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Our Administrative, Teachers & Classroom Staff

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Administrative and Office Staff

Miss Vivian, Director

day care directorMiss Vivian graduated from Hunter College with a BA in Psychology. Upon graduation, she worked for McGraw Hill Book Company in Manhattan for 10 years as the Administrative Assistant for the Editorial Director of the College Division.

Miss Vivian changed careers, becoming the “Two’s Teacher” at the YMCA in Parlin, N.J. for seven years. She then proceeded to get her New Jersey Teacher Certification through the Alternate Route and worked at Children in General in Elizabeth, NJ.

In 1991, Miss Vivian was promoted to Director of Children In General. While there, Miss Vivian was a member of the Future Generation Director’s Forum for 5 years, developing curriculum, policy, presenting at conferences, and mentoring new staff members at various Future Generation sites.

In 1997, Miss Vivian came to Crossroads as Director working very closely with a talented group of people on the Child Care Board and Council, as well as, a very committed and talented staff.

She has been a member of the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), The New Jersey Association of the Education of Young Children (NJAEYC), the local Kenyon Chapter of NAEYC and Coalition of Infant and Toddler Education (CITE).

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Miss Melina, Administrative Assistant

day care assistantMiss Melina has been at Crossroads since 2000. She has two grown children who worked at Crossroads as Teacher Aides. Miss Melina attended the Woods Secretarial prior to relocating to New Jersey from New York, she worked as an administrative assistant for a New York firm for 9 years.

Miss Melina was also a Girl Scout Troup Leader for six years, organizing projects, crafts, fundraisers, special events and field trips. She was also a class mother for many years. Her organizational skills from all of these experiences have come in very handy!

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Classroom Staff

The staff is comprised of full-time, part-time/on-call employees. Each room has a certified or group teacher and may be assisted by one or two paraprofessionals, according to ratio guidelines, as set forth, by the Department of Human Services of the Division of Youth and Family Services.

Crossroads is blessed to have longevity. Staff are truly dedicated and committed to the Mission Statement, and Educational Philosophy of our School. Each is spiritual in their own way and is each positively motivated by doing the right thing for their children and parents. They definitely go that extra mile!

> > > Infant/Toddlers

Miss Nelsy, Lead Teacher - Infant Room

Miss Nelsy worked in the child care field for 8 years in Florida and New Jersey before coming to Crossroads in 2006. She was a homecare provider for a number of families until their children were old enough to attend elementary school.

She is very kind and giving, always willing to jump in and help. She loves the children as they do her. She has created a wonderful work environment of team spirit in her classroom, from which the children have thrived!

Over the years, she has attended many CITE and 1st Step Infant and Toddler Initiative Workshops and implemented what she learned into the classroom. She is married to a retired NYC Police Detective and has 2 children, Isabella and Sylar.

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Miss Elsy, Teacher Assistant (part time) - Infant Room

Child Care TeacherMiss Elsy became a staff memenber in 2007 due to our growing Infant Room. She has 3 teenage children, Jessica, Christopher and Richard. Jessica has been a teacher aide for Crossroads.

In addition to being a full time mother, Elsy works part time for her own Auto Repair business. She loves babies so much, that when her daughter found out we were looking for an Infant Room Assistant, she was the first person to apply.

We are lucky to have her nurturing, loving, gentle and positive attitude. You feel the love she has for the children and she always greets everyone with a smile!

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Miss Awatef, Teacher Assistant - Infant Room

Miss Awatef became a staff member in September 2011. She graduated from the University of Agriculture in Egypt and was a certified teacher in the Morkosia School in Egypt for 9 years. In the United States, she worked as a substitute teacher for the East Brunswick Public School system. Later, she decided to join our Crossroads Family.

She has a passion for working with the children and loves to get down on the floor to play with them. They put a smile on her face as she thinks about them often when she is not at work. She handles herself beautifully in the classroom with love and a smile!

Miss Awatef is married, has one son and loves to cook!

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Miss Katelynn, Teacher Assistant - Infant Room

Miss Katelynn, started working at Crossroads in 2010. She graduated from Sayreville War Memorial H.S and is currently enrolled in college. Her schedule fits in nicely as Miss Elsy's counterpart in the afternoon. She is extremely mature, responsible, detail oriented and is a perfect fit to work with infants.

Her younger brother attended Crossroads, as well as her younger cousin, so her family has been involved with Crossroads for years.

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Miss Crystal, Lead Teacher - Two's Room

child care lead teacherMiss Crystal has been with Crossroads since 2006 when we opened our Infant Room. She was the Lead Teacher in this room, then was moved to the Toddler Room when her son was born and enrolled in our program. Miss Crystal worked at Agapeland, a Christian child care center, as a teacher assistant and camp counselor for 6 years. She also worked for the Goddard School for a year.

She is just shy 1 semester of receiving her BS in Biology from William Paterson University.

Miss Crystal has also volunteered for the Children's Ministry at Faith Fellowship Ministries for over 10 years and we are happy to have her commitment, dedication and ambition to help grow your children. She has 2 children - Nathanael and Naomi!

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Miss Kathy, Teacher Assistant - Two's Room

Miss Kathy is formally from Maryland and has had some college courses. She then decided to get married and raise her children. She has 4 grown children, Billy, Jimmy, Brendan and Kelly and has been very active in various sports activities that her children have been involved in.

Miss Kathy has been with us since 2006, and her son, Billy, was a teacher aide, as well. Miss Kathy is very thoughtful, has a good sense of humor, and is always bringing in special things for the teachers and children.

Kathy also volunteers her time in the Thirft Shop, and Wednesday night suppers at St. Peter's church in Spotswood.

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Miss Trish, Teacher Assistant - Two's Room

Miss Trish has been with us since 2009 and has been consistently in this room.

She has worked with children her entire life. She home schooled her 2 boys. At the same time, she took care of children in her home. She was enrolled in a child care coop program and has had extensive experience as a nanny, as well as, working as a teacher's assistant at Middlesex County College Child Care Center and the East Brunswick YMCA nursery school.

She is great with the children, offering a nurturing and peaceful demeanor to them.

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> > > Preschool

Miss Ellen, Lead Teacher - PreSchool Room

Miss Ellen came to Crossroads in 2012, with 18 years of preschool experience and a CDA (Child Development Associate credential. She discovered her love for teaching young children when she was a co-op parent at her daughter's preschool. She was a preschool teacher at the Princeton YWCA and also works as a substitute for the South Brunswick Board of Education's After School Program.

Ellen was a Girl Scout leader for seven years and enjoyed helping the girls earn their badges. She loves anything Disney related.

Miss Ellen is married and has 2 children.

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Miss Sandra, Teacher Assistant - Preschool Room

Has been with us since 2012. She has worked in Early Childhood Education for over 10 yrs. Her experience includes being a Preschool Teacher for 3 year olds at Little Lambs Preschool in Washington, New Jersey, a 1st grade teacher's assistant and Spanish Teacher at Good Shepherd Christian Academy in Washington, New Jersey. She relocated to the central NJ area and started working at the YMCA in Perth Amboy as a Pre-K teacher for their After School Program.

She has been a volunteer in the children's ministry and youth group at her church since her children were toddlers. She especially enjoys doing arts and crafts and music/movement with children. She is married and has 3 daughters.

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> > > Pre-K 1

Miss Ann Marie, Certified Teacher - Pre-K 1

Miss Ann Marie has been a teacher for over twenty five years and has been at Crossroads since 1998. She is also the Assistant Director at Crossroads and has a BA from Douglas College University in Psychology and Education. She also has dual certifications in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She has taught a variety of age groups throughout her career and has found a nice niche with her pre-k children, here at Crossroads.

"I believe that children must establish a basic feeling of well-being, which is essential to successful learning. I also believe that children love to learn and do this best by becoming actively involved in their own education.” Miss Ann Marie is very actively involved in her church, bringing her spiritualism into her classroom, guiding her children to be respectful and kind."

She is a wonderful and thoughtful teacher, providing them with wonderful and ample activities. She is diligent about preparing them for Kindergarten and loves to cook in her class have picnics!

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Miss Lynn, Teacher Assistant - PreK

Miss Lynn joined Crossroads in 2012. She came to us with 5 years of childcare experience in all age groups, although her specialty is working with the four year olds. She is gentle, but firm and fair. She is very creative and has great interpersonal skills with both children and adults!

She is married and the mother of 3 grown daughters. When her children were younger,she spent a lot of time volunteering her services and was actively involved in her childrenÕs activities. She was on the PTA Board, class mother, Sunday school teacher/Christmas pageant director, Pop Warner cheer, Dare Š Drug and Alcohol Alliance, Drama costume designer and Project Graduation.

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> > > Pre-K 2

Miss Sue, Certified Teacher - PreK 2

In 2003, Miss Sue joined the Crossroads Staff. Miss Sue has her BA from Concordia College and was a History Major. She continued graduate studies in Education at Wagner College before relocating to New Jersey. Miss Sue also spent many years working in Manhattan and Staten Island as an administrative assistant, office manager, etc. She has since had a career change, wanting to utilize her education and work with children; therefore she obtained her Teacher Certification through the Alternate Route. She takes her mission to teach very seriously and she is extremely creative, loves music and movement an loves to read to the children. She keeps the children happily busy all day!

Miss Sue grew up in Staten Island, NY and is a wife and mother of two grown children, Matt and Juliana. She comes from a large family and children have always been a part of her life.

While in high school, Miss Sue ran the Sunday nursery school program at her church. Upon graduation, from H.S., she served as Adult Leader of the Youth Group, and was the 8th grade Confirmation teacher.

When her children were small, she was involved with the PTA and girl scouts. Miss Sue has been a member of Christ Memorial and has been active in the Sunday School Program, Youth Group, Choir and Council.

Her daughter Juliana was has also been a teacher aide for 4+ years at Crossroads.

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Miss Alyssa, Teacher Assistant, Prek 2

Miss Alyssa has been with us since 2007. She has been a member of Christ Memorial's congregation since she was born, has been very active in the Youth Group and other ministries and has been Secretary of the Church Council for several years.

Alyssa, started at Crossroads as a Teacher Aide, and was promoted to a Teacher Assistant. She has the wonderful quality of being able to work with various age groups. Although she is a full time employee, she is also taking on line courses through Thomas Edison State College.

Her maturity, love and dedication to the children and program are always apparent.

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Miss Pia, Kitchen Coordinator/Cook

Miss Pia has been a staff member since 2006. Prior to coming to Crossroads, Pia worked with mentally challenged adults for 10 years, until she relocated from update New York to our region. Prior to working with this population of adults, Miss Pia also assisted in running 2 family owned restaurants for 11 years.

She is very dedicated maintaining a clean and neat kitchen and providing excellent meals to the children and staff, many of which she makes from scratch. Her meatloaf, Alfredo sauce and Bolognese sauce are out of this world, as well as many other recipes. She is always looking to make something different and she has always produced a winner!

Pia has 4 grown children and 6 grand daughters, 3 of which have attended Crossroads.

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