HomeCalendarWho We AreOur Programs

        Blessed Beginnings
              Preschool 
32 Main Street
Sparta, NJ 07871
973-726-7513
gbuono@fpcsparta.org
We are blessed to have amazing teachers and faculty, whose dedication to children is reflected in everything they do. 
Gina Buono, Director
    I have a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education.  I have worked as a Head Teacher and Director of three other preschools over the past 20 years, taking a few years off in between to raise my son.  My son attended Blessed Beginnings for preschool and kindergarten.  

Carol Kirschenbaum, Four Year Old Teacher & Early Childhood Education Consultant
  I am one of the founders of Blessed Beginnings and I was the first director of the school and was the three year old teacher for many years. In 1999, I assumed the role of Early Childhood Education Consultant. I have a bachelor's degree in psychology, journalism and business from The University of Iowa, an MS in Early Childhood Education and an added specialization in Special Education from Bank Street College of Education in NYC. In addition, I have masters credits towards School Administration. 

Laura Ameen, Year to Grow Teacher
  I joined Blessed Beginnings in 2009. I have an Associates Degree in Psychology, and a Child Development Associate certificate. Three of my children have attended Blessed Beginnings.

Denise Ayrey, Pre-K Teacher
  I have been teaching at Blessed Beginnings since 1997. I received my B.S. in Psychology and my Certificate in Early Childhood Education.

Andrea Barba, Three Year Old Teacher
   I joined the Blessed Beginnings family in 2014.  I have a B.A. in Elementary Education from St. Joseph's College.  I taught kindergarten in public school for 7 years.  I have also taught two and three year olds for five years.

Joanne Carolan, Three Year Old Teacher Assistant
  I joined the Blessed Beginnings family in 2015.  I have B.S. in Criminal Justice and have worked as a case manager for adults with special needs. My daughter, Kelly, attended Blessed Beginnings.

Jamie Clapa,  Four Year Old Teacher
  I have  been teaching at Blessed Beginnings since 2003, and have attained my Child Development Associate certificate.

 Dawn Green, Preschool Assistant
  I joined Blessed Beginnings in 2012.  I studied History and Elementary Education at Glassboro State College.  My three children attended Blessed Beginnings.

Mary Krejci, Pre-K Teacher
  I have been teaching at Blessed Beginnings since 1999. I taught for four years in the Four Year Old class, and have been working in the Pre-K the reminder of the time. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Social Sciences from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Dina Morris, Office Assistant and Music Teacher
  I have been at Blessed Beginnings since 2002, doing music with the children and working in the office. I attended Centenary College for business courses and Sussex County Community College for education courses, and I have earned my Child Development Associate certificate. I am proud to say my son, Tyler, is a graduate of Blessed Beginnings Kindergarten.

Tammy Toscano, Year to Grow Teacher
   I have been teaching at Blessed Beginnings since 2004, initially as an aide and now as a teacher in the Year to Grow program. I have a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. My son, Benjamin, completed four years at Blessed Beginnings, including kindergarten.

At Blessed Beginnings, children are taught Christian values, focussing on Jesus' love for all people through his gift of Salvation.

Our programs provide a sound educational experience, supported and enhanced by a Christian atmosphere, where each child's intellectual, physical, social emotional and spiritual development are nurtured.