STAFF

Lucia Hassen

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.

Director, Kindergarten Enrichment teacher

Nancy Ripps

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 of our 4s

Loretta Rake

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

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Sue Bocian

​As a parent of two children who attended Westminster, Mrs. Sue 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!

Teacher of our 3s

Eileen Vass

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.

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Terry Machin

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.  

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Betsy Harriott

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.

Bookkeeper, Webmaster

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