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
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.
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,
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!”
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 for 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.