Linda Littenberg is the co-owner of A Child’s Place School with her husband, Abe Littenberg. She graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics Education and while there was inducted into the Phi Upsilon Omicron National Honor Society. Linda is a certified teacher with 16 years experience in the classroom and a member of NAEYC. As an alumni parent she supports the philosophy of A Child’s Place School. She has visited the schools of Reggio Emilia in Italy and uses the first-hand knowledge she gained there to help our teachers implement their ideas. Linda also brings her knowledge, experience and creativity as a photographer to our school, enhancing our programs and record keeping.
Cheryl Cuddihy was appointed Director in August 2018. As parent of an ACP alumnus, Sean, and with a variety of public school administrative and teaching experiences, Cheryl brings a unique perspective to the school ensuring ACP stays true to its original conception and remains connected to the larger school community in Monmouth County. Cheryl formerly served as both a Principal and Supervisor of Curriculum at Sickles School (PreK-3) in Fair Haven, Vice Principal of Red Bank Primary School (PreK-3), and District Supervisor of English Language Learners (PreK-8) for Red Bank Borough Schools. She also taught Kindergarten, first, second, and fourth grade classes in the Middletown Public School system and served on a variety of district committees related to technology integration, curriculum writing, and strategic planning. Cheryl completed her undergraduate degree in French and Communications at Douglass College at Rutgers University in 1991. After becoming a mother and volunteering in her children’s schools, she pursued a master’s degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from The Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University. Always wanting to improve the school environment for all stakeholders, Cheryl decided to become a school administrator and completed her master’s degree in Administration and Leadership from Georgian Court University.
Awarded the New Jersey Governor’s Teacher of the Year (Leonardo Grade School), 2005 and Professor Emeritus Joseph Cino Award for Administrative Leadership, Georgian Court University, 2011, Cheryl values and supports the importance of education for both children and their families. As a lifelong learner, Cheryl is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in the Design of Learning Environments at Rutgers University specifically focusing on the emergence of student agency in the makerspace setting.
Elaine Athanasiou joined A Child’s Place as Administrative Assistant to Mary in 2012 although over the previous two years she had worked as a sub in the classrooms and covering the office when Mary was absent. Elaine has a background in business administration and bookkeeping.
Sarah Moore joined ACP as an Administrative Assistant in the summer of 2017. Previously she worked as the Advancement Assistant at Princeton Friends School and the Administrative Assistant to the Director at Voyagers Community School. She has a B.A. in English from Rutgers University.
Our professional teaching staff is composed of teachers and assistant teachers. Our teachers have bachelor degrees in Early Childhood and/or Elementary Education and are certified to teach nursery and/or primary grade levels. All of our teachers have continuing education credits and in addition, they complete a minimum of 15 hours of professional development each year in order to remain current in the field of Early Childhood Education. The staff has assumed leadership in professional development, sharing their work by presenting at state and national conferences as well as hosting institutes, workshops, and roundtables for other educators.
Arlene Lyons has been an early childhood educator since 1985 and joined A Child’s Place School in 1992. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education at Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, New York. Arlene has presented at numerous early childhood conferences, workshops, and conventions, including NAEYC’s national meeting in Dallas and California, as well as meetings at Kean University and Brookdale College, both in NJ. She has also completed Dr. Becky Bailey’s Conscious Discipline training in Florida. Arlene is a master teacher in the Half Day Nursery Class.
Bev Miller has been part of A Child’s Place School since 1977. Even though she left for a 5-year maternity leave, Bev remained part of the school in the role of a parent, as her son attended A Child’s Place. She graduated from Brookdale Community College with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She also attended Kean College and Livingston College, which is part of the Rutgers University system. She has presented at many institutes, as well as at NAEYC state conferences and in Englewood, NJ at a conference focused on Reggio Emilia practices. Bev has also presented at Brookdale Community College. Bev is our Studio Teacher and a master teacher.
Carrie Sniffen graduated from Kean College (now Kean University) with a dual degree in Early Childhood Education and Psychology. She joined ACP in 1992 and taught for 12 years before leaving for an extended maternity leave of five years, returning in 2009. Carrie is the head teacher and classroom supervisor of the school, and a master teacher and team leader in the All Day Nursery. She has worked with children at all age levels at A Child’s Place School. The children appreciate her ready sense of humor and parents appreciate her commitment to the safety and well-being of their children. Carrie has presented at NAEYC’s national conference in California. Carrie’s daughters both attended ACP.
Debbie Piescor is a master teacher and the lead teacher in the Primary Program. She is also the Curriculum Specialist for the school. She has been teaching since 1995, and joined A Child’s Place School in 2002. She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education & Psychology. Debbie has given presentations for the professional development of educators at several NAEYC conferences at the state and national level including this school year. She has also completed Dr. Becky Bailey’s Conscious Discipline training in Florida, as well as attending numerous professional development institutes, conferences, workshops, and training experiences in order to maintain an in depth knowledge base in all areas pertaining to early childhood education.
Susan Wien has been teaching since 1983 and has been a master teacher at A Child’s Place since 1993. She has a B.A. and a Master’s Degree with graduate honors in Early Childhood Education from Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, New York. She has presented at A Child’s Place School Institutes for Educators from New Jersey and neighboring states, as well as at local colleges, conferences, and workshops. She has also presented at the state NAEYC conference in Atlantic City. Susan is a master teacher and team leader in the Half Day Nursery.
Babs Ponder joined A Child’s Place in 2011 and has a bachelor’s degree from Johnson and Wales University in Food Service Management and an AAS in Baking and Pastry Arts, which brings another unique perspective to our program. She has an enthusiasm for working with children which is enhanced by the calm relaxed manner in which she interacts with them. Babs is a teacher in the Half Day Nursery.
Caitlin McGrath joined A Child’s Place School’s permanent staff in 2014, although she had been a familiar face within our school since 2010, having regularly worked as camp counselor and life guard during the summer, and substitute teacher during the school year. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education/History from The College of New Jersey. Caitlin completed thirty hours of Orton-Gillingham training summer of 2017. Caitlin is a teacher in the Primary Program.
Yezebel Manaloto joined A Child’s Place in 2016. After a career in human resources, she worked towards gaining her Masters in Early Childhood Education and became a teacher. Yezebel is a graduate of the City University of New York, Baruch College with a Baccalaureate in Human Resources Management and holds a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from St. John’s University. In addition, she holds a certificate in bilingual education from the City University of New York, Queens College. She taught at the dual language academy at a NYC public school in both kindergarten and second grade. She also worked at an independent school as a kindergarten associate teacher for two years and a lead Pre-K 4 teacher at an independent school in Trenton, NJ. Yezebel is a teacher in the Primary program.
Dana Ré joined A Child’s Place in January of 2016. While employed at A Child’s Place as a classroom assistant, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Georgian Court University. Dana is a teacher in the Half Day Nursery.
Melanie Vasilew joined A Child’s Place in 2017. She holds a B.S. in Early Childhood Education and an M.Ed. in Special Education from Rhode Island College, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Before coming to ACP Melanie completed an internship at the Northern Lincoln Elementary School, an inclusive preschool where she developed hands on, differentiated lessons for students with learning challenges. Her student teaching was also completed at Northern Elementary, where she she taught in the Kindergarten classroom. Melanie has devoted her time and education to furthering her passion, which is to create a classroom environment in which her students thrive. Melanie is a teacher in the All Day Nursery.
Sharon Rarig joined A Child’s Place in 2013. She holds a bachelors degree in Health and Physical Education from Slippery Rock University. Outside of raising her children, Sharon has taught physical education to students in Pre-K through 12th grade and has also been a substitute classroom teacher. Sharon is an assistant teacher in the All Day Nursery.
Alyssa Palma joined A Child’s Place in 2018. Alyssa was previously a substitute teacher at Metuchen Christian Academy. Before that, she was a second grade teacher at Arleth Elementary School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Family & Child Studies from Montclair State University, where she was a member of several honor societies. Alyssa is an assistant teacher in the Half Day Nursery.
Jess Patel joined A Child’s Place in 2018. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Interpersonal Relations/Journalism from NYU and a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education from Hunter College. She has worked as a Preschool Head teacher at The Rhinelander Children’s Center and an Early Childhood Teacher at The Greenwich Village Center. After an eleven year career as a stay-at-home mom of four children, Jess is thrilled to join ACP as an assistant teacher.
Rosanne Zito is a valued A Child’s Place staff alumna who taught here regularly for many years and has continued to do substitute teaching since she stopped working full time. She also serves as the teacher facilitating the Fridays Are Special program.
Jen Reddy joined us in 2017 with a background in marketing and the added benefit of being an alumni parent. Over the years, Jen volunteered at her children’s schools as much as possible, in addition to serving on the Parent Liaison Board and the Parent Student Advisory. She helps cover the lunch period each day and substitutes in the classrooms when needed. She enjoys spending time with the children here at ACP and is very familiar with our practices and philosophy. Jen is a calm and friendly person who is willing to help out wherever needed and we welcome her back to ACP now as a faculty member!
Dave Meinberg joined our staff as our Assistant Facilities Manager in 2015. Dave is Linda and Abe’s brother-in-law and his late wife Barbara was the school’s director for seven years. Dave is a retired Chief Master Sergeant from the US Air Force. He spent 30 years in the military and four years as a civil servant. During this time he was stationed primarily in Europe. Dave has been lending a helping hand at our school for a number of years but officially became a staff member in 2015.