Eileen GefelL

director of curriculum, AM PRESCHOOL head TEACHER

Eileen joined our staff in 2004.  She has a B.A. in Journalism from New York University and a Masters in Education from Seton Hall University.  Eileen has NJ State Certification in Elementary Education and she has worked as a teacher in Maplewood/South Orange.  Eileen is also Director of the Big Blue Mini Day Camp at The Pingry School. Prior to working with children, Eileen worked as a Trainer in Management Development at Goldman Sachs. She enjoys tennis, walking, writing, reading, cooking, gardening and spending time with her family.


Adrienne ToppinG


Adrienne joined our staff in September 2003.  She has a B.S. in Finance with a minor in Education from Siena College and a Masters in Special Education from Fordham University.  She has NJ State Certification in both Special Education and Elementary Education.  Adrienne has worked as an elementary school classroom teacher in Washington, D.C. and in New York City at the City and Country School.  Adrienne grew up in Hunter, New York. She now lives in Short Hills with her husband and three children- all of whom attended the Co-op.  Adrienne enjoys traveling, cooking, skiing, hiking, gardening, running and spending time with her family.

Kristin Chamorro


Kristin joined our staff in 2010.  She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and holds a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College. Previously she taught at the Bank Street Family Center working with typically developing children and children with special needs aged six months to five years. Currently she is a Girl Scout leader and Sunday School teacher. Kristin lives in Maplewood with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys hiking, gardening, reading and spending time with her family.




Nealy Marcus Troll is excited to join the Co-op community. She holds an M.A. in Applied Child Development from Tufts University and a M.S. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Bank Street College.
Nealy has been teaching in the field of early childhood for over 15 years, most recently having taught Kindergarten and First Grade at Far Brook School in Short Hills.
Nealy grew up in Westfield, NJ and Bucks County, PA and currently lives in Short Hills with her husband, 3 children, and 1 rambunctious rescue dog. In her free time, she loves to hike, read, and travel with her family.

Ronnie Stern
Staff Consultant

Ronnie is a former Co-op Director and teacher (from 1979 to 1999) who shaped much of the current Co-op philosophy and curriculum.  Ronnie is in private practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist in Millburn, NJ and is an Adjunct Professor in Child Development at Montclair State University.