Teachers

Ms. Brenda

Director / Music Together Teacher / Piano Instructor

Hi everyone. My name is Brenda Limaldi. I am the Center Director of Sunny Bee Music & Art Center. I have been teaching for almost 25 years, and have been a music teacher in Brick Township since 1999. I taught for ten years at the Brick Township Primary Learning Center, a school which housed preschool and kindergarten students. In 2002, I took a hiatus from teaching to be home with my children. I opened Brenda’s Busy Bees, a family day care center for infants and children up to age 5. I have been teaching Music K-5 at Veterans Memorial Elementary School for the past 8 years. In 2016, I became a Music Together Center director and teacher (Music Together Sunny Bee) with locations in Point Pleasant, at Clarizio Music Studio, and in Howell, at Sweet Music Academy.

It has been a lifelong dream to open my own studio. I strive to provide a joyful and nurturing place, free of judgment, where children can explore and create. I also want to bring families together and form a community.

This dream would not have been possible, if it weren’t for the love and support of my family and friends, especially my husband, Anthony, and my children John and Giovanna. I dedicate the creation of Sunny Bee Music & Art Center to my mother, Nydia Berdugo, who sadly passed away in January of 2014. She will forever by my source of inspiration, and my belief that ALL things are possible.

 “Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.” – Ashley Smith

Ms. Kim

Music Together Teacher / Piano Instructor

Kim Harth Duncan has been teaching private piano to children and adults for over 30 years.  Her students have performed in several New York venues including, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.  She has a Masters Degree in Education and has been a licensed Music Together teacher since 2002.  She has written a pre-natal music program called Musical Beginnings and has also co-written a musical currently in development called Legaleeze (formerly Howe and Hummel) that was chosen to perform in the 2012 New York Musical Festival.  Ms. Duncan has written several children’ songs and has created a composition program for her piano students to encourage their own creativity and to help bring more music into all of our lives.

“Music has the power to alter emotion and thereby the strength to heal.  Music can create energy,  can be understood by anyone who will listen, and can bring peace with harmony to all.”  – Kim Harth Duncan

Ms. Nicole

Art Teacher

After receiving her undergraduate degree from Fordham University in Arts Administration and Art History, Nicole ventured into the art world working for The Whitney Museum, as well as Hirschel & Adler galleries.  While Nicole was working within the art world, she received her art appraisal certification from New York University and her art teaching certification from The School of Visual Arts.

Nicole has a true love for teaching art. Her Grandmother Violet Kennedy and Mother Claudia Kennedy-Tucci were prominent artists and art teachers in their own right. Growing up with a nurturing environment for art provided her with the tools to teach art for well over 22 years.  She taught in Chinatown, NYC for two years, a summer at The Long Beach Island Arts and Science Foundation, and was an art teacher at The Torah Academy of Deal.   She’s proudly volunteered with Didi’s Art Angels for over 13 years creating murals for children in settings such as hospitals, libraries, schools in Harlem. She also received a certificate of recognition for her library mural work for The Brooklyn DA’s office for Crimes Against Children.

Ms. Vicki

Art Teacher

Age 45 Art teacher at Old Bridge High School Graduate of Montclair University Masters Degree is School Administration, Guidance, and Supervision from Georgian Court College

Member of the Jackson Twp. School Board of Education since 2016

Specializes in drawing, painting with acrylics, oils, watercolors and design and illustration.

Mom of three children ages 13, 13, and 11.

Ms. Natalie

Art Teacher

Ms. Natalie Priessnitz, a state certified Teacher of Fine Arts, grades preschool through grade 12. Ms. Priessnitz has been teaching art in NJ public schools since 2003 and is also a local artist, muralist, and gives private art lessons.

Ms. Jackie

Storyteller

Ms.  Jackie Mlodgenski is an independent consultant with Usborne Books & More. She has always believed in the importance of the Arts and Reading and loves that Usborne Books & More allows her to spread that love to children in unique ways.

Ms. Erin

Creative Writing Teacher / Dance Instructor

Erin Merwin has her BA in Special Education from Georgian Court University. She is a teacher and mother of two wonderful children. She is currently in her 13th year of teaching special education in the NJ public school system in Ocean County. Erin has been teaching high school English for 10 years. She loves teaching her students the writing and reading process. It is a wonderful moment when a student connects to an author or becomes their own author.

Erin has been dancing since she was 2 years old and performed with the Performing Arts Ensemble from Red Bank in a variety of ballets. She has also been the assistant director and choreographer for high school musicals. Erin was the owner and director of Dance Moves Dance Academy where she shared her love for dance to children of all ages and had an award winning dance team. Erin is passionate about sharing the love of ballet with young children.

Ms. Cathy

Enrichment Teacher

I hold a Master’s Degree in Education with a focus in Special Education. In addition, I am dual certified to teach both regular education and students with disabilities. I have spent the last two and half years coordinating the Extended Day Program at VMES for struggling students. In that time, I have become familiar with tracking student progress using curriculum based programs, such as I-Ready and Coached Reading. Throughout my years of experience, I have implemented various differentiated techniques to increase student achievement as well as participated in several school district lead content fellowships, including PISA2 sponsord by Stevens Institute of Technology.

Ms. Dawn

Mathematics & Reading Tutor

Dawn Kube is a veteran elementary school teacher for 22 years and a mom of four children. She knows how important it is to reinforce skills throughout the summer in order to set your child up for success for the new school year in the fall. “Practice makes progress.” Our children practice for sports, dance, and music. It is also important to practice their academic skills, but in a fun and enjoyable way.

Are you looking for a way to help your child/children practice reading, writing, and math skills in a fun setting with friends? Check out her schedule.

Ms. Shannon

Croshaying Teacher

I first learned to crochet when I was you and picked it back up as I got older. What started as a way to unwind at the end of a long day quickly became a passion. I’ve created and sold a variety of projects, which you can see photos of on my Facebook page