies as well.

Summer Camp begins in June and our staff starts the summer with schools out summers in blast party. Our Summer Camp counselors join our year round staff during the summer months so we can provide Camp Activities, Tournaments, Pool Time, Summer Trips, and much more summer fun. Our staff ranges from college students trained in the education fields on break from their studies to our veteran teachers who switch to summer mode and make our Hillcrest summer full of fun, fun, fun and our staff never disappoints.

Meet the Teachers

Mrs. Amy has been the Director at Hillcrest Academy since 2007.  She is a former Private School and latter NJ Public School teacher.  Once she started a family she moved on to a well-known corporate childcare center and initiated the Kindergarten program.  She found her niche as a Director at that Center for 7 years before moving on to Hillcrest Academy.   Her love of her teaching and Directorship at Hillcrest is surpassed only by her love for the children and commitment to providing a safe, nurturing, and learning environment for all of the Hillcrest children.  Her special brand of caring and understanding sets even the most anxious children and parents at ease.

Ms. Danielle has worked at Hillcrest since 2009 while also attending Georgian Court University for Early Childhood Education & Psychology.  She worked with every age level of the children before becoming the Assistant Director in 2014.  In addition to being Mrs. Amy’s assistant, Ms. Danielle takes care of all things Hillcrest related. She can help you with any of the Center’s School Year programs and any questions you may have about the Hillcrest Summer Camp programs. Outside Hillcrest you will find Danielle playing with her children, or taking on adventures with her family.

Mrs. Jacki has been teaching at this center since 1995, but has been teaching since 1992. She has a NJ State Group Teacher Certification from the University of Hawaii Early Childhood Lab School. She is an extraordinary person that gives children the courage to try new things and explore ideas. Her special interests include going to see Broadway Shows, crocheting and reading at the beach.
What I Love About Teaching: “Watching children have fun while they are learning and making friends.”
Favorite Children’s Book: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
Favorite Nursery Rhyme/Songs: Sing a Song of Sixpence/ Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Ms. Pauline has been with Hillcrest since 2006, and has been teaching since 1986. Ms. Pauline was a Director at a Preschool for several years before deciding to go back to her love of the classroom. The infant room becomes home under Ms. Pauline’s watch. From six weeks to a year and half the children in her care are so well cared for they often don’t want to graduate. Pauline’s interests include cooking, spending time with her children and grandchildren, curling up with a book and watching movies.
What I Love About Teaching: “Being able to interact with the babies on a daily basis. I love watching them learn and grow.”
Favorite Children’s Book: The Cat in the Hat
Favorite Nursery Rhyme/Song: On Top of Spaghetti

Mrs. Kim has been teaching at Hillcrest since 2007. She attended OCC & Georgian Court for Psychology. She is currently attending OCC for a CDA program. Mrs. Kim enjoys teaching and challenging our preschool children. She provides individual instruction to be sure that all of her students are ready to move forward, whatever their path may be. Outside of Hillcrest you will find Mrs. Kim crocheting, playing with her daughter or making arts & crafts.
What I Love About Teaching: “I love working with children and helping them in any way they need. I love seeing their faces light up and getting them excited for their future education.”
Favorite Children’s Book: Green Eggs and Ham
Favorite Nursery Rhyme/Song: Bye Bye Baby Bunting

Mrs. Diana has been with this center since 2005. She started teaching in 1999. She loves being an assistant teacher in the Pre-K classroom. She helps maintain organization and structure for our four and five year old students. Mrs. Diana also assists at the front desk with paperwork. Mrs. Diana loves reading, relaxing at the beach and being with her family.
What I Love About Teaching: “Just being with the children and watching them grow.”
Favorite Children’s Book: The Polar Express
Favorite Nursery Rhyme/Song: Ring Around the Rosie

Ms. Julie has been teaching children since 2004 after taking courses at OCC for teaching.  In 2013, she became part of the Hillcrest team.  With experience with both infants and toddlers, she found her calling in our Toddler Program.   She creates challenging and fun lesson plans to keep the children engaged and excited to learn. Ms. Julie’s special interests include crafting, gardening and anything outdoors, such as “herping”.
What I Love About Teaching:“Watching the children grow and meet their milestones.”
Favorite Children’s Book: The Kissing Hand/ The Places You Will Go
Favorite Nursery Rhyme/Song:5 Little Monkeys

 

Ms. Daniella has a passion for teaching children that radiates from her presence. She is currently attending OCC and will leave with a CDA. She joined the Hillcrest team in 2014 as a teachers’ assistant in the preschool program before running a preschool classroom of her own. Her interests include drawing, reading and photography.
What I Love About Teaching: “Sharing my knowledge with children and watching them thrive from it.”
Favorite Children’s Book: The Kissing Hand
Favorite Nursery Rhyme/Song: Jack and Jill

Ms. Shannon is currently attending OCC for her CDA and is part of toddler work crew.  She joined our forces in 2014 and was welcomed by teachers and children alike. Shannon is known for getting down on the children’s level and spreading smiles. On her time off, Shannon spends her time babysitting and hanging out with her friends.
What I Love About Teaching: “Just getting on the children’s level and making them feel at home.”
Favorite Children’s Book: Pooh Bear
Favorite Nursery Rhyme/Song: Jack and Jill

Mrs. Delores began working as an aide at Hillcrest in 2015; however, her teaching career began in 1979. She graduated from the college of New Rochelle in 1989 with a major in Montessori. Outside of Hillcrest you can find Delores reading, crocheting or walking/bike riding.
What I Love Most About Teaching: “Being with the children and watching them grow.”
Favorite Children’s Book: I’ll Always Love You
Favorite Nursery Rhyme/Song: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

 

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