Primrose School of Florham Park

Our Staff

  • Ms.Cathy DiGiacomo, Operations Director, QA

    Ms.Cathy DiGiacomo

    Operations Director, QA

    The Primrose School of Florham Park is excited to have Ms. Catherine DiGiacomo as part of our Leadership Team!

    Ms. DiGiacomo holds her Child Development Associate degree (CDA) and has taught Pre-K for 10 years. Ms. DiGiacomo has experience working as a Curriculum Specialist and Program Supervisor for Early Childhood Education Programs.

    She was The Primrose School of Florham Park’s first Pre-Kindergarten teacher and also acted as a strong school support. Ms. DiGiacomo is a great team leader and supports both our office and teachers daily needs. Ms.DiGiacomo is our Operations Director and helps ensure our school meets The Primrose Standards of Excellence, including all aspects of: Safety and Customer Service. Ms. DiGiacomo feels strongly about keeping the line of communication open with families in order to meet the individual needs of every child.

    Ms. DiGiacomo is the proud mother of her 27 year old son, Ronnie, and her 12 year old daughter Caylee.

    During Ms. DiGiacamo’s free time she enjoys following her passion for art, baking, and spending time with her family

  • Ms. Gissela Portillo, Assistant Director

    Ms. Gissela Portillo

    Assistant Director

    Ms.Gissela Portillo is our Assistant Director

    She joins us with over 6 years of Early Childhood Education experience and has been working as a Preschool Lead Teacher, prior to joining our school.

    Ms. Portillo currently holds a CDA and is also taking courses at Essex County College to acquire her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education.

    Ms. Portillo has always had a passion for teaching young children and loves encouraging them, and watching them grow.

    We are very excited to have Ms. Portillo as one of our Primrose Leadership Team!

    Her goal is to grow with Primrose, and she is definitely succeeding!

    We see a bright future for Ms. Portillo in our school, and are so grateful to have her as part of our team!

  • Ms. Lauren Trinh, School Support

    Ms. Lauren Trinh

    School Support

    Ms. Lauren Trinh is part of our School Support Team! We are so happy to have her help our school in any way possible.

    Ms.Trihn’s education is very important to her since she came from a war torn country where education wasn’t possible. Ms.Trihn graduated from Elizabeth High School then continued her education In Cranford NJ, earning her Associates in Applied Science.

    In her fifteen years of working with middle and high school aged children, she has always encouraged them to be successful in their education.

    We are excited to have Ms.Trihn as a part of the Primrose Family and look forward to having her grow with us!

  • Ms. Gina DelMauro, School Support

    Ms. Gina DelMauro

    School Support

    My name is Gina and I have recently graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, and a minor in Public Relations. Quickly after graduating I realized that working with children was my passion. I love watching them grow & helping them to succeed.

    I hope to eventually go back to school for a Master’s degree in Early Education.

    Throughout my college career I have enjoyed gaining experience working with children through babysitting, and working in a daycare!

    I am so happy to be a part of the Primrose team!

  • Mr. Nijah Kehinde, Chef

    Mr. Nijah Kehinde

    Chef
  • Ms. Mary Basnayake, Lead Infant I Teacher

    Ms. Mary Basnayake

    Lead Infant I Teacher

    Ms. Mary Basnayake is the Lead Infant I Teacher, at The Primrose School of Florham Park!

    Ms. Basnayake has been teaching children of all ages for over 20 years. She moved to The United States from Sri Lanka, where she lead the Social Sciences department and taught grades 9-12. Since moving to the United States in 2008, Ms. Basnayake has worked at a Preschool as both a Teacher’s Assistant and Lead Teacher.

    She has a Bachelor’s Degree in the Arts and obtained an Early Childhood Education Degree from the College of Staten Island. What Ms. Basnayake enjoys most about working with children is watching them learn and grow. Children are full of positive energy and she truly loves being around them! Ms. Basnayake is so excited to see her students meet new milestones each day. She said, "Working in a field I truly love, allows me to be a better mother and wife to my family because working with children makes me happy!"

    She is looking forward to continuing her journey with The Primrose School of Florham Park. Ms. Basnayake can’t wait to see her young students learn and grow with her help and assistance.

    In her spare time, Ms. Basnayake likes to cook her family's favorite dishes and decorate her home!

  • Ms. Ebony Neely, Infant Teacher

    Ms. Ebony Neely

    Infant Teacher

    My name is Ebony and I have recently graduated from the College of New Rochelle with a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts.

    Working with children has always been a passion of mine and I really enjoy watching their growth & seeing them become excited about school!

    For the past few years I have enjoyed gaining experience with children through working as an assistant teacher in a NYC charter school, summer camp programs and most recently as a lead teacher for infants and toddlers.

    I am so excited to join the Primrose School of Florham Park as a Teacher for Infant 1!

  • Ms. Tanya Wallace, Infant 2 Teacher

    Ms. Tanya Wallace

    Infant 2 Teacher
  • Ms. Yolanda Norville, Infant 2 Teacher

    Ms. Yolanda Norville

    Infant 2 Teacher

    We are so happy to welcome Ms. Yolanda to our Primrose family! She comes to us with over 25 years’ experience in childcare!

    She absolutely loves working with children! She is passionate about helping them reach their milestone & building long lasting relationships with their parents.

  • Ms. Jackie Hampton, Infant Teacher

    Ms. Jackie Hampton

    Infant Teacher

    Ms. Jackie is SO excited to join our Infant 2 classroom! She comes with many years of experience; working at multiple summer camps and helping her mom run a successful babysitting business.

    After graduating from Essex County College with an associate’s degree in business administration she realized her passion was helping children grow and learn!

    We are excited to have Ms. Jackie part of our Primrose Family & can’t wait to see all the positive qualities she brings to Infant 2.

  • Ms. Theresa Samuel, Lead Young Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Theresa Samuel

    Lead Young Toddler Teacher

    Ms.Theresa Samuel is one of our Lead Young Toddler Teachers. She has earned her B.A. from the College of New Rochelle while working for the New York City Board of Education. She has over 10 years of experience in the Early Childhood Education field. Ms. Samuel has a passion for working with children and feels she could never have enough time with them. Ms. Samuel has completed the New Jersey First Steps statewide Infant/Toddler Initiative course.

    Ms. Samuel is a loving wife and a mother to two teenage boys. She enjoys traveling to Santorini and Aruba. They are here favorite places! Ms.Samuel loves to read a good novel and also enjoys expanding her knowledge and education in the Early Childhood field.

    She is excited to be apart of the Primrose family and looks forward to delivering the best and most trusted Early Childhood Education experience and child care services to all families.

  • Ms.Jayla Fennell, Associate Young Toddler Teacher

    Ms.Jayla Fennell

    Associate Young Toddler Teacher

    Ms.Fennell is our newest Associate Young Toddler Teacher. She is currently planning to attend school to specialize in "Special Education" and has spent years volunteering at several childcare centers. Ms. Fennell is known as a inspiring mentor for here peers and is also known for being a nurturing childcare educator. She has spent the last year as a teacher for the United Neighbors Childcare Center and is so excited to start her new chapter at the Primrose School of Florham Park. Since joining the Primrose School of Florham Park family in August of this year, Ms.Fennell has developed wonderful relationships with the children and families in her care and has been a team player for our school. She is always willing to go the extra mile for her students, our families, and our staff. We are so lucky to have Ms. Fennell as one of our Primrose teachers!

  • Ms. Janice White, Lead Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Janice White

    Lead Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Janice White is our Lead Toddler Teacher. Ms. White graduated from Weeguahic High School and is a proud mother to her 3 wonderful sons: Bruce, Damian, and Jalen. Ms. White has worked in the Early Childhood Educationfield for over 10 years. She worked at the YMCA of Maplewood for 5 years where she worked with children from Infancy to Preschool. Ms. White also ran her own daycare at her home for the past 4 years where she gained a lot of experience in customer service, teaching, and all aspects of the education and childcare service industry.

    Ms. White has a passion for teaching and caring for young children. She enjoys watching them learn and grow. We are looking forward to having her as a part of our Primrose School of Florham Park Family!

  • Ms. Santana Wingate, Associate Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Santana Wingate

    Associate Toddler Teacher

    Ms. Santana is so excited to join our Toddler Classroom. She comes to us with many years of experience, working in a classroom as an assistant teacher.

    She loves to help her students grow and learn new things everyday.

    Ms. Santana has a true passion for working with children; They definitely bring a smile to her face all day long!

    We are so excited to have her as part of our Primrose School of Florham Park Team!

  • Ms. Rashonda Johnson, Lead Early Preschool I Teacher

    Ms. Rashonda Johnson

    Lead Early Preschool I Teacher

    Ms. Rashonda Johnson is our Lead Early Preschool I Teacher, at the Primrose School of Florham Park. She has been working in the Early Childhood Education Field for over 10 years with children of all ages.

    She loves being a part of a child’s learning process. She enjoys seeing them smile when they learn something new. Ms. Johnson thinks it is such a joy to be around children and enjoys knowing she is a part of their learning process. Ms.Johnson takes pride in her students accomplishments especially when they meet their many milestones and grow socially, academically, and emotionally.

    We are so happy to have Ms. Johnson at The Primrose School of Florham Park! She is a great addition to our school!

  • Ms. Claudia Bonheur, Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Claudia Bonheur

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Claudia is our newest Associate Early Preschool Teacher & we are SO excited for her to join our Primrose Family!

    She is currently working towards a Liberal Arts degree at Rutgers University Newark and hopes to one day work in a school setting within her community as a way to give back.

    Ms. Claudia has been working in childcare for a year & has really come to enjoy being able to create a safe and nurturing environment for children of all ages.

    We are excited to see all the positive qualities Ms. Claudia brings to Early Preschool!

  • Ms. Pat LaQuaglia, Lead Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Pat LaQuaglia

    Lead Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms LaQuaglia is the Lead Preschool Pathways Teacher at the Primrose School of Florham Park. She is a graduate of Seton Hall University, and also holds her national Child Development Associate Certification. She has worked with children up to 5 years of age, including children with special needs. She has joined our school with over 22 years of experience working with children in same age group.

    During her spare time she loves spending quality time with her family, creating home décor projects and reading. Her family loves sports particularly basket ball.

    Ms. LaQuaglia had this to say about her experience with children, “I love the time I spend with my students. It is great to see them learning and mastering new skills each day, and guiding them as they grow to become independent is an incredibly satisfying experience for me.”

  • Ms. Essence Negron, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Essence Negron

    Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Essence Negron is one of our Preschool Pathways Teachers.

    Ms. Negron attended West Caldwell Tech High School. During her Senior year of High school she started working at a daycare in Roseland NJ as a Assistant teacher, and continued on for three years.

    Ms. Negron also spent time volunteering atschool called Stepping Stones. She has a ton of experience working with all age groups.

    Ms. Negron loves working with children because she feels like she is making a difference in their lives, and appreciates that she has the ability to witness their growth and development; that’s what makes her love life.

    We’re so grateful to have Ms. Negron be a part of our team!

  • Ms. Rashanna Hampton, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Rashanna Hampton

    Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Ms. Rashanna is our Associate teacher in the Preschool Pathways 2 classroom.

    She has recently graduate from Kean University and has over 5 years of experience working with children.

    Ms. Hampton has worked with children aging from infancy to preschoolers, and also comes from a big family!

    “Children are so pure and innocent, I love the experience of working with them and watching them grow.”

    MS. Hampton is so happy to be part of your child’s educational journey, and we are so grateful to have her on our team!

  • Ms. Kayla Liger, Lead Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Kayla Liger

    Lead Preschool Teacher

    Hi! My name is Kayla Liger; I am currently a junior at Fairleigh Dickinson University attending on a full scholarship.

    For the last 8 years I have enjoyed gaining experience with children through Nanning and teaching at multiple schools with children of all ages. My favorite part about working with children is getting to be around their infectious energy & creativity. I learn SO much from them!

    I had the opportunity to work with the same family for 8 years. I watched their daughter grow up & gained experience working with special needs children during my time with them.

    I am so excited to be a part of Preschool 1 & can’t wait to watch my new class grow!

  • Ms. Erika Blackley, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Erika Blackley

    Preschool Teacher

    Hello, my name is Erika Blackley and I have proudly been a member of the Primrose Schools family for almost 7 years. I have always loved working with young children, encouraging them, guiding them and watching them grow.

    After attending Kutztown University I have been teaching in some capacity; as an assistant or a lead, including being a staff/classroom/supplies manager and a department supervisor of a babysitting service.

    I am looking forward to being a part of you and your child's positive and rewarding experiences here at the Primrose School of Florham Park.

  • Ms. Shavoice Hampton, Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Shavoice Hampton

    Preschool Teacher

    Ms. Shavoice is so excited to join our Preschool Classroom! She comes with many years of experience, working for NYC’s West side YMCA.

    She loves watching her students grow and learn each day but her real joy comes from allowing herself to learn from them!

    We are so lucky to have her part of our Primrose Family!

  • Ms. Jennifer Joseph, Prekindergarten LeadTeacher

    Ms. Jennifer Joseph

    Prekindergarten LeadTeacher
    Apple of Our Eye

    Ms. Jennifer Joseph is our Lead Prekindergarten Teacher, at The Primrose School of Florham Park.

    Ms. Joseph graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a Bachelor’s Degrees in Criminal Justice along with a minor in Forensic Psychology.

    Ms. Joseph has previously worked with children with disabilities, ranging from early childhood through middle school age. She loves working with children and teaching them because she truly believes they are the face and future of tomorrow. Ms. Joseph finds working with children to be a privilege, not a job.

    She truly enjoys watching her young students learn and grow. She feels you must be dedicated, passionate, and patient to be a teacher of young children. Ms. Joseph enjoys being a teacher and role model to our students, at The Primrose School of Florham Park!

    We are grateful to have her on our team!

  • Ms. Karen Friedman, Prekindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Karen Friedman

    Prekindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Karen Friedman is part of our Prekindergarten teaching team, and she is very excited to be at Primrose!

    She has always loved working with children and this actually inspired her to complete her Bachelors degree in Psychology and Human development, and Family Studies at the University of Connecticut; and pursue her Masters at New York University.

    “ It is an honor to be apart of children’s educational journey and growth throughout the year.”

    Ms.Friendmans’s favorite part of the day is watching their excitement as she reads books and sees their love for literature blossom.

    We are very excited to have Ms. Friedman as a part of the Primrose School of Florham Park Team!

  • Ms. Janet Delon, Lead Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Janet Delon

    Lead Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Delon has been teaching for over 26 years in the Catholic and Private School sector.

    She has taught from grades pre-kindergarten to eighth grade. Ms. Delon has a Bachelor's Degree in Fine arts and Education from Kean University. Additionally, she has a degree in fashion design and illustration and an associates degree from Brooks College in Long Beach, California.

    She was honored for her dedication and commitment to Catholic Education in 2012, by the Archdiocese of Newark, NJ.

    During 2013-2014 she was chosen to serve on two Middles States Teams. They were responsible for the accreditation of schools.

    Ms. Delon was honored to be part of the accreditation protocol to achieve the improvement of two schools.

    The Middle States Commission of Elementary and Secondary Schools has provided her with important knowledge, that can be helpful to others.

    Ms. Delon is also a member and participant of the "City without Walls Gallery" in Newark, NJ.

    Her mission is to teach children to learn, and to keep them motivated to want to learn.

  • Ms. Linda Lauria, Associate Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Linda Lauria

    Associate Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Lauria is our experienced Associate Kindergarten Teacher, at the Primrose School of Florham Park. Ms. Lauria has been teaching children of this age group for over 30 years and loves to be a part of the children’s early learning experiences.

    Ms. Lauria joins us with a Bachelors in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education from William Paterson University. Ms. Lauria is excited to share her knowledge, experience, and love for learning with her new students and is happy to be a new member of the Primrose School of Florham Park Family.

    Ms. Lauria enjoys catching up on her reading, cooking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends in her spare time.

  • Ms. Marissa Finelli, Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Marissa Finelli

    Kindergarten Teacher

    My name is Marissa and I have recently graduate college from Kutztown University with a Bachelor's Degree in social work, and a minor in case management.

    Working with children has always been a passion of mine and I enjoy being apart of their success and helping them grow; While also being a role model!

    I hope to eventually receive my Master's Degree in Early Education.

    For the last 7 years I have enjoyed gainign experience of working with children through babysitting, summer camp programs, and even an amusement park! For my field work program, I completed and internship with a High School social worker.

    I am excited to be part of the Primrose School of Florham Park team!

  • Ms. Phyllis Maglione, School Support Teacher

    Ms. Phyllis Maglione

    School Support Teacher

    Ms. Phyllis Maglione is one of our School Support teachers, and loves helping wherever needed!

    She has been caring for children from the Infant to Preschool Age Group for over 8 years.

    Her teaching and experience with young children has been an asset to our school and beneficial to the children in her care.

    Ms. Maglione brings her fun and loving personality to Primrose every day!

    She enjoys spending time with all the children and it is apparent through the smile on her face, and theirs!

  • Ms. Christie Beaucejour, School Support Teacher

    Ms. Christie Beaucejour

    School Support Teacher

    Ms. Christie Beaucejour is one of our School Support Teachers and has been working with young children for 3 years. She enjoys watching children grow and reach new milestones. She started with the Primrose family in May and has been a wonderful addition to all of the classrooms.

    Ms. Beaucejour is also attending Montclair State University, majoring in Animation/Illustration

    We are so happy to have Ms. Beaucejour as part of our growing Primrose of Florham Park Family.

  • Ms. Nijah Kehinde

    Head Chef
  • Nisha and Rocco Varma

    Franchise Owners

    Hello Friends,

    We are Nisha and Rocco Varma - the proud Franchise Owners of Primrose School of Florham Park. Passionate about educating our youth for a better future, we value the importance of the high-quality, educational child care that Primrose Schools provides. We discovered Primrose Schools after searching for a way to give children and families the best possible early childhood education experience. We were incredibly impressed with the unmatched curriculum, teaching method and shared beliefs of those involved with Primrose Schools. We quickly became avid supporters of the brand and its dedication to partnering with parents to set children up for success in school and in life. We are devoted to bringing the best possible child care experience to the Florham Park community and providing children with a solid foundation to excel in the future. We understand the importance of instilling a love of learning throughout a child's early years, and we believe this is essential to building a new generation of bright citizens. We are active volunteers and participants in a variety of community organizations and philanthropic events and are eager to give families an essential, solid foundation through the Primrose curriculum and its unique, comprehensive teaching methods Opening fall 2013, Primrose School of Florham Park will be the third Primrose school in New Jersey and will feature the exclusive Balanced Learning¬ system for children ages six weeks to 5 years old. Developed by and taught exclusively at Primrose Schools, Balanced Learning blends teacher-directed and child-initiated activities with a special emphasis on character development in the schools. The goal of shaping young people who are prepared for success in learning and in life also filters into the Primrose Explorers after-school program for students up to age 12. Primrose Schools is The Leader in Early Education and Care and we are committed to delivering the best possible experience when it comes to your child's education. We look forward to meeting you! Sincerely, Nisha & Rocco Varma

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