My name is Tara Fernandez and I have been a Preschool teacher for 11 years, so I am no stranger to the preschool environment. I have also taught first grade in Orange for 4 years but I missed teaching preschool students so I returned.   I studied at William Paterson University where I receieved my BA in pyschology and my Early Childhood P-3 certification.

               I am filled with energy, fun loving and ready to teach and learn from your children. I am a wife and mother of two wonderful children my daughter who is four years old and my son who is 1.   I think that teaching is the most rewarding job that a person can choose to do.  I am a caring and compassionate person who loves children.  For that reason, I will give my all to ensure that that your child’s learning experience here at the Orange Early Childhood Center is a positive one with lasting effects. The classroom is always open for you to come in and observe and learn about our curriculum, and to help in any other ways your can.  I look forward to working with parents, children and family members to make this school year a magnificent experience.


    Hello Parents,

              My name is Danita Puryear. I am the paraprofessional in your child class. This is my 20th year being a preschool paraprofessional. I have 3 children of my own and working with children is a passion of mine.

               This school year is sure to be filled with a lot of exciting and fun learning I am very excited about working here at the Orange Early Childhood Center, working with and meeting new people, and meeting with new people and teaching your children. But most of all I am looking forward to working together to create and maintain a successful school year.

    Important contact  information for OECC

    Ms. Cecilia Hutchins -Front Desk/Security-973-677-4500 Ext.1920
    Ms. Gloria Guzzo-Administrative Assistant-973-677-4500 Ext.1903
    Ms. Carol Daly- School Counselor-973-677-4500 Ext. 1918
    Nurse Maria- 973-677-4500 Ext.1906