Administration and Staff
Experienced, nurturing and committed teachers and substitutes are the heart of TCDN. Teachers work in co-teaching teams at individual sites, and model a value of equity. Responsibilities preparing the environment, planning curriculum, observing and assessing children, and working with families are equally shared.
“You have an amazing group of people working at your sites, and each time I work, I am in awe of what they accomplish with the children, the kindness they show to them and the interest and caring the children- of all ages- must feel when they are with their teachers. It is really special. This kindness and warmth is also extended to the subs.”
~TCDN Substitute Teacher
Site Coordinators provide additional leadership and support to program staff and facilitate communication with the TCDN administration.
Teachers have the creative freedom to design classroom curriculum based on the needs and interests of the children. Teachers also have the opportunity to provide input on programs and policies through committees and task force groups.
Teaching and Staff Directory
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Education: Child Development Associate certification, Associate in Science in Psychology earned from Delaware County Community College.
Previous Work Experience: Volunteering at the Sharon Hill library in 2009, assisting with the children’s summer programs, volunteering at Children’s Garden VI during the summer of 2010, working with the preschool children at Delaware County Technical High School from 2009 to 2012, working at A Child’s Nest from 2010 to 2015 with a variety of age groups, and a variety of hospitality experience in different hotels.
What do you enjoy in your work with children? I like providing children with a safe and comforting environment that is crucial for development. I also enjoy helping children to develop learning skills that they will use to their benefit for the rest of their lives.
What do you enjoy outside of TCDN? I enjoy watching new movies, listening to music, and spending time with my family (including my four cats).
Education: A.B., Cornell University, post graduate courses in Psychology, Child Development. Child Development Associate (CDA).
Previous Work Experience: Teachers Assistant, Swarthmore Rutledge School Resource Room, Editor, Writer
What do you enjoy in your work with children? I enjoy all activities with the children, especially collaboration and discovery in reading, outside play, nature, made-up games, music and movement, puzzles and art.
Education: BA in French, Millersville University, concentration in German , West Chester University and graduate course work in Education, Widener University
Previous Work Experience: I taught French and German at Ridley High School and at Beverly Hills Middle School
What do you enjoy in your work with children? I love seeing the preschool children grow over the years, within our model of ‘family grouping’. I enjoy being part of children’s many stages of development as they learn new things in preparation for kindergarten.
Education: Rosemont College, BA Psychology, MA School Counseling K-12 and Professional Counseling, PA Certified School Counselor
Previous Work Experience: Personal Care Assistant at Interboro School District, Weld Central Middle School and Weld Central High School Transition Counselor (Keenesburg, CO), Behavior Specialist Consultant and Mobile Therapist at Child Guidance Resource Centers.
What do you enjoy in your work with children?: I enjoy watching them learn and grow into mature young adults.
Education: Associates in Fine Arts, Hussian School of Art, Additional studies at the Barnes Foundation
Previous Work Experience: I worked as a graphic artist prior to TCDN. I have been with TCDN since 1990.
What do you enjoy in your work with children?: Introducing children to the process of art making, seeing the direction they take it, building on the interest they discover.
What do you enjoy outside of TCDN? I enjoy printmaking, cooking, gardening and being with family.
Education: BS Education, West Chester University
Previous Work Experience: I have taught preschool and school age children. I have also spent time working with autistic children as a TSS. I have worked in child care since 1997.
What do you enjoy in your work with children? I enjoy completing art activities with toddlers, focusing on language development and encouraging friendly peer interactions.
What do you enjoy outside of TCDN? I enjoy movies, watching the Philadelphia sports teams (especially the Eagles) and spending time with my own two children.
Education: BA English, Saint Joseph’s University
Previous Work Experience: Account Executive/Office Manager, Interep Radio Advertising Sales, 1995-2008
What do you enjoy in your work at TCDN?I enjoy being able to split my time between creative, Human Resources and organizational tasks.An added bonus to my position is interacting with the children, while watching them grow and develop as they move through the TCDN programs.
Education: BA in Liberal Studies, Neumann College and Associate in Applied Science-Early Childhood Education, Delaware County Community College.
Previous Work Experience: Preschool teacher Lima Christian Nursey School: 2005 to present.
What do you enjoy in your work with children? I love to incoroporate history, science and the arts (drama, music, poems) into my daily curriculum to enhance the learning material and make it more meaningful.
What do you enjoy outside of TCDN? My family and I love to watch various sporting events; either in person or on television (especially Phillies, Flyers, Eagles, Penn State, Villanova, Olympics and college basketball). I really enjoy reading, exercising and spending time with my dog Millie.
Education: Some college for early elementary education, communications and then hair dressing school (received license in 2009)
Previous Work Experience: Different work experiences mostly involving customer service, working with the public and children. Food industry (ice cream store and banquet hall server), banking as a teller, hair salon (shampoo girl and then stylist), teachers assistant at Forsythe School (Swarthmore) and Ridley Middle School (7th grade special ed). Also worked at an educational toy store where I occasionally did story time with customers and arts and crafts day, as well as, photography at Portrait Innovations
What do you enjoy in your work with children? Working with children is heart warming. Watching them express themselves and just enjoy life everyday can put a smile on anyones face. I get joy out of knowing that I can play a part in guiding them towards a successful future; however, children also help guide and teach us everyday. They help to remind us what it was like to be a kid. Carefree, wild imaginations, believing we can do and be whatever we want. We teach each other lessons everyday, and thats why I enjoy working with children.
What do you enjoy outside of TCDN? I enjoy spending time with my husband and our dog as well as family and friends. On nice days, you can find me occasionally out and about with my camera to improve my photography skills. I’ve recently gotten into arts and crafts; painting, photo projects, diy home decorations. Overall, I enjoy hands-on activities and weather permitting, love being outside.
Education: BS Health and Physical Education, West Chester University, PA Teaching Certificate
Previous Work Experience: Since 1994, I have worked at TCDN.
What do you enjoy in your work with children? I enjoy helping the children expand their interests in all aspects of their life.
Education: Haverford High School, Accounting Coursework LaSalle University
Previous Work Experience: Bell of Pennsylvania, Nu-Car Carriers, Inc., (Payroll/Accounting), Wallingford-Swarthmore School District Teacher Aide, American Legion Post #667
What do you enjoy in your work with children? I enjoy teaching children and learning from them – trying to see the world from their eyes as it evolves for them.
Education: Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education
Previous Work Experience: Over the past few years, I have worked with children of all ages; from substituting K-8th grade, to working as a Seconfdary Special Education Teacher.
What do you enjoy in your work with children? The greatest feeling about working with children is watching their faces when they figure something out. I love being able to share the experience with children as they grow in their learning and develop problem solving skills.
What do you enjoy outside of TCDN? When I am not working, I spend most of my time with my family. I am a new mom and we enjoy taking walks, visiting other family members and exploring new developments every month. Anything I can do with my familiy is most important to me.
Education: Child Development Associate and additional college coursework in Early Childhood Education
Previous Work Experience: I have worked at TCDN since 2004.
What do you enjoy in your work with children? I enjoy seeing the children so energetic, full of fun and eager to learn.
Education: BS in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education from Shippensburg University.
Previous Work Experience: Before coming to TCDN I worked at SRS for eight years in the autistic support classroom as a teaching assistant.
What do you enjoy in your work with children? I enjoy helping young children learn how to express themselves through play. I also love to read stories to children. Books open up a whole new world to them.
Education: Associates in Early Childhood Education
Previous Work Experience: While in school I instructed a nursery school from for seven years. Afterwards, I owned and opporated a daycare center in Ridley Township, PA for over 12 years. I currently work as an instructional aide for the Ridley School District.
What do you enjoy outside of TCDN? I have 3 daughters. My oldest daughter is a freshman at Penn State University, and my other 2 daughters are enrolled within the Ridley School District. My children are my life. It is very special to me to be the best mother I can be for them. In my free time, I spend as much time with them as possible. They are “my world”.
Education: BS Education, St. Joseph’s University
Previous Work Experience: I was a teacher for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for 18 years before joining TCDN.
What do you enjoy in your work with children? I love to see the children’s faces when they get a concept that is being taught. I love to see their reaction when they achieve a task on which they are working.
What do you enjoy outside of TCDN? I enjoy watching my daughters play sports and I enjoy reading books.
Education: Associate’s in Early Childhood Education and associate’s in Certified Medical assistant
Previous Work Experience: I have worked in Afterschool/Extended Day Programs for 10 plus years and also have taught preschool.
What do you enjoy in your work with children? I enjoy listening to the children talk about their school day and enjoy being involved with them, helping with homework, crafts, and outside games
Education: Bachelor of Science in Recreation Management.
Previous Work Experience: In the past I worked for TCDN At the Swarthmore After School Club Site. I taught in the kindergarten, School Age and Summer Club programs. I am the coordinator of Swarthmore College’s Alumni Weekend Babysitting Program, for their Alumni weekend. For the past 11 years I worked at K’tonton as the lead teacher in their 2 year old classroom.
What do you enjoy in your work with children? What I enjoy about working with children is, teaching them how to accomplish in areas of development that are challenging for them. Their smiles of success are priceless.
Education: BA Psychology, Widener University, Child Care Certification, Temple University, PA Certification Nursery/Kindergarten Teacher
Previous Work Experience: Preschool, Kindergarten, After School and Summer Club at TCDN, Utilization Review and Quality Improvement at Child Guidance Resource Centers and Co-teacher in Reverse Mainstream Class at Easter Seals.
What do you enjoy in your work with children? I enjoy building on children’s interests by providing resources and encouraging team work. I also love sharing books with children which inspire conversation, investigation and creativity.
Education: BS Elementary Education, West Chester University
Previous Work Experience: I started my career in early childhood education in the fall of 1986 at TCDN, when the original Squirrel Room was opened for preschoolers. Most recently, I worked for nearly nine years at Children’s Village in Philadelphia’s Chinatown neighborhood as their Education Coordinator.
What do you enjoy in your work with children? It’s a toss-up between exploring books and read-alouds with preschoolers, and cooking with preschoolers.
What do you enjoy outside of TCDN? I love spending time with my family, who fortunately all live close by: my son Rob (former SASC Coordinator), his wife Jackie (former OASC Coordinator), son Justin (former Squirrel) and his wife, Ali. My little house in Cape May, NJ is a favorite get-away. When getting together with my friends, we love exploring new restaurants, laughing over dinner. For quiet time, curling up with a good book and some good chocolate is just fine with me.
Education: Child Development Associate (CDA), Delaware County Community College
Previous Work Experience: I have worked in the early childhood field, both in-home, then a child care center for over 20 years, and at TCDN since 2006.
What do you enjoy in your work with children? The look on a child’s face when they accomplish a goal or task is the most rewarding aspect of my work.
Education: BA Education, Cabrini College
Previous Work Experience: I previously worked 5 years in a day care center
What do you enjoy in your work with children? I enjoy seeing their smiling faces.
Education: Early Childhood Education and Accounting. Professional Certification: AIPS
Previous Work Experience: 15 years in Finance with CIGNA Corp, 10 years as Accounting Manager, 12 years of nonprofit and governmental accounting
What do you enjoy in your work at TCDN? My favorite tasks as Finance Manager include preparing budgets, reconciling the General Ledger, and working with the Finance Committee on annual goals. I also enjoy the opportunity to assist prospective families with their questions about TCDN programs.
Education: Associate’s Degree from Delaware County Community College
Previous Work Experience: I have a total of 12 years working with children from infants to 11 year olds. I’ve worked at Little Loaves Childcare, Aardvark Childcare and the Springfield before/after school program
What do you enjoy in your work with children? I enjoy watching the children learn, grow, and have fun
Education: BS Health and Physical Education, Davis and Elkins College, additional graduate credits in Education, Cabrini College, Director’s Credential
Previous Work Experience: Four years teaching physical education/health at Middle School/High School level, one year working at Kehillah Early Learning Center.
What do you enjoy in your work with children? I enjoy watching the amazement and enthusiasm from the children when they see or do something new. The expressions and excitement are worth everything I do!
Education: BS Psychology, Drexel University
Previous Work Experience: Counselor, Harrah’s Chester Count Room Attendant,
Continental Bank Legal Department employee
What do you enjoy in your work with children? I enjoy working with the children to put together puzzles, playing sports with the children, baking projects and reading to children.
Education: BA Psychology, Juniata College, Child Care Certification, Temple University, PA Director Credential
Previous Work Experience: Substitute work in organizations for typically and mentally challenged children, employee of TCDN since 1977 serving as teacher, Site Coordinator, School Age Coordinator, Summer Club Coordinator
What do you enjoy in your work with children, staff and families? I enjoy the challenge of creating a vision for TCDN that respects children, families, teachers and the process of teaching and learning. I also enjoy learning about the importance of connecting children to nature at a young age, and hope that my efforts at TCDN can make a difference.
What do you enjoy outside of TCDN? Outside of TCDN, I enjoy my garden, yard work, and long walks in the park/ trails in Middletown Township. I enjoy listening to music, reading to keep current in the field, and anything I am able to do with my family.
Education: Temple University Child Care Certificate
Previous Work Experience: I have worked in numerous child care centers for over 40 years. I have worked at TCDN since 1986.
What do you enjoy in your work with children? I enjoy music and movement activities with the toddlers. I also enjoy introducing the toddlers to puppets.
Education: MA Education, Neumann University, Dual Certification in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. I also completed the Autism Endorsement program at Neumann University.
Previous Work Experience: I have worked for fourteen years in other day care settings prior to TCDN and spent 3 years substituting in the Springfield School District.
What do you enjoy in your work with children? I enjoy working with the Crickets, specifically watching them grow and acquire new skills from the time they enter the program in September, to the time they leave for kindergarten the following year. It is a joy to watch them learn and accomplish.
What do you enjoy outside of TCDN? Outside of TCDN, I have a husband and daughter. WE do a lot of family activities on the weekends such going to the movies, Linvilla Orchards, the zoo, etc. I also enjoy spending time with my closest friends and anything that involves Halloween.
Education: Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
Previous Work Experience: I have worked at TCDN since 2002.
What do you enjoy in your work with children? I enjoy working with mixed ages because I am able to experience the children’s different traits. I enjoy watching the younger children learn from the older children and I love when the older children jump in to help the younger children with whatever they need.
Education: Early Childhood Education Associates Degree
Previous Work Experience: Sunday School teacher for 3 years at Lima Methodist Church, Student Teacher for 1 year at Mt. Hope Church, current child care provider at Swarthmore Methodist Church.
What do you enjoy in your work with children? I enjoy the art and craft projects that I am able to do with the toddlers.
What do you enjoy outside of TCDN? My husband and I love animals. We have 2 pugs, one cat, and another cat we foster through Catnip. We also enjoy Zumba, cruise vacations and the family’s house in the Poconos.
Education: Associate Degree in Electronics, School Age Care Professional Credential
Previous Work Experience: I was a field Engineer for 15 years before joining TCDN.
What do you enjoy in your work with children? I enjoy connecting children to their natural environment.
Education: BA Early childhood Education, University of Texas – Arlington
Previous Work Experience: I have been in child care for the last 10 years, working at TCDN since 2008.
What specifically to you enjoy in your work with children? I enjoy reading stories, going on nature walks and playing games outside.
Education: I studied French and Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Previous Work Experience: Working my way through school as a nanny, I realized that I preferred working with children to pursuing language studies. With a move to the East Coast for my husband’s career, I worked as a nanny for a local family who led me to TCDN. I started at the nursery school in 1990, but I quickly moved to the Swarthmore After-School program. In starting my own family, I took a break from work outside the home, but as my daughters started pre-school, I began substitute teaching at Swarthmore Friends Nursery School. When my youngest started kindergarten in 1999, I started as a kindergarten enrichment teacher at Friends.
This year brought the opportunity to return to TCDN, and I’m so happy to be back! I still teach kindergarten enrichment at Friends, and now I am enjoying working with school age children up to third grade at the Swarthmore After School Club.
What specifically to you enjoy in your work with children? It’s wonderful to witness children’s development in these early school years. Their skill sets develop exponentially, and conversations become especially enjoyable as their ability to reason and their senses of humor grow more complex. Their natural curiosity is wonderful as they are sponges in learning. It’s also so much fun to have a daily reason to play games, do art projects, read great stories, and enjoy the out of doors.
What do you enjoy outside of TCDN? When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time with my husband doing projects around the house, visiting our two grown daughters, or traveling. I like gardening, reading, and quilting (when I can find the time!).
Education: Attended Neumann College and studied Behavioral Science and Early Childhood Education
Previous Work Experience: I started my career in early childhood education with TCDN, and decided to return. I have worked with every age group from infants to 6th grade. I have worked as a summer counselor, working with school aged children and suopervised teenage counselors. Currently I teach at Swarthmore Friends Nursery School
What specifically to you enjoy in your work with children? I love the enthusiasn they express when they are able to accomplish a challenging task or discover something new.
What do you enjoy outside of TCDN? I am blessed with a wonderful family (husband and 3 sons). I love the outdoors and I am alsways amazed by the natural world. I also take inspiration from art and music.
Education: I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Rosemont College in May, 2014, with a BA in Psychology. Currently I am attending Immaculata University for graduate studies in clinical mental health counseling.
Previous Work Experience: I have worked at the Ken-Crest daycare facility of Bryn Mawr in a non-paid 96-hour internship by engaging in play and educating young children, some of whom coped with developmental disorders. In addition, I volunteered at the Bryn Mawr Hospital Pediatric floor, where I prepared patient rooms and interacted with patients and their families. During my undergraduate studies, I was also a psychology tutor for the Rosemont Academic Support Center. When time permits, I am also a band member of the Watson Highlanders Bagpipe Ensemble—playing the tenor drum.
What specifically to you enjoy in your work with children? I really enjoy the boundless creativity and fearless imagination of children. Helping to instill a lifelong love of learning in children is a great responsibility and privilege.
What do you enjoy outside of TCDN? A passion for literature has dominated my life ever since I was young. Most books in my collection pertain to science-fiction, fantasy, and existential psychology. When I am not engrossed in a book, I am typically in the kitchen trying out a new baking recipe. When I am feeling more adventurous, I also love immersing myself in nature, either with gardening or hiking.