Ms. Alexy is living her dream as owner of Animated Child Inc. and director Animated Child Montclair. She divides her time between Animated Child Montclair and development of Animated Child Inc. franchise operation, advocacy and consulting services. She earned a Bachelor of Science Specialist Special Education, Graduate Degree in Special Education focus on behavior and cognition and has graduate level endorsements in autism spectrum disorders. She enjoys statistics and special education law. Her favorite part of the day is interacting with young children.
Associate Director of I.T. and Administration
Mr. Nathan is co-owner of Animated Child Inc. helps create and implement all technology classes and curriculums. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Graduate Degree in I.T. Management Software Engineering. He divides his time between Animated Child Inc. and his full-time work at the United States Coast Guard. He enjoys building systems and solving mechanical as well as structural problems and working with young children.
Facilities Coordinator and Resident Artist
Ms. Gina is a true Renaissance woman. She has a deep love and understanding for all genres of music (except present day pop). She has studied various art styles and apprenticed under several well-known artists. She has an amazing kinship with animals and children adore her. She created a toy company and copyrighted her first adult coloring book in 1998. Ms. Gina wants to influence the next generation through art and creative thought process. She loves opera, musicals, tools, classic novels, and good food. No one is a bigger Caps fan. Ms Gina is our Reggio expert and loves to teach others about this teaching technique.
Preschool Program Lead
Ms. Tori is an early childhood education lead teacher and student. She is currently attending college and enjoys balancing out the challenges of her classes with her experiences at Animated Child Montclair. She loves pop culture, comics, Anime and K-pop. She loves reliving her childhood with her class.
Most Excited About: "Working with the children and exposing them to new experiences like new foods with our cooking projects or songs that I sung as a preschooler"
Most Proud Of: "The relationships I have build with the children and their families, helping the center achieve NACYE accreditation"
School Age Program Trainer
Ms. Melissa is our school age program trainer. She joined us two years ago as a student and has so thoroughly accepted and advocated for Animated Child’s mission and vision that she has become a trainer for new staff joining our enrichment programs. Ms. Melissa is a senior at at university and hopes to incorporate the work ethic she learned at Animated Child Montclair into her career path as a physical therapist. She loves organizing and labeling materials as well as holding everyone to Animated Child’s philosophy of “engage, enrich and empower” which makes her a great quality assurance asset.
Ms. Brittany graduated from George Mason's art and visual technology program. Now, she puts her skills to use in the classroom and on maintaining our website.
Most Excited About: "Having the opportunity to apply my technical skills and artistic sensibility when I've had few opportunities to do so elsewhere"
Most Proud Of: "Having an impact on our technology curriculum"
Ms. Jahayra comes to Animated Child as a teacher’s assistant. Under Ms Tori’s tutelage she hopes to become a lead teacher by the new year. She has plans to complete a two-year degree in early childhood development and become a NAEYC accredited lead teacher.
Most Excited About: "Learning new teaching methods, getting to know our children, and (of course) having fun"
Most Proud Of: "The relationships I have made and the teacher I'm becoming in life"
Ms. Cecil joins Animated Child as a teacher’s assistant this fall. She has nine years of experience working with very young children and is being trained to teach Spanish using Montessori nomenclature cards and environmental displays.
Most Excited About: "When we go outside to the park to see everyone always having a good time whenever engaged in staying active"
Most Proud Of: "How we're such a good place for children and have high standards for their well being and education"
Chief Mascot, Center Morale, Beloved Fuzzy Friend
When Charlie made her new home at Animated Child years ago, she captivated the hearts and curious nature of all the children around her. She has taught patience, care, and the importance of a gentle hand when being held and fed by all the students. In the words of all the kids she has made an impact on, "she's fat and old and we love her."
Most Excited About: "Meeting and greeting new and old faces at Animated Child every day"
Most Proud Of: "Being a bigger machine than all the other center pets"