Our Staff

Debra Latona

Owner/Director

Mrs. Latona known as Miss Debbie to the students, staff and parents is a graduate of William Paterson College. She has a degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and is certified to teach Pre K through 8th grade.

Miss Debbie began her teaching career as the Pre-K4 teacher at the Playmate School in Honolulu, Hi. She later worked in several schools in the area as head teacher and director while raising two children of her own.

In 1989 she opened Playmate Too Child Care Center in Lodi where she taught Pre-K4 and still is the Director.

She became the Director of Nursery Rhymes School in 2002 when it was purchased from the previous owners.

Peter Latona

Owner/Business Administrator

Mr. Latona is the only staff member who you will not find in the classroom. His 30 plus years in business has given him expertise in operations, safety and compliance, finance, licensing, building maintenance and many other areas to keep the facility healthy and safe for the children and staff.

Mr. and Mrs. Latona have been married since 1976 and they have two children and three granddaughters and one grandson who are currently enrolled at Nursery Rhymes.

Danielle Bundrick

Assistant Director

Mrs. Bundrick (Miss Danielle) received a BA in Communications from Rutgers University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from William Paterson University.

She was the toddler teacher at Playmate Too Child Care Center for two years. She was a teacher’s assistant in Ridgewood for one year and taught as a first grade teacher for the New Milford School System before coming to Nursery Rhymes in 2008.

Mrs. Bundrick is married and has two daughters who graduated from Nursery Rhymes.

Lindsay Matassa

PreK-4 Teacher

Lindsay joined the staff in 2012 and is a graduate of Montclair State University and is a certified elementary school teacher, K-5. Ms. Lindsay’s experience includes student teaching in a Fort Lee Kindergarten class as well as substituting for various grades in the Saddle Brook School District. Ms. Matassa also has several years experience working with special needs children.

Taylor Torre

PreK-4 Teacher

Taylor joined the staff in 2015 where she started off as an assistant. She is currently attending William Paterson University and will be graduating with her BA and heading towards her Masters of Arts in Teaching. Before joining the Nursery Rhymes family Taylor worked as a nanny/caregiver.

Dana Orlik

PreK-3 Teacher

Mrs. Orlik (Miss Dana) began as an afternoon assistant at Playmate Too Child Care Center while a senior in high school in 1989. She continued on as an assistant teacher and finally became the PreK-3 teacher and was certified as a group teacher by the state of NJ after receiving her degree from Bergen Community College.

In 2004 Mrs. Orlik was transferred from Playmate Too to Nursery Rhymes to take over the job as the full time PreK-3 Head Teacher. Miss Dana is also the school’s yoga instructor.

Mrs. Orlik is married and has two boys who are both graduates of Nursery Rhymes Pre-School & Kindergarten.

Cassie Presti

PreK-3 Teacher

Ms. Cassie joined the staff in 2017. Ms. Cassie has an Associate’s Degree from Bergen Community College and is currently attending William Paterson University for her BA and her BA in History and Psychology from William Paterson University. She is currently working on her Masters I Early Childhood Education.

Kacie Smeallie

PreK-3 Teacher

Ms. Kacie has her CDA certificate from Bergen Community College and continues to build her knowledge through continuing education opportunities. Ms. Kacie started her career in early childhood education over 17 years ago at our Playmate Too location and moved her way up from an assistant, then co-teacher, to having a classroom of her own. Ms. Kacie is a mother to one son, Braylen, and enjoys spending time with her family.

Barbara Gorab

Toddler Teacher

Mrs. Gorab joined the Nursery Rhymes staff in 2009 as a teacher’s assistant and co-teacher in the Toddler Class. In 2010 she took over as the toddler teacher at Playmate Too (our Infant/Toddler Center). She returned to Nursery Rhymes for the 2011/2012 School.

Miss Barbara studied Computer Science at Kean College. Her previous experience is as a substitute teacher, an instructor for community based Early Childhood courses such as “Mommy and Me”, “Evening Story Time”, “Fun Time Friday”, and “My First Camp”

Mrs. Gorab is married and is the mother of three children.

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