Buffy Aniloff is excited to begin her seventh year at CCNS as the Science Adventures Specialist and third year as Junior Book Club Specialist. Buffy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary/Early Childhood Education from Millersville University and a Masters of Education degree from The College of New Jersey. She has previously taught 4th grade in Hillsborough, NJ as well as ran an in-home family day care. She lives in Langhorne with her husband, three children, and their Golden-doodle. Buffy was a CCNS parent for 8 years and served on the Board as Registrar for 2 years. She enjoys reading, photography, spending summers in Ocean City, and being involved with her children’s sports and activities.
Sue Burns enjoys two roles at CCNS as an Office Administrator and teaching assistant in the Creative Arts Enrichment program. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from The University of Massachusetts. Over the years, she has enjoyed teaching and coaching children of all ages. Currently, Sue devotes time volunteering as an Advisor for the Council Rock North student-lead community service group called SHARE. Sue and her husband Mike live in Newtown and have four children, Tyler, Nathan, Justin Hailey and her dog Daisy. She enjoys running, volleyball, basketball, dragon boating, hiking and spending time at her children’s sporting, theatre and choir events.
Kate Cannon is happy to be returning to CCNS this year as a teacher in the Lunch and Learn program. Kate holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Philosophy from Holy Family University and has worked with children of all ages, starting her career as a middle and high school teacher before staying at home with her son. She currently resides in Solebury with her husband, Mark, her son EJ (a graduate of CCNS) and their three crazy dogs, Petey, Harvey and Jax. In her spare time, Kate volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and loves running, reading, and spending time with her family.
Mary Higgins is an assistant teacher for the Young 4′s class. She is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. She lives in Yardley with her husband. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, and also volunteering in the community.
Karen Kelly is the lead teacher in the 3’s 3-day class. She has always loved working with children and before having her own, she was an assistant preschool teacher. Through that experience, she decided to pursue her Master’s degree in elementary education from St. Joseph’s University. She and her husband Tim, live in Newtown and have a 12 year old son, and 8 year old twin girls at home that keep her very busy.
Sarah Kerr is thrilled to be the morning Wee Pals teacher and an assistant teacher in the Creative Arts class this year. She has been a stay at home Mom since 2013, when she had her first child. Prior to staying home, Sarah taught Nursery School, Pre-K, Kindergarten, and First Grade. She earned her Masters in Elementary Education and her certification in Early Childhood Education from New Jersey City University, and a Masters in Social Work from Rutgers University. Sarah lives in Newtown with her husband, John, and their two girls. She is blessed to be a parent and a teacher at CCNS! Sarah loves spending time with her family and friends, as well as, singing, theater, movies, and reading.
Thalia King is CCNS’ Music Specialist and was the 2017 recipient of The Outstanding Early Childhood Educator Award from the Bucks County Association for the Education of Young Children (BCAEYC). She is returning for her 9th year at CCNS and has a range of talents, from entertaining at children’s birthday parties and the Bucks County Children’s Museum, to teaching dance to young kids. As an original music teacher for Kids’ Music Round, Thalia was featured on nine CDs. She attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and completed teacher training at the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, New Jersey. She and her husband have two daughters who are both alumni of CCNS. As a family they lived in England for 3 years which allowed her to indulge in two of her favorite interests: travel and photography. She taught at the village preschool where she enjoyed singing songs in English with a slightly different accent!
Jennifer Koza is thrilled to begin her fourth year at CCNS as the assistant teacher for the AM Pre-K class and her second year as Kindergarten Enrichment lunch assistant. Jennifer attended Temple University and worked as an elementary computer specialist in both North Carolina and Massachusetts prior to returning to Pennsylvania and raising her four children with her husband Ed in Newtown. Over the years she has enjoyed volunteering in many roles at Sol Feinstone Elementary as well as coaching Cross Country for St. Andrews CYO. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys playing tennis, running, gardening, coaching and reading.
Cheryl Kusters is excited to begin her fifth year (third as lead AM Pre-K teacher) at CCNS. She earned a B.S. in Special Education from Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey) and completed several graduate-level courses in Counseling while attending Rowan University. Cheryl holds certificates in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education and Special Education. Before leaving to be a stay-at-home mom, she taught for seven years at Whitman Elementary School in Turnersville, New Jersey. Cheryl lives in Newtown with her husband, Mike, four children and rescue dog, Grace. Her favorite things to do are to be with her family, read, attend her children’s sporting events, be with friends and spend time at church.
Charlene Lawton is returning for her twelfth year at CCNS. She is happy to return this year as a Lunch & Learn Assistant and In-house Substitute! She previously assisted in Pre-K and Older 3’s. Charlene has a BS degree from Kutztown University in Media Communications. She has worked in television production, information technology, and has taught music for young children. She is also an Aquatics Instructor for babies and preschoolers, and a Swim Team Coordinator. Charlene and her husband, Joe, have three children, all CCNS alumni. During her years as a CCNS parent, she served on the Board for four years. Charlene loves writing, traveling, skiing, camping and the outdoors, and supporting her children’s sports and activities.
Regina Mangan is delighted to be part of the CCNS family as the Young 3s Teacher. Regina graduated from Seton Hall University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education including Nursery School. She taught preschool and first grade before her three sons were born. Then while raising her children, she remained active in education by becoming a substitute teacher for each grade level. Now that her three sons are big boys, she is very happy to enjoy teaching her own preschool class again here at CCNS. Regina finds comfort in her faith and her favorite moments are spent with her husband and boys. She loves to play softball and volleyball. She also writes children’s stories, draws, paints, and crochets when she has a little time to herself.
Virginia Law Manning is thrilled to share her love of children’s books with the CCNS community as the school’s Library Coordinator. Children’s books are her passion. She studied children’s book illustration and writing at Parsons School of Design, had a career in publishing, and is now the Illustrator Coordinator for the Eastern PA chapter of the Society of Children’s Books Writers & Illustrators. Virginia spent three blissful years at CCNS with her son Thomas, now an 11th grader at CRHS North, and spent three more since returning to CCNS in 2016 as the KE Lunch Assistant. She encourages CCNS families to take advantage of the Cooke Family Lending Library in the All Purpose Room.
Karen May is excited to begin her second year as the assistant teacher in the 3s 3 Day class. She previously served as co-leader of the Lunch and Learn Program. Karen graduated from Messiah College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She worked in various group homes and residential treatment centers as a program coordinator and manager before starting a family. Karen, a resident of Newtown, lives with her husband, three children and one rescue dog. Over the last 16 years she has been active as a volunteer in her children’s school and local church. Karen enjoys exercising, singing, cooking, watching her daughters dance and visiting her son in college.
Jeanine Medrow is pleased to be returning as the Lead teacher of the PM Pre-K class. Jeanine was the 2017 recipient of The Outstanding Early Childhood Educator Award from the Bucks County Association for the Education of Young Children (BCAEYC). She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Shippensburg University and a Masters degree in Education from Bloomsburg University. Jeanine taught 3rd grade for the Pennsbury School District for several years and has substituted in all grades K-8th. Over the years she has enjoyed volunteering in many roles at Edgewood Elementary School. Jeanine and her husband live in Yardley and have a daughter and twin sons. She loves playing tennis, scrapbooking, spending time at the lake or beach and attending all of her children’s sporting activities.
Betty McCorriston is a co-teacher for the PM Pre-K Enrichment class. She is thrilled to call CCNS home for more than 21 years. Betty graduated from Holy Family College with a degree in Elementary Education. She also has her Master’s Equivalency in Elementary Education. Betty taught in the Pennsbury School district for ten years. She and her husband have two daughters. Betty enjoys reading, walking, gardening, the theater, and going to the beach.
Dina Modica is the Lead Teacher for our Young 4’s class. In 2011, Dina was honored with the “Outstanding Educator Award” from the Bucks County Association for the Education of Young Children (BCAEYC). Dina holds a BS degree in Elementary Education and a Masters equivalent in Reading from The College of New Jersey. She is also certified in the Wilson Reading Method and continues to tutor children with reading difficulties. Dina is married with 4 wonderful children and 2 dogs! She loves to read, cook and spend time with her family. She also loves her volunteer work as the assistant to the Chef for the “Aid For Friends” organization that makes meals for the elderly and sick home-bound.
Jillian Palmieri is so excited to begin her fourth year as the Physical Education Specialist at CCNS. As well as teaching gym this year, Jillian has her own business performing bully prevention assemblies to middle and high school students through her program, Bystander: A Portrait in Apathy. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from Douglass College and a Masters in Education from Rutgers University. Prior to her work in bully prevention education, Jillian taught language arts at Applegarth Middle School in Monroe Township, NJ. Jillian is one of the owners of Main Street Theater Co. in Yardley, Pa, an acting studio for students of all ages. She currently lives in Yardley with her husband and two daughters, one second grade student and the other a fourth grader at Quarry Hill.
Cathy Pepin is an assistant teacher for the Young 3’s class. She is delighted to call CCNS home for more than eighteen years. Cathy has a Bachelor of Science degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati. She also has a Master’s in Biochemistry from Case Western Reserve University. Previously, Cathy taught Chemistry at Mercer County Community College and was a teaching assistant at Georgetown University. Cathy and her husband have four boys, all of whom are CCNS alumni. During her time as a CCNS mom, Cathy was an active board member. Cathy loves dragon boating, traveling, her book club, and spending time with her family on LBI.
Danielle Terwilliger is very excited to join CCNS as the co-leader of the Lunch and Learn Program. Danielle graduated from the University of Scranton with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Marketing. Prior to starting a family, she worked as a project manager in the publishing industry, working on many projects including those that focused on children and teen books. She has been a parent at CCNS since 2012 and holds our little red schoolhouse near and dear to her heart and is very thankful for the lifelong friends and memories she has from our school. She enjoys spending time on the beach and with her family at their cabin in upstate NY.
Kris Roba is thrilled to return for her 5th year at CCNS as the Creative Arts Specialist and for her fourth year as the Kindergarten Enrichment assistant teacher. Kris has a Certificate in Fine Arts in painting, printmaking, and sculpturing from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a certificate in Desktop Publishing from Bucks County College. She has previously worked as a Children’s Activity Coordinator and Special Events Coordinator. Kris has also enjoyed teaching private art lessons and being a Nanny. She lives in Langhorne with her husband, two children, Jackson and Cole, and their dog Houdini. She was a Co-op parent for 5 years at St. James Preschool and served on the board for three years. She enjoys directing summer camps and teaching at Artists of Yardley. In her free time Kris likes painting, traveling, coaching basketball, spending summers in LBI with family, and being involved with her children’s sports.
Erica Van Varick is excited to return this year as a Creative Arts Specialist. Erica has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration with a concentration in Art History from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has written and illustrated two picture books and has also worked on many other freelance art projects including greeting cards, pet portraits and commissioned fine art paintings. Erica lives in Yardley with her husband, Rob and their three children, all of whom are CCNS alumni. She also has a goofy rescue dog, Otto, whom she adores. In her free time, Erica loves to paint, write, read, garden, bake, hike, and generally spend time outdoors in nature.
Heidi Van Vooren is looking forward to continuing her role as assistant teacher for the PM Pre-K class. Heidi holds a Master’s degree in Communication Studies from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, and an undergraduate communications degree from West Chester University. Heidi has worked as an assignment editor for WPHL-17 television, and Fox’s Good Day Philadelphia. She also has worked as a 24 hours news update anchor at WGAL television in Lancaster, PA. Additionally, Heidi worked as a public relations specialist for the Philadelphia Stock Exchange and AAA Mid-Atlantic in Philadelphia and Delaware. She also worked as a Traffic Safety Manager and Safe Kids advocate in West Chester, PA. Heidi lives in Washington Crossing with her husband Ed, two daughters, and her dog Rosie. In her free time, Heidi loves to swim, read, bike and go antiquing.