TEAM

Administration

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Gail Reuther
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, M.A. ECE

I have been the Executive Director at the Mt. Olive Child Care & Learning Center since July 1982. After completing my Bachelor's Degree in Speech Correction and Spanish from Rutgers University, I pursued my Master of Arts Degree from Kean University in Early Childhood Education and also became a Certified Nursery School Teacher. Having worked in both small schools and larger schools (starting in Newark, then in Wharton, and subsequently in Mt. Olive Township), I bring classroom expertise as well as administrative business management credentials to my current position. I am a state-approved Master Trainer of Adults and also spend many hours networking with local and statewide colleagues to continually seek new information and innovative ways to respond to the needs and interests of the community. It has been my pleasure working with the thousands of children and families that we have served over the years, as well as our dedicated staff.
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Judy Murphy
BOOKKEEPER

I have been with MOCC&LC since 1998 as the Center’s Bookkeeper. I previously worked in banking operations for more than fifteen years. I have a BA in English from William Paterson University. Although I do not work directly with the children, I enjoy being around them and watching them thrive in the Center’s environment.
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Pat Araki
OFFICE ASSISTANT

 I am very excited to be a member of the MOCCLC Team! 
Previously, I was an Instructional Aide in a local school district for 16 years, and I worked with all grade levels and lots of children needing individualized help.  Working with children has always made me happy!
I have a degree in Administrative Office Management from Western Illinois University.
I have 3 children and 2 grandsons.  In my spare time, I like to cook and bake and go on hikes with my husband.
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Bea Rosales
TEACHER ASSISTANT & PARENT EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM LEADER FOR SPANISH GROUP

 I have many years of experience working at the Center with children.  Currently I work in the Infant Rooms, as well as help with other classrooms as needed.

I am fluent in Spanish and facilitate the Spanish Empowered Parent Program.
In my spare time I enjoy cooking, baking, reading, and spending quality time with my family

Infants

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Christina Susco
PRIMARY CAREGIVER

Hello, may name is Christina, and i am the Young Infant Caregiver at MOCC&LC.  I have been in child care on and off since I graduated from the Culinary Institute of America. After having worked primarily in the restaurant and catering business for several years, I needed more time to spend with my 3 children. I love to be around children of all ages, but I especially enjoy being with Infants and helping them to learn: to nurture their growing minds.
 
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Bea Rosales
TEACHER ASSISTANT & PARENT EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM LEADER FOR SPANISH GROUP

 I have many years of experience working at the Center with children.  Currently I work in the Infant Rooms, as well as help with other classrooms as needed.

I am fluent in Spanish and facilitate the Spanish Empowered Parent Program.
In my spare time I enjoy cooking, baking, reading, and spending quality time with my family
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Jane Schwartz
PRIMARY CAREGIVER

Hi, my name is Jane Schwartz, and I currently work with the Infants most of the day. I have been employed by MOCC&LC since 2006 and received my CDA certification in 2008.

I enjoy spending time with the children, watching them learn and grow. Each day is a new experience! My goal is to provide the care and security the children need while they are away from home.

 
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Lucia Magliore
PRIMARY CAREGIVER

Hi, my name is Lucia Magliore, and I am originally from Venezuela (where I earned a Bachelors Degree).
My 2 children attended the Center when they were younger.
I enjoy working and playing with children of all ages, but I especially like being with Infants and helping to nurture their growing minds.
In my free time, I enjoy gardening and spending time with my family.

 

Green Birds

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Virginia Daniele
PRIMARY CAREGIVER

My name is Virginia Daniele. I began working at MOCC&LC in 1995. I have my CDA in Early Childhood Education and am also CPR and First Aid certified. I have three children and when I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, gardening, and cooking.
 
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Linda Ramos
PRIMARY CAREGIVER 

My name is Linda Ramos, a.k.a. Mrs. R. or Miss Linda. I have been with MOCC&LC since 1998. I have my CDA and I have worked with all of the various age groups in the center. I enjoy the toddlers the most, they are always moving and discovering.

I am married 49 years, have 4 children and 12 grandchildren. I am happy to call MOCC&LC my second home.

 
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Eileen Bedell
PRIMARY CAREGIVER

I am a Teacher Assistant who joined the team in August 2022.  I've been working in child care almost 20 years.  Every day is an adventure watching the children grow and learn.  I love working with children of all different ages.
I have a 10-year-old son.  When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, going to the movies, bowling, or the beach.

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Emily Sturtevant
GROUP TEACHER

Hi, my name is Emily. I am a graduate of East Stroudsburg University with a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education. I have over 15 years of experience working with children in a preschool setting. Seeing children learn new skills is a wonderful experience that makes teaching so rewarding. When I am not at work, I enjoy being with my husband and daughter.
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Jillian Rivero
TEACHER ASSISTANT

I like working with children because it reminds me of how amazing and exciting the world can be.  I love to be a part of their learning and growing.
Before joining the staff at the Center, I worked as a supervisor at a family day care center, as well as in human resources.
I have 3 girls of my own, including a set of twins.
My hobbies include creative arts, reading, sports, and anything to do with the beach.

 
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TEACHER ASSISTANT

I have always had a passion for working with children, and I have 20 years of experience with children of all ages.  I love  to see the expressions of children, their individual personalities, and how much they learn at a young age.
In addition, I attended the Capri Institute and graduated in 2008 as a cosmetologist.
When I am not at work, being with my family and friends and doing outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, and going to the beach fill my days with fun. 
 

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Suzann Smith
SENIOR TEACHER & SUPERVISOR

I am a certified teacher (P-3) and have a B.A. in Psychology. I’ve been teaching my whole adult life, with preschool being the majority of my experience. I have previously taught Kindergarten and have been a substitute teacher in grades P-6.

In my free time I enjoy reading, gardening, and my favorite past-time is spending time with my family.

“The first 5 years have so much to do with how the next 80 turn out” –Bill Gates
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Nancy Matias
TEACHER ASSISTANT

I am a married mother of 2 children who are now adults. I have great respect for the child care field and understand the importance of child development. I’ve been working at MOCC&LC for 18 years and find it very rewarding to be a part of young children’s first educational experience. I live in Budd Lake and I am bi-lingual (Spanish and English). I enjoy working and playing with children and I enjoy decorating and gardening.

 

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Anne Witt
CO-TEACHER 

I am very excited about working with the preschool children in the Blue Bird Room!  I have 20+ years of experience working in the field of Early Childhood Education, and my learning is ongoing.  Working with children is a very rewarding experience, and I am eager to foster the skills, abilities, and foundations to create life long learners.
I also enjoy reading, painting, and spending time with my family. 
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Sue Leone
CO-TEACHER/TEACHER ASSISTANT

I have worked at the center since 2006. Prior to working here I watched children in my home for 10 years. I received my CDA in 2008. I am married and have a son Ryan and a daughter Krista. My hobbies include book club, crafting, and shopping, but most of all, spending time with my family.
 
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Fotini Protopapas
TEACHER ASSISTANT

I have always had a passion for working with children, and I have 20 years of experience with children of all ages.  I love  to see the expressions of children, their individual personalities, and how much they learn at a young age.
In addition, I attended the Capri Institute and graduated in 2008 as a cosmetologist.
When I am not at work, being with my family and friends and doing outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, and going to the beach fill my days with fun. 
 

School Age Staff

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Brian Doyle
SCHOOL AGE PROGRAM SUPERVISOR

I graduated from East Stroudsburg University in 2000 with a BA in Physical Education. I started working for Mt. Olive Child Care September 2001 as a Lead Teacher at the Sandshore Before and After Care Programs. I have held many positions over the years and I am currently the School Age Program Supervisor.

I have always enjoyed being able to assist the children and families in any way that I can during or after program hours. Over the years I have kept in touch with some of them as they have gotten older and moved on from Mt. Olive Child Care. Some have even come back to work with us over the years.
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Sue Leone
TEACHER ASSISTANT

I have worked at the center since 2006. Prior to working here I watched children in my home for 10 years. I received my CDA in 2008. I am married and have a son Ryan and a daughter Krista. My hobbies include book club, crafting, and shopping, but most of all, spending time with my family.
 
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AJ Amella
TEACHER ASSISTANT

I am a college student who is currently attending Sussex County College for Graphic Design.   Although I recently joined the staff at MOCCLC, I previously worked for 2 years as a Teacher Assistant in a local public school district.  I like working with kids because there is something profound about taking care of and helping children.  I enjoy guiding them to be their best!
My skills include drawing, writing, computers, and juggling, as well as doing video editing.

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Mt. Olive Child Care & Learning Center

150 Wolfe Rd
Budd Lake, NJ 07828

Phone

(973) 426-1525