Alison MacLarenDIRECTOR

Alison MacLaren has been part of our school for the last ten 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 young children and enjoys swimming, reading and cooking.


Marilyn Garcia4's TEACHER

Marilyn Garcia has been with the school since 2005. She teaches the 4 year-old class and the Spanish Enrichment class. Marilyn is bi-lingual and is fluent in Spanish. In addition, she is the Reading and Writing enrichment teacher and also teaches the Math and Science enrichment class. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communications with a minor in Business Management from William Paterson University. She also attended Bergen Community College to obtain her Child Development Associate Certification. Marilyn lives in Ho-Ho-Kus with her husband and two children. She is on the Soccer Board for the town’s REC program. Besides coaching her daughter’s soccer team, she enjoys playing tennis, yoga and gardening. 



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.




Melissa Ewen3's TEACHER

Melissa Ewen has been with the school since 2005 and teaches the 3 year-old class. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Information and Communications from Ithaca College and attended Bergen Community College to obtain her Child Development Associate Certification. Melissa lives in Ridgewood with her husband and two sons. She enjoys cooking, running and spending time with her friends and family.   




Katie Devitt3's TEACHER

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 the last ten years, she has had the incredible opportunity to assist in the classroom at every age level and under the guidance of seven experienced teachers. Sarah received her BA from Principia College and then received an additional degree from New York University in Business Management. She is currently working on her CDA. Sarah lives in Upper Saddle River with her three sons. Her oldest son is going to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her younger two sons are at Northern Highlands High School. Besides teaching at the school, Sarah enjoys hiking, reading and above all spending time with family and friends.


Tiffany Hogue2's TEACHER

Tiffany Hogue has been a part of our school as a parent and board member and now teaches the 2 year-old classes. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Delaware in Elementary and Special Education. She has experience teaching grades K through 8, most recently teaching Language Arts and Social Studies in 7th and 8th grade at Elmwood Park Middle School. Tiffany also worked with autistic children and children with emotional disabilities in the Christiana School District. She has a love of books and music and conducts the children of Guardian Angel Church in Allendale during their Christmas Eve mass and summer education program. Tiffany lives in Ho-Ho-Kus with her husband and three children.    



Nicole FennellMOMMY & ME TEACHER

Nicole Fennell has been part of our school for the last six years as a parent, board member and, since February 2013, as our yoga instructor for the 2’s, 3’s and 4’s. She is also the instructor of the Mommy and Me Program. She has a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and a BA in Biology from Kean University. She has worked as a physical therapist in Early Intervention, specializing in treatment of infants, toddlers and preschoolers for over 14 years. She worked as the Registrar and Director of Buildings and Grounds for the HWCNS Board from 2010-2013. She lives in Ho-Ho-Kus with her husband and two children and enjoys cooking, reading and of course, yoga.



Melanie Miller was born and raised in Iowa and has lived on the East Coast for over thirty years.  She has been at HWCNS for almost 10 years as an aide and has worked both as an aide and in the school office as Office Manager for the last 3 years.  She lives in River Edge with her husband and daughter.  She enjoys traveling 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. 







  • Nancy Fiore, President
  • Aja Rosazza, Vice President, Fundraising
  • Tracy Coombs, Vice President, Fundraising
  • Jill Morelli, Vice President, Fundraising
  • Kristin Gildea Fox, Vice President, Membership
  • Vanessa Lambrix, Registrar
  • Kelly Morris, Vice President, Publicity
  • Jeanette Gonzalez, Newsletter Content Manager
  • Margaret Murphy, Treasurer
  • Melissa Ferro, Assistant Treasurer
  • Sian Roberts, Vice President, Buildings & Ground
  • Sheri Ash, Corresponding Secretary
  • Monica Ashley, Recording Secretary
  • Susan Blattner, Trustee
  • Caren Van Geyzel, Trustee