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.
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.
Ms. Ramos joined our school in 2017 but spent years teaching at a childcare center in Cherry Hill. She’s a loving mom of two beautiful children. Ms. Ramos’s loving and patient personality makes her a perfect teacher for our youngest children. Ms. Ramos continues to work on her educational goals both at Brookdale Community College and on line. She plans to graduate with a dual major in education and business management. Because she is bilingual, Spanish phrases and songs are often heard in her joyful classroom.
It is rare that a young teacher like Kasey has mastered both the art and science of teaching, but she expertly has. Kasey joined our staff mid year in 2015 after five years of experience in other child care facilities. She continues to pursue her education at Middlesex Community College with a laser-focused goal on becoming the best teacher she can be. Kasey’s love of children is so apparent in everything she does. Children are drawn to her warmth and her laughter. Kasey creates and delivers lessons with such expertise! She teaches both our summer camp and our Holiday Camp. We couldn’t be more pleased with her exuberance and her love of teaching and children. What a find for our wonderful school!
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.
Mrs. Spirito joined our team in 2017 after spending seven years in both teaching and administrative positions at two other child care centers. Mrs. Spirito earned her BA degree in education from Montclair State University. She is a co-teachear with Mrs. Cappelluti in our three-year-old class. She is a devoted mom to her three very active children including a set of twins. Her maternal experience has prepared her well in being able to attend to every child’s needs at the same time!