Meet our staff!
Kathleen Carlson: Kathleen is our Director and she brings with her nineteen years of teaching experience as well as a rich history with First Pres. Kathleen first began her relationship with First Pres as a school parent when her children were students here. She has a B.A. in English and Secondary Education from Fairfield University as well as an M.A. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from NYU. Kathleen's teaching experience includes pre-school, kindergarten, first grade, fifth grade and high school English. In early 2013, Kathleen was appointed as the new Director of First Presbyterian Nursery School. Kathleen has been with First Pres Nursery School for 14 years.
Kori Mattia: Kori has been teaching with First Pres since 2010 but has been affiliated with the First Presbyterian Church and Nursery School since 2001. Kori is our Business Manager and an assistant teacher. She is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University’s Business School, has a Certificate of Eligibility for Elementary School with specialization in Mathematics, and her a CDA certification. She has also completed the Self-Reg and Early Childhood Development Certificate Program.
Joy Garden: Joy is a graduate of Seton Hall University with certifications in Elementary Education, Special Education and Early Childhood Education. She has been teaching for over 30 years and has been with the First Pres family for 21 years.
Lauren Evers: Lauren has a B.A. from Rutgers University with a New Jersey Teacher’s Certification in Elementary Education, N-8 as well as a Master of Education (Teacher of Reading) from William Paterson University and a teacher of the Handicapped Certification from Caldwell College. She has been teaching for over 30 years and has been at First Pres since 2013.
Christina Grasso: Chris has her CDA certification through Montclair State University. She has been teaching for 15 years here at First Pres.
Allison Horris: Allison attended the University of Delaware and William Paterson University. She has a masters degree in Special Education. Allison has been teaching for 18 years and has been with the First Pres family for 3 years.
Meredith Hauser: Meredith attended Susquehanna University and has a degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She has been teaching for 6 years and this her her 5th year at FPNS.
Beth Guilano: Beth went to Montclair State University and is certified in Fine Art Education and Early Childhood education. She has been teaching for 22 years and has been with First Pres Nursery School for 6 years.
Kristen Venezia: Kristin graduated Caldwell College with a degree in Elementary Education and Psychology. She received her Masters Degree, from Montclair State University, in Special Education and Teacher of the Handicapped Certification. She has been teaching for 21 years and has been with First Pres for 5 years. Her children attended FPNS too.
Melissa Nappi: Melissa went to Virginia Tech. and has a CDA certification. She has been apart of the FPNS family since 2015. Both of her children attended FPNS too.
Carolyn Byrne: Carolyn graduated from Berkley College and has a degree in business marketing. She has been with the First Pres family for 10 years.
Madelyn Derderian: Madelyn graduated Lehman College with a Degree in Economics. She has been working at FPNS for 5 years.
Kim Meyer: Kim attended Illinois State University and has completed course work for her CDA. She has been with the First Pres family for 5 years.
Renee Boubouef: Renee attended Southeastern Louisiana University and is certified in Elementary Education. She taught for 43 years before retiring and moving to New Jersey. She has been with the FPNS family for 3 years.
Donna Hicock: Donna attended Montclair State University and also took some classes at Seton Hall University. She is certified in English Education and Elementary Education. Donna has been teaching for 16 years and has been at FPNS for the past two years. Her children also attended FPNS.
Claudia Lagunes: Claudia attended Monterrey Institute of Superior Studies in Mexico City and has a Bachelors degree in International Business and Commerce. This is Claudia's first year at FPNS.
Music Teacher- Katherine Guantez: Katherine graduated with a BA in theater and music from Carroll College in Helena, Montana. She has been working at First Pres for 5 years and both of her children attended FPNS too.
Speech Teacher- Treesh Ramsthaler: Treesh attended Rutgers University for her undergrad and Columbia University for her Masters. She has her certification in Speech-Language Pathology and has been working in conjunction with FPNS for 7 years.