Faculty & Staff

The role of the staff is to create safe, stimulating environments that promote active exploration and provide children with challenging experiences. Staff is also a resource for parents. Parent/staff partnerships are based upon mutual respect and trust. The staff recognizes that the Center supplements the primary role of parents in caring for their children and attempt to develop ongoing communication with families.

Director: Ms. Tara Evenson
Phone: 973-655-7587
Email: evensont@mail.montclair.edu

Associate Director: Michael Luft
Phone: 973-655-7366
Email: luftm@mail.montclair.edu

Enrollment Coordinator: Theresa Andrade
Phone: 973-655-4386
Email: andradet@mail.montclair.edu

Our Staff

Our employees, like our families and children, have differing abilities, needs, cultures, ethnicities, means, and family structures. We embrace and value this diversity. Also like our children and families, our employees are strong individuals who continually develop their abilities to construct their learning, engage in social interactions, and negotiate with everything the environment brings them.

The role of the adult at The Ben Samuels Children's Center is that of an educator, a guide, a mentor, reflective partner, interventionist and resource. The adults aim to create safe, stimulating environments that promote active exploration and provide children with challenging experiences. They share thoughts and experiences around problems that need solving and questions that need answers. They interject assistance in the form of observations, reflections, questions and demonstrations in those spaces between what a child can accomplish independently and what a child can accomplish with a little help. The adult assumes multiple roles as needed - facilitator, mediator, expeditor, investigator - in effect, becoming a trusted part of "process" in each child's journey.