Meet the Team

Dedicated & Qualified

Children thrive when their teachers are deeply interested and committed to each of them. Our teachers enjoy working with children and parents to create a warm and consistent environment. They act as facilitators of learning and support the idea that each child participates in the process of learning in a unique way.

 

All of our staff exceed their position’s qualification requirements set by the Nursery School’s Advisory Board. They have been selected not only because of their knowledge and experience in the field of early childhood education, but also because as active Christians, comfortable in the expression of their faith in Christ, their personal educational philosophy and teaching style are compatible with SMCNS’s approach. They are background checked according to Pennsylvania’s Child Protective Services Law. All of our staff are certified Mandated Reporters. They also have obtained First Aid & CPR; Fire Safety & Shelter in Place; Water Safety and Emergency Preparedness certifications.

 

We believe that learning is a life-long process, for children as well as adults. Our teachers are offered continual opportunities throughout their employment to further their education and improve their teaching skills. We offer school-wide workshops and seminars and each staff person receives a minimum of 6 clock hours of training annually by an institution approved and accredited by the United States Department of Education. In addition, we encourage our teachers to become actively involved in the local early childhood community.

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Ana Fischer

Executive Director

School Administration

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Karen Peterkin

Administrative Assistant

Office Staff

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Kara McCann

Teacher

5 Day Program

AM & PM

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Faye Christy

Teacher

3 Day Program

AM & PM

1st Floor

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Rachel Alderfer

Teacher

3 Day Program

AM & PM

2nd Floor

Rosemarie Ford

Teacher

3 Day Program

AM

Bay

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Joanne Buscaglia

Teacher

2 Day Program

AM & PM

1st Floor

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Eileen Kelly

Teacher

3 Day Program

AM

2nd Floor

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TBD

Teacher

Terrific Twos  Program

AM

Bay

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Nancy Poultney

Teacher Assistant

5 Day Program

AM & PM

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Deanna Durante

Teacher Assistant

3 Day Program

AM & PM

1st Floor

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Kionna Hinton

Teacher Assistant

3 Day Program

AM & PM

2nd Floor

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Katie McGrath

Teacher Assistant

3 Day Program

AM

Bay

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Barbara Barrios

Teacher Assistant

2 Day Program

AM

1st Floor

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Michele Martyn

Teacher Assistant

2 Day Program

AM - 2nd Floor

PM - 1st Floor

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TBD

Teacher Assistant

Terrific Twos Program

AM

Bay

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Donna Peek

Teacher Assistant

One-on-One Student Support Staff

Substitute Support Staff

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Virginia Grabey

Teacher Assitant

Substitute Support Staff

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Erika McLaughlin

Teacher Assistant

Substitute Support Staff

Sheet Music

Amy Ross

Music Teacher

Arts Program