Teachers

Each of our staff continually updates her own early childhood education through various programs and seminars.


Cynthia Hicks

Director

Cynthia begins her twelfth year at MMPS teaching a morning 2 1/2 year-old class. She lives in Springfield with her husband, Brian, and three sons. Cynthia has her BS degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Hartford, West Hartford, Connecticut.

Nancy O’Connell

Head Teacher

Nancy begins her thirteenth year at MMPS teaching the morning 3 and afternoon 4 year-old classes. She lives in Maplewood with her husband, Rob, and three children. Nancy has her MS in Rehabilitation Counseling from Springfield College, Springfield, MA and has her Child Development credentials from Montclair State University.

Margaret Gray

Teacher

Margaret begins her ninth year at MMPS teaching the Pre K 5 class. She lives in Maplewood with her husband, Tim, and five children. She has her BS in Psychology with concentration in Elementary and Special Education from Mt. Saint Mary’s College in Newburgh, NY and her MA in Special Education from Brooklyn, NY.

Terrie Brodie

Teacher

Terrie begins her ninth year at MMPS teaching a 2 1/2-year-old class and a 3-year-old class. She was a co-op parent at MMPS for five years and served on the Board as the Registrar for two years. She lives in Maplewood with her husband, Tom, and two children. Terrie attended College of the Mainland, Texas City, TX and has her New Jersey CDA credential.

Elizabeth Mills Smith

Teacher

Elizabeth begins her fifth year at MMPS teaching morning and afternoon 4-year-old classes. She lives in Maplewood with her husband, Matthew, and her daughter. Liz attended San Jose State University, CA and has her New Jersey CDA credential.

Jennifer Noll

Assistant Teacher

Jennifer begins her third year at MMPS as the assistant teacher in the Pre K 5 class. She was a co-op parent at MMPS for 3 years and has been one our beloved lunch bunch teachers for the past 3 years. She lives in Maplewood with her husband and three daughters.