Our commitment to the care, education and safety of your children is reflected in our team. We hire teachers and assistants who are well versed in the best practices of early childhood education. Each member of our team nurtures each child in their care in a safe, supportive learning environment. Team members receive ongoing training to continue their education and are evaluated throughout the year. Our team excels at stimulating children to learn and preparing them for future education. Our team is devoted to making each day fun and educational. Their dedication makes all the difference for your children.

Joanne Johnson

Center Director

      Joanne Johnson leads our Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park team bringing with her over 16 years of experience in Early Childhood Education. She holds a Bachelors Degree in English Language & Literature from Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Joanne began her journey in the field as a classroom teacher and has taught every age group we serve. As she advanced in the field, she attained roles as a Program Director, Assistant Director, Management Mentor and Early Childhood Trainer before moving into the role of Center Director.  Joanne’s comprehensive Director experience includes settings such as corporate/client-based childcare, nonprofit and community-based settings. Additionally, Joanne carry’s with her the experience of having worked for Kiddie Academy previously as both an educator and administrator, for almost 7 years.  Joanne has an acute understanding of the needs of the families Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park serves. She is an innovative and creative, forward thinker that continuously looks for ways to raise the bar and provide the highest quality service. Her wealth of knowledge, experience and talents compliment the experience that our families enjoy. Joanne believes strongly in providing a program where the space between the minutes is given great importance, as those are the invaluable moments where cherished bonds are formed.  She is committed to maintaining a school environment that is not only nurturing and educational but also FUN! 

     When Joanne is not leading the team at Kiddie Academy, she enjoys attending local events with her husband, trips to Sandy Hook, spending time with her kitties (each rescued through LHS or HCAL), visiting family, attending Rutgers football games, photography, trips to museums and the aquarium. Joanne is available daily to meet with your family and would love to share with you all of the ways that Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park will exceed your expectations!   

Ms. Princess

Lead Teacher

     Hello, my name is Princess Aviles and I work with the toddlers here at Kiddie Academy.  I graduated from Hudson County Community College with an Associate’s degree in Special education. I later went on to receive my Bachelor’s degree Psychology at the University of Phoenix. Teaching was not first career choice, but while working in a daycare in West New York I ran across a boy who was diagnosed with Autism. The little boy liked to keep to himself and never liked to be touched. His last day at the school he gave me a big hug and said bye, this experienced really touched me and lead me to the educational field.

     I have been teaching for 7 years now and not a day is the same from the last. I believe that each child is unique and has the potential to bring something special into the world. It is my desire as an educator to help students meet their fullest potential by providing an environment that is safe, supports curiosity, and invites a sharing of ideas. Children should be self-regulated through positive reinforcement in which they learn how to take on responsibility, independency and build high self-esteem. To be able to mold young minds to make a difference in this world is something that I will always cherish. 

Ms. Kayla

Lead Teacher Waddlers


    Ms. Kayla joins us as  Lead Teacher. She is a recent graduate from Montclair State University where she obtained her degree in Family and Child Studies with a minor in Psychology. She is currently pursuing her graduate degree is Social Work. Ms. Kayla is a lifelong resident of Jersey City and enjoys working with children and teaching them about the wonderful community they live in!

     Working with children has been the most rewarding occupation Ms.Kayla has ever had. She loves the excitement and joy that her work day is filled with! Ms. Kayla is an animal lover (especially cats!) and enjoys baking cookies and cupcakes! 

Claudia Kemp

Assistant Director

     Claudia rounds out the leadership team at Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park, serving as the Center's Assistant Director.   Claudia supports the students, families, and faculty at KAHP in addition to providing daily support to the Center Director. She holds her Bachelors Degree in Math & Science from William Patterson University, in addition to working with children of a variety of age from  for over 5 years. 

     Claudia has been with the Kiddie Academy team since January 2016 where she has previously worked supporting the Infant Program at our Florham Park location. Outside of her childcare experience, Claudia has worked with children locally at Liberty Science Center, where she exposed young children to the joys of learning about science! Claudia is passionate about educating young minds and celebrating with each of the KAHP students and their families as students reach their milestones! She feels that it is a tremendous joy and honor to experience the start of each KAHP students journey first hand and looks forward to partnering with your family.  


     In her free time, Claudia enjoys spending a quiet afternoon reading, exploring her culinary side by cooking for her family and relaxing listening to R&B music. 




Lead Teacher Toddlers

  Hello Hamilton Park Family!  My name is Franklin "Casey" Taylor and am happy to be joining this Kiddie Academy’s teaching team.  I am currently at the completion of my BA from the University of Valley Forge where I majored in the Philosophy and Religions program> Additionally, I currently hold a Preschool CDA 9Child development associates).  I come by way of the Kiddie Academy of Phoenixville and am looking forward to continuing my service with you.  My experience with teaching and instruction began when I was 16- as a volunteer at the summer camp program for Edgewater’s recreation center.  I would go on to become a full-time summer counselor and, later, became a counselor at a local after-school program.  I have also instructed computer arts and science at the Boys & Girls Club for two consecutive summers as an instructor for their summer enrichment program.


     Most recently, I began my time at Kiddie Academy (in Phoenixville) as an assistant to the Two Year Old’s and, afterward, became the Head Teacher of the Younger Toddlers (older One Year Old’s).  After serving in that position, I shifted into the role of the School-Aged Head Teacher.  I have also assisted in instructing both Preschool and Pre-K rooms.  In my spare time, I enjoy watching movies (comedy & horror) as well as documentaries on science and history, as well as a select few TV series.  I also enjoy playing tennis, being an amateur photographer of nature and architecture and writing.   I am excited to be joining the teaching team here and look forward to working with you!



Chef Alex of Garden Steaks

Our Chef Alexandra Sartoga is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. After graduating she went on to work at Oceana and later the Executive Corporate Dining Room of Bank of America in Bryant Park.
In her free time Alex works in a charitable organization that she co founded, 'Feed JC' a youth leadership and hospitality training program which curates dinner series in the parks. Proceeds from the dinners benefit the Feed JC feed the homeless initiative and the JC Parks Coalition to help beautify the city's parks.
In joining with Kiddie Academy we have worked to curate a menu with heavily organic ingredients, free of preservatives and refined sugars and oils. We have striven to create a menu that exposes our students to different flavors made with the best quality ingredients.


Lead Teacher Infants

Ms.Chelsea leads the KAHP Infant program! She is currently in her last semester at NJCU finalizing her BA in Early Childhood Education and History. She has extensive experience working in a childcare, specifically with infants.  Since she was a child, Ms.Chelsea has dreamed of one day becoming a teacher. She adores working with infants and watching them discover and learn new things!  Ms.Chelsea looks forward to working with your young learner and supporting them as they work towards achieving their milestones! 


Floating Assistant Teacher

Ms.Kistine works with all of the students at KAHP! She has worked in childcare for several years and has taught students in a variety of age groups. Ms.Kristine is currently a student at NJCU and working towards the completion of her BA degree in Education. She looks forward to partnering with your family! 

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