Our Staff

Administration and Office


Ms. Courtney Bode

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Ms. Courtney graduated from Rutgers University in 2012 and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with a concentration in child development. She joined the school soon after, starting as a lead teacher before being promoted to head teacher. In 2016, she began her position as school director, first at the World of ABC Preschool campus for two years before moving to the World of ABC Waldo School campus in 2018. In addition to her role as director, Ms. Courtney is also the International Baccalaureate PYP Coordinator, and works to ensure students are learning in an inquiry-based, collaborative, and caring environment, where the goal is to prepare each student to be successful in an ever changing world. Her passion is to help teachers and students succeed with best practices in education in mind, and to make sure students love learning and coming to school each and every day!

Ms. Nicole Vitale

Ms. Nicole has over ten years of experience in the customer service and relations industry in clerical and supervisory roles. She is very excited to be a part of the World of ABC Preschool administrative team and loves learning new skills each day! Since joining in 2017, she has completed her Understanding Licensing certification training and continues to further her studies with a focus towards early childhood education. During her downtime, Ms. Nicole enjoys cooking for family, reading, and traveling.

Nurse Chris

Nurse Chris started her medical career over thirty years ago as a New Jersey state emergency medical technician. She has worked for several years on ambulances in both New Jersey and New York. Nurse Chris loves working with children and has worked with them in a childcare setting for over fifteen years. She loves watching them grow and learn, and loves to be a part of that!

Elementary School


Ms. Erica Panico

Ms. Erica is a graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor’s in English Education and Journalism with a minor in Women’s Studies. Ms. Erica has been teaching for seven years, four years as a PreK-4 teacher and three years as a Kindergarten teacher, before coming to the Waldo School in 2018. For the past two years, she has been working as an ABA therapist where she studies behavior in order to put into place appropriate behavioral interventions. Ms. Erica is currently pursuing her Graduate degree in Special Education and a certification in LDTC (learning disability teacher consultant). Ms. Erica is thrilled to join the Waldo School family and looks forward to helping each child succeed educationally, feel safe and loved in the classroom, and to help each child jump over any obstacles they may face. Ms. Erica also helps lead the Waldo School debate club.

Ms. Chelsea McShurley

Prior to receiving her degree, Ms. Chelsea found her passion for teaching as a volunteer English teacher in Ukraine and Russia. As a certified Elementary Education K-6 teacher, Ms. Chelsea spent 5 years teaching at international schools in Munich, Germany.  Upon relocating to New Jersey, she was eager to continue her career in a globally-minded International Baccalaureate school and is so glad that she found The Waldo School.  Ms. Chelsea believes that children learn best when they are encouraged to be curious about and explore the world around them and discover their unique talents and interests.

Ms. Danielle Larsen

Ms. Danielle is a graduate of La Salle University with a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education and Special Education, with a minor in American Studies. She has taught in the early childhood education field for three years before coming to The Waldo School in 2018. She strives to ensure her students are both kind and well-educated learners. She believes in using hands-on experiences in the classroom where students can actively learn about the world around them and ask questions in a safe place. Along with teaching, Ms. Danielle has coached fundamental gymnastics for many years. She has taken this experience with her and is currently the cheerleading coach for The Waldo School.

Ms. Anne Donnelly

Ms. Anne graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Humanities in 2012. She moved to the United Kingdom from Ireland and began working in a primary school in London. While in the UK, she graduated with a Post-Graduate Certificate of Education and worked as a first grade teacher for the next two years. In 2019, Ms. Anne moved to New Jersey and began working as a 1st Grade teacher at the Waldo School. Ms. Anne believes in challenging students through critical thinking and reflection to help students achieve their goals, both academically and personally. She always ensures her students are in a calm learning environment where students feel comfortable and can be themselves.

Ms. Shweta Sharma

Ms. Shweta has over five years experience in teaching. She is a post graduate in Mathematics and is a mother to a 3-year-old. Ms. Shweta enjoys every moment of working at the school. To her, the most amazing thing is to see or hear when students apply the skills that they have been taught. Ms. Shweta believes that World of ABC Preschool is a wonderful place for your child to begin their education both academically and emotionally.

Ms. Danielle Manno

Ms. Danielle is a graduate of Farleigh Dickinson University with a Bachelor’s in Humanities. Ms. Danielle graduated in 2015 with her Masters degree in Arts and Teaching, also from Farleigh Dickinson University. Before joining the Waldo community in 2018, Ms. Danielle was a teacher at the Bayonne Board of Education and continued to work for the BOE for three years. During that time, she gained very insightful knowledge on not only teaching but how dedicated she was to this profession. Ms. Danielle’s hard work shines in all she does in the classroom and her senior level mastering of developmental education is translated to her students. Ms. Danielle is always willing to give a helping hand and especially thoughtful to all the students at the Waldo School.

Ms. Kristy Lynch

Ms. Kristy has dreamed about being a teacher ever since she was a young girl. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Special and General Education from St. Thomas Aquinas. Ms. Kristy has been working with special needs children for four years prior to joining us at The Waldo School in 2018, where she is now the 5th grade teacher. Ms. Kristy loves working with the IB curriculum because she believes learning should be fun and meaningful for each of her students, with connections to the real world. She aims to push her students to think critically about the world around them and be inspired to take action and make a difference. Along with being a teacher, Ms. Kristy enjoys coaching the cheerleading team at The Waldo School to help students work on their motor and coordination skills.

Ms. Maria Gregorio

Ms. Maria joined the Waldo School in 2014 shortly after graduating from New Jersey City University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Ms. Maria has been a visual part of our school system, being a head teacher in the Preschool program and last year accepting a position as a Kindergarten teacher. She brings a great sense of health and wellness to her classroom, along to all the students of the Waldo School. Ms. Maria’s background, experience, and love for children is felt the moment you walk into her classroom. She is currently working on a mastered level nursing degree from William Paterson University. In her spare time, Ms. Maria likes to read and spend time with her friends and family.

Ms. Amanda Tapalla

Ms. Amanda graduated from Saint Peter’s University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Secondary Education. She joined the World of ABC, The Waldo School in 2017. Ms. Amanda has taught various age ranges in both private and public schools. Her previous teaching experiences include grade levels ranging from PreK 3, Elementary, Middle and High School. Ms. Amanda enjoys fostering her students’ curiosity by challenging them to observe and think like a scientist, including visualizing, experimenting and exploring their inquisitiveness. Her goal is to teach her students independence and to be impassioned and empowered in everything they do, both inside and outside the school. Aside from teaching, Ms. Amanda loves reading, spending time with her loved ones, going on adventures, and trying new cuisines.

Ms. Ishwari Parvate

Ms. Ishwari Parvate has completed her two under graduate degrees in both Commerce and French. She also has earned her MBA specializing in Human Resource Management. Ms. Parvate has been associated with IB World Schools over the past 10 years, working with all grade levels. She believes that the ultimate goal of education is creating good human beings who can make a positive contribution to society. Other than teaching, her interests include music, travel and cooking.

Ms. Geetika Sharma

Ms. Geetika has over six years experience as a teacher. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Education and Master’s degree in English Literature from Punjabi University, Patiala (India). She has taught many different age ranges including Pre-K 3, 1st Grade, Middle and High School, B. Tech and MBA students. She believes that nothing is as precious as spreading knowledge and looking out for each student’s best interests. The greatness of the teaching profession is that it generates the conditions for invention in the minds of students. Since childhood, Ms. Geetika has had a deep interest in sketching and paining. She also enjoys reading psychological and post-modern stories. Apart from English, she can read, write and speak Hindi and Punjabi languages, and teaches the Hindi language as an after school club.

Ms. Vanessa Dominguez

Ms. Vanessa has her Bachelor’s in Psychology from New Jersey City University and also her Associate’s in Elementary and Secondary Education from Hudson County Community College. Ms. Vanessa has over ten years experience working with children. She joined the school in 2012 as an assistant teacher before quickly being promoted to lead teacher, and has since worked her way up to head teacher. She is currently applying to graduate school to pursue her Master’s degree and state license to become a school counselor. Ms. Vanessa loves working with young children, and believes in the development of the whole child; children should succeed not just academically, with hands-on learning experiences, but also socially and emotionally. She believes that a strong foundation in social-emotional skills will help students not only in their school careers, but also in the real world!

Ms. Gianelle Cepeda

Ms. Gianelle graduated from Hudson County Community College with her Associate’s Degree. She is currently enrolled at New Jersey City University for her Bachelor’s degree. This is her first year teaching and she absolutely loves it! When she’s not teaching, her hobbies include reading and being a dog mom!

Ms. Amisha Bails

Ms. Amisha has been teaching for six years and is currently continuing her education at Hudson County Community College. She is pursuing her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has taught children ranging in age from 1.5 to 4 years old. She loves being able to see her students progress over time. Not only does she love to teach, but she also loves to draw, dance and travel.

Ms. Nashwa Ismail

Ms. Nashwa is currently pursuing in Biology degree with a minor in Psychology. She loves working with children, getting to know them and being able to watch them grow throughout the year. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

Preschool


Mr. Daniel Arteaga

Mr. Danny currently has his Associate’s degree and will be graduating in May 2019 with his Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Strategic Communications. He has been working with children since joining World of ABC Preschool in 2015, and he has found it to be one of the most rewarding parts of his life. He enjoys working with children because it gives him the opportunity to make a lasting impression on their futures. During his time at the school he has had the opportunity to work with children of all ages and backgrounds, which has helped him to become a well-rounded educator. On his free time, Mr. Danny loves walking around the city and finding new places to eat. On the weekends, he likes to visit art galleries and museums.

Ms. Aseefa Ali

Ms. Aseefa graduated from Hudson County Community College with her Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She is currently enrolled at New Jersey Cit University, pursuing her Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Psychology. She first began working with the school in 2012, and has worked with all of the various ages in the school, from infants to 5th Grade. Ms. Aseefa strongly feels that “if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” Being there to witness the growth of each of her students that she has cared for has brought her joy. She cannot wait to see the impact and types of changes her students will have on their community.

Ms. Angela Mohabir

Ms. Angela has been working with the World of ABC, Waldo School for three years. We are proud to have Ms. Angela with us as a classroom assistant and our Indian Instrumental Club teacher. Ms. Angela is currently attending New Jersey Institute f Technology, majoring in Computer Engineering. Along with her beautiful laugh, Ms. Angela gives the children love and care that is above our imagination. After school, Ms. Angela babysits for many of our school community families; she is trusted and loved by all. She is a wonderful addition to our school family. Ms. Angela loves to see all the children grow educationally and socially and we at the World of ABC community love to see her grow with us!

Specialist Teachers


Mr. Erik Vitale

Since the age of four, Mr. Erik has participated in a variety of sports, including baseball, basketball, wrestling, football, tennis, track and field, and soccer. When he was a senior in high school, he became an Assistant Coach on his Track and Field Team. In addition to his strong sports background, in high school, Mr. Erik began taking courses in computer science, mathematics, and physics. This continued while Mr. Erik attended college, maintaining his focus in mathematics for his degree. While in college, he also participated in a mentoring program that took 3rd and 4th graders from a nearby school and helped tutor the students in math and science. His passion for STEM carries over in his private life, where he enjoys playing games that involve a lot of rules, math, and imagination. In addition to teaching, Mr. Erik also leads a variety of after school activities, including basketball, soccer and robotics club. He also leads the school Lego League Robotics Team.

Mrs. Jackie Hernandez

Mrs. Jackie is a graduate from New Jersey City University with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communication Design. She is currently finishing her Art Education certification. She began her education career as a paraprofessional for students with disabilities. She furthered her career to become a bilingual leave replacement teacher for Jersey City Public Schools and the art teacher at The Waldo School in 2019, and loves it! She plans on pursuing her Master’s in Fine Arts. She enjoys working with children because she believes they have an incredible imagination which can help them apply their creative abilities in any school subject. She enjoys integrating science and math within her teachings to create a well-rounded art lesson. Her love for art is infinite, and she enjoys sculpting, painting, creating artwork with her husband who is also an artist, and exhibiting her artwork.

Ms. Magali Maneiro

Ms. Magali has over 40 years of teaching experience. Born in Venezuela to a family of teachers, she realized at an early age that teaching was what she was destined to do. She received her degree in Education from Simon Rodriguez University in Caracas and she has also received a degree in Fine Arts and Artistic Painting at Yssy Academy. Ms. Magali believes that being a teacher goes beyond the actual act of teaching, and is about transforming students and guiding them to success. She enjoys the challenge of teaching a second language and loves to see the progress that each student makes.

World of ABC, The Waldo School offers education through 8th Grade.