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 - Lisa Pisano|
|5K Teacher & Head Teacher - Jennifer Borowski||5K Assistant Teacher - Noopur Kumar|
|4K Lead Teacher - Deana Palmer||4K Assistant Teacher - Karolin Obregon|
|3s Lead Teacher - Alison Novobilsky||3s Assistant Teacher - Julia Steinberg|
|2s Lead Teacher - Katie Lynch||2s Assistant Teacher - Nicky Johnson|
Jennifer is entering her fifteenth year at Cherry Hill Nursery School and has been the Lead Teacher in the 5K class and Head Teacher at Cherry Hill Nursery School since 2004. 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 who will be a first year student at Rutgers.
Nicky was born and raised in England and moved to Princeton in 2012. She graduated with a BA (Hons) from The University of Leeds in 1996 and worked in Human Resources until 2009 when she returned to college and obtained her Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools NVQ qualification in 2009. Prior to moving to Princeton, Nicky worked at a small elementary school as an assistant teacher with Pre-K and Kindergarten children. Nicky has been actively involved in the PTO at her daughters' school in Princeton over the past couple of years and is excited to begin her third year as the Assistant Teacher in the 2s class. Nicky enjoys spending time with her girls, Jessica, Maddie and Georgia, watching them play sport, traveling and cooking!
Noopur will be starting her fourteenth year at Cherry Hill Nursery School in the 5K 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 fourteen years. Her undergraduate degree is in Chemistry and she has a post-graduate diploma in Social Communications Media.
Katie is returning for her eleventh 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 eighteenth 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 and granddaughter Brantley. 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 fifth year as Assistant Teacher in the 4K class. Prior to joining the staff, Karolin was a CHNS parent and she worked on the enrichment programs, fund-raising, 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.
Lisa is an alumna of Cherry Hill Nursery School herself and she was born and raised in Princeton. Like her husband Bob, Lisa is a graduate of Princeton High School. She received her BA from Lafayette College and last served as Associate Director of the Lawrenceville Fund at the Lawrenceville School. For the past 12 years, Lisa has focused on raising their three children, Trip, Kelsey and Ford (who are all CHNS alumnae as well) while serving as an active volunteer in the local communities. Her volunteer work has included serving in multiple roles on the CHNS Executive Board, including serving as Chair. She has also been co-Chair of the Lawrenceville Elementary School PTO, a Board member of the Junior League of Greater Princeton, a Board member of the Bedens Brook Club, an Elder at Nassau Presbyterian Church, a member of the Women's Club of Lawrenceville, and has assisted with the Princeton Academy gala. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys traveling with her family and friends.
This is Julia's first year at CHNS. She will be the Assistant Teacher for the 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