Lauren Brunner, Preschool Director
Hello, my name is Lauren Brunner and I am the Preschool Director at The YMCA. I have over 10 years of experience as a preschool director and working in the early childhood education field. I earned Bachelor’s degrees in both Education and English, and hold an NJ Teaching Certificate through Rowan University. What I love the most about working at The YMCA is our strong sense of social responsibility and the resources we are able to provide our families. I also enjoy watching the children and families grow together, as well as seeing the amazing creativity our dedicated staff has to offer each day to every child.
Jennifer Lugo, Family Worker
Hello, my name is Jennifer Lugo and I'm the Family Worker at the Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA Preschool. I have 10 years of experience and love what I do. As a Family Worker, I provide family visits and Family nights to our parents. Confidentiality with parents and caregivers is very important to me when building relationships with our families. My office is always open, even if it's just to stop by and say hello.
Nicole DeSant, Yellow Room
Hi, my name is Nicole DeSant, or as the kids call me, “Ms. Cole”. I have taught in the Yellow Room for 15 years. I graduated from Rowan University and I am certified to teach preschool through grade 8. I have taught many grades, but this is where I belong. I love teaching the youngest of learners and I find each day more rewarding. This is truly my second family. I have had many siblings and family members of my earliest students pass through my doors. In the Yellow Room, I pride myself on treating your child as my own. The doors of communication between home and teacher are always open.
My favorite thing to do as a teacher of preschoolers is to listen to their stories and experiences. I love talking with them every day. Each day brings something new. Being a preschool teacher, in my opinion, is the best job in the world. I can’t wait to meet our newest Yellow Room family members.
Erin Malia, Yellow Room
Hi, I’m Ms. Erin, the assistant teacher in the Yellow Room. I have worked at the YMCA Preschool for 16 years, and have been in the Yellow Room for the majority of those years. I have my Associates Degree in Child Development and a teacher’s substitute certificate. I love teaching preschool. It is so fun watching the kids learn new things and grow. I enjoy working for the YMCA because it is such a family-oriented environment. They are constantly giving back to the families in our program and community. I look forward to meeting our new students and families soon!
Alicia Rodriguez, Blue Room
Hello, my name is Alicia Rodriguez and I am the Blue Room teacher. This will be my second year teaching at the YMCA Preschool. As a teacher, I love to teach and have fun together as a team. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies through Thomas Edison State University and my P-3 Certification through Montclair University. I have been teaching preschool for seven years. I was born and raised in Vineland, NJ and I love knowing that I am able to teach in such a wonderful city. I believe that together, we will learn and explore a lot of new learning adventures this new year.
Tamaisha Malloy, Blue Room
I am Miss Maisha, assistant teacher of the Blue Room. I have been a part of the YMCA Preschool for 11 years now. Overall, working with children has been a great experience for me. I love each of my students as if they were my own. The yearly training and learned strategies that we receive have been beneficial and help to enable the enhancement of each child’s learning experience. I strongly feel that our team is well equipped in order to assist each child with the tools necessary to enhance their transition to kindergarten.
Kelly Duffy, Red Room
Hi, I’m Ms. Kelly. I grew up in Deptford, NJ. I have been teaching at the CCAYMCA Preschool for fifteen years. I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree from Rowan University in Elementary Education. I also attended Montclair University and obtained my Preschool Certification.
I knew I wanted to be a teacher as a very young girl. For the parents letting go of their little ones for the first time, be assured they will be taken care of and loved in my Preschool classroom. This school year will be FILLED with fun, LOTS of learning, and new adventures.
Gina Brown, Red Room
I’m Miss Gina. I have lived in Vineland my whole life. I have worked at the YMCA for two years in the Red Room. I have 10 years of experience ranging from toddlers to first grade. I graduated from Cumberland County College with an AAS in Early Childhood Education and a Liberal Arts degree with a Child Advocacy Certification from Wilmington University. I enjoy teaching preschool and guiding the children as they develop and grow.
Sherry Rovani, Green Room
My name is Sherry Rovani. I grew up at the Jersey Shore. I have been teaching Preschool at the YMCA for over 19 years. I received my Bachelor's degree from Rowan University. I also attended Montclair University and obtained my Preschool Certification. I began working with children at age 12 babysitting and teaching Sunday School and fell in love with teaching. Teaching for me is not a job, but a passion to help children learn and grow. I look forward to a new school year and teaching your child.
Miriam Gonzalez, Green Room
Hello, my name is Miriam (Miss Mimi) and I have been an employee here at the YMCA for over 14 years. I started off as a Camp Counselor, and now I am currently working as a teacher assistant in the Green Room. I have my Associate’s Degree and substitute certification in Early Childhood Education. I speak Spanish and English. During the summer, I look forward to working on the summer camp program at The Y. The thing that I enjoy most about the YMCA is that it’s family-oriented, and I enjoy watching the children learn and play.