Meet Our Staff
Kara Caulfield is a mother of four children who have all gone through the co-op over the past 6 years. Presently, she has twin girls, Riley and Emerson, in the 4's class. She is so excited to be assisting the teachers while filling in for Mrs. DiLauri while she is on maternity leave. Kara has a bachelor's in business and over 20 years experience in management. She welcomes the opportunity to be part of such a loving and wonderful staff.
Jennifer Cipriano, also known as Mrs. Cipriano, is the head teacher in the Pre-K 4's class. She has a Master of Arts in Teaching from Montclair State University, as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Finance from Seton Hall University. She joined the Co-Op in May 2013 as an assistant teacher in the Young 3's classroom, and became the teacher for the Young 3's in Fall 2015. She previously taught third grade, has many years of volunteer experience with children with disabilities and was co-leader of a Girl Scout troop for 10 years. Mrs. Cipriano's strong belief in children learning through play is evident in the 4's class. They are given the opportunity to play, sing, and develop both fine and gross motor skills through multisensory activities. Her warm and inviting classroom is designed for preparing her students for Kindergarten. They will continue to develop independence and proper social skills while learning and playing in a stimulating environment.
Mrs. Lupo is the assistant teacher in the 4's class. She is a resident of East Hanover for the past 23 years. She has three children that started their education at the co-op. She has been with the co-op since 2007. Over the years she has assisted with young 3's, 3's, 4's and summer camp. She is trained in early childhood development and is CPR and first aid certified. She believes that making the children feel loved, special and safe is the foundation for their education.
Dariene Inacio, known as Mrs. I., is the teacher of the 3-year-old program. Her classroom is a fun, exciting and wonderful place where the kids continue to learn the social and academic skills that were introduced to them in the young 3’s program. Her values are based on making every child feel safe and comfortable in the classroom. Socialization is particularly stressed by instilling the values of friendship, sharing and kindness. Mrs. I’s basic philosophy is for every child to enjoy coming to school and to adjust to a school setting and environment. She enjoys teaching the children through painting, coloring and multiple other hands on projects but her main focus is for the children to learn through play. The children all have daily routines of identifying their name tags, taking turns being a snack helper, engaging in an activity to help with fine motor skills sharing and communication, clean up time, outside time, free play, and show and tell.
Marilyn Zara, known as Mrs. Zara, is the returning Young 3’s teacher. She has her CCP from Virginia and the NJ Group Teacher certification. She comes to us from the Learning Lab in Madison, where she taught both a 4 year old class, Kindergarten enrichment and tutoring. Prior to that, she taught at Rainbow Montessori as both a 3’s and 4 teacher. Mrs. Zara has over 13 years of early childhood teaching experience. She believes children should have fun while learning and stresses the importance of fine motor skills in preschool education.
Angela Ciccolini, known as Mrs. Ciccolini, has worked at the Coop as the young 3’s assistant and has assisted with the summer camp program. She is now the assistant in the 4’s class as well as subbing and helping out in the rest of the classrooms. She has an Associate Degree from Berkeley College of Business. She has been devoted to raising her two boys for the past nine years. She also incorporated her volunteer time as a Class Mom, which she found rewarding and truly enjoyable. Mrs. Ciccolini is greatly looking forward to working with all of the children this year.
Jennifer Knapp is pleased to be starting her second year teaching at the Co-Op. She is the Enrichment Teacher and also the Assistant Teacher in the Young 3’s Class. She earned her Associate’s degree from Essex County College in Early Childhood Education, and a Bachelor’s degree in General Humanities from Montclair State University. Previously, Jennifer has been working as a Substitute Teacher and as an Enrichment Teacher in local school systems. She believes that enrichment promotes learning through socialization and explorative activities.
Lucia Cesaro is excited to be joining the co-op as the assistant teacher in the 3s class. Lucia earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Seton Hall University. After holding positions in Marketing, and owning a business, she chose to stay home with her children. She has been a stay-at-home mom for the past 13 years. A job she has truly cherished. She has 4 children that all have attended the Co-op, her youngest is currently in his 3rd year. Throughout the years she has witnessed the love her children have for the co-op, this is what motivates her daily in the classroom.