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 17 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!
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!
Lead Preschool Teacher (Blue jay Class)
Ms. Alexis joined the KAHP team during the Summer of 2017. She comes to us with over 5 years of experience teaching young children. She has her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and American Studies from Saint Peter's College. Ms. Alexis invites her students to learn and supports their growth and development along the way! She loves to watch her students explore and discover new things! Ms.Alexis is also the very proud mom to her son, Xavier. She looks forward to working with your little learner and partnering with your family!
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!
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!
Hello, my name is Princess and I am the Assistant Director at Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park. 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 in Psychology at the University of Phoenix.
Prior to moving into an administrative role, I taught for 7 years. 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.
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.
Lead Two's Teacher (Pelican's Class)
Ms. Shira joined the KAHP team during the summer of 2017. She comes to us with extensive experience working in the field of Early Childhood Care and Education, having worked with a wide variety of age groups for the past 6 years. Shira currently holds her Bachelor's Degree from Penn State University where she majored in Kinesiology and Biobehavioral Health and minored in Education and Psychology. Ms. Shira joined that KAHP team as a Floating teacher, working with all age groups, before moving into the role of Lead Teacher, working with our two-year-old students. Ms.Shira loves to have fun, be silly and make learning FUN for her students!
Lead Teacher Older Infants (Sparrows)
Ms Jenny leads our Sparrows Clasroom, working with studnet 12- 18 months of age. She joined our KAHP family during the summer of 2017. Ms. Jenny comes to us with extensive experience working in early childhood care and education and is currently a student at NJCU where she is completing her degree in Education. Ms. Jenny specializes in Older Infant care and focusses heavily on providing her students with a warm, loving enviornment. Ms. Jenny looks forward to working with your family and supporting your little one in reaching their milestone markers.