Carrie Bryant Render

DIRECTOR / TRUSTEE​

It has been such a blessing to be the School Administrator/ Director here at Holy Cross these past 7 years. Like many of our staff I started as a parent and quickly realized that this was not only a wonderful place to teach my own children, but a remarkable place to work with awesome people. I am a parent of 3 children between the ages of 6 and 13. I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Finance from Mt. St. Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Upon graduation, I moved to Tampa, Florida where I owned and directed Accent on Dance for five years. Most recently I was Owner/Founder and former Artistic Director of Showtime Dance Company. I am blessed to be a part of this Holy Cross family and truly believe in the importance of teaching children in a fun, loving and Christ centered environment. ​

Laura Valvo

Office Manager/Administrative Assistant

I became involved at Holy Cross first as a parent after working on Wall Street for 15 years. My daughter attended our Level I and II programs. I am currently a teacher's aide for the last 6+ years. Currently, I am the teachers aide in Ms. Hannah's Level II and Transitional Kindergarten class and have previously been an aide in both Level I and Academic Enrichment. This year I am now also part of the school's administrative staff. I absolutely love working with the children and staff here at Holy Cross. I have two children and am actively involved in their schools as the middle school PTA president and the elementary school PTA vice president while also chairing the cultural arts/assemblies for both schools.

Veronica Kellner

HEAD TEACHER / TRUSTEE

Holy Cross has been a part of my life since 2008, first as a parent and then as a staff member. I have taught both the Level 1 and Level 2 classes and have also been in charge of running our lunch bunch program including our Special Themed Wednesdays. My experiences at this school as both a parent and a teacher have been wonderful. I love that our students have fun while learning. They get a great academic base to prepare them for the years of school ahead while also learning about God.

I am thrilled to be the Head Teacher and 5 day Level 2/Pre-K Teacher this year and work with all of our very talented staff here at Holy Cross.

Kim Gigante

LEVEL I TEACHER

I am so excited to be part of the Holy Cross staff! I have three kids who are all graduates of Holy Cross. Before starting a family, I taught elementary school for six years. After subbing at Holy Cross, I've assisted and taught in First Step, Level 2 Academic Enrichment and now as a Level 1 teacher.

Lynda Babaian

FIRST STEP AND LEVEL 2 ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT TEACHER

I have been part of the Holy Cross family since 2008 when both of my sons attended school here. Having not worked for some time and being a certified teacher I decided to add my name to the substitute teacher list at the school. I enjoyed it so much that I began to get more involved and eventually became a teacher's assistant in First Step. The torch has since been passed and I have been the lead teacher now for two years. I love working with the little ones and I feel blessed to be a part of this beautiful school and program.

Hannah Volekas

Transitional Kindergarten 5 day / 3-day Level 2 Pre-K teacher

I started at Holy Cross in 2014 bringing my daughter to Mommy and Me. I was excited to see how wonderful the staff was and knew I would love to work here. I started as a substitute and quickly found my place as an assistant in first step and Level 2. I am now currently the Transitional Kindergarten 5 day teacher, as well as the 3-day Level 2 Pre-K teacher. I also co-teache summer camp. I am a parent of two children, Molly and Joe. I have a teaching certification in early childhood education preschool – 3rd grade and a master’s degree in reading and literacy.

Nicole Bello-Kotzsch

LEVEL 1 TEACHER

I am a grateful member of the Holy Cross Staff/ Family since 2011.

My youngest son graduated Level II in 2012, and what I most treasure was the spiritual foundation that was built, through bible stories and daily worship times. Over the years I have had the privilege to work in all levels and programs at Holy Cross, as a teacher’s assistant, and as a substitute teacher.

I came to the USA with the EurAupair Organization in 1997, and I have been caring and teaching preschool age children ever since. I believe all children are a special gift. They deserve our loving attention, and guidance to help them build a strong foundation, social and emotional skills as well as learning in a fun interactive/ hands on kind of way.

Connie Florio

CLASSROOM AIDE

I am a graduate of William Paterson University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. I taught Kindergarten for 10 years as well as nursery school. I have been blessed with 3 children, Keith, Stephen,and Leah,who lead very busy lives ! I am the aide in Mrs. Kellner's class and enjoy teaching the little ones ! I feel at home here at Holy Cross !

Christine Gigante

CLASSROOM AIDE

Special Wednesday Lunch Bunch Assistant

Dominique Chirardio

CLASSROOM AIDE ​PIANO TEACHER

Like many of our staff I first came to Holy Cross as a parent. After being an aide in each of our programs I am now the aide for Ms. Kim and Ms. Nicole's Level 1 class. As a trained musician I also teach group and private piano lessons as part of our extra curricular activities.

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