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 leads our Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park team bringing with her over 18 years of experience in Early Childhood Education. She holds a Bachelors Degree in English Language & Literature from Rutgers University, New Brunswick and is currently completing of her MS in Organizational Leadership. 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 complement 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!
KAHP's Official Weather Predictor
Meet KA Ray! Ray lives at KAHP and ventures out once a year, on Ground Hog's Day, to declare whether KAHP will have an early Spring or 6 more weeks of Winter! KA Ray grew up as a life long fan of Punxsutawney Phil and Staten Island Chuck! He is a proud graduate of Kiddie Academy, where he studied meteorology and weather system charting. KA Ray finds the best way to predict Spring, is to simply step outside and look for his shadow. Once he makes his determination, and official proclomation is announced and posted for all of his friends! Be sur to stop by the office and say "Hi" to KA Ray! He loves to make new friends!
Assistant Teacher Older Infants (Larks Class).
Lead Two's Teacher (Pelicans).
Assistant Teacher Infants (Hummingbirds Class).
Assistant Teacher Older Infants (Sparrows Class)
Ms. Patty joined the KAHP team in September of 2017. She brings with her a wealth of experience working in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Patty has attended Hudson County Community College where she studied Early Childhood Education. She is also the proud mom to her beautiful son. Ms. Patty enjoys singing and dancing with her students and can always be heard singing throughout the building! Ms. Patty loves supporting her students in reaching their developmental milestones and looks forward to having your little one join her class!
Lead Teacher Infants (Hummingbirds)
Ms.Chelsea leads the KAHP Infant program! She is a proud graduate of NJCU and holds 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 is also a member of the KAHP Street Team and can be seen at many family events around our community representing our location in addition to supporting our centers administrative team. She is also a member of the KAHP Experience Panel, helping to shape the experience that families and faculty have at KAHP! Ms.Chelsea looks forward to working with your young learner and supporting them as they work towards achieving their milestones!
Assistant Teacher Preschool (Bluejays).
Lead Infant Teacher (Puffins)
Ms.Kistine is a co-teacher in our Infant program! She works with our youngest learners with students ranging from 6 weeks through 12 months of age. She has worked in childcare for several years and has taught students in a variety of age groups. Ms.Kristine is a proud graduate of NJCU where she completed her BA in Sociology/Family Studies. This Fall, she will embark on her Masterds Degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms.Kristine is also a member of our KAHP Street Team and can been seen at many local family events representing our location! She is also a member of the KAHP Experience Pannel, partnering with administration to help shape the experience faculty and families have at KAHP! Ms.Kristine looks forward to partnering with your family!
Lead Teacher Older Infants (Larks)
Ms.Angie joined the KAHP team in October 2017. We were thriled to have her transfer from another Kiddie Academy following a relocation to our area! Ms.Angie specializes in Infant care and currently leads our Older Infant Class, "The Larks" working with student 12-18 monts of age. Ms.Angie is currently working towards her BA degree in Education and brings with her extensive experience working in the field of Early Childhood Education. Ms. Angie loves to make school fun! She focuses heavily on building partnership with her families and supporting her students needs as they work to reach their milestones. Ms. Angie looks forard to meeting your family and working with your little one.