Kinder Campus Learning Center

2156 W. County Line Rd. Jackson, NJ 08527


Rainbow Room Staff:


Candice Simpson

Rainbow Group Teacher & Head KC Teacher


I was born and raised in Neptune, NJ, and in 2007 I moved to Jackson, NJ where I currently live. I attended Brookdale Community College in 2001 and transferred to Rutgers University, graduating in 2006 with a degree in Criminal Justice. After having my first son, I decided to return to school for a degree in teaching and graduated in 2009 from Georgian Court University. I am certified in grades K-5 and special education. I completed my student teaching in a first grade classroom with a talented and generous model teacher to whom I owe special thanks. I have been teaching at Kinder Campus since August 2009. I began teaching in the Sunshine Room with the three year olds and in September of 2010, I became the Pre-K Teacher and Head Teacher at Kinder Campus. I have learned so much and feel I have grown with my students during my time here.  My son has attended Kinder Campus for two years and is now off to Kindergarten. Kinder Campus has become my home away from home and we are always happy to welcome new staff, students, and their families.


In my classroom I believe in the importance of differentiating instruction, creating a peaceful and loving environment, and developing lessons that are meaningful to the students. There is so much to learn together and I look forward to another wonderful year with my students in the Rainbow Room! I am confident that my academic and professional experiences will enable me to continue to make a valuable contribution to Kinder Campus.


Vivien Kok

Afterschool Program Supervisor


Ni hao! My name is Vivien and I am a Chinese-American. Born and raised in Lakewood, NJ, I attended K-12 in the Lakewood district. In August 2011, I began attending The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ. In August of 2012, I transferred to Georgian Court University in Lakewood, NJ in August 2012. I am double majoring in Elementary Education and Psychology, and receiving a Special Education Endorsement along with an ESL certification. Also, I hope to learn American Sign Language in the future. Growing up in Lakewood and being inspired by one of my high school teachers, I plan to become a dedicated teacher and mentor towards my future students to make a difference in their lives, and let them know that they can do something positive with their lives, regardless of their background. Broadening my experience in the education field, May 2012 was my first time working at Kinder Campus and I'm happy to be a part of the staff. I love working with young children and watching them grow. My natural highs are playing volleyball and sitting at the beach, and I love animals! I also love diversity and anything cultural.




Sunshine Room Staff:


Annette Tirpak

Sunshine Group Teacher


My name is Annette Tirpak. I'm a married mother of two young children. I was born in Jackson and am happy to be raising my 8-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son here. You may have already met me on the soccer field as a coach for the Jackson Soccer Club! I'm also proud to share my time with our community as the leader of Brownie Girl Scout Troop 50. Whether I'm coaching, teaching or volunteering, children have been the focus of my life for more than 8 years. After spending the last few years as a stay at home mother, I'm honored and excited to begin this new chapter of my life at Kinder Campus.


Ana Moreira

Assistant Teacher


Hi, my name is Ana, I am 17 years old and a student at Jackson Liberty High School. I am currently enrolled in a class called "Exploring Childhood" in which we go to an elementary school one day a week and interact with kindergartners. I plan on attending Georgian Court University after high school to get my teaching license. I love teaching and interacting with children, and I enjoy helping them reach their goals. I speak English and Portuguese fluently and I love teaching children a new language.




Cloud & Raindrop Room Staff:


Robin Appelbaum

Raindrop Group Teacher


Hello, my name is Robin Appelbaum. I am a Certified Teacher for Elementary K-8 and a Certified Special Education Teacher K-12. I am the mother of 2 children- 10 and 12 years old. I have been a Girl Scout Leader for 5 years. I really enjoy working with children and helping mold their minds. I have lived in Jackson since I was 5 years old. I am looking forward to building relationships with the families at Kinder Campus.


Shannon Leonard

Cloud Caregiver


Hello, my name is Shannon Leonard. I was born and raised in Edison, NJ. I graduated from Edison High School in 1999. I then went to The Chubb Institute for Computer Technical Support. I decided to change my career and move to Howell, when I had my first son Christopher. I have 4 lovely boys now from ages 1 yr. old to 11 yrs. old. I love children, love to be around them, and know that I’m making a difference already in their little lives. I have been in the childcare business for over 10 years now. I worked for Kinder Campus in 2001 and stayed with them for 7 years. I mainly worked with the infants, but I also have been with different ages at times. I have now returned to Kinder Campus, and I am very excited to meet all the children and their parents, and to be a part of teaching your children and watching them grow into wonderful individuals.


Kinder Campus Learning Center 2014