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.
Jill and George Malanga
The owners, Jill & George Malanga, have owned the Kiddie Academy in Sparta for almost 20 years. Mr. Malanga has his Masters Degree in Education and has taught for over 25 years. Mrs. Malanga has a strong business background which includes overseeing many Nutri-System locations. Combined, the pairs knowledge of education and business have led to great success. The Malangas believe in the importance of being on-site owners, working hand in hand with the school's administrators to maintain high level standards.
Meet the Faculty!
Our KA Family
The faculty at Kiddie Academy of Sparta are well seasoned. Many employees have been with the school from five to ten years or better. The faculty is certified in both CPR & First Aid. The teachers have a genuine love for what they do and work great as a team. Many seasoned faculty members take the new staff under their wing and show them the ropes while they settle in at the school. We have quite a diverse faculty, each member of our team having unique abilities.
Our Administration: Miss Marinette, also one of the schools administrators, is our French and Spanish teacher. She visits each of our Preschool classrooms during the week to give language instruction. She has been with us since September 2004. Miss Marinette is also so creative and usually heads up any decorating that is needed in our school. She helps give the school such a warm and comfy feeling! Many of our teachers also help in so many ways, and it's nice to give them room to use their abilities to help make our school such a great place.
Beluga's - Miss Cheryl McLoughlin is our Infant Teacher. Miss Cheryl has been with our school since February 1997! Miss Cheryl is a certified teacher and has attended many trainings thoughout her career here at Kiddie Academy. She is very knowledgable in the ever changing field of Early Childhood Education. Patience and love are the keys to helping the babies to reach each of their milestones!
Blowfish - Our younger toddler classroom is led by Miss Laureen. She has been a part of the Kiddie Academy family since September 2016. Miss Laureen can usually be found patiently answering the many questions that toddlers have! She comes to us with many years of childcare experience, has her CDA and has also spent time as an administrator. She loves to share her science and crafty knowledge with her class, and they can often be found up to their elbows in messy fun.
Miss Donna L. and Miss Brielle are the assistants in the Blowfish classroom. Miss Donna joined us from the Kiddie Academy in Wantage in the fall of 2014 after working at the other center for several years. Miss Brielle is new to the school this August and is excited to be part of the KA family.
Penguins - Our older toddler classroom is led by Miss Ashley Lake. Ashley has been with Kiddie Academy since 2002. Ashley loves taking the children outside, singing to them, and nurturing them. Miss Ashley loves to read to her little friends in the Penguin class. She also believes that having excellent communication with the parents is essential to a successful classroom.
Miss Taina is the regular Penguin assistant and joined our Kiddie Academy family back in September 2016. She loves to get down on the floor and play with the children, all while encouraging them to play nicely together and use their words.
Stingrays - Miss Marie is the Lead Teacher in our Stingray Classroom. She has her CDA certification and has been with us since August 2008. Miss Marie is extremely creative and loves letting the children get messy while exploring. Miss Marie believes in the importance of helping the children learn to communicate. She encourages independence to help build self-confidence and teaches children to share and help each other.
Miss Vanessa is the assistant in the Stingray room. Vanessa recently joined our staff in April 2017 after starting out as a parent in our building. She uses her knowledge as a parent to nurture and care for our little ones.
Sea Turtles - Miss Mary is the teacher in our Sea Turtles class. She has has been with us since September 2014. She has an abundance of patience and enjoys watching the children learn and explore on their own.
The afternoon assistant in the Turtle class is Miss Alanis. Miss Alanis joined our KA family in August of 2017.
Seahorses - Our older two year old classroom is led by Miss Ashley Layton. Miss Ashley has been with us since November 2015. She is currently working on her associates in early childhood education at CCM. She will be graduating in January, 2018 and is very excited to share her knowledge with the Seahorse class.
Miss Candida is the assistant in the Seahorse class. She joined us from another childcare center October of 2016 and has her CDA. Miss Candida loves to get down with the children and help them explore.
Dolphins - Miss Katie is the lead teacher in the Dolphin classroom. She holds an Associates Degree as an Early Childhood Specialist. Katie has several years of classroom experience as well as having her own children. She joined our KA family in September 2016 and loves to help children explore their imaginations and dream big!
Miss Alicia is the assistant teacher in the Dolphin classroom. She recently moved to New Jersey from Long Island and is excited to be able to be a part of the community that is Kiddie Academy.
Lobsters - Our younger Pre-K class is led by Miss Georgie and her assistant Miss Donna. Miss Georgie has her Bachelors in Psychology & Education and is currently working on her Masters in Special Education. Miss Georgie is new to Kiddie Academy for the 2017 school year and we are happy to have her with us.
Miss Donna has been with Kiddie Academy since September 2004, and has her CDA certificate. She loves to encourage the children to use their imagination and explore the world around them.
Starfish - Miss Kasey is our Year to Grow teacher. She has been with us since November 2008. Kasey has her CDA certification and has worked in many capacities, including Assistant Director (at her old center) over the years. Kasey works hard each day to help the children learn both academically and socially. There is a great balance in her classroom between fun and "fun" learning. Kasey makes all experiences exciting and fun, so that as the children learn, they also enjoy themselves.
Miss Courtney is the afternoon assistant teacher in our Starfish and Dolphin classes. She joined us in 2016 for the start of the school year. Her quiet manner helps keep the classrooms calm in the afternoons.
Sharks - Miss Ashley Myers is our before and after teacher in the Shark room. She has been with us since November 2015 and is currently going to school for secondary/elementary education. In our Shark room, Miss Ashley gets the children ready for school in the morning and in the afternoons she helps them with homework.
Also on staff are three fabulous ladies who help out where ever we need them. They are Miss Mallory, Miss Ashley G. and Miss Gabby. Miss Mallory has been with us since March of 2011 and is currently pursuing her nursing degree. Miss Ashley joined us in October of 2016 and has her certification in K-12 English and PreK-3rd grade. Miss Gabby joined us in August of 2017 and spends most of her time down in the Shark classroom with Miss Ashley M. but you will also find her in other classrooms on occasion.
Miss Debbie O'Brien cooks all our meals as well as driving the van for our students that attend FMB. Debbie has been with us since October of 2014.
Miss Dana is the second director on staff. She has her dual Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Miss Dana has been with Kiddie Academy since 2002 and has worked with every age group in the building; most recently in our Year to Grow classroom. While at the Wantage school, Miss Dana received the award for Teacher of the Year from Kiddie Academy International in 2010. She has joined the administrative staff after almost 25 years of classroom experience. Miss Dana is passionate about curriculum and takes advantage of turning even the smallest experience into a teachable moment.
Rosemarie Stone "Roe"
Miss Roe is one of our two directors in the building. She has been with Kiddie Academy since 2001, a member of the Sparta family since May 2011. She has been promoted to director after 13 years as assistant director here and at other Kiddie Academy locations. Prior to her moving up to the office, Miss Roe spent several years as an infant room teacher. She is the glue that keeps our KA family puzzle together. Miss Roe works hand in hand with the teachers to keep the classrooms full of both academic and social learning. She encourages many activites that promote self esteem and pride for the children. She believes there should be a balance between child and teacher initiated activities in the classroom. She is friendly and approachable and the staff & families all love her!