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Infants have individual personalities. We help bring them to light.
Toddlers are extremely active. We keep them actively learning.
At two years old, children need to explore. We give them every opportunity.
At three years old, children discover and create. We encourage them to do it all.
At four years old, children are preparing for school. We get them ready to go.
Between ages 4 and 5, children are about to take on the world. We give them the tools to do it.
School-age children are curious about the world. We help them decipher it.
Each Academy is a little different. Here's what makes us unique:
Ms. Joanne, Administration: Center Director
Joanne Johnson leads our center team as Director of Kiddie Academy of Colonia. She brings with her over 20 years of experience... Read More
Joanne Johnson leads our center team as Director of Kiddie Academy of Colonia. She brings with her over 20 years of experience in Early Childhood Education. Joanne began her career as a classroom teacher, working with every age group we serve. She has held roles as a Center Director, Program Director, Leadership Mentor, Early Childhood Trainer and Classroom Teacher. Joanne's Director experience includes corporate/client-based childcare, nonprofit and community-based settings. Additionally, Joanne carries with her the experience of having worked for Kiddie Academy previously as both an educator and administrator, for over 10 years. Joanne fosters a first school experience for her students where faculty focus on the space between the minutes, because that is the space where lasting bonds, memories, and attitudes about learning, are born. She believes in respecting and appreciating childhood and celebrating everything that makes each child in her care unique and special. Joanne looks forward to meeting with you and learning more about your child as well as your families needs. Call today 732.800.8818 or email us at Coloniaadminteam@kiddieacademy.net to coordinate a time to meet with Joanne or a member of our administrative team, and learn more about what makes Kiddie Academy of Colonia so unique!
Ms. Ashley, Administration: Executive Director
Ms. Ashley serves as the Executive Director at Kiddie Academy of Colonia. Ashley has her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Kean University... Read More
Ms. Ashley serves as the Executive Director at Kiddie Academy of Colonia. Ashley has her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Kean University and comes to us with over 15 years of experience in childcare. She has held many positions in childcare such as lead teacher, assistant director, and director and loves watching each child she cares for learn and grow. Ms. Ashley always wanted to be an educator and credits her wonderful teachers for sparking this desire in her from a young age. Ashley loves interacting with all the children and families who attend our academy and always makes herself available to assist in any way she can. In her spare time Ms. Ashely loves to care for her puppy Marley who she co-parents with her boyfriend Greg. Ashely lives locally and loves the Colonia community!
Ms. Nicole, Faculty: Lead Jr. Preschool Teacher
Ms. Nicole is our Lead Jr. Preschool Teacher! She works with our 2 1/2 - 3 year old students to prepare them... Read More
Ms. Nicole is our Lead Jr. Preschool Teacher! She works with our 2 1/2 - 3 year old students to prepare them for Preschool! Ms. Nicole loves working with her students and seeing them happy as they learn and grow. She uses her patience and care giving personality to form relationships with her students while helping to develop them in to caring young people ready to learn. Ms. Nicole comes to us with experience providing care for children of a variety of ages and has grown from an Assistant Teacher to a Lead Teacher during her tenure at Kiddie Academy of Colonia. In her spare time, Ms. Nicole loves listening to music, walking in the park with her dog Jersey, and collecting stuffed animals. She also loves anime and Boba Tea! Ms. Nicole can most often be found at Kiddie Academy doing projects with her students and providing them with a host of learning opportunities in her classroom!
Ms. Merary, Faculty: Infant Assistant Teacher
Ms. Merary works supporting our youngest learners in our Infant Suite. She comes to us with a wealth of experience teaching a... Read More
Ms. Merary works supporting our youngest learners in our Infant Suite. She comes to us with a wealth of experience teaching a variety of age groups but adores her work with children during their first year of life. Her favorite activities to enjoy with her students are singing and reading them books. Ms. Merary also enjoys bonding with her students families and sharing thei child's school experience with them.
Ms. Alexandra, Faculty: Assistant Infant Teacher
Ms. Alexandra supports students enrolled in our private Infant Suite! She focusses on care for students during their first year of life.... Read More
Ms. Alexandra supports students enrolled in our private Infant Suite! She focusses on care for students during their first year of life. Her favorite children's book is the Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. Ms. Alexandra loves to support her students as they grow and develop, experiencing the world for the first time! The very best part of her job is spending time with her students and seeing them enjoy their day.
Ms. Kayla, Preschool Lead Teacher
Ms. Kayla is our dynamic Preschool Teacher working with our 3 year old students. She previosuly attended Buffalo State College and has... Read More
Ms. Kayla is our dynamic Preschool Teacher working with our 3 year old students. She previosuly attended Buffalo State College and has been working with children for over 8 years. She has experience in both private home settings and teaching in a large group childcare facilty. She has also worked as a sports coach/ counselor for children, teaching them baseball and ice skating! Ms. Kayla is the proud mother of a very special little boy that also attends Kiddie Academy! Her favorite book to read to her class is The Lady Who Swallowed a Pie. In her free time, Ms. Kayla enjoys spending time with her son, swimming, shopping, home decor and is a BIG foodie! Ms. Kayla looks forward to getting to know your child and partnering with your family.
Ms. Gianna, Faculty: Lead Toddler Teacher
Ms. Gianna serves as our Lead Toddler Teacher, working with students during the important time between infancy and turning two. Ms. Gianna... Read More
Ms. Gianna serves as our Lead Toddler Teacher, working with students during the important time between infancy and turning two. Ms. Gianna comes to the team with several years of experience teaching children in early childhood settings. She has her degree in Early Childhood Education and Science. She loves working with young children because they have such an extensive imagination! Ms. Gianna is also the proud mom to her infant, that also attends Kiddie Academy of Colonia. Be sure to stop by and introduce yourself to Ms. Gianna! She looks forward to working with your child!
Ms. Brittney, Faculty: Assistant Teacher
Ms. Brittney supports our Preschool porgram. She works closely with students to help them acheive their goals. Ms. Brittney is currenly enrolled... Read More
Ms. Brittney supports our Preschool porgram. She works closely with students to help them acheive their goals. Ms. Brittney is currenly enrolled in Early Childhood Education courses with an ultimate goal of becoming a Teacher. Ms. Brittney looks forward to working with your family and supporting your child.
Ms. Alivia, Faculty: PM Floating Assistant Teacher
Ms. Alivia works as a Floating Assisting Teacher, supporting various age groups each day. Ms. Alivia loves working with children of all... Read More
Ms. Alivia works as a Floating Assisting Teacher, supporting various age groups each day. Ms. Alivia loves working with children of all ages and looks forward to working with your child.
Ms. Tammy, Lead Jr. Preschool Teacher
Ms. Tammy is our Lead Jr. Preschool Teacher. Ms. Tammy has over 20 years of experience working with children all ages! She... Read More
Ms. Tammy is our Lead Jr. Preschool Teacher. Ms. Tammy has over 20 years of experience working with children all ages! She loves engaging a child's natural curosity of learning, teaching new concepts, and watching children reach their developmental milestones and gain independence. Ms. Tammy enjoys spending time with her family which includes her three children and her dog, Hazel and cooking. Ms. Tammy looks forward to working with your child!
Ms. Reshma, Faculty: Preschool Assistant Teacher
Ms. Reeshma serves as the Assistant teacher in our Preschool program! She works closely with Ms. Kayla to ensure that each students... Read More
Ms. Reeshma serves as the Assistant teacher in our Preschool program! She works closely with Ms. Kayla to ensure that each students needs are being met. Ms. Reeshma comes to us with experience working with children of various ages and adores working with the Preschool class. She can frequently be found dancing and doing art projects with her students!
Ms. Courtney, Faculty: Infant/Toddler Assistant Teacher
Ms. Courntey joined the Kiddie Acade,y of Colonia team during our opening year! She comes to us with over 5 years of... Read More
Ms. Courntey joined the Kiddie Acade,y of Colonia team during our opening year! She comes to us with over 5 years of experience in earlychildhood care and education. Ms. Courtney is currenrly a student at Rutgers University New Brunswick, where she is completing her BA in Education. Her favorite children's author is Dr.Seuss and her favorite character is The Grinch! Ms. Courtney loves working with our infant and toddler age groups, supporting them as they work towards reaching their developmental milestones. The best part of what she does is teaching her students about kindness and compassion and the rewarding feeling she has at the end of each school day.
Ms. Gabby, Faculty: Seasonal Lead Teacher
Meet Ms. Gabby! Gabby is a Seasonal Lead Teacher on faculty at Kiddie Academy of Colonia. Ms. Gabby is pursuant of her... Read More
Meet Ms. Gabby! Gabby is a Seasonal Lead Teacher on faculty at Kiddie Academy of Colonia. Ms. Gabby is pursuant of her Dual Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education at Monmouth University. She joins our team with years of experience working with young children in various settings. Many people in our community may recognize Ms. Gabby from her time spent teaching CCD locally. She has also volunteered at the Matthew Jago Elementary School Camp PACE where she worked with students who were early childhood aged through elementary aged. Ms. Gabby brings with her a joy of working with children of all ages and is excited to meet your child! In her spare time, Ms.Gabby enjoys curling up with a good book, trips to the beach and spending as much time as she can with her family and friends.
Toby Turtle, Social Emotional Puppet
Meet Toby Turtle, one of our Social and Emotional Puppets! Kiddie Academy of Colonia has a group of puppets that are also... Read More
Meet Toby Turtle, one of our Social and Emotional Puppets! Kiddie Academy of Colonia has a group of puppets that are also "on staff" at our facility! Each puppet has a different personality. Our puppets are frequently brought out to interact with students who might need some additional support. Toby Turtle is very shy, but loves to make new friends. He often visits with students that might be feeling shy or nervous and helps them to connect with their emotions and surroundings by mirroring their feelings and slowly acclimating to their classroom space. Sometimes students feel more comfortable interacting with a puppet friend first, who will help to connect with them and set them at ease. Toby and his puppet friends live at Kiddie Academy of Colonia and are always available any time they are needed. Families interested in learning about Toby can see a brief video about him on the school Instagram (kiddieacademyofcolonia) Fun Facts About Toby Turtle: Toby is 12 inches tall, his favorite food is pizza, his favorite song is "Wheels on the Bus" Toby's favorite story is Yertle the Turtle, his favorite color is lime green, he enjoys being read to, getting hugs, giving high-fives, making new friends, visiting the playground and helping the office.
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Beatrice D., Five Forks
“We love the Kidde Academy!! Highly recommend! Wonderful and accommodating staff/teachers that truly care about your child and their development. ”
Maggie S., Louisville-East
“The children are loved and the staff is amazing. ”
Faith G., Henderson
“The entire school staff are so kindhearted & great with the kids! ”
Erica R., Hillsborough
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