Our Staff

Jennifer Kovacs

was raised in Edison, NJ, but has lived in Piscataway with her husband since 2015. She graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Psychology and a Masters in Early Childhood/ Elementary Education. She has both a P-3 and a K-8 certification, as well as her CPR and First Aid Certifications. Ms. Kovacs is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society and The Golden Key International Honor Society. She has worked with children since 2000. Ms. Kovacs started as an assistant teacher and after graduating in 2004 became a lead teacher in a Pre-K class. In her 18+ years of working in childcare she has worked in every position with every age group from 6 weeks to 14 years of age, including as the Director of a school age before and after care program. In the fall of 2014 Ms. Kovacs’s lifelong dream of owning her own school came true.

As new owners, Ms. Kovacs and her mother have made many positive changes, adding the Creative Curriculum which is a research based, state approved curriculum, Infant and Toddler classrooms, expanding the afterschool, and summer programs to include school age children, adding a language program, Zumba program, a Music Together program, both in school and for families, as well as adding an Infant and Toddler Playground. They have also upgraded the security by adding cameras, and all preschool classrooms now have at least 1 if not 2 computers. Teachers have now received tablets so they can keep the parents posted on a continuous basis about their children’s progress. In addition they have also created a P.T.A., and have made countless updates to the grounds and building. Ms. Kovacs is happy to be part of the Start-Rite Family and looks forward to a long happy future.

Michele Kennedy

graduated from East Brunswick High School and studied Early Childhood Education at Middlesex County College. She received her CDA certification from Community Childcare. Mrs. Kennedy traveled with her husband while he was in the army, and spent five years operating a home daycare center in Fort Drum, New York and Mannheim, Germany. When they returned home Mrs. Kennedy worked with infants and toddlers for six years in a daycare center. In the fall of 2011 Mrs. Kennedy joined the Start-Rite Family, as an after school teacher. She has worked in all the classrooms, filling in whenever help was needed. Mrs. Kennedy is the teacher in the Infant/Toddler classroom, opened in the spring of 2015. In her spare time she enjoys baking and arts and crafts, but her favorite activity is spending time with her son James.

Mary Munna Biju

Mary Munna Biju is from India and she immigrated to New Jersey in January along with her beautiful family. She has been married for 25 years and has two lovely daughters both attending college. Mary has completed her Bachelors and Masters in Sociology and has a Diploma in Teaching. Her experiences include working for an international school in India as the lead teacher and administrator for Tiny Tots Playschool. She loves working with young children and has 15 years of teaching experience from India. Mary takes immense pride in teaching the future stars of this beautiful country.

Raquel Burke - Toddler Room

My name is Raquel Burke and I reside in South Plainfield with my husband and seven dogs. I graduated from Kean University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Sociology. I also have an Associate’s degree in Elementary Education from Union County College. I have been working with children for over twenty years. I have taught in a variety of settings including a special education classroom. I enjoy helping children explore their interests and feel passionate about providing the best and nurturing environment for each student. I am a huge NY Giants fan and enjoy training my dogs in my spare time.

Kaila Davila

My name is Kaila Davila and I am currently in school for my associates in Child Psychology. As an avid learner, I am also completing an independent CDA. I have been teaching infants and toddlers for over two years. I love to keep my classroom filled with art, music, and enjoy soaking up as much of our outdoor learning environments. My favorite age group to teach are the toddlers and I am very passionate about creating lesson plans and activities for this age group mostly because they are developing their foundation for life. I love to decorate my classroom and bulletin boards with innovative projects. It brings me great joy to see my little toddlers grow into blossoming preschoolers.

Suzanne Lockhart - Preschool

Suzanne Lockhart grew up in Dumont, NJ and now lives in Middlesex. She graduated from Montclair State University in 2008 with a degree in Elementary Education. Since graduation, she has worked as a lead teacher, tutored, and also helped many families by babysitting children of all ages. In 2012, she became a preschool teacher mostly teaching four year olds and fell in love with this age group. She has extensive experience with the Creative Curriculum and developing hands-on projects for her students. This is her eighth year of teaching in preschool and is enjoying every moment of her experience. In her spare time, she enjoys seeing her nieces who are ages three and five, baking, crafting, and working out.