The Learning Center | Childcare | Programs & Activities | Lakeland Hills Family YMCA

Our Staff

The The Lakeland Hills Family YMCA Preschool & Pre-K teachers are responsible for all planning and programming for the individual needs of their class.

Our Head Teachers are responsible for all planning and programming for the individual needs of their class. Each Head Teacher has 1-2 Assistants working in the classroom who help in all aspects of the program. Our Teachers possess various certifications including: Elementary Education, Group Teacher, P-3, Child Development Associate, and some have also completed their Masters Programs. All Head Teachers are CPR, First Aid, and AED certified.

For our Full Day Program, after a full day of learning, the staff transitions the children to our enthusiastic PM Aides who provide the children with a unique “camp” format for the 3-6pm time. Our Aides are high school students and college students pursuing an early childhood experience for their degrees.

April Ryder (Director)

Miss April graduated from East Stroudsburg University with a degree in Elementary Education and a concentration in Special Education. She has over 17 years experience working with children from birth through Elementary school. April has been at LHYMCA since 2007. She started as the Half Day Preschool Teacher and worked the summers as a head counselor in the half day camp. She then took on a new role as the Assistant Childcare Director and in August of 2011, she was promoted to the position of Partial Day Early Childhood Learning Center Director. She is dedicated to making the experiences of children who are in her care fun, happy and safe!

Miss Maria (Pre-K Head Teacher)

Miss Maria has been teaching young children for 25 years, 10 years in our pre k classroom! She possesses an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and a BA in Elementary Education. Miss Maria loves to be around children because of their loving nature and their eagerness to learn. She has the ability to bring out children’s best academic skills and she more than prepares her students for Kindergarten. Maria also has 2 adorable children of her own.

Miss Sue (Preschool Head Teacher)

After 9 years as a Nursery School teacher in Montville, and 6 years in the Lincoln Park School System working with Special Needs students, Miss Sue joined our center as a Pre School Head Teacher! After 6 years with us, Miss Sue continues to “Wow” with her songs and dramatic activities! Miss Sue possesses her Group Teacher Certificate and additional credits in Elementary Education. She has two grown children and enjoys spending time with her pets.

Miss Sandy (Preschool Head Teacher)

Miss Sandy has been teaching, tutoring and mentoring children for over twenty years. She graduated from Montclair State University with a Master's Degree in Educational Psychology and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Philosophy. For the past several years, Miss Sandy has been working at a public school in Mine Hill helping PreK, Kindergarten and special needs students, and serving as an aftercare teacher. While Miss Sandy and her husband raised their three children, she was a private tutor, substitute teacher and Girl Scout Leader. She is nurturing, artistic, musical and enthusiastic and brings all of these qualities into her classroom, much to the delight of her students!

Miss Taylor (Preschool Head Teacher)

Hi, my name is Taylor Deemer. I grew up in Denville, NJ. I have recently graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. I have been part of the Y for four years now doing Kids Club After School Care and summer camp. I am excited to continue being part of the Y and working with kids.

Miss Melissa (Preschool & Pre-K Extended)

Melissa is excited to be spending her 8th year teaching at the Marion Mann Roberts Early Learning Center. She graduated from William Paterson University with a BA in education and has been teaching preschool and kindergarten for the past 14 years. During the summer, you can find her leading a group of campers at our half day camp. She is devoted to helping children enjoy their first classroom experience.

Miss Brinley (Partial Day Program)

Miss Brinley has been working at the Y for 5 years now. I started off as an afternoon aide, move up to a morning assistant in the full day program and now I am the assistant teacher in the Tuesday/Thursday partial day program. I am currently attending college and majoring in Early Childhood Education. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.