Alison MacLarenDIRECTOR

Alison MacLaren has been part of our school for the last fifteen years as a parent, board member and, since 2011, as our director. She also teaches the French Language Enrichment Program to all children at HWCNS. She has a Masters Degree in Modern Languages (French, German and Spanish) from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from the University of Warwick in England. She has taught pre-school classes at the French Academy of Bilingual Culture in New Milford and French and Spanish to young children at the Wyckoff Family YMCA. She worked as the Registrar and President of the HWCNS School Board from 2007-2010. She lives in Ho-Ho-Kus with her husband and four children and enjoys swimming, hiking, reading and cooking.


Melinda Mason4's TEACHER

Amelia Hamilton joined our school in 2016 and teaches our other four-year-old class.   Amelia comes to HWCNS from Green Twig School in Midland Park where she taught four-year-old classes and most recently the Kindergarten classes.  Amelia has a degree in Accountancy from the University of Greenwich in London, England and is a graduate of the Institue of Personnel and development, U.K. Amelia also holds her Child Development Associate Certification. Amelia lives in Ridgewood with her husband and four daughters and enjoys traveling, gardening, cycling and relaxing with family and friends.



Nicole Fennell


Diane Haddad has over 10 years of progressive classroom experience, first as a parent volunteer and then as a teacher’s aide at HWCNS.  In 2017, she earned her Child Development Associate Certification.  She left HWCNS for an opportunity to teach a Parent & Me class at her church’s Nursery School.  She is delighted to be back as Mommy & Me and Friday Friends teacher at the school she loves, bringing with her the experiences of the past 2 years. She achieved her Bachelor of Arts in Management and Marketing from Felician College and an Associates in Allied Health from Bergen Community College.  She volunteers at her church and as Girl Scout leader in HHK.  Diane lives in HHK with her husband and 2 children and enjoys reading, Zumba, walking her dog Nico and spending time with family and friends.  


Katie Devitt


Julia Rosenfeld is a former HWCNS parent and board member whose children began attending the school in 2009. She has experience as an elementary school teacher and holds an MA in elementary education from Simmons College.  Julia attended Boston University and received a BA in Economics before deciding to pursue a career in education.  She enjoys volunteering, arts and crafts and DIY projects. Julia lives in Ho-Ho-Kus with her husband and there children. 


Melissa Ewen3's TEACHER

Jeena Crasto was with HWCNS from 2017-2021 as a teacher’s aide. She will be the 3’s class teacher this coming school year, as well as the afternoon enrichment teacher for reading/writing and math/science. She has a Bachelors Degree in business from Jaihind University in Mumbai-India. She also holds her Child Development Associate certification.

She has been a girl scout and cub scout leader, and she often volunteers at Church of the Presentation where she has led the music team for bible camp and served on the First Communion team for several years.  She is also a substitute teacher at the elementary school in Upper Saddle River where she resides with her husband and two children .  Her favorite activities are music, reading, cooking , boating and spending time with her family.


Katie Devitt


Sarah Harris Sarah Harris first became associated with HWCNS when she enrolled one of her children in the 2’s class in 2002. Once all her children graduated she became a teacher’s aide. For eleven years she had the incredible opportunity to assist in the classroom at every age level and under the guidance of several experienced teachers. The vast majority of her time as an aide, was spent in the 2s class, where she developed a love and understanding for this age group. Sarah received her BA from Principia College and then received an additional degree from New York University in Business Management. Sarah also holds her Child Development Associate Certification and has been teaching the 3s class for six years and is now excited to be teaching the 2s class. She lives in Ho-Ho-Kus with her three sons. Besides teaching at the school, Sarah enjoys hiking, reading and above all spending time with family and friends.


Ho-Ho-Kus Waldwick Cooperative Nursery School (HWCNS)TODDLER & ME TEACHER

Suzanne Ferraioli has been with the HWCNS for many years as a parent volunteer, board member and teacher's aide in the 2s and 3s classes. Starting in the Fall she will be our Toddler & Me Teacher. Suzanne graduated from Mount Saint Mary College with a BA in Communications and is currently working towards her Child Development Associate certificate. Suzanne lives in Ho-Ho-Kus with her husband and three children.  She enjoys reading, cooking, walking her dog Nala, travelling and spending time with her family and friends.





Ho-Ho-Kus Waldwick Cooperative Nursery School (HWCNS)AIDES

We have a wonderful group of kind, nurturing, enthusiastic and energetic aides who work with the teachers and cooping parents in the classroom. The aides are invaluable members of our team; they help to prepare and implement daily activities and alongside the teachers, assist and guide the children throughout the day. 






  • Ashley Lamm, President
  • Kara McIlvaine, Vice President, Fundraising
  • Kathy Kennedy, Vice President, Fundraising
  • Emily Spatz, Vice President, Fundraising
  • Haniya Khan, Vice President, Membership
  • Gloria Stak, Registrar and Treasurer
  • Tara Harrington, Vice President, Publicity
  • Nick Cavallo, Assistant Treasurer
  • Kristin Rypkema and Michael Lewis, Vice Presidents, Buildings & Grounds
  • Anne Marie Glavey, Corresponding Secretary
  • Michelle Kelly, Recording Secretary
  • Lauren Rosato and Gloria Stak, Trustees