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lil’achievers Staff – Howell NJ Learning Center

Jennifer – Center Director

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Hello, my name is Jennifer and I am the director of the center. I have been working in childcare for 16 years. I started out as an assistant in a classroom while obtaining my bachelors and worked myself up to head teacher, assistant director and now director. Children have always had a very special place in my heart. I truly feel blessed to be in a profession that is so rewarding. I have always felt that we as educators are children’s voice and it is up to us to keep children safe and make them secure while building their self esteem and confidence, that is a responsibility that I take seriously! While under my direction my mission is to provide a warm safe and educationally stimulating environment for your child. I also believe in keeping open lines of communication to parents so please feel comfortable and free to come and speak to me at any time for any reason, I will always have time for you and your child!

Ms. Kima- Head Teacher Lil’Beginners

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Hello my name is Ms. Kima and I am the Head Teacher in the lil’Beginners class. I have been involved in childcare my entire adult life. I have had the experience of working with every age group. My favorite age though is the babies. I enjoy watching the children develop into little people with their own unique personality. We spend our time tumbling, playing, and exploring new textures, cuddling and singing. We work on self-help skills like, rolling over, sitting up, crawling, walking, and language acquisition. We also work on identifying shapes colors animals and our natural world around us. Stop by and visit us!

Grace- Assistant Teacher Lil’Beginners

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Hello my name is Ms. Grace and I am an assistant in the Lil’Beginners class. I have been caring for children for many years. I love working with the younger children. I feel lucky to have such an important job of watching you baby grow and learn. I am happy to be your child’s teacher and look forward to getting to know your family.

Laura- Assistant Teacher Lil’Beginners

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Hello! I am Ms Laura. I have worked in a child care setting for many years and love what I do! I am able to create a safe environment that allows the children the freedom to explore, learn and grow while having the time of their lives! I have worked with all age groups but my true passion lies with the Lil’Beginners. I am currently a student at Kean University through Ocean County College. I am working on achieving my degree in liberal arts with a minor in psychology. I look forward to helping your child grow!

Ms. Brittney- Head Teacher Lil’Explorers

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Hi I am Ms. Brittney! Growing up as the first child in the family I was afforded many opportunities to be around younger children. It was because of my experiences growing up that I grew a very special love for children. I started my career in child care in 2011 and have been going strong ever since. As a lead teacher in the Lil’Explorers it is my goal to make every child feel comfortable and that they belong here. They should feel like my classroom is their second home. I pride myself on creating an environment that is safe, loving and fun. Seeing their smiles and the sparkle in their eye makes everything I do each day worth it!

Yaritza- Assistant Teacher Lil’Explorers

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Hi! My name is Yaritza and I am the assistant teacher in the Lil’Explorers class. I am fairly new to child care with two years of experience. I am so excited to learn new techniques when working with children every day from my coworkers. Working with the toddlers is my favorite! It’s amazing to see them growing up right before your eyes. I can’t wait to get to know your little one.

Kristen- Head Teacher Lil’Travelers

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Hello my name is Ms. Kristen and I am the head teacher in the Lil’Travelers classroom. I enjoy working with children ages 2 ½ to 3. I have been the head teacher in this class for two years. I love creating an environment where children feel welcomed and comfortable to be who they are. Some of my favorite concepts that I work on with the children in my class are potty training, self-help skills, fine motor skills, positive peer interactions, and art just to name a few. I look forward to getting to know your child and you!

Lisa- Head Teacher Lil’Discoverers

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Hello. My name is Lisa and I am the teacher for the Lil Discoverers classroom. I have been in the child-care field since 2007. I owned a home day-care and then became a preschool teacher. I also have a certification in early childhood development. My goal as a teacher is to help your child learn and grow in a developmentally appropriate environment. Nurturing and encouraging children to discover the world around them is my passion at Lil’ Achievers. Children’s expression of words and actions captivates me and assists me in familiarizing myself with them as individuals. I am intrigued with their levels of skill and will apply my degree of teaching according to their needs. My observational instinct, patience, and knowledge also stem from a personal level, as I am a mother of five wonderful children, two of whom have special needs. I am looking forward to teaching and learning about your child!

Selena- Assistant Teacher Lil’Discoverers

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Hello my name is Ms. Selena and I am an assistant in the preschool class, however you will sometimes see me floating throughout the school. I love children of all ages! I am currently pursuing my degree in Child Advocacy with a minor in Criminal Justice at Mount Clair State University. It’s my passion to help children and be their voice if needed! My main goal while working here is to make sure children are safe, happy and having fun!

Colleen- Hear Teacher Lil’Achievers

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Hello my name is Ms. Colleen and I am happy to be your child’s pre-kindergarten teacher. This is my third year with Lil’Achievers and I am thrilled to be apart of the team. I have been a certified kindergarten teacher for 18 years. My experience is perfect in this setting because I know what is needed to get your child kindergarten ready! One of my goals for this school year is to have your child to begin reading. We will also be working on very important math concepts as well as fun science experiments and natural science as well. I also incorporate sign language into the program I find it helps children conceptualize words and language as a whole. I look forward to a successful school year!

Allison- Assistant Teacher Lil’Achievers

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Hello my name is Ms. Allison and I am the assistant teacher in the Lil’Achievers classroom. I take pride and pure enjoyment in working with the pre-k class. I have been a camp counselor since the age of 16. I have formal early child hood experience for the past 5 years. I have a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in history form the University of Kean. I am happily married and the proud mother to a brilliant little girl and enjoy spending all of my free time with my family. I am here to support your child in their journey to kindergarten.

Danielle- Center Floater

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Hello my name is Ms. Danielle and I am a floater at Lil’Achievers. I enjoy getting to know all the children in our school and love the opportunity to gain experience of working in all the classrooms. I have been working in the childcare industry since 2010. I love working with the three year olds. I am a mother to a busy boy and enjoy spending all my free time with him. I look forward to coming to work every day because I never know what funny and inspiring words the children will say next. I enjoy assisting the head teacher with lesson plans and classroom management. Can’t wait to get to know your child!