Our Staff

Fiorina Di Lauri

Fiorina also known as Mrs. Di Lauri is the director of our school. Fiorina has an extensive background in working with children. She holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University. Her undergraduate studies were completed at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Fiorina is currently a Child Psychotherapist, servicing children in a non-profit organization. Fiorina's past experience includes working at an elementary school and at a mental health organization. Being a mom herself, she is a family-oriented individual who strives to connect with children, families, and staff.

Jennifer Cipriano

Jennifer Cipriano, also known as Mrs. Cipriano, is the head teacher in the Pre-K 4's class. She has a Master of Arts in Teaching from Montclair State University, as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Finance from Seton Hall University. She joined the Co¬Op in May 2013 as an assistant teacher in the Young 3's classroom, and became the teacher for the Young 3's in Fall 2015. She previously taught third grade, has many years of volunteer experience with children with disabilities and was co-leader of a Girl Scout troop for 10 years. Mrs. Cipriano's strong belief in children learning through play is evident in the 4's class. They are given the opportunity to play, sing, and develop both fine and gross motor skills through multi¬sensory activities. Her warm and inviting classroom is designed for preparing her students for Kindergarten. They will continue to develop independence and proper social skills while learning and playing in a stimulating environment.

Francine Lupo

Mrs. Lupo is the assistant teacher in the 4's class. She is a resident of east hanover for the past 22 years. She has three children that started their education at the co-op. She has been with the co-op since 2007. Over the years she has assisted with young 3's, 3's, 4's and summer camp. She is trained in early childhood development and is CPR and first aid certified. She believes that making the children feel loved, special and safe is the foundation for their education.

Dariene Inacio

Dariene Inacio, known as Mrs. I., is the teacher of the 3 year old program. Her classroom is a fun, exciting and wonderful place where the kids continue to learn the social and academic skills that were introduced to them in the young 3’s program. Her values are based on making every child feel safe and comfortable in the classroom. Socialization is particularly stressed by instilling the values of friendship, sharing and kindness. Mrs. I’s basic philosophy is for every child to enjoy coming to school and to adjust to a school setting and environment. She enjoys teaching the children through painting, coloring and multiple other hands on projects but her main focus is for the children to learn through play. The children all have daily routines of identifying their name tags, taking turns being a snack helper, engaging in an activity to help with fine motor skills sharing and communication, clean up time, outside time, free play, and show and tell.

Lauren Guaimano

Lauren Guaimano, also known as Mrs. G., is the 3’s assistant. She currently holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Montclair State University in the field of Psychology. She has been very busy as a stay-at-home mom for the last seven years, which she considers an exceptionally rewarding time. Her daughter is enrolled in her second year at the East Hanover Co-Op Nursery. During that time, Lauren had often taken the opportunity to volunteer in our school, whenever an aide was needed in Mrs. Inacio's class. It was through this experience that Lauren discovered the love of working with preschoolers in a classroom setting. "Mrs. G," as the children will come to know her, is greatly excited for the year ahead and considers it a privilege to be working with the PreK 3 students.

Marilyn Zara

Marilyn Zara, Known as Mrs. Zara, is excited to join the Coop staff as the Young 3’s teacher. She has her CCP (a national preschool certification) and the NJ Group Teacher certification. She comes to us from the Learning Lab in Madison, where she taught both a 4 yr old class and kindergarten enrichment. Prior to that, she taught at Rainbow Montessori as both a 3 and 4 yr teacher. Mrs. Zara has over 12 years of early childhood teaching experience. She believes children should have fun while learning.

Angela Ciccolini

Angela Ciccolini, known as Mrs. C., is the young 3’s assistant. She has an Associate Degree from Berkeley College of Business. She has been devoted to raising her two boys for the past seven years. She also incorporated her volunteer time as a Class Mom which she found rewarding and truly enjoyable. Mrs. C. is greatly looking forward to working with the young 3’s class this year.

Jennifer Knapp

Jennifer Knapp, also known as Mrs. Knapp, is pleased to be joining our Co-Op staff as the Enrichment Teacher and is excited to be starting the Lunch Bunch program at our school. She earned her Associate’s degree from Essex County College in Early Childhood Education, and a Bachelor’s degree in General Humanities from Montclair State University. Previously, Jennifer has been working as a Substitute Teacher and as an Enrichment Teacher in local school systems. She believes that enrichment promotes learning through socialization and explorative activities.