Meet Our Staff

Mrs. Becky Martin

has been a part of the Tinton Falls Cooperative School Family since she moved to the area in 1999.  When planning her family’s move, Becky searched for the best place to enroll her second son into preschool and her first criteria was a cooperative

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setting.  Once she found “The Co-op” there was no need to look further.  The warm atmosphere and active play-based learning environment was the perfect fit for her family. Becky’s son and then her daughter attended the Co-op and Becky became actively involved as a volunteer on many of the committees.  In 2007 a position opened in the 2 ½ to 3-year-old classroom and Mrs. Martin started teaching at our school.  In January 2013, while continuing teaching her class, Mrs. Martin started her director position at the school.   As the director of this unique and special school Mrs. Martin continues to find the love and support of staff and parents to be the backbone of the school family which creates a rich learning environment for the children who attend. Becky continues to view the Early Childhood Education experience to be the most important time for young children in respect to their interest in learning

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Mrs. Ellen Wolyn started with the Tinton Falls Cooperative Preschool family first as a parent in 2003.  Soon after her son graduated and went on to Kindergarten Ellen returned to us as a substitute and Mommy & Me teacher for four years before taking on her current position as Pre-K teacher, which

she has been enjoying since 2012.Ellen is a graduate of Allegheny College where she majored in English and Elementary Education, and she obtained a Masters in Reading from Seton Hall University.  Ellen also became certified as a Special Education teacher through Kean University.  Prior to working at TFCP, Ellen taught first through third graders in Morristown, NJ, and elementary special education in Eatontown.  Ellen enjoys working with young children and loves that each day is different and provides unique and exciting opportunities to help children grow and learn.   

Mrs. Nancy DeSimone, or “De Simone” as many of our children refer to her, has been with Tinton Falls Cooperative Preschool since 2008.  Nancy’s first job at TFCP was that of a helping parent of her middle son and then her youngest.  After her boys went on to Kindergarten,

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Nancy returned to TFCP as a Fun Friday assistant teacher and substitute for all classes in 2012.  Currently Nancy has taken on the position of Extended Care Teacher, along with support staff for all of our teachers.  When we need someone, we call Nancy first!

 

     Mrs. DeSimone graduated from Kean University in 1993 with a double major: a BA in Elementary Education and Psychology.  Nancy went on to spend ten years in the Hazlet Township Public School System as a teacher’s aide, basic skills teacher and classroom teacher.  Nancy changed careers in 2003 after having her oldest son and became a stay at home M.O.M. (Most Outstanding Mother) to raise her three boys.

“Teaching has been part of my lifetime goals since third grade.  I adored my third grade teacher, Mrs. Cunningham, and she sealed the deal for me.  I knew that I would grow up and teach.  The most rewarding part of my day here at TFCP is by far the unconditional love, hugs and affection I receive on a daily basis from the children.  The children brighten my every day!”

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Mrs. Lee Warner or “Miss Lee” as she is most commonly referred to, started at TFCP as an assistant teacher for Mrs. Wolyn’s class in 2020.  This year, she continues as an assistant teacher with Mrs. Wolyn and has also taken on the Head Teacher position of the Pre-K 

Enrichment class.  Lee is a graduate of East Stroudsburg University with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in psychology. From 2000-2021, while staying home to raise her daughters, Lee worked at the Monmouth County Park System teaching pre-K and mommy & me programs in sports, soccer, art, music and phonics.  Lee also taught the preschool program at Dorbrook Park.  

Lee loves working at TFCP!  “The staff, children and families are all so warm and genuine! TFCP provides a wonderful environment to connect with and teach children as well as to help them to learn and grow through a caring, holistic and supportive program.”

Miss Lee looks very forward to teaching, laughing and growing with the children in her classes.

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Mrs. Suzann Gemelos or “Miss Suzann” first joined the Tinton Falls Cooperative Preschool family in 2017 as a co-oping parent in her daughter’s 3-year-old class.  Suzann has always been happy to help wherever she is needed: Substituting in both

the office and classrooms for several years. This year Miss Suzann can be found teaching our Wonderful Wednesdays Class or typing away as our Office Assistant.

Suzann attended both Rutgers and William Paterson Universities and holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. After a successful career in the field of Promotional Advertising, Suzann was fortunate enough to become a mom to two amazing children, the older of whom is on the Autism Spectrum. She is currently the Co-Leader of the Tinton Falls School District Special Education Parents Advisory Group.

“I love being a part of the Tinton Falls Co-operative Preschool family. My daughter had such a wonderful experience here. She was well prepared for Kindergarten and made lifelong friends during her time at the Co-op. As a member of the Board as well as working in the office, it is my pleasure to put my years of business experience to good use in the day-to-day operations of the school.  I am also so very excited to teach the Wonderful Wednesdays class. Learning, creating, and experimenting with your children is a true joy.”

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Mrs. Elizabeth Franco is the newest member of the TFCP family.  Mrs. Franco has lived in Tinton Falls for many years and has raised two daughters here.  Liz joined TFCP in 2021 and has quickly become an important part of our school.  Liz works with both the 2 1/2 - 3-Year-old class and the 3 -4-Year-Old Class.