Head Teacher Mrs. Maria was raised and educated in Canada. She moved to New Jersey in 1991 and begun working at Reach Academy that same year. Now in her 28th year of teaching, Mrs. Maria has taught students in grades 3-8. Mrs. Maria is a passionate educator who strives to meet the individuals needs of her students and motivate them to work hard and excel.


Ms. Stephanie has been working at Reach Academy for 26 years. She has worked as a classroom aid, secretary and bus driver before obtaining her teaching credentials 14 years ago. Ms. Stephanie attended Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ.

Ms. Stephanie works tirelessly in her classroom to ensure that all her students treat each other with acceptance, tolerance and understanding.


Ms. Stefanie is one of our primary elementary teachers and school librarian. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Montclair State University in 2011. Ms. Stefanie has been working in classrooms for nearly eight years. she is currently working towards earning her masters degree from Rutgers Graduate School of Communication and Information.


Ms. Zohra came to the United States from Algeria, North Africa in 1995. she holds a dual BA degree in ESL and Management and speaks four languages. Ms. Zohra previously worked for the U.S. Embassy at the American Language Institute in Algiers, Algeria. She joined the Reach Academy’s teaching team in October 2004.


Ms. Elizabeth is our lead preschool teacher. She holds a NJ CDA and has worked with children for over eight years. She is also a volunteer fire fighter and is certified in CPR and first aid.

Ms. Elizabeth believes every child has an important story to tell and encourages them to share it through creative and imaginative play.


Preschool Daily Schedule

From To Activity
8:45 AM 9:15 AM Welcome/Unpacking
9:15 AM 9:30 AM Morning Snack
9:30 AM 10:30 AM Floor Time/Circle Time
10:30 AM 11:15 AM Language Arts
11:15 AM 11:30 AM Story Time
11:30 AM 12:15 PM Lunch
12:15 PM 12:30 PM Cleanup/Wash Hands: Setup for nap time (Group 1)
12:30 PM 2:00 PM Nap Time (Group 1)/Handwriting or Special (Group 2)
2:00 PM 2:30 PM Afternoon Snack
2:30 PM 3:00 PM Activity Time
3:00 PM 3:15 PM Cleanup/Pack-up/Dismissal

A Typical Monday in Ms. Stephanie L’s Class
(Middle Elementary Grades)

From To Activity
8:30 AM 8:45 AM Arrive and Unpack
8:45 AM 9:00 AM Daily Oral Language Practice
9:00 AM 9:30 AM DEAR
9:30 AM 10:30 AM Math
10:30 AM 10:45 AM Vocabulary Study
10:45 AM 11:00 AM Spelling Study
11:00 AM 12:00 PM Novel Study
Reading Comprehension
12:00 PM 1:00 PM Lunch/Recess
1:00 PM 1:40 PM Science
1:40 PM 2:15 PM Social Studies
2:15 PM 2:30 PM Homework/Pack up
2:30 PM 3:15 PM Art
3:15 PM Dismissal

A Typical Tuesday in Ms. Zohra’s Class

From To Activity
8:30 AM 9:00 AM Arrival, Unpack, Centers
9:00 AM 10:00 AM Calendar: Day, Month, Date, Year, Season, Weather, Holiday. Review numbers, shapes and sight words
10:00 AM 10:30 AM Snack time and Bathroom break
10:30 AM 11:00 AM Math
11:00 AM 11:30 AM Phonics
11:30 AM 12:00 PM Social Studies
12:00 PM 12:30 PM Lunch and bathroom break
12:30 PM 1:00 PM Recess
1:00 PM 1:30 PM Art
1:30 PM 2:00 PM Listening Comprehension
2:00 PM 2:30 PM Language Arts Reading
2:30 PM 3:00 PM Sight words bingo game
3:00 PM 3:15 PM Pack and Dismissal

A Typical Wednesday in Ms. Maria’s Class
(Middle School)

From To Activity
8:30 AM 8:45 AM Arrival/Homework Collection
8:45 AM 10:00 AM Math
10:00 AM 10:15 AM Daily Oral Language
10:15 AM 10:45 AM Vocabulary Workshop
10:45 AM 11:15 AM Music
11:15 AM 12:00 PM Social Studies
12:00 PM 1:00 PM Lunch/Recess
1:00 PM 1:45 PM Reading/Novel Study
1:45 PM 2:30 PM Science
2:30 PM 3:15 PM Concert Choir
3:15 PM Dismissal

A Typical Thursday in Ms. Stefanie’s Class
(Lower Elementary Grades)

From To Activity
8:30 AM 8:55 AM Arrive and Unpack
8:55 AM 10:15 AM Language Arts Block
10:15 AM 10:30 AM Snack/Break
10:30 AM 11:15 AM P.E. or Swimming
11:15 AM 12:00 PM Math Block
12:00 PM 1:00 PM Lunch/Recess
1:00 PM 1:30 PM Art or Music
1:30 PM 2:15 PM Science Block
2:15 PM 3:00 PM Social Studies Block
3:00 PM 3:15 PM Pack-up and Dismissal