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. Kristy Letizia first joined the TFCP family in 2006 when her first set of twin girls attended the preschool and she was participating as a co-operative parent. When her 2nd set of twin girls arrived, Kristy returned and signed them up for Mommy and Me at 18 months old. Kristy has her bachelor’s degree in Psychology
and was a 1st grade teacher for many years before the birth of her 2nd set of twins. Since then, she has focused her time on raising her 4 girls and actively involving herself in their lives. She volunteers in their schools and assists in/and teaches their Catholic Catechism classes. Kristy is extremely excited to be involved in TFCP as a teacher this year.
Her background includes a lifetime of making memories with children. From a young age she was the designated "babysitter" everywhere she went. Kristy LOVES being that to so many children. The children she has cared for and taught throughout her life are still very much a part of her life. Kristy and the children (now grown young adults) have kept in touch and remain very close. Kristy feels that children are extremely important and need to have good, fun, positive experiences. She believes these experiences aid in brain development and promote confidence, which enables the children to lead happy and well-adjusted lives.