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!
Assistant Teacher Preschool (Bluejays).
Lead Infant Teacher: Puffins, Infant/ Toddler Curriculum OversightHello my name is Kristine Tsielepas and I am Lead Infant Teacher here at Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park. I am a proud graduate of County Prep High School and New Jersey City University where I graduated with my Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. During my journey at NJCU, I've taken well over 20 credits in the Early Education Field. I have over eight years of experience working in childcare and am a founding member of the faculty at Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park. In addition to my classroom responsibilities, I also support faculty working in our Infant and Toddler programs to ensure that their programming needs are consistently met and that Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park continues to exceed our families expectations. I look forward to meeting your family and supporting your little one as they embark on their educational journey with us!
Assistant DirectorMy name is Nicole Bussanich and I am excited to be the Assistant Director at Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park! I have been in the childcare field for over 14 years and have held roles as a Teacher and Program Specialist prior to moving into administration. I specialize in Preschool and Pre-K education. Prior to coming to Kiddie Academy, I served in an administrative role as an Assistant Director in both a client and community-based child care setting. I currently hold my BA in Psychology from Ramapo College, with a minor in Child Psychology. I strongly believe that the children we are teaching today, are our world’s future and want to give them tools and opportunities each and every day so that they will succeed. When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my 2 sons as well as my husband, reading and crafting. I enjoy having family time with them because they are the most important people in my life.
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.