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 as both an educator, trainer and administrator, for over 10 years. She has worked at the company's Hamilton Park location since the onset of the center's construction. 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 our local LHS and 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!
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 Infant Teacher & 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 also support our leadership team by helping with administrative duties. I have been with KAHP since our opening and enjoy getting out into the community and speaking with families about our location. I look forward to meeting your family and supporting your little one as they embark on their educational journey with us!
Assistant Teacher 2'sMs. Brittany joins the KAHP team with years of child care experience combined with a musical background! She has a love of working with younger children and can often be found laughing and playing alongside her students, guiding them through the learning process. She looks forward to working with your little one soon!
Assistant Teacher Older InfantsMs. Ebony is one of our fantastic Assistant Teachers in the Lark classroom. Ebony joined KAHP with 3 years of childcare experience and is currently working towards a degree in Early Childhood Education. Ebony enjoys engaging the children in the daily lesson plans as well as the weekly water days at the park during the summer. Ms. Ebony also serves as one of our Character Actors for our annual Curious George Live event, bringing literacy to life for our students and the children in our community! Ebony is also the very proud mom to her little boy, Armani. Ms. Ebony looks forward to working with your little one and partnering with your family. Favorite Children’s Book: Curious George
Assistant Teacher Older InfantsMs. Chasity works with our Older Infants, supporting Ms. Noelle in the Sparrows classroom. Ms. Chasity joins our team with experience working in childcare settings with all ages. She enjoys engaging the students in activities that support their growth and development. Ms. Chasity is the proud mom of three little ones. She looks forward to meeting your family and supporting your little one along their educational journey!
Assistant Preschool TeacherMs. Nesvil joins KAHP as an Assistant Teacher in the Bluejays’ classroom. Nesvil comes to us with a wealth of experience working in childcare and has most recently worked as a Lead Pre-K Teacher. Ms. Nesvil can often be seen creating crafts with her students and teaching them new movement and action songs!
Floating Assistant TeacherMs. Stephanie currently serves as a Floating Assistant Teacher, working with students throughout the school. Stephanie joins us with over 2 years of childcare experience and is excited to be currently enrolled in an ultrasound technician program. Stephanie enjoys witnessing the children’s love of learning, something she helps cultivate as a teacher here at KAHP. Favorite Children’s Book: Daniel Goes to the Potty
Lead Teacher Younger Infants (The Hummingbirds)Ms. Michelle enriches our infant program as a Co-Lead Teacher in the Hummingbird classroom. She brings 8 years of childcare experience with her to KAHP as well as a degree in Psychology. She also has completed several classes in the field of Child Development. Michelle enjoys the humor in raising children and nothing makes her happier than seeing a smile on one of her student’s faces. Michelle currently lives in Jersey City with her husband of one year, Ethan. It would be hard to find someone craftier than Michelle, she is our resident Michael’s aficionado.
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, an official proclamation is announced and posted for all of his friends! KA Ray keeps himself busy at KAHP throughout the year, learning with his friends and experiencing new things! His favorite things to do are diving into the sensory table for ooey-gooey activities, listening to stories at circle time and going for stroller rides. Be sure to stop by the office and say "Hi" to KA Ray! He loves to make new friends!
Lead Teacher Younger Infants (Hummingbirds Class)Ms. Melanie currently inspires the growth of the youngest age group here at KAHP as a Co-Lead Teacher in the Hummingbird classroom. Melanie joins us with over 10 years of experience in working with children as an educator and holds degrees in Family Ecology and Early Childhood Education. Melanie loves watching her students grow in new ways every day!
Lead Teacher Older InfantsMs. Noelle serves as the Lead Teacher for our Sparrows classroom, working with students 12-18 months of age. She brings with her a wealth of experience working in childcare and specializes in working with older infants. She is also a proud mom to her daughter, Reily. Ms.Noelle prides herself on building strong parent partnerships to help guide families through understanding their little one's developmental milestones. When she is not at KAHP, Ms.Noelle can be found spending time with her family and enjoying her love of cooking!