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 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.
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!
Mrs. Calabrese 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 and Mommy & Me 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.
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.
We are happy to welcome Mrs. Berberich to Archer this year. She is a former parent in the school and is so excited to be a part of the 2.5's program. She earned a BA in Elementary Education from the University of Vermont and taught kindergarten for over six years until her son was born in 2011. She worked as a teacher for an early childhood sensory playgroup in Hoboken and helped create the curriculum for the class. Mrs. Berberich spent her years out of the classroom filling her boys' days with purposeful play and is eager to incorporate those games, crafts, and activities with the children in her classroom this year. In addition to her passion for teaching, Mrs. Berberich is a local lifestyle photographer and spends her free time with her husband and their two sons in Ramsey.
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.
Michelle Del Rey
Pre-K Assistant Teacher
We are pleased to welcome Michelle Del Rey to Archer this year as she is a former Archer parent. Michelle has 3 sons who all attended Archer. Michelle received a Bachelors degree in Biology from Marist College and a Masters Degree in Teaching from Sacred Heart University. She was a high school science teacher until deciding to stay home and raise her 3 sons. Michelle is very excited to become part of the Archer community again.
3s Assistant Teacher
We are thrilled to welcome Mrs. Roy as the 3s Assistant teacher. She graduated from Berkeley Business School with an Associate’s Degree, then worked in the corporate world for 10 years. After her daughter was born, she left the corporate world to stay home with her. Two years later, her son was born. When her son started college, she worked as an aide at a daycare with the 2 & 3 yr. olds and substituted in the Pre-K class. Mrs. Roy enjoys practicing yoga, hiking with her husband, and loves visiting her children. She is very excited to become a member of the Archer family.
3s Assistant Teacher
Mrs Simmel is excited to join Mrs. Troy's 3's class as Assistant Teacher this year. She graduated from Hamilton College with a degree in History. She has spent years volunteering as a Girl Scout Leader, soccer coach and as a member of the Allendale Foundation for Educational Excellence. Mrs. Simmel has lived in Allendale for 17 years with her husband and is a proud mom of three Archer graduates!
2.5s Assistant Teacher
Mrs. Milidantri is excited to continue her role as 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.
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