Our teachers all have Bachelor’s Degrees, are specialized in the age they teach, and have Tools of the Mind Curriculum training. Our teachers are the heart of our school, whose primary focus is to connect with each child and help them reach their fullest potential. Our fun specialty teachers are educated and experienced and bring so many great elements to our school day.
Head of School
Judith Serra has been teaching for 35+ years. Judy Serra is a highly qualified and NJ certified teacher.
She graduated from Cabrini College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education/ Elementary Education. She has been trained in Teaching Strategies Gold, Tools of the Mind and she is a member of the Monarch Teacher’s Network. She began her teaching career in Hillsborough Township Schools where she taught Kindergarten for 10 years. After that, she taught first grade at Whitehouse Elementary School for 3 years and then taught kindergarten for 7+ years at Whitehouse Preparatory School. Judy Serra was a Turn-Key Trainer, Lead Teacher and curriculum writer for both school districts. Judy is also trained from the Gesell Institute as a developmental screener. She teaches here at Whitehouse Preparatory School and has been since the school was established in 2009. As the Head of School, Judith Serra does teacher training and curriculum writing for the programs at Whitehouse Preparatory School. She also provides enrichment instruction in the Preschool I,II and Jr. Kindergarten Classes here at Whitehouse Prep. In addition she teaches a Reading Enrichment Program here at Whitehouse Prep. Whitehouse Prep is a fulfillment of her lifetime dream of creating a special school that will provide an excellent preschool foundation for a life time of learning.
Preschool II Teacher
Stephanie Tamn is a graduate of Penn Foster College with a degree in Early Childhood Education.
She has also been trained in the teaching curriculum of Teaching Strategies Gold and Tools of the Mind. Stephanie has also been trained by Judith Serra in literacy and math enhancement programs here at at Whitehouse Prep. She is a member of the Monarch Teacher’s Network. Stephanie has been a preschool teacher for 7 years and she has had experience in teaching children from toddlers through Pre-K. Her passion is in teaching young children and it comes through each day in the work that she does with her students. She teaches the Preschool II Class here at Whitehouse Prep. Stephanie’s ability to connect with young children and her teaching experience help her to create such a loving and enriching Preschool II learning environment.
Preschool I Teacher
Abby Sommers graduated from Montclair State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Child Studies. She has been teaching young children professionally for 4 years and has had experience teaching children from Infants through Pre-K. Her favorite part about teaching young children is watching them grow and learn. She loves to watch how each child learns differently and she fosters them at their own pace. She looks forward to this upcoming school year at Whitehouse Preparatory School. Abby is looking forward to working with the Preschool I Class and helping to foster their love of learning.
Krista Underhill is the kindergarten teacher here at Whitehouse Prep. She graduated from Kean University with a bachelors in Elementary Education and Special Education. She has taught Kindergarten at a charter school in Morris County as well as kindergarten and second grade for the Morris Plains School District. Most recently, she taught kindergarten for a private school. Her favorite aspect of teaching building and observing her students grow academically and socially. She is excited about working with the students here at Whitehouse Prep and helping to foster a love of learning as well as academic growth this school year.
Jr. Kindergarten Teacher
Kim Mensche is our Jr. Kindergarten teacher. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from St. Francis College and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix. She has been teaching in both public and private schools for eleven years and she has worked as a Special Education Teacher Assistant, Technology Teacher, Kindergarten, and Preschool Teacher. She also volunteered as a religious education teacher for six years in her local parish. She truly enjoys exploring new ways to spark children’s curiosity and learning, and she enjoys working with families to foster and nurture each child’s unique growth and development.
Acting has been Ariana’s passion since she was 6 years old, and she has been performing in both local and professional productions ever since. Ariana holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in Acting from California Institute of the Arts.
In addition to her degree, Ariana has done master classes in Commedia D’el Arte (Foundation of Comedy and Mask Work), Shakespeare, and Solo Performance. Over the years, she has been lucky enough to work closely with Tony award winner Stew (Passing Strange), as well as Playwrights Susan-Lori-Parks and James Lecesne. Ariana has an intensive background in the classics of theatre, as well as musical theatre, and on-camera acting. Ariana believes that teaching children to act, sing, and dance not only increases their ability to communicate with others in a positive way, but also provides an outlet for children to learn new things about how to act and react to others as they grow. Skills gained from theatre, such as public speaking, projection of the voice, and ability to think on one’s feet also help kids learn to have more confidence within themselves.Ariana offers private acting lessons to children of all ages and loves helping children work on audition prep, character work and scene study, and helping them explore how much acting can truly help in everyday life!
After completing his student teaching in a fourth grade class, Stephen discovered his passion for early childhood education, working as a Head Teacher for preschool children ages 3 and 4. He quickly realized the huge impact that music has on all aspects of children’s development. In 2007, he decided to focus exclusively on music education, and has been teaching early childhood music classes in various preschools and kindergartens ever since.
Stephen’s teaching and his Little Notes curriculum is influenced by the work of Zoltan Kodaly, Carl Orff, and Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, as well as more recent applications of their approaches to early childhood music education. He is an active member of The National Association for Music Education (NAfME), The Feierabend Association for Music Education (FAME), The Gordon Institute for Music Learning (GIML) and The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).Stephen plays the guitar, piano, and ukelele. He has well over a decade of teaching experience and is comfortable working with students of all ages, from early childhood through adulthood. Visit musicnotesacademy.com for more information on private music lessons at Whitehouse Preparatory School.