Our programs provide enriching activities for your child in a nurturing and loving atmosphere. - Michael Richard
At Curious Minds Preschool we teach and play with the children by providing the materials they need to answer their questions. We see children as competent, capable and filled with ideas.
We believe when you allow children to experience the thrill of exploration, the excitement of active play, and the confidence and security of supportive and loving teacher, they discover that fun and learning go hand in hand.
We recognize that all children have distinct pattern of development with distinct and differing needs. That is why we offer High Scope Curriculum that will help foster self-learning and decision-making in all children.
When you become a part of the community at Curious Minds, you are joining a group of active and dedicated parents. All Curious Minds families are members of the Parent Association (PA). The PA works to build a strong sense of community among parents and support the philosophy and mission of the school.
We pride ourselves in the diversity of our community, which is authentically reflective of the population of Central New Jersey. While we have different racial, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds, we are drawn together within Curious Minds Community by a shared value and respect for the young child and early childhood education.
When children develop a warm and trusting relationship with teachers, in return children are empowered to believe in themselves. Our teachers and staff are dedicated to nurture and provide a safe and encouraging environment for each child.
Mrs. Natalia is the owner of the Curious Minds Preschool. She holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Economics from Belarus State University, a Masters degree in Bioinformatics from Brandeis University and has also been working on her M.D. Natalia understands firsthand the responsibility and the amount of time required to raise a child. Having one of her own has giving her the experience and patience in her daily life. Quite often women are forced to make a choice between raising their children and having a more fulfilling career. Natalia decided to make her small contribution to the society by trying to give women both - a chance to build their careers as well as providing their children with the highest quality education available. Natalia also provides tutoring in the subjects of Mathematics and Science including Chemistry, Biology, and Physics for school-aged children.
Ms. Shannan is our Center Director. She holds a BA in Elementary Education as well as Psychology. She is a certified K-5 and P-3 teacher. Shannan’s entire career has been based in education. Her previous work experience includes Assistant Director for the YMCA Preschool, Director of the YMCA summer camp for over four years, working with special education students in the public school, and teaching Pre-K, Kindergarten and Second grade in both the private and public school setting for over a ten year span. She has had several years of continued professional development and prides herself in staying current with constantly changing curriculum and the latest teaching strategies for early childhood children. The greatest asset Shannan can offer to our families here at Curious Minds is her strong belief in positive reinforcement and having a sound home to school connection. She is an advocate in building young children’s self-esteem by recognizing their smallest achievement and praising them. With five children of her own, she knows how hard it is to parent as well as how challenging it is being a "working” parent. Shannan is always available and values open and honest communication at all times. She is very excited to get to know your child/children and to welcome you to our Curious Minds family.
Pre K Teacher
Miss Amanda is the head teacher and assistant director here at Curious Minds. She has a BA in Early Education with a minor in Psychology from William Paterson University. She has two certifications: preschool to third grade and kindergarten to fifth grade. She has been working with children in a school setting for over 5 years. Amanda has experience working in traditional education environment as well as working in a Montessori setting. She likes to incorporate different teaching styles and methods to give your child the best education there is. Amanda has leadership skills and is effective at managing the team of teachers in a positive way. She also enjoys communicating and advising young parents on a day to day basis about their children. Being a teacher has always been a dream of hers and she loves to come to work everyday with a smile on her face. Amanda is very excited to start this journey with your child and give them the kind of education they deserve. She is also a new mom. Her son Logan has also joined the Curious Minds family.
Music Teacher/ Preschool Teacher
Ms Kamila is our Preschool and music teacher here at Curious Minds. She graduated from the prestigious Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw/Poland with a Masters degree. She also has a minor in Psychology and Early Childhood Education. She has over 10 years of experience teaching music and piano to children. She strongly believes that keeping music around children develops their brain as well as sensitivity, memory and concentration, not to mention that music lessons bring a lot of fun.
Music lessons that Ms Kamila teaches are mainly based on First Steps in Music Curriculum written by Dr. John Feierabend - the national leader in early childhood music education. Ms Kamila shares with children a great amount of finest traditional rhymes and songs from bounces and wiggles to songtales, circle music games and movement activities accompanied by the piano or finest recordings.
Ms Kamila is also a proud mother of Gregory and Laura.
Ms Monica is our Preschool and Theater arts teacher here at Curious Minds. She has a B. A. in Psychology and worked as a case manager for Early Intervention before going to Touro College where she received her Masters of Science degree in Early Childhood Education/Special Education. She is a certified teacher (Preschool - 5th grade) and she loved her time in the elementary classroom. She took a break from teaching to stay home with her children before finding her way back into teaching here at Curious Minds. She is a great mother to son Nirvan and daughter Devina. Her dual role as mom and teacher gives her a special insight into where her students are coming from and where they are headed.
Our team is looking forward to having another exciting year!