The Learning Laboratory, LLC
Home of The Learning Resource Center
322 Main Street, Madison, New Jersey 07940
Nancy DiPaola, B.A.
Assistant Director Nancy DiPaola holds an undergraduate degree in education. She earned her special education endorsement at The College of St. Elizabeth. She holds certificates in pre-school and elementary education, as well as special education. Nancy teaches Kindergarten Enrichment and tutors.
100% of our TUTORS are State Department of Education Certified and highly qualified in their fields!
About The Learning Laboratory, LLC
At the Learning Lab, we strive to be different from other educational centers. Here, we have individual tutoring, Orton Gillingham instruction, Preschool and Kindergarten Enrichment classes, after school reading classes and "Make Your Own Class" (in case you don't see what you need in our brochures or website). We also provide Academic Summer Camps and our popular JumpStart program (August). All of our teachers are highly qualified and state certified (unlike some centers who use "in-house" training and "certifications"). At the Learning Lab, we know that students learn differently and at different paces. We use a hands-on, direct teaching approach which assists students in integrating and recalling what they have learned.
Owner/Director Polly Scott holds an undergraduate degree from Elizabeth College in Elementary Education and a graduate degree from Caldwell College. She has post-graduate certification as a Learning Disability Teacher-Consultant (LDT-C). She is certified in pre-school, elementary and K-12 regular and special education. She is also a certified Montessori teacher. Ms. Scott is an advocate for families of special-needs children, trained through SPAN-NJ and Wrightslaw. Polly teaches Kindergarten Enrichment, tutors and provides diagnostic educational testing.
Rachel Parente, M.A.
Rachel earned her master's degree in Literacy. She had taught in several schools, both public and private, and with different age groups. A creative educator, Rachel has worked with a variety of age groups, including our adult students.
Judy Herman, M.A.
Judy Hermann earned her master's degree at Kean University. She is a N.J. Reading Specialist In addition to public school teaching, she has worked at the Banyan High School. Judy is an adjunct professor at Kean University.
Charity Lucas, B.A.
Charity Lucas earned her undergraduate degree in education at Rowan College of New Jersey. She has taught in public schools in New York and New Jersey. Ms. Lucas is completing her Master's Degree in Special Education and Science at Kean University. She tutors all subjects.
Marilyn Zara, CCP, Group Teacher
Marilyn Zara is a nationally certified preschool teacher. She holds New Jersey State Group Teacher Approval. She previously worked at Rainbow Montessori School in Madison. Marilyn teaches Read, Write and Math Pre-K, Read, Write and Math Kindergarten and summer camp.
Allison Caplan, M.A.
Allison Caplan holds her undergraduate degree in education from Adelphi University. She earned her graduate degree in special education at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Allison teaches Kinder-garten Enrichment and tutors. She is currently completing certification in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health at Montclair University.
Madeline Taylor, CCP
Certified Montessori Teacher
Mrs. Taylor earned her Montessori certificate from St. Nicholas College. In addition, she has earned Group Teacher Approval and CCP certification. Prior to joining the Learning Lab, Mrs. Taylor worked in the Gillette public school system and Rainbow Montessori School.