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.
Meredith Meli: Meredith attended Susquehanna University and has a degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She has been teaching for 7 years and this her her 6th year at FPNS.
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.
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 6 years and 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 11 years.
Madelyn Derderian: Madelyn graduated Lehman College with a Degree in Economics. She has been working at FPNS for 5 years.
Music Teacher- Katherine Guantez