Tara Gallagher also known as "Miss Tara" is our Director as well as the owner of Miles of Smiles. While Miss Tara works at both locations her main location will be the Keyport Center. She has been the Director/Owner for 16 years and has experience working with children for 24 years. She also is the loving mother of her 9 year old son, Shane and her 7 year old daughter Shayla. Miss Tara has her CDA (Child Development Associate) for Pre-School & Infant/Toddler and holds a current total of 670 clocked hours. She also holds her certification for her Director's Academy. She is recognized by The New Jersey Registry as a Group Teacher and is also Infant/Child CPR/AED and First Aid certified. Miss Tara belongs to many organizations for young children such as the NAEYC. Miss Tara feels one can never have too much education, especially when it comes to running a successful childcare center and teaching young children. Knowledge is the key to success.
"Working with children has always come very naturally to me and has held a special place in my heart. I'm intrigued to see how quickly they develop and how their little minds are constantly working. Through the years not only have I learned all the aspects of running and maintaining a successful preschool center, I have learned the most important things are that you are loving, loyal, and dedicated to all the children in your care."
Emily Landry also known as "Miss Emily" is our Co-Director with Miss Tara Gallagher at Miles of Smiles. While Miss Emily works at both locations her main location will be the Union Beach Center. She has been a member of the Miles of Smiles family since 2008. Miss Emily has her Bachelor's Degree from Georgian Court University. She is recognized by the New Jersey Registry as a Director, Head Teacher, and a Group Teacher. She is also Infant/Child CPR/AED and First Aid certified.
"Working with children has always been a passion of mine. I like to think of it as a very rewarding adventure. I love seeing every child grow into their personalities over the years!"
Sandra Hagberg also known as "Miss Sandy" is our Assistant Director and Pre-K/Preschool teacher at Miles of Smiles. She has been a member of the Miles of Smiles family since 2001. She is also the loving mother of her two sons, Mikey and Matty. She is recognized by the New Jersey Registry and is also Infant/Child CPR/AED and First Aid certified.
"I can't wait to come to work every day to see what adventure will await me. Who will learn a new shape, color or letter! The expression on their face when they learn something new is priceless! It gives me great pride to know that I have a hand in laying the foundation for my class's future!"
Jacqueline Frescki also known as "Miss Jackie" is our Jr. Preschool Teacher. She has been a member of our staff for 16 years. Miss Jackie is a member of The New Jersey Registry. She is also Infant/Child CPR and First Aid Certified. Her experience with children has made her an excellent teacher with patience and kindness. Miss Jackie's class holds an uppermost respect for her, she truly is a positive influence on them.
"It is really a great feeling working with children, having them learn and experience new things. I have a nature for teaching and an understanding respect for parenting!"
Ashley Severino also known as "Miss Ashley" is one of our Infant Teachers as well as our Head Teacher. She started working with us in April 2014. She has over 8 years experience working with children. Miss Ashley has a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Monmouth University. She is recognized by The New Jersey Registry as a Head Teacher and is also Infant/Child CPR/AED and First Aid certified.
"I love working with kids. Just seeing them grow into who they will be one day just blows my mind. It's a great experience and how they see the world truly astounds me. Working with kids has impacted my life in so many ways. And I couldn't be any more excited to work with an amazing group of women and children and their families at Miles of Smiles! Every day, a new adventure awaits me."
Victoria Savino also known as "Miss Victoria" is one of our infant room teachers. She started working with us in March 2017. She has been interacting and watching children since she was 16 years old. Miss Victoria earned her Associates Degree in Child Education from Brookdale Community College. She has completed 60 hours of observation in a third grade classroom at Cliffwood Elementary School. Miss Victoria has dreamed of being a teacher since she was a little girl and now her dream is coming true. She is certified in Child/Adult CPR/AED.
"Working with children has been a dream of mine ever since I was a little girl. I always knew that I was destined to be a teacher because I loved to watch people grow and transform as the time passes by. The most rewarding part will be knowing that I had a part in their transition throughout time. To teach is to touch lives, and I can't wait to begin impacting the lives of my students here at Miles of Smiles.
Kyleigh Noble also known as "Miss Kyleigh" joined the Miles of Smiles family in April 2017. "Miss Kyleigh" is our Toddler Teache. She has been taking care of children since she was 16 years old beginning at an elementary level summer camp but has had previous experience when she became and Aunt to three nieces and three nephews. Kyleigh will be returning to Brookdale Community College in the Spring to further her studies in Early Childhood Education and Child Psychology. Miss Kyleigh is certified in infant/child/adult CPR/AED and first aid.
"From a young age, I have always had a passion for wanting to work with children. Teaching will bring me so much joy knowing that I get to help the students progress in the learning environment. It's so rewarding knowing I can have a positive impact on the children as they will have the same impact on me. I'm so blessed to be given this opportunity to be one step closer to my dream career. A quote I've always loved "So often you find that the students you're trying to inspire are the ones that end up Inspiring you!" Sean Junkins. I can't wait to bring this journey with the Miles of Smiles family and students!"
Krystalle Dipoalo also known as "Miss Krystalle" is new to the Miles of Smiles family and will be one of our infant room teachers. She started working with us in May 2017. She has a huge family with lots of children, and has babysat since she was thirteen. She also worked at "Sweet and Sassy for 2 years. She plans on attending Brookdale Community College in the Fall to study Child Psychology, Krystalle is certified in Infant/Child CPR/AED and First Aid.
"I believe that a job working with children is not only extremely rewarding and fulfilling, but also extremely important! The impression that children take away from their interactions with influences in their lives, hold a huge part in helping to form their foundations. I am honored to be taking part in positively impacting and forming great memories with the children here at MOS!"