Staff Bios

We are so excited for you to meet our staff.

Please call (732)747-1393 or email us at thschool@towerhillchurch.org

to arrange a tour where you can meet our wonderful staff in person!

 

Lauren Fisher - Director

Lauren Fisher joined the Tower Hill School staff this past summer as only the 4th Director in Tower Hill School history.  A Tower Hill parent, she holds an MEd. in Education from Rutgers University and an MEd. in Educational Administration & Leadership from the University of Cincinnati.  Mrs. Fisher is excited to put her learning and expertise into practice at a school she loves.  She feels that the cooperative preschool setting at Tower Hill provides the perfect opportunity for students to grow and families to come together in support of each other.  In her free time, she enjoys watching lacrosse, reading, going to the beach and spending time with her family.  She has two daughters, Finley, a THS alumni, and Josie who is currently a Pre-Kindergarten student at Tower Hill.

Nicole Garwood - Administrative Assistant

Nicole Garwood has been the Administrative Assistant at Tower Hill School for 2 years.  She holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Oregon.  Mrs. Garwood enjoys working behind the scenes to help make the school run efficiently so that staff, students and parents can make the most of their time here at THS.  She feels Tower Hill is a wonderful community and loves watching the children grow as they move through the school.  In her free time, she enjoys biking, cooking and spending time with her family.  She has two children, Katie and Caroline.

Jen Bruno - Registrar & Human Resources Coordinator

Jen Bruno has worked at Tower Hill for the past 5 years as the school Registrar and Human Resources Coordinator.  She was a parent at Tower Hill for 11 years and served as Board President for 3 of those years.  She holds a BA in Business and Communications from Trenton State College.  Mrs. Bruno loves introducing new families to Tower Hill School which provided such a loving and strong foundation for her own children.  She loves the sense of community found at Tower Hill and finds the teachers to be warm and loving individuals.  In her free time, she enjoys reading, exercising and spending time at the beach with her family.  She has 2 children, Olivia and Matthew, who both attended Tower Hill School.

Christine Edwards - Financial Administrator

Christine Edwards joined the Tower Hill staff this Spring as the school Financial Administrator.  She is a certified CPA and holds a B.S. in Business Administration.  Mrs. Edwards loves numbers and enjoys working at a non-profit where children are taught in such an enriching and nurturing environment.  She loves the community feel of Tower Hill School and the emphasis we put on Christian values.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies, reading books and listening to music.  She has three children, Ryan, Jacob and Samantha.

Jackie Colleran - Toddler Time Teacher

Jackie Colleran has been a member of the Tower Hill staff for 5 years teaching our mommy-and-me Toddler Time class.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and English from Kean University.  Ms. Jackie loves coming to work every day and fully enjoys every moment she gets to spend with toddlers and their parents.  She thinks Tower Hill is a loving and cozy place filled with amazing memories for both her family and the other families who come through our doors.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family watching them play sports, reading, going to the beach, shopping, cooking and doing yoga.  She has three children, Logan, Bryce and Mia, who are Tower Hill School alumni.

Lori Arango - Toddler Time Teacher & Enrichment Teacher

Lori Arango joined the THS staff this Spring as a Toddler Time teacher after serving on the Executive Committee and as a parent for the past two years.  She holds an MBA and is active in Children's Ministry for Tower Hill Church teaching Sunday School and working at VBS.  Ms. Lori loves watching the children explore, experience and learn and enjoys being a part of a lot of the "firsts" for the Toddler Time students.  She thinks Tower Hill School offers a very special community for the children and parents where kindness is displayed throughout the entire school.  In her free time, she enjoys working out, hiking and trying out new recipes.  She has two children, Grace, a THS alumni, and Brooks who is currently in the 2's at Tower Hill.

Debbie Chen - Preschool Teacher & Enrichment Teacher

Debbie Chen has been on the Tower Hill staff for 8 years serving as one of our talented Preschool Teachers.  A former THS parent, she holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Maryland.  Mrs. Chen feels that teaching is what she was called to do and finds great joy seeing the children in her class grow throughout their time with her.  She loves the THS community and how, as both a parent and staff member, if she were ever in need of some help, that there was always someone there to help out just like a family would.  In her free time, she loves traveling to experience new things, leading her daughter's Girl Scout troop, camping and watching Survivor.  She has two children, both THS alumni, Lillian and Harrison.

Melissa Kelly - Preschool Teacher & Enrichment Teacher

Melissa Kelly has worked at Tower Hill for the past 5 years serving as a Preschool Teacher.  She previously served as Librarian for Tower Hill School and studied education and psychology at Monmouth University.  Mrs. Kelly has been in the education field for over 30 years and truly loves everything about teaching young children.  She believes she has found a wonderful “home” at Tower Hill School and feels lucky to work with the Tower Hill families every day.  In her free time Mrs. Kelly enjoys spending time with her family attending all their sporting events.  She has four children, AJ, Abigail, Tim and Molly.

Kelly Rigby - Pre-Kindergarten Teacher & Enrichment Teacher

Kelly Rigby, a former THS parent, has worked at Tower Hill School for the past 8 years in various roles and currently teaches one of our Pre-Kindergarten sections.  She graduated from Fairfield University with a B.A. in Education and is a certified public school teacher in both New Jersey and Connecticut.  Mrs. Rigby loves how every day in her classroom is an adventure and enjoys seeing the world through her students curious eyes.  She believes Tower Hill is a nurturing community and loves seeing all the "big kids" when they come back to visit their Tower Hill family.  In her free time Mrs. Rigby enjoys reading, sports, cooking and spending time at the beach with her family.  She has two sons, Matthew and Nick, both THS alumni.

Lisa Pershan - Pre-Kindergarten Teacher & Enrichment Teacher

Lisa Pershan has been a teacher at THS for 12 years having worked in Extended Care, Gym, Preschool 3's, Preschool 4's and most recently teaching one of our Pre-Kindergarten sections.  She holds an MFA in Writing and studied both Psychology and Education at Brookdale.  Mrs. Pershan loves how preschool age children have begun to form their own opinions, senses of humor and personalities but are still so full of love and positivity.  She feels that Tower Hill encompasses all that she believes about young children and education - a developmental program filled with warmth and love.  In her free time, she loves reading, writing and art, especially combining all three to make art journals which tell a story.  She has a wonderful family that she feels lucky being very close with.

Lauren Badal - Kindergarten Teacher

Lauren Badal has been teaching at Tower Hill School in many roles for the past 22 years currently serving as our Kindergarten Teacher.  A former Tower Hill parent, she holds a B.S. in Business as well as a NJ Teaching Certificate in grades Pre-K through 8.  Mrs. Badal gains great joy and satisfaction from guiding children in their learning and discovery.  She feels like Tower Hill is a home filled with great young minds, family and of course, Goldfish.  In her free time, she enjoys gardening, reading, singing, kniting and hiking.  She has 2 grown children, THS alumni Michael and Elyse.

Kelly Mayhew - Kindergarten Co-Teacher & Enrichment Teacher

Kelly Mayhew has been a staff member at Tower Hill School for 7 years and is currently a Teacher Assistant in the Pre-Kindergarten.  A former Tower Hill parent, she holds a BA in Special Education and is a certified Teacher of the Handicapped and Elementary teacher.  Mrs. Mayhew loves seeing children grow in their social, emotional and academic abilities.  She loves how Tower Hill is accepting of all students.  In her free time, she enjoys reading, attending softball and hockey games, and going to concerts.  She has two children, Katie and Michael, who attended Tower Hill School.

Amy Eklof - It's OK To Be Different Teacher, Librarian & Enrichment Teacher

Amy Eklof joined the staff of Tower Hill School for the 2017-2018 school year serving as the It’s OK To Be Different Teacher, Librarian and Kindergarten Enrichment Teacher.  She is a former Tower Hill parent and Executive Committee member who holds a BS in Elementary Education.  Mrs. Eklof is passionate about fostering empathy and respect, curiosity and problem-solving skills, and inspiring appreciation for the unique perspectives and diverse world in which we live.  She feels that the mission and philosophy of Tower Hill School match her own where children are accepted just as they are, and then given an exceptional environment to grow at their own pace toward individual excellence.  In her free time she enjoys travel, reading, photography, watching movies, hiking, gardening and rocking out at family dance parties.  She has one son, Elliott, a Tower Hill School alumni.

Crystal Mitton - Gym Teacher & Preschool Assistant

Crystal Mitton enters her 16th year as a staff member at Tower Hill School and serves as a Teacher Assistant in Mrs. Kelly’s 2’s, Mrs. Kelly’s 3’s and as the Pre-K & Kindergarten gym teacher.  She studied at Brookdale Community College.  Ms. Crystal enjoys working with children and seeing them grow and learn.  She loves Tower Hill School because of the wonderful staff and the co-oping aspect of the school which makes it feel like a family.  In her free time Ms. Crystal enjoys reading, going to the beach and spending time with her family.  She has one son, Toby, who is a preschool student at Tower Hill.

Kim Feldman - Yoga Teacher

Kim Feldman enters her 1st year as a teacher at THS and her last year as a THS parent.  She is a public school Occupational Therapist who also teaches Children's Yoga.  

Allison Hegner - Preschool Assistant & Extended Care Instructor

Vanessa Briggs - Preschool Assistant

Vanessa Briggs joined the Tower Hill School staff this school year and serves as a Teacher Assistant in Mrs. Chen’s 3’s.  She is currently pursuing a degree in Education and Special Education at Brookdale.  Mrs. Briggs loves working with kids and seeing their excitement for their learning.  She loves the teachers, parents and children at Tower Hill and thinks that everyone is incredibly nice and friendly.  In her free time Mrs. Briggs enjoys reading, going for walks, spending time on the beach and being with friends and family.  She has four children, Breanna, Samantha, Anthony and Tyler.

Rosie Bedad - Extended Care Instructor

Rosie Bedad is in her 8th year as a member of the Tower Hill staff working in our Extended Care program.  She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Shenandoah University and has been very involved in the youth programs at Tower Hill Church.  Ms. Rosie loves having the opportunity to watch children grow before her eyes.  She loves the friendly staff and amazing children at Tower Hill School.  In her free time she enjoys playing with her cat Dusty, spending time with her nephew Jaxon, going to movies and singing.  She has two brothers, a sister-in-law, and an adorable nephew.

Leigh Anne Hulse - Extended Care Instructor

Leigh Ann Hulse is in her first year as a staff member at Tower Hill School serving as an Extended Care Instructor.  She has been a volunteer for the Tower Hill Church MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) Program for the past 3 years.  Mrs. Hulse loves children and getting to experience their sense of imagination during her time spent with them.  She loves how Tower Hill School is like one big happy family.  In her free time, she is a hair stylist, enjoys drawing and attending Bible studies.  She has 5 sons, Gary, Joseph, Anthony, Robert and Thomas.

Gwen Spence - Substitute Teacher

Gwen Spence joined the Tower Hill staff this school year and serves as a Substitute Teacher throughout the building.  She is a former Tower Hill School parent and is certified in Early Childhood Education, K-8 Education and as a Teacher of the Handicapped.  Mrs. Spence is retired from full time work in the field of education but loves being able to continue working with children here at Tower Hill.  She enjoys the nurturing and caring spirit of all the staff and families of Tower Hill School.  In her free time Mrs. Spence enjoys going to the theater, concerts movies and doing yoga.  She has three grown children, one son and twin girls, who all attended Tower Hill as children.

Stephan Heinlein - Custodian

John Sullivan - Custodian