Staff

Buffy Aniloff

is excited to begin her sixth year at CCNS as the Science Adventures Specialist and second 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, three sons and a daughter 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 thrilled to start her first year at CCNS teaching in the Three’s 2-Day class. 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 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 and two children. 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 an 11 year old son, and 7 year old twin girls at home that keep her very busy.

Patti Kelly

is delighted to return for her 8th year at CCNS! She teaches the Wee Play & Learn class. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Rutgers University as well as a Master of Education from the Rutgers Graduate School of Education. Patti has taught fourth grade as well as Professional Development Courses in Technology in her hometown of Edison, NJ. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Educational Psychology and a Student Teaching Advisor at Rutgers. In 2014, Patti was honored with the “Outstanding Educator Award” from the Bucks County Association for the Education of Young Children (BCAEYC). Patti, an alumni mom of CCNS, lives in Newtown with her husband, two sons and one silly shih tzu. Along with teaching, she loves reading, boating, card-making, and enjoying sports with her family.

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 8th 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 third year at CCNS as the assistant teacher for the AM Pre-K class and her first 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.

Julia Kulp

is thrilled to join CCNS as the co-leader of the Lunch and Learn Program. Julia graduated from Drew University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and from Columbia University with a Masters Degree in Social Work. Prior to starting a family, she worked as a family and individual psychotherapist in psychiatric hospitals. She has been a parent at CCNS since 2012 and held a board position for three years. Julia enjoys doing anything creative and adventures with her husband and three children.

Cheryl Kusters

is super-excited to begin her second year at CCNS as the lead teacher in the AM Pre-K class. She holds 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. She has certifications in Special Education as well as Early Childhood Education. Before leaving to be a full-time mom, Cheryl taught for seven years at Whitman Elementary School in Turnersville, New Jersey. She and her husband, Mike, live in Newtown with their four children (and puppy, Grace). Cheryl loves to spend time with her family, read, paint and volunteer at church and school.

Charlene Lawton

is returning for her eleventh year at CCNS.  She is happy to return as the co-leader of the Lunch & Learn Program.  Charlene has a Bachelor of Science degree from Kutztown University in Media Communications.  She has worked in television production, information technology, and has also taught music education for young children.  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 anything outdoors with her family, as well as being involved with 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 looking forward to assisting Regina Mangan in the Young 3s class this year! She spent three blissful years here with her son Thomas, now a 10th grader at CRHS North, and returned in 2016 as the KE Lunch Assistant and CCNS Library Coordinator. Virginia has a B.A. from Kenyon College, an M.B.A from NYU’s Stern School of Business and studied children’s book illustration and writing at Parsons School of Design. Outside of CCNS, she writes and illustrates stories for children and volunteers for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Fresh Air Fund and Art Goes to School-Delaware Valley.

Karen May

is excited to begin her new role 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 15 years she has been active as a volunteer in her children’s school and local church. Karen enjoys exercising, singing, cooking, watching her son play lacrosse
and her daughters dance.

Jeanine Medrow

is pleased to be returning for her 3rd year 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 teacher for the 3’s 2 Day Class. She is thrilled to call CCNS home for more than 20 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.

Jillian Palmieri

is so excited to begin her third 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 first grade student and the other a third 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 seventeen 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.

Kris Roba

is thrilled to return for her 4th year at CCNS as the Creative Arts Specialist and for her third year as the Kindergarten Enrichment assistant teacher. Kristin 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. Kristin 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. Kristin 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 Kristin likes painting, traveling, coaching basketball, spending summers in LBI with family, and being involved with her children’s sports.

Kathy Schafer

is excited to be joining CCNS in the Lunch and Learn program. She has previously worked as a School Psychologist in Maryland, Massachusetts, and New York. For the last seven years, she has been a stay at home mom for her three children, ages 14, 13, and 8. Her youngest, Jake, attended CCNS in the Young Three’s program. She is looking forward to working with the great staff of CCNS and engaging with all the children who will be a part of the Lunch and Learn program this year. In her free time, Kathy enjoys running, reading, volunteering at her children’s schools, and spending time with her family.

Erica Van Varick

is excited to return for her second 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 went to or are currently attending CCNS. She also has rescue dog, Otto, whom she enjoys training. In her free time, Erica loves to paint, read, garden, bake, hike, and generally spend time outdoors in nature.

Heidi Van Vooren

is looking forward to her new role as assistant teacher for the PM Pre-K class. Heidi holds a Master’s degree in Communication Studies from LaSalle University. Heidi’s background is in television and public relations in the Philadelphia and Lancaster areas. She is excited to bring her communication skills to the PM Pre-k classroom, and be creative and energetic with the children. When not tending to her two little girls and puppy, Heidi enjoys antiquing and reading.