Our Staff

Our teaching staff is the best part of our program. The teachers are experienced, professional educators who are, above all else, child advocates. We have painstakingly prepared our school environment to encourage movement, exploration and discovery; to stimulate interest and choice; and to foster independence, socialization, self-confidence and self-worth. We work with determination to make school a good place to be, and to make this first school experience productive, safe, and happy for all the children in our care.


Linda Trojanowski:  Linda has worked for MELC for twenty three years. She has been a teacher, head teacher in the AM 3’s class and Associate Director. She is the Director of the school as well as the Head Teacher in the AM 4’s and PM classes. Linda has grown up in Glen Ridge and continues to live there with her husband, Norbert, and their three girls, Amy, Katie and Emily.





Diane Murphy:  Diane has worked for MELC for the past fifteen years. Diane has taught in the PM class as well as the AM 3’s class where she is currently the Head Teacher. Diane has grown up in Glen Ridge and continues to live there with her three children, Meghan, Jimmy and Michael.






Kathy Salvatelli:  Kathy is starting her eighth year at MELC. She will be teaching in the AM 4’s class as well as in the PM class. Kathy lives in Glen Ridge with her husband, Bob, and their three children, Joey, Michael and Carolyn.






Gretchen Allin:  Gretchen is starting her fourth year at MELC.  She will be teaching in the AM 3’s class as well as the PM class. Gretchen lives in East Hanover with her husband, Tom, and their daughter, Georgia.