The Sproutlings Team

Sproutlings is owned by the Shaheed family, long-time residents of New Providence. Mo Shaheed and his daughter, Mira, and son, Jon, oversee the daily operations. Mo has an educational background and worked with school-age children prior to opening Sproutlings. Mira worked in the area for nearly 20 years as a preschool teacher. Jon has a background in health administration and prior to Sproutlings, worked in Care Transitions at a New York hospital system.

The Sproutlings Story

Mira’s experience serving young children and their families evolved into her vision for Sproutlings. She understands the variety of needs that families with young children have, and she recognizes the growing need for more childcare options in the New Providence area. Mira has completed several teacher education programs for teachers of young children, including a High Scope lead teaching and a CDA (Child Development Associate) Credential for Infants and Toddlers. She frequently attends conferences at Kean University on early childhood education topics.

Our Teachers and Staff

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Jonathan Shaheed

VP of Operations

Jonathan was raised in New Providence and graduated from New Providence High School.  He has a BA in Biology from Bucknell University.  His Masters is in Health Administration from Columbia University.  Jonathan taught biology, chemistry and physics when he served in the Peace Corps in West Africa.  Prior to Sproutlings, he worked as a Forecast Analyst for several years before working in Care Transitions at a New York hospital system.  Jon enjoys playing soccer in his spare time and used to be the captain of the New Providence team. He lives with his wife Sydney in town.

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Kerry Lancey

Director

Kerry was born and raised in New Providence and graduated from New Providence High School. She has a BS in Elementary Education and an M.Ed from the University of Delaware. She has certifications in the areas of Elementary Education (K-5) and Teacher of Students with Disabilities. Her Masters is in Teacher Leadership. Kerry has worked with young children for over twelve years and has experience with a wide variety of ages. Before joining the Sproutlings team, Kerry taught fourth grade at a local private school. Kerry lives with her husband Jeff and son Austin in nearby Warren. 

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Donna Nobile

Head Teacher

Donna has worked as lead teacher of infants for over 10 years. Prior to that, she worked as an assistant teacher and then lead teacher with both toddlers and preschoolers. Donna’s experience with caring for infants and working with families of our youngest clients prepares her well for this position. Donna enjoys spending time with her three children, Joseph, Courtney and Bridget, and four grandchildren.

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Maddie Espinal

Head Teacher

Maddie Espinal is the lead teacher of our After Care program.  She has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Penn State University - Harrisburg. She has a K-5 Pennsylvania Teaching Certificate as well.  Madeline has experience as the Lead Preschool Teacher at a Goddard School in Pennsylvania and was a member of the Youth Services team at a library in Pennsylvania. In her spare time, Maddie  loves to read, hike, and to spend time with her friends and family.

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Kellie Hutson

Kindergarten and Aftercare Program Supervisor

Kellie Hutson is the Lead Teacher of our Full Day Kindergarten program which is run out of our St. Andrew's location. Kellie graduated from William Paterson University with a degree in Elementary Education and Psychology. She taught Kindergarten in public schools for three years prior to joining the Sproutlings family. She has experience with Applied Behavior Analysis as well. She currently resides in Wantage with her husband and her mini dachshund named Bratwurst. Kellie is looking forward to bringing her experiences to her Kindergarten classroom at Sproutlings. 

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Amelia Wilson

PreK 3 Lead Teacher

Amelia has an Associate’s Degree in Education from Raritan Valley Community College.  While obtaining her degree she spent time in the Clinton Public schools and in the Calvary Nursery School in Cranford.  Amelia worked as an assistant teacher in PreK 3 prior to taking on the lead position.  She has completed training in Creative Curriculum through the Grow NJ Kids program.

Bridget Seedlings Head Teacher (Small)

Bridget Nobile

Seedlings Lead Teacher

Bridget has been working with young children for over fifteen years.   She grew up in New Providence, graduated from New Providence High School and obtained her degree in Communications from Farleigh Dickenson University in 2006.  She recently completed Creative Curriculum training and is in the process of finishing her CDA.  Bridget’s enthusiasm and creativity make her a perfect match for the young toddler classroom.