Mrs. Weiss is an experienced preschool teacher and pediatric nurse. She received her B.S. in Nursing with a specialty in Pediatrics from William Paterson University. She received her graduate Preschool through Third Grade (P-3) Certification in Early Childhood Education from William Paterson University. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, The International Honor Society of Nursing, and Kappa Delta Pi, The International Honor Society of Education. Prior to teaching at HMR she taught preschool at Bethlehem Early Learning Center in Ridgewood, New Jersey, where she also developed and implemented enrichment programs for preschool age children.  Additionally, she has over twenty years experience in teaching a monthly Parenting Class for Valley Pediatric Associates of HoHoKus and Mahwah, which focuses on childhood developmental issues. As a former HMR parent, she is very excited about being part of the wonderful HMR family again! 

The Educational Philosophy of Bright Horizons

 “Teaching is a delicate balance of learning and leading others to learn.”  -J. Robinson

The educational philosophy of preschool is centered on the belief that all children have the right to learn in a nurturing, caring, supportive environment.  The teachers strive to provide a rich, stimulating environment filled with meaningful, developmentally appropriate, “hands on” activities.  They work to create a strong sense of community so that students will feel free to explore in a safe, comfortable, and stable environment.  In their classrooms, the virtues of kindness, caring, and sharing are always exemplified. The classroom community will create positive and meaningful social interactions where students can continue their social and emotional development in a supportive environment. Being sensitive to others feelings, respecting and accepting students for who they are, separating from home, learning to share, care, play with others and establishing friendships are critical elements of the preschool years. Another important aspect of the classroom community will be a student centered learning environment.  The teachers will plan themes based on student interest and construct lessons around the theme. They work to promote an active partnership with parents to ensure that each child’s developmental needs are met and will reach his/her fullest potential.