Our Staff

Jennifer Landrieu, Director

Mrs. Landrieu became the Director of the Preschool in 2008, served as a member of the Preschool Board for two years, and has 15 years of additional experience in the field. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education with concentrations in the Fine and Performing Arts. She is a NJ State certified teacher. Both of her sons attended the Preschool. She is a church member and Sunday School Teacher. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, crocheting, and reading.

Karen Belardo

Karen Belardo, NBRC Preschool Bridgewater NJMrs. Belardo (5-Day Younger Assistant Teacher) began teaching at the Preschool in 2007 as an assistant teacher in the Five-Day class and has four years of experience as a substitute teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree and is pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education. Both of Mrs. Belardo’s children attended the Preschool. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, crafts, reading, and decorating.

Michelle Boone


Mrs. Boone (TBD)

Janice Davenhall

Janice Davenhall, NBRC Preschool Bridgewater NJMrs. Davenhall (T/Th 3’s Teacher) has been with the Preschool since 1978 and has been a teacher, the Assistant Director, and the Financial Secretary. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education, is certified as a Nursery School and Elementary School teacher, and holds a NJ State Head Teacher certification. Both of Mrs. Davenhall’s sons attended the Preschool and she is a church member. In her spare time, she enjoys reading.

Michelle Ford

Mrs. Ford (MWF 4’s and T/Th 3’s Assistant Teacher) began substitute teaching at the Preschool in 2012 and became our Thursday Gym teacher in 2016. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Reading and is a NJ State Certified teacher. Mrs. Ford has two sons and one of them attended the Preschool. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading and walking.

Maureen Gaboda

Maureen Gaboda, NBRC Preschool Bridgewater NJMrs. Gaboda (MWF 3’s) began teaching at the Preschool in 1978 and was the first Language Arts teacher! She is a NJ State certified Group Teacher. Mrs. Gaboda can be found teaching our Healthy Chefs enrichment class. One of her children attended the Preschool and she is a church member. In Mrs. Gaboda’s spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Anna May Halligan

AnnaMae Halligan, NBRC Preschool Bridgewater NJMrs. Halligan (MWF 4’s and T/Th 3’s Assistant Teacher) began teaching at the Preschool in 2010 and has been an Assistant Teacher in our three and four year old classes. She has over 20 years of previous teaching experience, is a NJ State certified Group Teacher, and helped create the first Camp North Branch curriculum. Mrs. Halligan’s daughter attended the Preschool when she was little. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and keeping up with her daughter.

Allison Hernandez

ALLISON HERNANDEZMrs. Hernandez (T/Th Diaper-Friendly Teacher and Music) started as our Music teacher in 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, a Masters in Special Education, and is certified in both NJ and PA in Special Education. She’s been a P.E.P. Club teacher since 2006, which has included singing, pretend play, tumbling, and more. All four of her children have attended the Preschool and in her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and reading.

Ann Marie Kolb

Ann Marie KolbMrs. Kolb (Gym) began teaching at the Preschool in 1986 and has six years of additional teaching experience. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health and Physical Education and is a NJ State certified K-12 Teacher, Head Teacher, and Group Teacher. Mrs. Kolb is one of our Gym teacher! All three of her children, her niece, and nephew attended the Preschool. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her children and grandchildren, and volunteering

Tara Lewandowski

Tara Lewandowski, NBRC Preschool Bridgewater NJMrs. Lewandowski (5 Day Older Assistant Teacher) started teaching at the Preschool in 2010 as an Assistant Teacher in our four-year-old program. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and is one of our Science Explorers enrichment class teachers. Not only did Mrs. Lewandowski’s three children attend the Preschool, but she’s a Preschool graduate, too. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening, rowing, and hiking.

Anna Ludwig

Mrs. Ludwig (Language Arts)

Gerianne McGowan

Gerianne McGowan, NBRC Preschool Bridgewater NJMrs. McGowan (5-Day Older Teacher) began teaching at the Preschool in 2002 and has five years of additional teaching experience. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, specializing in child development and Early Childhood Education and a NJ State Head Teacher certificate. You can find her teaching the Five-Day class Monday through Friday, in Science Explorers, or Reading Romp enrichment classes. One of her three children attended the Preschool. In her spare time, she enjoys quilting, sewing, reading, and spending time with her children.

Dotty Mooney

Dotty Moody, NBRC Preschool Bridgewater NJMrs. Mooney (MWF 4’s Teacher) began teaching at the Preschool in 2008 as an Assistant Teacher in our three- and four-year-old programs. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. One of Mrs. Mooney’s children attended the Preschool. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, and cooking.

Karen Palko


Mrs. Palko (TBD)

Lisa Vidal

Lisa Vidal, NBRC Preschool Bridgewater NJMrs. Vidal (MWF 4’s Teacher and Extended Day Teacher) began teaching at the Preschool in 2011 as our Language Arts teacher and has three years of additional teaching experience. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Exceptional Children (special education). All four of Mrs. Vidal’s children attended the Preschool. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

Nikki Young

Nikki Young, NBRC Preschool Bridgewater NJMrs. Young (5 Day Younger Teacher) began teaching at the Preschool in January 2012 as our Little Lambs teacher and has three years of additional teaching experience. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Reading. Originally our Language Arts and Little Lambs Teacher, she is our younger 5 Day teacher. Mrs. Young is a church member, Sunday School teacher, and all three of her children attended the Preschool. She has played a vital role in our Preschool’s PTO and served on the Preschool Board. She enjoys crafting and spending time with her family.

Pastor Todd Buurstra

Pastor Todd Buurstra, North Branch Reformed ChurchPastor Todd has worked with the preschool since 1999. He and Pastor Mark make monthly visits to our preschool classesoun to share a special bible story. When not working at the church he enjoys reading, jogging, hiking, eating, and most anything with his wife and kids.

Pastor Mark Swart

Pastor Mark Swart Pastor Mark has worked with the preschool since 2007. He and Pastor Todd make monthly visits to our preschool classes to share a special bible story. He also personally guides NBRC youth groups for ages 3rd grade through 12th. When not working at the church he enjoys playing and watching sports and spending time with friends and family young and old!.

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