Meet Our Staff

Archer Cooperative Nursery School’s teaching staff is comprised of professionally trained pre school teachers who meet the educational requirements as outlined by the State of New Jersey. Our teachers are highly qualified and dedicated with deep roots in the Archer community. In fact, many of the teachers’ own children attended Archer in the past.

As a cooperative nursery school, the staff's close relationship with parents provides a uniquely warm nursery school environment. The school values open communication between the parents and staff on a regular basis, however, formal parent teacher conferences are held each spring.

All Archer staff members along with any parents participating in the classroom have successfully completed a state mandated criminal background check along with fingerprinting to ensure and maintain excellent safety standards.


Kathy McNaught


This is Mrs. McNaught's third year as Archer Director. A former assistant teacher at Archer, she brings with her a diverse range of school, corporate, non-profit and volunteer experience. Mrs. McNaught received a BA from Lehigh University and her NJ State Teaching Certification from Kean University. She worked for fifteen years in the corporate sector. Her three children are all proud archer alumni. Mrs. McNaught lives with her family in Waldwick. 



Lorraine Smithuysen

Archer's Head Teacher and pre-K Teacher

Mrs. Smithuysen has enthusiastically taught at Archer Cooperative Nursery School for eighteen years. Prior to teaching THE pre-k program she taught OUR 3s CLASS.  Mrs. Smithuysen previously taught Kindergarten and first grade in Northvale public schools.  She earned her degree in Early Childhood Education from William Patterson University.  Mrs. Smithuysen is the mother of two children.  her youngest is a proud Archer alumni!


Francesca Calabrese

Pre-K Teacher

We are proud to welcome Mrs. Calabrese to the Archer staff.  Mrs. Calabrese is a qualified teacher who is NJ state certified and received her BA in Elementary Education from Ramapo College of New Jersey.  She has been teaching in Allendale for seven years and is passionate about this opportunity to work with Archer's pre-K aged children.  As the mother of a 2.5 year old, she is also excited about the opportunity to teach our optional third day for 2.5s on Fridays.  She is a former Archer parent who loves the co-op community feel.  Mrs. Calabrese is raising her family in Ramsey.


Ann Marie Graziano

3s Teacher

Mrs. Graziano has thoroughly enjoyed teaching at archer the past three years.  She has been a dynamic preschool teacher for over twenty five years and earned a degree in Early Childhood Education from California College for Health Sciences.  When not teaching, she works for Easter Seals mentoring young adults with disabilities.  Mrs. Graziano also enjoys spending time with her three children, working out, and reading. 


Christine Troy

2.5s and 3s Teacher

Mrs. Troy is a wonderful asset to the Archer staff.  She loves teaching our enthusiastic 3s and is thrilled to also be teaching the 2.5 program this year. Mrs. Troy has more than eight years experience in the classroom and has earned her teaching cda.  Additionally, she is a certified Holistic Health Coach, mother of four and avid runner.


Barbara Toepert

Mommy & Me Teacher and 3s Assistant Teacher

Mrs. Toepert teaches Archer's popular Mommy and Me program. She also loves working as an assistant teacher in Mrs. Graziano's 3 year old class. Mrs. Toepert is certified in nursery school education, elementary education and special education.  Mrs. Toepert has attended Slippery rock University and received a masters degree from st. Thomas Aquinas college. Additionally, she taught kindergarten for ten years.  Mrs. toepert is a mother of two who enjoys raising her family in Waldwick.


Andrea Milidandtri

2.5s and 3s Assistant Teacher

we are happy to have Mrs. Milidantri joining us for a second year at Archer.  Lasat year, she was a tremendous asset to the 3s program and she is excited to continue on in that role and also assume the responsibilities of the 2/5 year old class assistant teacher.  mrs. milidantri has twelve years of experience working with children and has an associate's degree from Berkeley College of Business.  She is a mother of two and lives with her family in Mahwah.


evelyn Pappas

Pre-K Assistant Teacher

Mrs. pappas is excited to join our Pre-K team.  She has been a delightful assistant teacher in our 2.5s class for the past three years.  She received her undergraduate degree from hofstra University.  Mrs. Pappas is a former Archer mom who has done extensive volunteer work and loves working with children.  She and her husband are happily raising their two children in Allendale.

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Stephanie Dunn

pre-k assistant teacher

We are delighted to have Mrs. Dunn join the Archer staff.  Mrs. Dunn is a former Archer parent who is passionate and enthusiastic about working with children and continuing to be a part of the Archer community.  She has an extensive professional background in sales, marketing and operations. Mrs. Dunn received a BS from SUNY Plattsburgh.  She is raising her family in Allendale. 


2018-2019 board of directors

Archer Cooperative Nursery School is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of parents of children currently enrolled in our school. 

President: Laura Grassi
Vice President/Registrar: Beth Zweig
Secretary: Nicole Weiss
Treasurer: Marie D'Anci Vaysband
School Events: Gloria LePore
Parent Participation: Christina Valdes
Building Maintenance: Bridget Adler
Publicity: Lauren Buckner