Before and After School Programs

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 @ 11:16 PM
posted by: RV Ed Fund


The A.C.E. Before and After School Program is designed to supervise the students of our schools in a caring and nurturing environment.  This program allows for the peace of mind that your children are being watched with the same care and manner they receive during the school day. Our A.C.E. Counselors are highly qualified; most holding a degree in Education and are First Aid and CPR Certified.

Our program is structured such that your children will be:

  • Provided a snack
  • Able to complete their homework in a supervised, age appropriate setting
  • Have the option to participate in Enrichment Workshops taught by our A.C.E. Counselors
  • Allowed necessary down time
  • Weather permitting, all children are allowed outside on the schools playground for physical activity.

With flexible scheduling there are options for the working and non-working parent to utilize our program and its benefits.

Important Phone Numbers:

To contact a staff member on site call the following numbers:

Emerson: 201-749-0694

Meadowbrook: 201-312-7714

Roberge: 201-312-0441

Smith: 201-312-7212

Woodside: 201-312-0442

Click on the links to access our Parent Handbook, the Student Code of Conduct and our FAQ’s to learn more about the A.C.E. Before and After Care Program.

A.C.E Forms

Use the following forms to search for answers regarding program policies and procedures.

Policies and Procedures: 


Parent Handbook-2016-17-Revised January 1, 2017

Student Code of Conduct-Revised January 1, 2017

General forms to guide with our A.C.E. program:

Alternate Pick up form

change of billing

Change of Schedule

Medical Release

Withdrawal Form

Registration Forms 2017-18

Emerson Registration Packet 2017-18

Hillsdale registration 2017-18

River Vale Registration Packet 2017-18-Roberge

River Vale Registration Packet 2017-18-Woodside





Kyle Gilfedder-Site Coordinator: Hi my name is Kyle Gilfedder and this is my sixth year working for the A.C.E. Program and my first year at Woodside. Before moving to North Jersey, I worked for another elementary school in my hometown for about two years.  I am currently working for my family’s business but still wanted to continue my involvement with children which is why I initiated this job.  You can usually find me playing several different sports with the students mainly because I am always so full of energy.  During my free time, I train in Jujitsu and Muay Thai.  I always volunteer at my local gym to help train other students.  I thoroughly enjoy putting a large amount of my energy and enthusiasm into working with children because of the appreciation I obtain in return. The greatest feeling is when you know you have made a difference in someone else’s life

Paul Brancatelli-Counselor: My name is Paul Brancatelli and I am a graduate of the physical education/health program at William Paterson University.  I enjoy my work and hope to become a full time physical education teacher when I am finished with school so I can help students improve their physical and mental skills. I am currently an assistant CYO basketball coach for 5th grade boys and over the summer I was an assistant baseball coach for 15-17 year old boys. I enjoy coaching as well because I learn each of my player’s strengths and weaknesses so that the team as a whole can help each other to improve. My hobbies include playing sports with friends like football, baseball, basketball, and soccer.  This will be my fifth year working for the A.C.E. Before and After School Program.

TimTim Van SadersCounselor: My name is Tim Van Saders. I am a junior at William Paterson University majoring in Criminology and Criminal Justice. My goal is to graduate on time to then become either a police officer or a career firefighter. As a volunteer firefighter in River Vale, I interact with children often, whether it be on a call or our annual Open House. I enjoy baseball, football, basketball, weight lifting and playing competitive softball in the fall and spring. Sports have always been a huge part of my life so playing and talking  sports with the kids is one of my favorite aspects of the job. This will be my second year with the After School program.

Ericka Obando-Counselor:  Coming Soon

Lena Azzam-Counselor: Coming Soon

Mike Blazina-Counselor: Coming Soon

Avivia Irizarry-Counselor: Coming Soon



Eddie Cohen-Site Coordinator: I am excited to enter my fourth year working for the River Vale Educational Fund.  My past work experiences range from working in a high school under the athletic director, coaching 7th and 8th grade sports, and working with mentally disabled children and adults.  Iam currently a certified substitute teacher, and pursuing a degree in physical education. I am a huge fan of and play all sports especially football and basketball.

Marisa Martire-Site Coordinator: Coming Soon

Meri HeadshotMeri Peters-Counselor: Hello! My name is Meri Peters-Tuohey and I am excited to be returning to Roberge’s ACE Program for the 3rd year!  I work primarily with the kindergartners at the start of each day and help them with their homework and other various tasks that they may need assistance with.  A little bit about me: I hold a bachelor’s & master’s degree in sociology from William Paterson University.  Always having an interest in working with children, I focused my graduate studies around parental involvement in schools. Before joining ACE, I worked as a grant writer/researcher at a nonprofit organization in Paterson, whose mission was to deliver programs and resources to Paterson schools to ensure that all children achieve high standards.  Wanting a change of pace out of an office environment, I decided to join the ACE program in 2015.  It was just the change I needed! No two days are alike and no two children are alike, which is what makes this job so enjoyable.  I truly enjoy watching each child grow emotionally and academically as the year progresses.  I welcome and encourage parents to talk to me about anything they may have questions about, whether it be about their child or the program in general.  I am here to help!  Looking forward to another year at Roberge!

Nicole Hanna-Counselor: Hello everyone! My name is Nicole Hanna and this is my third year working with the A.C.E After School Program.  I am a Biology Major/Psychology Minor at Montclair State University. My ultimate goal is to become a Pediatrician. I love working with children and have been working with them for five years now. I also teach first grade at a Sunday School. During the summer I work at a church camp and I have been doing that for four years now. I also used to coach kids in soccer. I love making a difference in children’s lives and that is why all the programs I do revolve around guiding them. Each child I meet is unique and I learn so much about them through each interaction.

Mike Guzzo-Counselor: Coming Soon

Noelle Nebbia-Counselor: My name is Noelle and this is my third year at the A.C.E program! I am a Sophomore at Ramapo College and I’m studying Literature with an education certification. I am hoping to become an elementary school teacher in the future. I love working with children of all ages and with animals too. In high school I assisted at the Pascack Valley Pre-school program and I loved working with the children.  I have been a volunteer at the START II animal shelter. I am very excited to be apart of this program!

Mary GMary Gerraah-Hanikeh-Counselor: Hello Everyone! I hope you are great! My name is Mary Gerraah-Hanikeh, and I am a returning employee to this awesome A.C.E. Program. This will be my fifth year at Roberge, and I am so excited to meet you and your children, whom I will take care of the best I can! I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justine and a Master’s in Education-both obtained from Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City. I am fluent in English and Arabic. I have had experience working with individuals as young as newborn babies up to adulthood, whether it was through this employment, babysitting, student teaching, family, mentoring students in College, or working with the junior youth and youth in my church.  I am here to help your child grow academically, further build his or her character and make sure he or she has a super, fun time! Their safety is my top priority. I look forward to working with everyone in this program and I am forever grateful for this opportunity. Thank you for taking the time to read about me!

sammySamuelle Jean-Charles-Counselor:  I received my Bachelor of Science in Early Education from Mercy College. I’ve been in the field of childcare and education for over nine years professionally. I have also volunteered with my churches VBS program as well as an after school homework helper for three years prior. I have worked in in-home daycares and childcare centers. I enjoy early childhood because I love sharing the firsts with the children I educate and care for.

Violette Dabaghian-Counselor: Coming Soon!

Alyssa PriscoAlyssa Prisco: Counselor: My name is Alyssa Prisco and I am a recent graduate of Ramapo College, where I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Literature. I am currently enrolled in the Teacher Education Program at Ramapo, pursuing my teacher certification. In my freetime, I enjoy reading, shopping and traveling. 





Sandy Kirk-Site Coordinator: I was born and raised in the Packsack Valley. A Park Ridge High School graduate, I am in my eleventh year as Site Coordinator at The Smith School. I have experience working with children for over 20 years, including raising my two children, serving as President of the PTO at East Brook School and babysitting several local families. During my free time I enjoy going to the gym, watching the New York Yankees, San Antonio Spurs and collecting Native American artwork.  I currently live in Park Ridge, with my husband of thirty three years Gary. I have a daughter Shannon, a graduate of Boston University, and a son Devon, who just graduated from  the University of Rhode Island.

Marie Brisseau-Counselor: I was born in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti.  I came to the United States of America at the age of 9 years old.  I was raised in Brooklyn, NY with my four siblings.  I moved to Bergen County in 1993 and have resided there since.  I am a mother of three sons and also a grandmother of two, who also reside in Bergen County.  I am presently attending College, and currently working on accomplishing a certificate in the Respiratory Therapist Program.  Since living in Bergen County, NJ, I was emplyed by Spectrum for Living located in Maywood, NJ.  I managed a group home for disbaled adults for about 18 years.  Moving on, I taught at Highpoinit High School of Bergen County for adolescents in special education for 7 years.  My role was to assist the teachers and prepare daily lessions for the students.  I also worked at the YWCA aftercare program, located at the Ann Blanche Smith School, which I was employed for seven years.  My duties were to assist Kindergarten through fifth grade students with their homework assignments, arts and crafts and outdoor activities.  In conclusion, I am a dedicated, resourceful and an innovative person.  I support each child’s social and intellectual growth by creating an atmosphere of mutual respect and open communication.

John Hanna-Counselor: Coming Soon!

Zuly Ortiz: Counselor: Coming Soon

TalarTalar Hadadan-Counselor: Hello, my name is Talar Hadadan. Before joining the After Care Program, I was a Teacher Aid at George White Middle School for nine years. I love working and taking acre of children. I am married with two children. I have a son who is 24 and a daughter who is 20. I love to bake, shop, travel and go to the gym. I love spending time with my family and friends.

Sanaa-Counselor: Coming Soon



Daniel O’Brien-Site Coordinator: I am 26 years old, I graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas College in May 2009 with my B.S in Social Sciences. I have ten (10)  years of experience working with children in an After Care Program. Some of my interests and hobbies include drawing, painting, hiking, biking, working out, being with family and friends. I am a big New York Giants and Yankees fan.

Stephanie Ishak-Site Coordinator: Hello, my name is Stephanie Ishak and I’m from Waldwick, New Jersey. I graduated from  Montclair State University in May 2014 as a double major in Psychology and Child Advocacy and Policy. This is my third year working for the A.C.E program and I am very excited. I have been working with children for the past 10 years from teaching Sunday School to interning at Oasis, a haven for women and children. I have always loved kids and hope to become a social worker in the future. I can’t wait to work with your children this upcoming  school year!

JuliannaJulianna Kelemen-Counselor: Hello, my name is Julianna Kelemen and I am 23 years young! This upcoming school year will be my fifth year working for the River Vale Educational Fund. I love working for the Fund because I have such a strong connection to all of the children. I am currently a nursing student and hope to one day become a pediatric or school nurse.

DylanDylan Thiemann-Counselor: My name is Dylan Thiemann and I am excited to start my fourth year as a Counselor for the After School Program. I am a student at St. Thomas Aquinas College, where I am studying to be an Elementary Education Teacher.  I enjoy working with the students and appreciate all the interaction I have with the families. I am fortunate to hold a job that allows me to work in the same field that coincides with my future goals. I am looking forward to another great year with all of your children.

Natalie Tasci-Counselor: Coming Soon

LynneLynn Rosenthal-Counselor: Hello, my name is Lynne Rosenthal and I am very excited to be joining ACE After Care Program this year. I am a retired Art Education Teacher and I have worked in After School Programs for the past eight years.  I enjoy sharing my knowledge of arts and crafts with the children and having fun! I am looking forward to this upcoming school year!

Audrey Donahue-Counselor: Coming Soon

Kryss Garcia-Counselor: Coming Soon

LaraLara Anac-Ayvazian-Counselor: My name is Laura Ayvazian and I am a Senior at PV.  I would like to become a Special Education Teacher. I want to fulfill my dreams by teaching children who need extra help so I can make a difference in their lives.




Mary KMary Kenny-Site Coordinator:Hi, my name is Mary Kenny, and I am the staff coordinator for the Emerson before and after care program.  I grew up in Saddle Brook, and am the youngest of 4 children.  I have a B.A. in art from William Paterson University.  I was blessed with 3 children, 2 girls and a boy, and doubly blessed with my 3 grandsons!  I have worked in the Emerson school system for the last 26 years, and I have been in before and after care for the last 15 years, and I truly love what I do!

Fran Pajak-Counselor:  I have been an Emerson resident my entire life!  I have been part of the before and aftercare programs for six years and have worked with the Emerson Community School Summer Program for the past 20 years.  I love crafts, the shore, and my job.

Joann Gottschalk-Counselor: Coming Soon!

DebbyDebby (Darcy) Godleski-Counselor:  I am going into my fourth year with the After School Program!  It has been a wonderful experience working with the children. Since graduating from Montclair State University in 1985, I have been working in the education field. I owned and directed a Preschool for 12 years. I also worked with special needs students for three. I find each and every day fun and rewarding for myself and the students.  It has always been my pleasure working with any age group to help them enjoy their daily Educational activities.  I strive to make a difference in your children’s life in any situation using a caring, understanding and comforting attitude. 

Eileen Malone-Counselor: Coming Soon

AnnaMarie Fanto-Pre-K Counselor: Coming soon

Karen Wolf-Pre-K Counselor: Coming soon