Our wonderful staff is the heart of Cherry Hill Nursery School.
Each classroom's lead teacher has been on our staff for well over a decade. Our teachers are skilled and experienced in the field of early education and are able to put all of our children at ease and bring out the best in them, which enables our children to thrive in the school environment. With their varied backgrounds, including several graduate degrees, our teachers also bring their knowledge of foreign languages, art, nature, fitness, and travel into our children's lives.
Over the past few years, our teachers have watched their first students from years ago graduate high school and go off to college. They reminisce with each other about the special qualities of their students, past and present, and celebrate their talents, achievements, and bright futures that lay ahead. Our teachers feel so much pride and joy to have had an important role in the formative years of so many children. Each child who attends Cherry Hill finds a permanent home in our teachers' hearts and minds.
|Director - Shreya Dasgupta|
|5s Teacher & Head Teacher - Jennifer Borowski||5s Assistant Teacher - Noopur Kumar|
|4s Lead Teacher - Deana Palmer||4s Assistant Teacher - Karolin Obregon|
|3s Lead Teacher - Alison Novobilsky||3s Assistant Teacher - Julia Steinberg|
|2s Lead Teacher - Katie Lynch||2s Assistant Teacher - Julia Steinberg|
Jennifer is entering her sixteenth year at Cherry Hill Nursery School and has been the Lead Teacher in the 5s class and Head Teacher at Cherry Hill Nursery School since 2005. Jennifer was the Assistant Teacher in the 5K classroom during the 2003-2004 school year and during the 2004-2005 school year, she taught Literature and Drama and served as Consulting Head Teacher. Prior to working at Cherry Hill Nursery School, Jennifer worked in several public school systems where she taught 2nd grade, 4th grade, and 7th grade, and served as an elementary school librarian. Jennifer received her B.A. from Rutgers University and her M.A. from Montclair State University. Jennifer's daughter, Emily, is a Cherry Hill Nursery School alumna is a sophomore at Rutgers.
This year, we welcome Shreya as our Director. Prior to this, she worked as a realtor with Weichert Realtors in Princeton and before that as a museum professional working at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York as well a short stint at the Museum of Modern Art. She specialized in Collections Management, Archives and research. From 2013-16, she was a CHNS parent when her son Moksh was attending and she enthusiastically served on the Executive Board as Registrar and Fundraising Co-Chair. She is currently serving on the PTO Board at Wicoff Elementary School. Shreya will also be returning to CHNS this year as a 2s parent with her daughter Iraa. Shreya studied in India and has a Masters in Fine Art. She enjoys spending her spare time with her husband, Sougata, and her children Moksh and Iraa. Her passions include cooking, traveling, entertaining, volunteering, dancing and painting.
Noopur will be starting her fifteenth year at Cherry Hill Nursery School in the 5s class. She began teaching in 1994 in India and also taught in Hong Kong before moving to the United States. She has lived in Princeton for the past fifteen years. Her undergraduate degree is in Chemistry and she has a post-graduate diploma in Social Communications Media.
Katie is returning for her twelfth year at Cherry Hill Nursery School. Once again this year she'll be working with our youngest students in the 2s class. Before her children were born, Katie taught Kindergarten and First Grade Special Education for eight years in Hillsborough Township. Katie received her teaching degree from Boston College and attended the Masters Program in Counseling Psychology and Guidance at Rutgers University. She and her husband, Gerard, live in Princeton with their 3 children: Maggie, Jack and Grace - all Cherry Hill Nursery School Alumni! She loves the beach, reading, and spending time with her family.
Alison is returning for her nineteenth year at the school and is the Lead Teacher for the 3s class. Alison has a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science from Rutgers University. She teaches group exercise classes at the Princeton Family YMCA. She is currently teaching sixth grade religious education at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Hopewell. Alison spends the summer at the Stoney Brook Millstone Watershed as a Naturalist Teacher. Alison and her husband Jimmy live in Hopewell . They have three children, Peter, Jessica and James, a granddaughter, Brantley, and a grandson, Thomas. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, yoga, gardening, reading and messy art projects with the children at Cherry Hill Nursery School.
Karolin is returning for her sixth year as Assistant Teacher in the 4s class. Prior to joining the staff, Karolin was a CHNS parent and she worked on the enrichment programs, fundraising, yearbooks, and served on the Board. She is honored to be part of the Cherry Hill family. Both her sons attended Cherry Hill and had an amazing experience at the school. She holds her BA from Douglass College, Rutgers University and her Masters from Boston University. She has traveled extensively, loves photography and is an avid reader.
Deana began her career at Cherry Hill Nursery School in 2000. Prior to teaching at Cherry Hill Nursery School she was an Assistant Teacher in the 3 year old class at Lawrence Road Presbyterian Church Nursery School. She has an Associates Degree in Special Education. Deana lives in Lawrenceville with her husband Bob. Her son Kris, wife Jamie and granddaughters, Zoey and McKenna, live nearby. Deana's daughter Alex graduated from High Point University in May 2014 and received a Masters degree from the University of Georgia in 2016. In her spare time Deana enjoys music, reading and going to the beach.
Julia will be returning for her second year at CHNS as Assistant Teacher for the 2s and 3s. While raising Peter and Margot, who are now in college, she taught three-year olds for a time at St. Andrew's Nursery School in Cherry Hill, NJ. Julia volunteered at every school her kids attended, including as a room parent, Parent Association board member and committee chair. She also chairs the Scholarship Committee of the Woman's Club of Lawrenceville, which provides a college scholarship to local girls. She grew up in Kansas and graduated from Harvard University. Julia enjoys traveling to see her kids, swimming, and spending time with her Labrador, Casey.