Meet the Staff

We would like to welcome you to the William Paterson University Child Development Center website.  Our staff is diligently working to ensure that your children have  educational, fun and meaningful learning experience at the center.  Please email us if you have any questions, concerns, or comments.



Children’s learning is an ongoing process…

It is my goal to maintain a high quality preschool environment that is physically, socially, and psychologically safe and secure and educationally stimulating for the children and families of the William Paterson University Community. It is my hope and dream that by providing children with numerous opportunities to be actively engaged in their own learning process and by developing a healthy partnership with families that each and every child will be successful and grow to his or her potential.

Cindy Gennarelli, M.Ed




  I am looking forward to forming positive relationships with the children and their families.  My ultimate goal is to provide a safe, nurturing environment in which the children can prosper physically, socially, emotionally, and develop their language skills.  I will foster each and every child's individual needs, while challenging each of them to reach their fullest potential. 

         I hope for the children to take something of value from everyday whether it be content knowledge or self knowledge.  I feel that children's early experiences in life shape who they are now and who they will be in the future.  I will do my best to ensure the children have a positive learning experience here at the William Paterson University Child Development Center.

Denielle Carr, M.Ed

Classroom Teacher


My goal here at the Child Development Center is to ensure that every child feels safe and is able to grow and learn at his or her own pace. I strongly believe that every child has their own preferred learning style.  With this said, it is my goal to make sure that I meet the individual needs of each child in the classroom, as well as use a variety of teaching methods that challenge and encourage children to learn and develop cognitively, socially, emotionally, and physically.

Elizabeth Cottino, M.Ed

Classroom Teacher


“Tell me and I will forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I will understand”

I strongly believe that children are active learners and therefore, benefit when they can see, touch, and explore. I hope to engage students and make learning come alive through self-discovery and creativity. Through this I aim to provide a stimulating and challenging atmosphere for optimal emotional, cognitive, social, and physical development. My goal is to create a love for learning within each student and inspire children to reach their fullest potential.


Christina Rivera

Graduate Assistant