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.”
Joanne Yanchek, Blackberry Class Head Teacher
Joanne has worked with young children for many years. After receiving her B.A. in Early Childhood education from Kean University, she began her career as a kindergarten teacher in an inner city school. After six years she left to start a family.
Approximately twenty-two years ago, when her daughter entered Haytown, she began teaching there. She helped develop the three-year-old curriculum with her teaching partner, and then stayed on as Head Teacher. She also developed the two-year-old curriculum with her co-teacher and oversaw the Mommy/Daddy/Caregiver and Me program for many years. Joanne loves working with children at such a wonderful age, when they are so eager and happy to learn and enjoy new and varied experiences.
Joanne enjoys reading and spending time at the shore, especially Cape May. She has two daughters and lives in Long Valley with her husband and pup, Max.
Charlotte Cole, Blackberry Class
Charlotte is an educator who has been teaching at Haytown for 16 years. She received a BA in Art History and a teaching certificate in Elementary Art from Wheaton College in Norton, Mass. She received an MA in Special Education and certification as “Teacher of the Handicapped” from Teacher’s College of Columbia University. She has a diverse background in a variety of educational settings, including inner-city and urban locations.
Charlotte strives to bring each child to their maximum potential through individualized teaching strategies. Within a multi-faceted classroom experience, she works to instill a love of learning in each student. There is laughter, support and love each day in the classroom.
Charlotte is married with two children. Her daughter has graduated from college and is gainfully employed. Her son is currently attending college. Both of her children attended Haytown. An avid swimmer, Charlotte enjoys the outdoors, exercising, gardening and reading. She loves going to museums, concerts and traveling.
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.
Julianne Salvatore, Blueberry & Raspberry Class Head Teacher
Julianne graduated with an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education and later went on to graduate from Kean University in 2015 with a Bachelors degree in Sociology. She has spent the last five years as an early childhood educator and cherishes the love, laughter and learning that can only be found in a preschool classroom. Julianne is excited to be joining the Haytown family and teaching the littlest berries.
Julianne was drawn to education from the great teachers she had throughout the years. She loved school, especially art and music, and knew she wanted to play an important role in young children’s education as her teachers did for her.
When she’s not teaching Julianne loves to stay home with her newborn baby Charlotte, who she and her husband welcomed into the world just this past May. Julianne enjoys cooking and challenges herself to try a new recipe every night. On the weekends, Julianne enjoys family trips to the park and hiking with her beagle/lab mix Ernie!
Samantha De Cou, Blueberry & Raspberry 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.