Hilary Fandel

Hilary Fandel
PreK/K Head Teacher

I believe life is about relationships. I enjoy my connections with the children and the families each year leading the Kindergarten class. From my “Mother’s Helper” days in high school to tutoring children throughout college, I always knew I wanted to work with children.

My undergraduate degree is in the Classics from Skidmore College. I am interested in the origins of language, and I help the kindergarteners see that words have deep roots.

I have taught first grade, second grade and K in public and private schools. While getting my Master of Arts in Teaching degree at Montclair State College and later at WIlliam Paterson University, I asked my Early Childhood professors what the best school was for my own twin boys. They all declared the Co-op! I subsequently enrolled my sons and now, many years later, I know that their experience here gave them a great foundation for their future adventurous lives.

When a position opened up here, which doesn’t happen too often, I knew immediately that I would have to make the change to this progressive, creative school that respects both children and teachers.

In addition to my love of teaching, I love language and speak fluent German. I also dabble in French, Spanish and American Sign Language. I also love running and dancing, and travelling. I’m so proud of how well our Kindergartners sign while singing – which we do all the time!