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.
Amy Rodenberger, Strawberry Class
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 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 activities Her oldest, Charlie is a student at Johns Hopkins University, Will is a student at RPI(Rensselaer) in Troy Ny and plays on the football team there, and Tess is a a student at Voorhees High School and a player on the Varsity Field Hockey and Basketball team and Secretary of her class. Amy is thankful for the love of learning that Haytown helped instill in her children and believes it helped them to grow into the successful and well-rounded young adults they have become.
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 Girl Scout troop, and taking walks with her pup.
Margaret George, Strawberry Class
Margaret’s role as yoga instructor for Haytown’s extended day (Mother Nature Tuesdays) and camp program morphed into a job offer that couldn’t be refused! She is honored to be part of the Strawberry team of teachers. After almost nineteen years of being a stay-at-home mother, and part-time children’s yoga teacher, and substitute teacher in Long Valley, Margaret listened to the whispers of the universe that were calling her to re-enter the work force with gusto. Carpe diem!
Before mothering her children (now 19, 18, 14 and 10), Margaret taught 3rd grade in Summit, NJ and moved with her husband to Long Valley. Prior to that, she worked too many jobs to list, but she could tell you stories about being a nanny in Dallas, chef on a fishing boat in Florida, driver for a private transportation company, receptionist at a law office in Miami, and elementary Spanish teacher. One thing is for sure; she loves children.
Margaret was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and moved back and forth between there and New Jersey two times as a child. Eventually she landed at the University of Colorado (Boulder) where she earned a B.A. in Spanish, and thereafter became a NJ certified Elementary School Teacher, and Yoga Instructor. She is an active member of Holistic Moms Network and was a co-leader for three years.
Her interests include yoga, natural living, hiking, reading, cooking, and traveling.
Terri Kinney, Blackberry Class
Terri has had an extensive and dynamic teaching career that includes prior experience at Haytown. She holds an Early Childhood Education degree from East Stroudsberg University. Terri spent many years teaching in the primary division of a local private school, led the Haytown PreK class, and most recently worked in the Long Valley special needs preschool classroom. She is a former board member of Arc of Hunterdon County and is a current board member of the Down Syndrome Group of Northwest NJ.
Terri and her family live in Lebanon Township with three dogs and three cats. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her children and dogs. She is happy to be back at Haytown!
Laurie Taylor, Blackberry Class
Laurie graduated from Johnson & Wales University in 1997 with a Bachelors in Sales & Meeting Management. Upon graduation she worked as an Events Planner in Rhode Island. When she moved to New Jersey she became the Events Planner and Executive Assistant to the General Manager of the NY Metro Division for Circuity City. In 2001 she left the corporate world to start her own business with her husband. They started their own vending business, selling vending machines and servicing locations. They started with just a few locations to over 150 locations throughout NJ. During this time they also expanded their online presence and started to sell merchandise. Laurie had also become a Property Manager for a Senior Community and enjoyed interacting with the residents but she had made the decision to stay home once they learned they were going to have their son. She has been at home raising their 3 children ever since.
After going apple picking at Melick’s Farm multiple years in a row and loving Tewksbury Twp. The Taylor’s finally moved to Tewksbury Township in 2014. They were in search of a slower more peaceful pace for their children.
Laurie’s children attend Tewksbury Elementary and Old Turnpike School. During this time she has been an active volunteer as Class Parent, Committee Chair for After School Programs for the PTA, served on the Executive Board for 4 years and the last 2 years as PTA President for the Tewksbury Twp. PTA (which serves both the elementary and middle school). She has always enjoyed interacting with all of the children of all ages. Her term as PTA President ended this past June and she is excited to be joining us this Fall in the Blackberry Class.
Debra Antonacci, Blackberry Class
Debra Antonacci is delighted to join the Haytown team and work with the Raspberry students. Debra is a certified K-8 teacher who has worked in preschool-eighth grade classrooms in both the lead teacher and support staff capacity. She has extensive experience working with students with special needs, and served as a paraprofessional in the Tewksbury School District’s preschool inclusion class for six years.
Debra is originally from New Mexico and has lived in New Jersey for twenty years. She resides in Tewksbury with her husband, daughter, Labrador Retriever and bunny rabbit. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family riding bikes, skiing, playing tennis, watching movies, gardening and cooking. Debra is active in her church and volunteers her time to service organizations in the community. Every summer, Debra and her family travel to New Mexico to spend time with her father and their extended family.
Debra believes that children learn best when they socially interact with others as well as learn from their own experiences with the world around them. As a teacher, it is her role to nurture and guide students through their educational journey. Her goal is for each student to walk away for the classroom feeling success for themselves, sensitivity and respect for others, gain coping skills and cooperation skills.
Olivia Camoia, Blackberry Class
Olivia Camoia has always had a passion for working with children – helping them explore what the world has to offer and showing them what they have to offer the world.
Her has extensive experience working with children spans all ages. She realized her love of preschoolers as the lead teacher in the toddler classroom at a Montessori preschool. Prior, Olivia worked with young adults who resided in a youth shelter as an adolescent counselor. She has also served as an in-home aide to a child with special needs.
Olivia graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in psychology and is pursuing a Master’s Degree in psychology from Southern New Hampshire University. She was raised and resides in Mount Olive, NJ.
Nancy Stazzone, Blueberry Program & Raspberry Class
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.
Alaina Dorlon, Raspberry Class
Alaina is excited to be a part of the Raspberry class! She is a Senior at Seton Hall University and will be graduating in May of 2021 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.
Alaina’s history as Music Director of Vacation Bible School at Saint Luke Parish in Long Valley helped to make her a good fit for our Raspberries. Alaina was born and raised in New Jersey and lives with her family on a farm on Schooley’s Mountain. Her love and patience for all forms of life is reflected in her teaching of the children here at Haytown. In Alaina’s free time she volunteers within the community, attends mission trips, teaches fitness classes, and does research at Seton Hall.
Alaina’s goal as a presence here at Haytown is to offer love and guidance to the children of her class. She feels that loved ones are the best teachers, so she ensures all of her students feel safe and cared for throughout the day. Alaina is honored to be a part of your family’s start of your school story.