One of our truly greatest assets is our faculty. They are all gifted and talented educators, and are dedicated to providing the highest level of quality education for our children. All of our teachers have professional degrees, many with master level credentials. Both our lead teachers and co-teachers regularly participate in workshops and training classes for their professional development and career advancement. The staff is fully involved in the development of curriculum and the policies of our school, which creates an atmosphere of teamwork and camaraderie. The sensitivity and understanding that our teachers bring to their classrooms is the reason our students and parents consider Turtle Creek a “home away from home.”
Meet Our Teachers
Christie Martorano joined our staff in 2017 but she is not new to education. Mrs. Martorano is a graduate of St. John’s University with a BA in education and English. She worked for the East Brunswick Board of Education as teacher in the elementary school. Mrs. Martorano’s kind and gentle spirit is reflected in her other interests. She is a reiki master and teaches meditation. Her calm and centered personality makes her a valuable member of the TCLA team. If she’s not teaching and healing, she is a very involved mom taking care of her beautiful talented children.
Christina Sciascia joined our staff in 2019. After graduating St. Edmund HS, she spent the majority of her career at Prudential Securities Law Firm as an Executive Assistant. In 2000 she left to start a family and raise her three children. Christina has now returned to work at TCLA. Mrs Sciascia’s children went to Turtle Creek so she has been a friend of our school for a long time. It’s wonderful when a former involved and loving mother becomes a treasured teacher. Christina enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, the beach and most importantly watching her three children grow into beautiful adults.
Eve Giountikos, affectionately called Mrs. G, is one of the hardest working teachers at Turtle Creek. Mrs. G has been with us since 2005 and has worked in all the classes and supervises our before/after care program. She’s a treasure here at Turtle Creek; she’s loved by all the children, parents and her colleagues alike.Prior to coming aboard at Turtle Creek, Mrs. G worked at two other preschools. Mrs. G generously shares her Greek heritage with her students. (The teachers love her cooking as well!) She has two fabulous handsome sons and enjoys reading, crocheting, cooking and gardening. Mrs. G is so happy to be a part of our students’ lives.
We were thrilled when Jennifer Cappelluti decided to join the staff at Turtle Creek in 2008. She is invaluable to our school and the children we serve. Jennifer’s degrees and certificates are exceptionally impressive. She earned her bachelor’s in social work at StonyBrook and went on obtain an MSW from Fordham University. She is a licensed clinical social worker and holds certificates in child abuse prevention and play therapy. Mrs. Cappelluti enjoys working with children and parents. She especially likes observing children through play and offering them opportunities to express themselves and their feelings through play. Her intensive and professional background offers another level of service to our students in the three-year–old program. Mrs. Cappelluti’s presence has raised the bar at Turtle Creek and we are pleased and grateful that she is part of our family.
Kristin Tramutola joined our staff in 2018 after years of being an integral part of our Turtle Creek’s PTO. After graduating from St. John Villa Academy, she went on to cosmetology school. Kristin was employed as a professional hair stylist for twelve years until becoming a stay at home mother to her three children. As a loving mom, Kristin’s skills and abilities to manage the ever demanding responsibilities of motherhood expanded. Her keen organizational skills and eye for details were apparent in her dedicated PTO role at Turtle Creek. When a position in our 2 ½ year old class became available, Kristin was recruited to join our staff. She inspires children through her compassion, care and energy. We are thrilled to have this exuberant teacher join our staff.
Lauren Lazzaro joined our staff in 2019 as a teacher in our 2 ½ room. She earned her BS in Education from Wagner College and her MsEd in Elementary Education from the College of Staten Island. Lauren taught science in middle school for eight year before leaving to raise her children. She is truly excited to return to teaching and working with children. We are lucky to have such a talented and compassionate teacher join the Turtle Creek Family!
Lisa Vanasco joined our staff in 2010 as an assistant in our 2½ year old and 3 year old classes. She spent years assisting in other classes as well serving as the bookkeeper for the school. In 2017 when a co-director position came open, her experience and skills were a perfect match. Lisa is responsible for all business matters in the school and works in tandem with Ms. McDonald to continue to develop the best programs for our students. She is glad she took time off to stay home with her two daughters, but is happy to be back in the workforce doing the work she loves. She is thoroughly enjoying her role with the children and parents here at Turtle Creek.
Lynn Krachie, our master kindergarten teacher, has the most longevity at Turtle Creek. Mrs. Krachie came aboard in 1999 in our second year of operation. She fully embodies the energetic and artful spirit of being a highly qualified teacher. Mrs. Krachie didn’t start out in education. Her first degree is in economics; she worked on Wall Street for a while. In 1999, Mrs. Krachie received her master of education degree from Rutgers and the rest is history. Mrs. Krachie has a love of science and literacy and melds them so seamlessly in some of the “big projects” she undertakes. Whether it’s building a rainforest in the class or putting on a circus for the parents, she attacks these types of projects where all content areas are interwoven with incredible gusto. Children come back year after year to tell her what a difference she made in their lives. It’s a given that she teaches skills to prepare our students for first grade, but more importantly, she gives our children great confidence and a deep and genuine love for school that will carry them forever.