Our Teachers

Jill Bearce

“Mrs. Bearce” is in her seventh year on staff at LPP, and this year begins as Head Teacher for the Ducklings and Chickadees classes.

In 2017 she completed the Early Childhood Development program at Mercer County Community College and achieved her CDA certification.

“Children are natural explorers with a thirst for knowledge. I believe it is my job as a teacher to support their curiosity and guide them through learning experiences they can take with them for years to come.”

Mary Traub

“Mrs. Traub” has been a teacher for many years, with ten of those years teaching PreK.  She is excited to be the Head teacher of the Owls class. She spent two months as an assistant teacher in the Owls classroom early in 2020.

She has a master’s degree in education from Nazareth College and is currently working on her doctorate in Early Childhood Education at Walden University.  She has wanted to be a teacher since she was seven years old and continues to be passionate about teaching young children.

She enjoys reading, scrapbooking, and spending time with her husband, two adult daughters, and new puppy, Lucy.

“I believe that play is the work of children and that they learn through play as they explore and discover the world.   Each child is unique and it is important to develop each child’s special gifts.”

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Devlyn Cifuentes

“Miss Cifuentes” is starting as the new Assistant Teacher for the Owls classroom. She is a soon-to-be graduate of The College of New Jersey, completing her B.S. in Early Childhood Education with a specialization in Biology.

“When working with children, teachers play an important role to help shape their ever-growing minds. I believe that children are natural explorers and learn best through play and through meaningful interactions that ignites their curiosity. I hope to guide the children I meet at LPP so they can grow up to be self-sufficient, bright learners.”

Christine Madzy

“Mrs. M” has been teaching and working with young children for many years.  Both of her daughters attended preschool at LPP
and she is so excited to be back!

You may have seen her at Howell Living History Farm, dressed a bit differently!  She is part of the School Program staff there and runs the preschool
Hatchery and School Age Farmhands programs.
Along with her interest in the farm, she loves to read, craft, spend time at the beach and hang out with her teenage daughters.

She loves getting to know the Chickadees and being a part of their learning and exploring!

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