Jennifer Flood, Director
Jennifer Flood is the newest Director of Haytown Nursey School, but she is no stranger to the school, its constituents, or the surrounding community. During the three years prior to being appointed Director, Jennifer sat on the Board of Directors, serving as President of the Board for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years. Under her leadership, fundraisers have evolved into vibrant, successful family events; attendees of the annual school dance, family dinners and movie nights have her to thank.
Today, as the school’s Director, Jennifer is leading the charge in developing a strong community spirit, providing family education, and performing community service. To that end, she has spearheaded the creation and launch of several initiatives including the school Enrichment Program, which extends the day by an hour and a half and gives children an opportunity to learn from guest experts in various fields (examples: karate, art, music, fitness, theater); the Haytown Speaker Series, featuring monthly parenting education seminars that are open to the public; the Haytown App, a private, password-protected app that connects the school’s families, serving as a communication tool and repository for school information; the Haytown Summer Park Tour, offering local families weekly summer playdates where guest instructors teach art, music, yoga, soccer, and story time with local authors; monthly community service projects, and more.
Jennifer earned a B.A. in Psychology from Montclair State University. Several studies she has conducted have been published in peer-reviewed journals. Jennifer resides with her husband and three children in Tewksbury.
“I’ve given my heart and soul to the school for the past three years. I feel like I eat, sleep and breath Haytown! I know every kid, parent, grandparent, babysitter…even pets’ names! Thank you for trusting me to lead this community.”
Amy Rodenberger, Strawberry Class Head Teacher
Amy graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1989 where she received a degree in early childhood education. Amy moved with her young family to Califon in 1995 and stayed at home and raised her children. She enrolled her young boys in the three and four year old programs at Haytown and became immediately enamored of the nurturing and creative environment of the preschool. Her boys developed and grew in a loving, stimulating school atmosphere. A few years later, Amy enrolled her daughter Tess and soon became an active, involved Haytown parent.
Amy served on the Haytown Board for many years while her children were enrolled. As her children grew, Amy’s involvement extended to Califon Elementary where she led several committees, ran school fundraisers, and served as an active member of the PTA. Amy is now very active at Voorhees High School and is Secretary for the Football Team Booster club as member of many parent organizations and Booster clubs. Amy is excited to now be teaching at the preschool that helped lay a solid foundation in learning for her own children.
When she is not in the classroom or preparing lessons, Amy enjoys daily hiking, exercising, reading, and supporting her active children in their varied sports activities – her oldest son Charlie is a senior and quarterback for Voorhees as well as a starting wrestler and member of the National Honor Society, Will is a sophomore and plays on the Voorhees football, basketball and lacrosse teams, and her 7th grader Tess plays field hockey, basketball and loves to ride horses.
Carrie Savage, Strawberry Class
There’s nothing better than giving back to a school that meant so much to your own family. That’s what Carrie Savage, one of our newest teachers, couldn’t resist upon being offered a position with Haytown Nursery School.
Carrie has two daughters of her own who went through the ranks of Haytown, graduating as recently as 2014 and 2015. During those years, Carrie served as Secretary on the Haytown Board of Directors. Her inside knowledge of the policies and family-like culture we foster here made her want to be a part of the Haytown team, so she can proudly bring this same personal experience to other children and parents.
In 2000, Carrie earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Northeastern University, with a specific concentration in Marketing. For eleven years, Carrie held the position of Director of Marketing and Creative Services with a well-known sports memorabilia company, The MeiGray Group, in Branchburg, NJ. In this role, Carrie created websites, prepared, executed, and managed multi-channeled marketing campaigns and auctions, and worked directly with professional sports teams, athletes, and clientele.
In 2013, Carrie made the decision to leave the corporate world for a bit to spend more time with her daughters. Supremely grateful for that time and those precious moments home, it was in these years that she also started her own cupcake business, as well as a professional online craft shop and service. Carrie’s creative nature and love for children have made her very grateful for the opportunity to work at Haytown Nursery School. Before coming on board, she was Haytown’s biggest cheerleader, and now that she is here, she continues to grow some of the things we are most passionate about here at Haytown – education, personal development, and creativity.
Carrie lives in Long Valley with her husband Mark, her two daughters, Hadley & Ashlyn, and her first “baby,” her beloved pup, Guinness. In what spare time she has, she enjoys baking, being a class parent at her daughters’ school, being co-leader of her daughter’s Daisy troop, and taking walks with her pup.
Samantha De Cou, Blackberry Class
Samantha Graduated from Rutgers University in 1997 with a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Psychology.
She worked as a personal trainer as well as a front end coordinator at a pediatric dental office until making the transition to a corporate environment as an inside sales representative for a software reseller. Her first child was born in 2007, and at that time made the decision to stay home to raise her family. Later that same year she moved to Tewksbury and when it was time to choose a preschool, she had no trouble deciding on the loving environment of Haytown.
She served on the Board of Directors for years while both children, now in middle school and elementary school, attended Haytown. Samantha is beyond excited to be once again joining the Haytown family.
Samantha lives in Tewksbury with her husband, Michael, 2 children, Ava and Alec, and her spoiled pup, Jackie. She is an avid baker who loves listening to podcasts. She also enjoys yoga, running, walking her dog, volunteering, and of course spending time with family.
Nancy Stazzone, Blueberry Program & Raspberry Class Head Teacher
Nancy is delighted to return to Haytown Nursery School as the Head Teacher of the Blueberry program and Raspberry class. All three of her children attended Haytown and during their preschool years she served on the school’s Board of Directors. She and her children formed lifelong friendships that took root during their time at Haytown. The Haytown founding principles of promoting social connections, fostering emotional growth and providing a nurturing environment for young children have remained unchanged. Nancy looks forward to stewarding families as they find their ‘Haytown Community’ too.
Nancy received her Elementary Education degree from Plymouth State University, and has had an extensive career in education. She has taught in classrooms ranging from preschool to fourth grade. Most recently, Nancy worked as a paraprofessional in the Tewksbury School District.
Nancy has lived in Tewksbury for 26 years with her husband, Mike, and their 3 children. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, attending the gym and traveling.
Allison Oborn, Blueberry Program & Raspberry Class
For Allison, one of our new teachers of the Blueberry and Raspberry class, creativity and design lay at the heart of everything she does. After graduating in 2008 with honors from Marymount University in Interior Design she worked at an architecture and design firm in Georgetown. In 2010 she and her husband moved to New Jersey where they began their family. When it was time to look for a preschool to send her oldest son to, her family was attracted to Haytown’s creative curriculum, nurturing environment, and whole-child development. Now as her two daughters go through Haytown they continue to build upon their love of learning and practice lessons of empathy fostered in each classroom. Allison has been an active member of the Haytown Board, recently serving as Vice President. She is the driving force behind our Kindness Initiative and has volunteered her time to our STEM class.
Outside of Haytown, Allison enjoys volunteering and was asked to oversee the children’s organization at her church. With more than 50 children ranging from ages 18 months to 12 year olds, she created and implemented a new program, organized activities and taught lessons that strengthen and support individuals and families. Through Allison’s experiences she has been able to see the innate sense of wonder that occurs naturally in children. She is excited to be a part of Haytown and aid in the sense of kindness and caring that goes beyond teaching shapes and letters.
Allison and her husband live in Long Valley with their three young children where they appreciate the natural beauty and strong sense of community that surrounds them.