We are local teachers that love to work with children. We love to see the light bulb go on for a child. We love to observe a child stand up a little bit taller because they are more confident. We love to empower parents. Most importantly, we do it all with TLC.
Our Teachers are:
At The Learning Community, we are committed to helping the whole child. We will collaborate closely with both the parents and the student’s teacher to help make for a successful school year and/or grade transition.
Meet our Team
Mrs. Amanda Bassford, Teacher
Mrs. Bassford has been teaching for 13 years. She has bachelor’s degrees in elementary & special education from St. Joseph’s University. She also holds a master’s degree in reading from St Joseph’s. Mrs. Bassford has taught several grade levels and enjoys learning about students and determining the best way to help them reach their goals. With her diverse educational experiences, she promises to reach the needs of all learners by getting to know them personally. With this approach, students can take risks and feel comfortable learning during all facets of their educational experience.
A fun fact about Mrs. Bassford: I am married to a fellow Montgomery teacher and I love spending time at the beach with my family.
Mrs. Brittany Canavera, Teacher
Ms. Canavera has been a kindergarten and first grade teacher in the Hopewell School District for five years and currently teaches at Toll Gate Grammar School. She grew up in Hopewell and attended Bear Tavern Elementary School and Hopewell Valley High School. Ms. Canavera graduated from William Paterson University with a dual certification in P-3 and K-5 Education. She believes it is important to instill social/emotional learning and build a strong classroom community in which each student has a voice and can flourish both socially and academically
A fun fact about Ms. Canavera: I recently got engaged in Italy and bought a home in Pennington. I am excited to get married next year and start a family.
Mrs. Christina Davies, Teacher
Mrs. Davies has been teaching at Toll Gate Grammar School since 2005 and has taught first, second, fourth, and fifth grades both general and special education. She is trained to teach Orton-Gillingham as well. Mrs. Davies lives in Pennington with Mr. Davies (or Coach Sean, as the soccer community knows him) and their two children, Juliana and Leo.
A fun facts about Mrs. Davies: My family has two guinea pigs named Fluffy and Flash. Our favorite family activity is singing together, and reading or doing crafts together.
Mrs. Jamie Davison, Teacher
Mrs. Davison has been teaching for 13 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education from The University of Delaware. She also holds a masters degree in early childhood education from The College of New Jersey. Additionally, Mrs. Davison is a certified Wilson Reading level 1 teacher.
A fun fact about Mrs. Davison: I just had my third child this past September!
Ms. Priya Doshi, Teacher
Ms. Doshi has been an elementary school teacher for 8 years. She is a proud graduate of Rutgers University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Spanish, followed by a master’s of education degree in elementary education. Ms. Doshi has gained in-state, out-of-state, and international experience teaching multiple grades. She believes it is important to establish a positive classroom community that enables every student to feel both academic and social-emotional success.
A fun fact about Ms. Doshi: I love to travel, to explore new cultures, and to learn different languages. I grew up speaking two Indian languages (Gujarati and Hindi) and have taken classes to learn Spanish, Italian, and French during my educational career.
Mrs. Sarah Hallock, Teacher
Mrs. Hallock has been teaching in the Hopewell Valley School District for 12 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and psychology and a minor in special education from Rider University. Mrs. Hallock has taught general and special education in grades Pre K- 5. She is certified in Orton Gillingham and currently teaches Orton to her kindergarten, first and second grade students. She enjoys getting to know all her students on an academic and individual level. Mrs. Hallock lives in Pennington, NJ with Mr. Hallock and her two children, Patrick and Payton.
Fun fact about Mrs. Hallock: I like to craft and enjoy visiting the beaches in North Carolina!
Mrs. Tracey Hvizdos, Teacher
Mrs Hvizdos has taught elementary school for 27 years and has enjoyed working with students in all grades from preschool through 4th grade. She focuses on the strengths of each child, guiding them to build strategies so they can face challenges and take academic risks. Mrs. Hvizdos earned a bachelor’s degree at Trenton State College, majoring in early childhood education and psychology.
A fun fact about Mrs Hvizdos: I have 17-year-old triplets and we love animals, baseball, and spending time at the beach!
Mrs. Monica Olszyk, OT
Monica Olszyk has been an occupational therapist for 14 years. She graduated from Kean University with her bachelor of science in Occupational Therapy. She worked in the hospital setting with adult rehab at the start of her career; however switched over to pediatrics after 3 years. Since then she has had the opportunity to work with pediatrics, early intervention, outpatient, hospital, aquatics and school setting (private and public). Monica continues to learn new skills through attending many workshop and courses. She is trained in Handwriting Without Tears program, Therapeutic Listening Program, and has attended many sensory integrative courses.
A fun fact about Mrs. Olszyk: I am an avid runner and have run a few ½ marathons. Running is my stress release and I have been encouraging my kids to run too!
Mrs. Renee Perovich, Teacher
Mrs. Perovich has been teaching for 13 years and has a dual certification in both elementary education and special education. Her bachelor’s degree in elementary education was earned at Indiana University and her special education certification was earned through the master’s program at Rutgers University. Mrs. Perovich has been a special education teacher at Orchard Hill Elementary School, in Montgomery Township School District for 11 years. She enjoys working with students to develop their academic, emotional and social skills.
A fun fact about Mrs. Perovich: I have performed in many plays and productions. I love to use singing and dancing to help my students learn new skills!
Ms. Jessica Roberts, Teacher
Ms. Roberts has been teaching as an elementary school teacher for 10 years. She has her bachelor’s degree in both psychology and special education/elementary education and her master’s in special education/elementary education. Both of these degrees were earned at The College of New Jersey. Additionally, Ms. Roberts is a certified Learning Disabilities Teaching Consultant and certified Wilson Reading level 1 teacher. She is currently working towards the Wilson Reading level 2 certification.
A fun fact about Ms. Roberts: I have a very spoiled French Bulldog named Frankie who gets dressed up for all occasions.
Mrs. Melissa Sandler, Teacher
Mrs. Sandler has been teaching for 12 years and is a graduate of Boston University where she received degrees in elementary and special education. Since graduating, she has taught in grades 2nd-7th in special education and enrichment classrooms. Mrs. Sander is also certified in Wilson reading. She loves working with students to help them manage their emotions, regulate behaviors, and achieve their academic and social goals!
A fun fact about Mrs. Sandler: I have 2 large Newfoundlands that people often mistake for bears or buffalos, and a 1 year old daughter who thinks she is the boss of them!
Ms. Ashton Sands, Teacher
Ms. Sands has been teaching at Toll Gate Grammar School for 8 years. In that time, she has taught grades Kindergarten through 4th grades. Ms. Sands graduated from Kutztown University with a dual certification in early childhood education and elementary education. She then went on to earn her master’s degree in special education with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis from Temple University. Ms. Sands is Orton Gillingham Certified and currently uses the Orton methodology with her second and third grade students. She loves getting to know all of her students.
A fun fact about Mrs. Sands: Ms. Sands coaches the high school varsity cheerleading team at Hopewell Valley Central High School. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family. Ms. Sands loves the beach and going out to dinner.
Ms. Laura Sapnar, Teacher
Ms. Sapnar has been teaching for 19 years. She has her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Rider University. Additionally, she earned a master’s degree in early childhood education from The College of New Jersey. Ms. Sapnar continues to grow academically each year by taking classes geared toward staying educated and informed on the constant changes in educational practices.
A fun fact about Ms. Sapnar: My favorite thing to do is spend time with my daughter, Harper.
Ms. Nicole Sebastian, Teacher
Ms. Sebastian has been teaching at Toll Gate Grammar School for 3 years. During that time, she has taught grades Kindergarten through 2nd. Before coming to TGG she taught at Hopewell Valley Central High School for 2 years. During that time, Ms. Sebastian taught students ages 15-21 in the Academic Essentials Program. Ms. Sebastian graduated from High Point University with a bachelors degree in special education. Before coming back home to New Jersey she taught in North Carolina for her first year of teaching. In NC, she taught students with Autism ages 5-9 years old. She then went on to earn her master’s degree in special education from The College of New Jersey. Ms. Sebastian is Orton Gillingham Certified and currently uses the Orton methodology with her first and second grade students. She loves making her students feel at home and helping them unlock their super powers!
Ms. Scott, Teacher
Ms. Scott has been teaching for four years. She has bachelor’s degree in elementary education, psychology, and special education from Rider University. She also is a certified Wilson Reading level 1 teacher. Ms. Scott has taught Kindergarten through 4th grade and enjoys helping students build their academic and social confidence to be a successful student!
A fun fact about Ms. Scott: I love to travel and explore new cultures! In the summer of 2016, I volunteered in Thailand for 3 weeks at an elementary school. When I was there I also had the opportunity to meet and play with elephants at an elephant sanctuary!
Mrs. Suzanne Trautwein, Teacher
Mrs. Trautwein taught in elementary school for 13 years as a classroom teacher and as an academic support teacher for grades Kindergarten through 5th grade. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education from Holy Family University and she received her master’s degree in educational leadership from Pepperdine University. Additionally, she has coached all levels of softball for over 20 years and still enjoys playing on local teams.
A fun fact about Mrs. Trautwein: My husband, “Mr. T”, is also a teacher and a coach. Both Mr. T and I enjoy all sports related activities. Together we love spending time with our 2 young daughters.
Ms. Kelly Vucin, Teacher
Ms. Kelly Vucin has been teaching at Village Elementary School, in Montgomery Township, for 12 years. She loves that each year brings about changes and opportunities to grow professional and personally. Over the years Ms. Vucin has had the pleasure of teaching a population of enrichment, academic support, and ESL students. She loves embracing each student’s unique strengths and talents and guiding each learner towards success, academically, socially, and emotionally. Ms. Vucin is a proud graduate of Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. She earned her bachelor’s degree with concentrations in language arts and psychology.
A fun fact about Ms. Vucin: She got the “travel bug” recently and over past few summers has experienced the cultures of Spain, Iceland, Portugal, and Poland. Her perspective of the world has changed for the better!