Our Staff

Maureen Mattson, Director

Maureen Mattson

Director

Maureen resides in Audubon with her husband and two children. She has a BA In Liberal Studies with a concentration in Deaf Education and Elementary Education from Thomas Edison State College. After completing her degree she pursued her NJ Elementary Teacher Certificate. She has been a part of many collaborative teaching environments, including, Substitute Teaching in Washington Township School District and at Archbishop Ryan School for Deaf, Student Advisor at The Flordia School for the Deaf, and most recently Fourth Grade Teacher and Curriculum Coordinator at St. Teresa’s School in Runnemede, NJ.After taking some time off to be at home with her children Maureen was enthusiastic about becoming the Director at Audubon Preschool in July 2013 Maureen has been nominated and published in both Who’s Who of American Teachers and Who’s Who of American Professional Women.  Her latest professional accomplishment includes the publishing of her first children’s book, Sandcastles in the Sea.  Her son is a graduate of the preschool (2013) and her daughter is currently attending. It was her own experience with the preschool that motivated her to become a part of the staff. Maureen’s greatest wish is to offer your children a positive introduction to his/her student career.

 

“I am not a teacher, but an awakener.”  ― Robert Frost

 

Linda Bier

Four Year Old Teacher

When Linda joined the Audubon Preschool Staff in October of 2009, she was excited to be working at a school of which she has long been a fan.  Her oldest nephew started at the preschool in 1989 and was later followed by his siblings, so when it was time to find a preschool for her own kids there was no other option.   Linda and her husband John have lived in Audubon for 22 years and are the parents of 6 children – 4 boys and 2 girls – all who are proud Audubon Preschool graduates!  Linda began at the preschool when her youngest was in first grade.

Linda first began teaching at her church while in her high school years  where she was not only allowed to have the opportunity to have positions of leadership in various children’s ministries, but was taught by excellent and experienced adults how to prepare what to teach, gain confidence teaching from the front, and handle classroom management.  Over the years, she has lead classes of all ages from fourth grade down to 2 year olds but now has spent the last several years in the Pre-K to K class during the school year and in the summer she heads up the first and second grade department during her church’s vacation Bible school.

Linda has a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Rutgers University and before she became a full-time mom, she worked for 3 years as a teaching assistant  to the history teacher of a high school for classified students.  There she taught classes, graded papers, handled the class when the teacher was unavailable and learned techniques for dealing with the special emotional and behavioral challenges of the students.

 

Denise DeFrates

Four and Three Year Old Class Assistant Teacher

Denise Gray-DeFrates joined the Audubon Preschool staff in September of 2010 as a Teacher’s Aide. Denise and her husband Tom, have 2 daughters who are proud Audubon Preschool Graduates, and are currently enrolled in the Audubon School District.

Denise loves working with children; she has been a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Central and Southern NJ for over 13 years and is currently a co/leader for Audubon Girl Scout Troop #30687. In 2008-2009 Denise held the office of Vice President of Haviland’s PTA running such committees as Let’s Read Night for Children grades K-2.

Denise has attended both Mercer County College and Rowan University where she received a Degree in Communications. In 2009 Denise received her Substitute Teaching Certification. Also in 2009 Camden County Board of Education appointed Denise to the Audubon Board of Education where she served from 2009-2010.

Denise loves working at Audubon Preschool. “I love the history, traditions and uniqueness that you can only find at Audubon Preschool.”

 

Kate Scharff

Three Year Old Teacher

Kate is very excited to join the wonderful Audubon Preschool . She resides in Audubon with her husband and three boys. Kate has a BS in Education from Cabrini College. After graduation she gained much experience in various teaching environments including preschool , substitute teaching, and most recently Third Grade Teacher at St.Peter School in Merchantville, N.J.

Kate is looking forward to working collaboratively with Audubon Preschool teachers and having a great school year.