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.
This is Mrs. McNaught’s fifth year serving as Archer’s Director. Mrs. McNaught received a BA from Lehigh University and her NJ State Teaching Certification from Kean University. Prior to raising her family, she worked fifteen years in the corporate sector and possesses a wide range of school, corporate, non-profit and volunteer experience. Her affiliation with Archer runs deep - her three children are proud Archer alumni and she also served as a former Archer assistant teacher. Mrs. McNaught is always happy to speak with new families and provide a tour of our wonderful school community.
Archer's Head Teacher and Pre-K Teacher
Mrs. Smithuysen has enthusiastically taught at Archer Cooperative Nursery School for twenty years. Prior to teaching our Pre-K program she taught the 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!
Mrs. Calabrese received her BA in Elementary Education from Ramapo College of New Jersey. She taught in Allendale Public Schools for seven years prior to joining the Archer community three years ago. She is passionate about working with Archer’s Pre-K children. As a former Allendale resident, the town holds a special place in her heart and she truly looks forward to teaching each day at Archer. Mrs. Calabrese enjoys running into Archer families while around town with her two young children.
Ann Marie Graziano
3s and Toddler Time Teacher
Mrs. Graziano has thoroughly enjoyed teaching at Archer the past six years. She has been a dynamic preschool teacher for over thirty 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.
2.5s and 3s Teacher
Mrs. Troy has been happily teaching at Archer for four years. She has more than ten years of experience in the classroom and has her teaching CDA. She loves teaching our enthusiastic 3s as well as our growing 2.5-year-olds. Additionally, she is a certified Holistic Health Coach, mother of four and avid runner.
Mrs. Deutsch is a former Archer Pre-K Assistant Teacher and parent! She has worked with young children for over 10 years in a variety of settings; as school counselor, early childhood educator, and in several special education programs. She also earned a Master of Education Degree from William Paterson University, obtaining a school counselor certification. Mrs. Deutsch is thrilled to join Archer once again helping children learn about themselves and discover the world around them, all within the joy of play.
Pre-K Assistant Teacher
Mrs. Pappas has been working at Archer for the past five years. She has been a delightful assistant teacher in our 2.5s class and Pre-K classrooms and willingly helps out wherever she can. 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.
Michelle Del Rey
Pre-K Assistant Teacher
This year marks Mrs. Del Rey’s second year serving as an assistant teacher in our Pre-K program. She is a former Archer parent who volunteered often and even served as an Archer Board president. Her three sons are proud Archer alumni. Mrs. Del Rey received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Marist College and a Master’s Degree in Teaching from Sacred Heart University. She taught high school science. She is thrilled to be working with preschoolers and welcomes the opportunity to remain within the Archer community.
3s Assistant Teacher
We are thrilled to welcome back Mrs. Roy for a second year as our 3-year-old class assistant teacher. She graduated from Berkeley Business School with an Associate’s Degree and worked in the corporate world for 10 years. She left the corporate sector to raise her family. Once her children were grown, Mrs. Roy enjoyed working as an aide in a 2 & 3 year old program and also substituting in a PreK class. Mrs. Roy enjoys practicing yoga, hiking with her husband, and loves visiting her children. Mrs. Roy loves being a part of the Archer family.
2.5s and 3s Assistant Teacher
Mrs. Milidantri is excited to be back for a fourth year as our 2.5-year-old class and our 3s class assistant teacher. Mrs. Milidantri has fifteen years of experience working with children and has an Associate’s Degree from Berkeley College of Business. She is a proud mother of two and lives with her family in Mahwah. Mrs. Milidantri loves her time spent with the children of Archer!
2019-2020 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: Beth Zweig
Vice President/Registrar: Nicole Weiss
Secretary: Brianna Badalamenti
Treasurer: Sharon Murphy
School Events: Gloria LePore
Parent Participation: Christina Valdes
Building Maintenance: Rachael Lawson
Publicity: Lauren Buckner