Lorraine Castellano -Director
Lorraine has been teaching young children for over twenty years. She is a graduate of Wheelock College in Boston, MA and holds a B.S. degree with a dual certification in Early Childhood Education and Young Children with Special Needs.
Lorraine began her career at Sunrise Children's Center in Amherst, NH in 1991. Sunrise is nationally recognized by the US Department of Education as a model inclusionary program. Throughout her five years at Sunrise, Lorraine worked as a classroom teacher for preschool and kindergarten children. She also worked as a coordinator to oversee afternoon programs.
Lorraine moved to NJ in 1996 to take a job with the Upper Saddle River School District. She started the preschool special needs program, servicing children from the ages of three to five. She worked closely with therapists, parents and child study teams to ensure that each child met their IEP goals/objectives. After four years in the district, Lorraine left to have her first child. She began working' part time with an Early Intervention Agency while raising her three children. In 2010, Lorraine started her own preschool program called LEAP. Her program concentrates on working with closely with children to develop the skills necessary to be successful socially, emotionally, and develop mentally.
Lorraine lives in Ramsey with her husband Jeff and her three children. She enjoys volunteering at the Farmer's Market in Ramsey twice a month in the summer and is involved in multiple community activities. She is looking forward to a wonderful year at LEAP!