Teachers

Robin Bell

Robin has been on staff for over 20 years. She received her Master of Science in Special Education from Fordham Univerity. Her Bachelor of Arts in Education was earned at St. Francis College. Robin teaches in our three-year-old program as well as our four-year-old Enrichment program.

Grace Mueller

Grace joins our staff with over 12 years of teaching experience.  She has a BS in Elementary Education from the University of Delaware, and a MS in Literacy Education from Long Island University.  Grace teaches in our three-year-old program and the Enrichment program.

Larissa Risalvato

Certified in Elementary Education in Grades K-8, Larissa taught Kindergarten in both the Oakland and Ridgefield Public School systems for over 5 years.  She is a TCNJ graduate.  Larissa teaches in the three-year-old program.  Her daughter is a recent HUNS graduate!

Samantha Dolan

Samantha is a teacher in our four-year-old program. Prior to joining our staff, Samantha worked for over 12 years as both a special education and first grade teacher in Montclair.    Samantha graduated from Salve Regina with dual certifications in teaching Students with Disabilities and Elementary Education.  Two of her children are HUNS' graduates and one is currently in our program!

Allyson Smith

Allyson brings over 10 years of Pre-K teaching experience to HUNS!  She teaches in our four-year-old program and our Enrichment program. Prior to joining our staff, Allyson taught for 12 years in the Passaic school district.  She graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas College with a BA in Elementary Education.  Her son attended HUNS!

Jamie Klouda

Jamie has a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Seton Hall University.  Jamie teaches in our four-year-old program.  She worked as an ABA paraprofessional in River Vale for five years.  Two of her children attended HUNS!

Allison Perrapato

Allison teaches in our Jump Start program. She brings 10 years of  teaching experience in the Garfield school district to HUNS. Her B.S. in Elementary Education is from East Stroudsburg University, and a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from St. Peter's.  

Christine Pellegrin

Christine teaches in our four-year-old program.  She has a Master's Degree in Education from St. Peter's College.  Christine taught in Park Ridge and Demarest prior to joining HUNS.  All three of the Pellegrin sons attended HUNS.

Teacher Assistants

Joanne Krause

Joanne is an assistant in our three-year-old program and our Enrichment program. She has a certificate in Childcare from New York University. Joanne and her husband have three school-aged alumni.

Jen Aschenbrand

Jen is an assistant in our four-year-old program and our Enrichment program.  She has been a subsitute for several years as well as a lunch aide at HUNS.  Her background is in floral design, both corporate and private.  Both of her children attended HUNS!

Michelle Gilson

Michelle is an assistant in our three-year-old program and our Jump Start program.  She has a CPA from University of Connecticut, and worked in Corporate Finance for 10 years.  During her time in business, she enjoyed volunteering with children and helped in a Kindergarten classroom.  Michelle is a proud mom of a current HUNS student and an alum! 

Leigh Ng

Leigh is a teaching assistant in our four-year-old program and the Enrichment Class. She received her Master of Science in engineering from the University of Michigan. Her Bachelor of Arts in engineering was earned from Cornell University.

Tara Loughlin

Tara is an assistant in the three-year-old Triangle class.  She has a degree in Finance from Fairfield University.  Prior to joining us in 2018, Tara worked as a Marketing Direcor.  Two of her children called HUNS their preschool!

Office

Karena DePeola

Karena DePeola is the Education Director.

Karen Tintle

Karen Tintle is the Business Director. In 2012, after over 7 years in all classrooms at Hillsdale United, she moved into the Business Director's chair. Prior to joining HUNS, Karen was an Officer in the banking industry. She attended ABI banking program.