Our Staff

 

At Berry Patch, together we make a family. We consider ourselves a home away from home for children and their families. We encourage family participation within the classroom. We love to celebrate holidays with our families. We have an annual Thanksgiving Feast, Easter Egg Hunt, and Christmas party. We hold a Grandparents Breakfast every year.

Our teachers love to play and interact with the children. They love to get messy with the children during art projects. They are experienced, caring individuals who love their jobs. They are invested in the success and development of each child.

Teachers participate in hours of professional development every year! All of our staff are trained in First Aid, CPR, Blood Pathogens and the use of an Epipen.

When looking for a school for your child, there are so many questions that need answers. We are here to answer those questions. Please do not hesitate to call!

 

Terri Crosbie, Director

Terri has been committed to Early Childhood Education for over 30 years. She is a true advocate for the importance of developing the brain at an early age through a safe and nurturing environment and the implementation of a developmentally appropriate curriculum. She is NJ State Certified in both Preschool and Elementary Education. Terri believes that a positive self-image and the development of self-confidence provides the foundation for life-long learning and a love of school.

Terri was born and raised in NYC and currently lives in Oldwick, NJ with her husband Carl, her daughter Sarah, her 3 dogs and 3 cats.

 

Ms. Betsy, Butterfly Classroom

Ms. Betsy has been with the Berry Patch for 12 years! She is the head teacher in the Butterfly classroom. She is certified in first aid and CPR, and has her CDA (child development associate). She has been working with young children since 1998.

 

Ms. Lisa, Busy Bee Classroom

Ms. Lisa has been the Head Teacher in the Busy Bee classroom for 8 years. She is a mother of two and a very proud and happy grandmother. She has worked in early childhood for 24 years- 12 years of which have been as head teacher. She has a CDA and is certified in CPR and first aid.

 

Ms. Lillian, Butterfly Classroom

Ms. Lillian is one of our teacher assistants, and she mainly works in our Butterfly classroom.  She is a mother and grandmother, and has many years of experience working with young children. Ms Lillian is certified in CPR and First Aid.  

 

Ms. Christin, Strawberry Classroom

Ms. Christin is the mother of a 4 year old daughter and comes to us with a Bachelor's Degree in Art Education. She has years of experience working with children of all ages and a clear understanding of child development. She is a patient and nurturing person with a very gentle demeanor and a real love of children. Ms. Christin has her CDA in Infant/Toddler Development and she is certified in CPR and First Aid.

 

Ms. Noha, Strawberry Classroom

Ms. Noha is the mother of three boys and has many years of experience in infant and toddler care. She is a warm, nurturing and friendly person and so efficient at what she does. She loves the children and they love her just as much. Ms. Noha is certified in CPR and First Aid and she has her CDA certification.

 

Ms. Sanaa, Strawberry Classroom

Ms. Sanaa is the mother of two children. She has a degree in Architecture, but as a second career, has many years of experience as a teaching assistant in the Public School Preschool classroom. She brings her expertise and knowledge of child development into all of her interactions. She is a nurturing, calm and loving presence in the classroom and the children respond to that in the most positive ways. Her background in the arts helps with all the wonderful, creative projects created by the children.

 

Ms. Kristeen, Busy Bee and Butterfly Classrooms

Ms. Kristeen is the mother of one adorable little boy. She brings her experience as a mother into our Preschool room and her calmness and patience make the children feel so at home and well cared for. She takes care with everything she does and takes nurturing to it's highest level. She really loves the children and one only has to step into the classroom to feel it.

 

Mr. Bryce and Ms. Christina, Virtual Learning Support Class

Mr. Bryce is an Elementary School Education College student and Ms. Christina is a college graduate with lots of experience working with children of all ages. Working side by side, they are dedicated to our virtual learners and helping them navigate through all of their lessons and assignments and achieving their educational goals during this year of hybrid and fully virtual school sessions.