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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Felice Henry
ASSISTANT TO THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

I have been employed with Mt. Olive Child Care & Learning Center since 1995. After working in the classroom for many years with both Infants & Toddlers and Preschoolers, I am currently the Personal Assistant to the Executive Director and support a variety of administrative tasks.
I have been married for 37 years and have two grown children.
Some of my favorite things to do are spending time with my family and friends, cooking, gardening, reading and travelling.
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Daniela Podhorodecki
OFFICE ASSISTANT

I’ve been a part of the Mt. Olive Community for over 30 years. I raised my 3 daughters into adulthood with the priceless support of this amazing Center. This place feels like home to us. I love greeting our families as they drop off & pick up the children, just as much as I enjoy driving our older kids back & forth to school each day. One of my greatest and most favorite roles, which I have done for over 15 years, is Coordinator, Co-Facilitator, & Senior Mentor for our community-based parent education program, The Empowered Parent. I take that role very seriously and have loved every minute that I’ve been able to share the invaluable information I learned with other parents, year after year.
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Bea Rosales
OFFICE ASSISTANT

 I have many years of experience working at the Center with children.  Currently I have the pleasure of greeting our parents and children every day at the front desk.

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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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.

Infants

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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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Julie Mintz
PRIMARY CAREGIVER

My name is Julie Mintz, and I recently joined the staff at Mt. Olive Child Care & Learning Center as a Primary Caregiver.  I have over 10 years of experience working with children from Infants through School Age. I have taken several college courses in Early Childhood Education.  Meeting the individualized needs of young children and helping them learn new skills is one of my greatest joys

Green Birds

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Jackie Wentzel
PRIMARY CAREGIVER

I am a caregiver in the Green Bird (Toddler) room. I have worked for Mt. Olive Child Care & Learning Center for many years.. In March 2016 I received my CDA (Child Development Associates) for Infants and Toddlers. I love watching the children grow and learn new things.

 
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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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Courtney Price
PRIMARY CAREGIVER

I am very excited to be back at Mt. Olive Child Care & Learning Center as a Primary Caregiver with Infants and Toddlers. I recently earned my Associates Degree from County College of Morris.  I have worked in child care for over 5 years! My experience ranges from infants through preschool age children. I love doing art with the children and watching them create and express themselves. I also enjoy reading stories with them.

My hobbies are baking and spending time with my family. I also enjoy going to the beach and apple picking with my fiance!

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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 14 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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Jane Schwartz
TEACHER ASSISTANT

Hi, my name is Jane Schwartz, and I am the assistant teacher in the Purple Bird Room. 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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Sangeeta Hosangadi
TEACHER ASSISTANT

My name is Sangeeta Hosangadi. I have been a Teacher Assistant at Mt. Olive Child Care & Learning Center since September 2018. Previously, I worked as a paraprofessional at Mountain Villa School and volunteered in elementary and preschool settings. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Audiology and Speech Therapy and a Diploma in Early Childhood Education. I enjoy working with children since they have endless energy, are honest, and creative. In my free time, I enjoy music, drawing, and coloring.
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Kayla Calabrese
TEACHER ASSISTANT

My name is Kayla, and I recently started working at the Center.  I graduated from Centenary University with a Bachelors Degree: majoring in  Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology.  My studies focused  on Child Protective Services.   Prior to joining the Center, I gained much experience babysitting.  I am very excited about working with children as a full time job!  Helping children grow and watching them learn is something that I find truly fulfilling as life-long work.

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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 17 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.

 

Blue Birds

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Kim Saccardi
GROUP TEACHER

My name is Kimberley Saccardi. I have a BA in Psychology and my certification teaching Birth-5 years. I have been working with children for over 40 years. I teach preschool because everyone deserves a head start. When I’m not at work, I enjoy crafting, creating, refurbishing and visiting craft fairs.
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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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Denise Riboldi
TEACHER ASSISTANT

 “I have been working with young children in Center-based child care for over 15 years.  I like to help children learn new skills, have fun, and express themselves individually.  When I am not at work, I send as much time as I can with my grandson.”

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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Barbara Axt
GROUP TEACHER

I have been a member of the after school team for many years. We provide a multitude of activities matching the child’s interest with their abilities. My specialty is in the arts. I contribute my knowledge of sewing, painting and searching out creative projects that will “spark” an interest in the children.
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Barbara Farkas
TEACHER ASSISTANT

I am a teacher assistant at Mt. Olive Child Care & Learning Center. I have been working at Mt. Olive Child & Learning Center for many years and I have many wonderful experiences working with the children and their families. I enjoy doing hands on fun and educational activities with the children including homework assistance, cooking, and arts & crafts.

When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, including my 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
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Jamie Delaney
KINDERGARTEN ENRICHMENT

Hi my name is Ms. Jamie. I am an East Stroudsburg University graduate and have my BS in early childhood education. I have over 15 years of experience working with children from the age of 2 up to 13. I enjoy working with kids and helping them learn and grow. I love being creative and doing crafts and try to bring that into the classroom as much as I can. Some of my hobbies include baking and cake decorating, reading, traveling and painting.
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Irene O’Neill
TEACHERS ASSISTANT

I’m Irene O’Neill, and I have worked with all the classrooms at MOCCLC.  I am currently a floater. I am the teacher in the Young Infant Room. I have been working at the center for a total of 15 years. I am a retired LPN, certified in CPR and First Aid. I am the mother of 2 daughters and a beautiful lab, ,and the “yaya” to a crazy grand-dog. I enjoy reading, watching T.V. and hanging out with my dogs.

 

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Address

150 Wolfe Rd
Budd Lake, NJ 07828

Phone

(973) 426-1525