Learn more about our great staff!
Certified teachers, friendly aides, and a knowledgeable office provide your children with a home away from home…
Mrs. Michele Hans
My name is Michele Hans and I have the privilege of being the Director of the OLPH Early Childhood Center. Born and raised in Oakland, I graduated from OLPH myself! I received my Bachelor’s Degree in both Early Childhood Education and Psychology from The College of New Jersey. Upon graduation I was hired by Ramsey Public Schools where I taught Kindergarten and continued my own education until I started my family. My husband Mike and I have been blessed to raise our own 8 children in Oakland. In 2009 I became the Director of Religious Education in Mahwah, and then happily returned to my OLPH roots in 2014. Together with our team of amazing and creative teachers, I am committed to providing your family with a loving and developmentally sound foundation for a lifetime of learning!
Thank you for sharing your children with us!
Mrs. Lori Gene Scully
My name is Lori Scully and I was once the anxious, first-time mother bringing her oldest child to preschool. I would sit in the comfort of the school office daily because my daughter cried; the school staff always comforted me and became an extension of my own immediate family. As the days turned into years, I slowly began answering the phones and assisting in any possible way for this newfound preschool family. Eventually, I transitioned into the role of Office Manager for this beloved preschool, Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Both of my children attended OLPH ECC and my husband even attended the elementary school when it was open. Our Lady of Perpetual Help has been a cornerstone of my family for three generations. I am grateful to be a part of this school for the past 30 years and I hope that I can provide you with the comfort and love that has been shown to my own family.
Ms. Vanessa Arp
Teacher, 2.5’s Class
My name is Vanessa Arp and I started with the OLPH ECC Program in 2011. In 2013, I began to dedicate my time teaching the 2 1/2 year olds. I love teaching this class because there is so much to learn and explore while we have great fun. I live in Oakland and have two teenage sons, whom are my pride and joy. Preschool has always been my passion. I graduated from William Paterson University with a degree in Elementary Education.
Mrs. Tracy Poggioli
Teacher’s Aide, 2.5’s Class
My name is Tracy Poggioli and I live in Oakland. I joined the OLPH ECC family in 2018. My two teenage boys came to this school so I have known this warm and loving environment for a long time. I enjoy working with the 2 1/2 year olds and love to see them grow and develop. It is a fun job and I am happy to be a part of OLPH ECC.
Mrs. Julie Pfeiffer
Teacher, 3’s Class
My name is Julie Pfeiffer. I have been teaching the 3 year olds at OLPH ECC since 2016. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. I have been teaching for more than 20 years in early childhood. I am the mother of two adult children with whom I love spending time. In my spare time I enjoy reading and crocheting.
Mrs. Candy Apicella
Teacher’s Aide, 3’s Class
Hello, my name is Candy Apicella and I have been working in early childhood care since 2006. I've had the pleasure to work in the warm and nurturing environment at OLPH ECC beginning in 2013. I am dedicated to the social and emotional development of each child and it is my goal to set the foundation for a lifetime of learning. I hold an Associates Degree in Applied Science from Bergen Community College. Membership in the New Jersey Childcare Information System enables me to continue to improve my core competencies through seminars and workshops.
Mrs. Crista Vigeant
Teacher, 3’s Class
My name is Crista Vigeant and I am a PreK-3 teacher at OLPH ECC. I graduated from Boston College (go Eagles!) and earned my master’s degree in Teaching from Fairleigh Dickinson University. This is my 3rd year working at OLPH ECC. Prior to OLPH ECC, I taught English at Paramus Catholic High School, managed Quality Assurance testing teams at UBS/PaineWebber and MetLife and worked in public relations at Ruder Finn. Most importantly, I am a mom to 3 amazing children (ages 10, 8, and 5), who are OLPH ECC alumni! In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, attending our kids’ sporting events and dance competitions, leading my daughters’ Girl Scout troops, and reading. I live in Oakland, so if you see me around town, please say, “Hello!”
Mrs. Dianne VanDerVeen
Teacher, 4’s Class
My name is Dianne VanDerVeen and I started with the OLPH ECC Program in 2006 as a teacher’s aide. In 2012, I decided to dedicate myself to teaching the 4’s class. Along with my love of children, I share my love of animals with my classes. Hermit crabs, fish, hamsters, and turtles are only some of our class pets!
Mrs. Christina Barbour
Teacher’s Aide, 4’s Class
Hi, my name is Christina Barbour and I started as a teacher’s aide at OLPH ECC in 2017. I grew up in Oakland and went through the OLPH ECC program. I have a wonderful daughter who is currently in kindergarten at Heights after finishing preschool at OLPH ECC. We currently live in Oakland along with my husband and silly pup named Oreo.
Mrs. Jenine VanDyke
Teacher, Transitional 4’s Class
My name is Jenine VanDyke and I started with the OLPH ECC program in 2017, however it is my 9th year teaching. I began my career teaching preschool at Head Start in Staten Island after graduating with a BS in Early Childhood Education from Brooklyn College. After moving to New Jersey, I taught first grade for 5 years at PS #28 school in Jersey City. I stayed home for 13 years with my 3 sons before substitute teaching for the Oakland School District. Although I enjoyed my time working for Oakland schools, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to teach preschool again! Teaching young children has always been my passion. I truly enjoy coming to work each day!
Miss Remi Bacchiocchi
My name is Remi Bacchiocchi and I have lived in Oakland my entire life. I am 23 years old and I have worked at OLPH ECC in the After Care Program for almost 5 years now. I love working here with the children that attend the After Care Program at the school.