STAFF

Director

Lucia Hassen

Director: Mrs. Lucia Hassen has a BA in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Certificate of Teaching from the College of St. Elizabeth where she also earned credits towards a Master’s degree in Education. Her student teaching was in a first-grade class in Chatham. She has two children and began working as a helper at Westminster when her children were students here! She combined her love of music and teaching when she became the movement teacher before leaving to pursue her teaching certificate. After completion she returned to Westminster Nursery school to teach the 2 ½s, 3s, 4s and Kindergarten Enrichment classes. Mrs. Hassen loves to read (aloud and to herself!) and play the violin.

Admin & Teachers' Aide

Eileen Vass

Admin & Teachers' Aide:
Mrs. Eileen Vass has been at Westminster since 2012. She has a BS in Business Mgt. and Marketing from Kean College. She lives in New Providence. She has 3 boys in which 2 of the 3 went to WNS for preschool. She is happy to be a Teachers' Aide, substitute teacher, and Stay and Play teacher.

Teachers' Aide

Donna Marsh

Teachers' Aide & Lunch and Learn Lead: Mrs. Donna Marsh is a parent of two children and proud grandmother to three. Donna was teaching at Union Village Nursery School for 34 years. While there, she taught the 2 ½ year old program and assisted in the 3’s and 4 year old pre-k classes. She also was the teacher for the before care and after care programs. In September 2021 she joined the staff at Westminster Nursery School where she leads the 3s Lunch and Learn program. She is very excited to be a part of Westminster Nursery School.

Teacher of 4s

Nancy Ripps

Teacher of 4s: Mrs. Nancy Ripps, has been an early childhood educator for over 20 years. Mrs. Ripps has an undergraduate degree in early childhood and elementary education from American University, Washington DC as well as a Master's Degree in Special Education from Columbia University/Teacher's College. Her teaching experience began at The Hoffman School Riverdale, NY, The McBurney School, NYC and Temple Har Shalom prior to joining Westminster Nursery School. There is great satisfaction in building the foundation for learning, growing and socialization for our students. She enjoys spending quality time with her family. She just started biking and finding all of the great local paths. It is always a thrill to come in contact with students in the area and see the success and happiness they have attained.

Teacher's Assistant

Jaime Andrews

4s Teacher's Assistant:
Mrs. Jaime Andrews has a BA in Psychology from Roanoke College and has experience teaching Greek language classes to kindergartners and working as an elementary school lunch aide. Jaime and her family have lived in Berkeley Heights for 13 years and she was first introduced to Westminster in 2011 when her son joined the 2 ½ years class and continued with the preschool program for 3 years. Jaime is excited to be a part of the WNS staff.

Teachers' Aide

Marilyn Klein

Teachers' Aide: Mrs. Marilyn Klein has been an early childhood educator for over 25 years and has worked with children ranging in age from ages 2 ½ to 7. She graduated from Lesley college with a BA in science and has a Master’s in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street. Mrs. Klein is married with 2 children and 1 grandchild. When not working with children she enjoys playing tennis, swimming and loves to travel. She is happy to join the staff at Westminster Nursery School.

Teacher of 3s

Sue Bocian

Teacher of 3s: As a parent of two children who attended Westminster, Mrs. Bocian loved the school environment and was thrilled to become part of the staff a few years later. She has been with Westminster for over twenty years. She started out as an assistant and was the "lunch bunch" teacher. She is a coordinator and teacher of Westminster's very popular Spring Camp program. She has enjoyed teaching the 3s for over fifteen years and is looking forward to being part of your child's first school experience!

Teachers' Aide

Loretta Rake

Teachers' Aide: Mrs. Loretta Rake is a graduate of Berkeley College and has been teaching for 25 years. She is married with two children and has lived in Edison for 34 years. Mrs. Rake has coached softball and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and visiting the Jersey shore. She has been with Westminster since 2016 and is thrilled to be working with such dedicated colleagues.

Teachers' Aide

Jen Hayes

Teachers' Aide: Mrs. Jen Hayes has a B.A. in English and a B.A. in Journalism/Mass Media from Rutgers University and has professional experience working in children’s media and consumer products. Jen and her family have lived in Berkeley Heights for ten years and all 3 of her children have had the wonderful experience of participating in a number of the Westminster Nursery School programs. Jen is very happy to help and is excited to be a part of the Westminster Nursery School staff.

Teacher of 2 1/2s

Terry Machin

Teacher of 2 ½s: Mrs. Terry Machin is a graduate of Montclair State, over the past 25 years she has taught children ranging in ages from 2 ½ to 7 years old. She has worked at Westminster Nursery school since 2014. She has been the teacher of our 2 ½s. Mrs. Machin is also a state licensed director and in her capacity as a director and during her career has been responsible for two YWCA programs and started a Daycare Program at a private church in Bergen County. She has held positions of camp director at numerous summer camps in our area. Mrs. Machin loves to cook and travel, and is a happily married wife, mother and grandmother.

Teachers' Aide

Ruth Gombas

Teachers' Aide: Ms. Ruth Gomas graduated from Kean University with a BA in teaching and certifications in Special Education and General Education. She has worked as a Special Education teacher for more than 20 years and has loved providing instruction in an elementary school setting as a resource center and in class support teacher, for grades K through 5. Prior to this career, Ruth also enjoyed working over a period of 12 years as a Registered Nurse. Ruth is blessed to have a wonderful daughter and son-in law as well as two wonderful grandchildren (one who has attended Westminster Nursery School and the other who is currently attending.) She feels honored and fortunate to have joined the warm and dedicated staff at Westminster.

Bookkeeper & Webmaster

Betsy Harriott

Bookkeeper & Webmaster: Mrs. Betsy Harriott has been with Westminster since 2004. It is rumored that she followed her children to preschool and never left. She has a BS in mechanical engineering from Bucknell University. Mrs. Harriott lives in Berkeley Heights with her husband and two children, both of whom attended Westminster. She is the school's bookkeeper and webmaster.