Meet Our Staff
Kara Caulfield is our Director and a mother of four children who have all gone through the Co-Op over the past 6 years. 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 and runs our summer camp program. 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 class. 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.
Lauren Guaimano, also known as Mrs. G., is the Young 3’s assistant. She currently holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Montclair State University in the field of Psychology. She has been very busy as a stay-at-home mom for the last seven years, which she considers an exceptionally rewarding time. While her daughter was enrolled in at the East Hanover Co-Op, Lauren had often taken the opportunity to volunteer in our school, whenever an aide was needed in Mrs. Inacio's class. It was through this experience that Lauren discovered the love of working with preschoolers in a classroom setting. Mrs. G, is greatly excited for another year ahead and considers it a privilege to be working with the Young 3’s students.
Jennifer Knapp is pleased to be starting her third year teaching at the Co-Op and her first year as the teacher in the Young 3’s Class. She was previously the Young 3’s assistant for the past two years and our enrichment teacher. 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.
Angela Ciccolini, known as Mrs. Ciccolini, has worked at the Co-Op for the past few years as the young 3’s assistant, 4’s class assistant and summer camp program. This year she will be the assistant in our 3’s class. Mrs. Ciccolini will also be 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 another year working with all of the children.