Our Staff

mmooreMarge Moore, Director

Marge was introduced to Haytown Nursery School when her daughter was in the younger class.  Then, her son went to Haytown.  During that time, she served on the Board of Directors of Haytown, was president of the Board of Directors, and then was offered the job of director – she couldn’t resist.  Haytown was such a great experience for her children, so nurturing and intellectually stimulating, that she wanted to continue offering it to other children in the community.

She graduated Montclair State University with a Bachelor’s degree in math education and a minor in biology.  She went on to get her Master’s degree there in Educational Psychology and Child Development.  She taught junior high school in West Orange for over 13 years, took off 7 years to be at home with her children, and has been director at Haytown since 1989.  She feels there is an absolute joy and wonder in watching little children discover, learn, make friends, run and play, be exposed to so many learning experiences and revel in it.  She feels so fortunate to have a warm, professional, talented, educated and kind staff, and she loves working with the parents.

Marge enjoys spending time with her family – her daughter now teaches children with autism and her son is in medical school.  She enjoys raising Seeing Eye puppies, walking with her dog, cooking, knitting, traveling doing Sudoku and reading.  She is a lector and Eucharistic minister at her church.  She gets great joy in seeing the alumni Haytown children and their families.

 

j_yanchekJoanne Yanchek, 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 continues to teach that class as well.  A few years ago she began working in a new Mommy/Daddy/Caregiver and Me program one morning a week.  She continues to enjoy 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.

 

img_4087Charlotte Cole

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. 

 

a_rodenbergerAmy Rodenberger, 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.

 

c_savageCarrie Savage

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. 

 

a_puppoAmy Puppo

Amy received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Psychology, with a minor in Special Education from Rider University in 2002. She then received her Master’s degree in Education with a Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant certificate from Rutgers University in 2005. Amy was a Special Education Teacher at Montgomery Township School District for eight years, where she co-taught in an inclusion classroom implementing a multisensory approach to accommodate all learning styles.

For the past several years, Amy has been at home raising her two young boys, Ryan and Michael. Amy and her family moved to Tewksbury in September of 2015, and it was then that Amy and her husband Carlo learned about Haytown. They loved the nurturing environment and program at Haytown so much that they enrolled their youngest son. Amy will also be working at Hampton Public School as a Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant one day a week.

She enjoys volunteering in her older son’s school and being a class parent. Additionally, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, swimming, running, cooking, baking, and reading. Amy loves working with children, and is very excited to be working at Haytown to help children reach their full potential while nurturing and supporting positive self-esteem.