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.
Employees include the TCDN Leadership Team- TCDN Executive Director, Finance Manager, Operations Manager, Preschool Director, and the Out of School Time Director. In addition to the leadership team we employ individual program Site Coordinators, site Teachers, a Preschool Cook, and Substitutes.
Teaching and Staff Directory
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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.
What do you enjoy outside of TCDN? When I am not at TCDN, I enjoy spending time with my family. I love reading, sewing, crafting and cooking. And, of course, we love watching the Eagles!
Education: Associates Degree in ECE, PA Director Credential
Previous Work Experience: I’ve been in the ECE field for over 20 years, working with children ages 1to 5, as well as Early Childhood Director experience.
What do you enjoy in your work with children? I love that everything is new and fresh in the eyes of a child. I also enjoy watching the social and emotional growth exhibited in each child throughout the school year.
What do you enjoy outside of TCDN? I love spending time at my house up the mountains and enjoying time with my family.
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 wife and three children.
Education: BSME Drexel University
Previous Work Experience: US Navy Marine Gas Turbines
What do you enjoy in your work with children? I enjoy seeing how their brains work. Their problem solving skills, their imaginations.
What do you enjoy outside of TCDN? Reading, crafting, home improvement projects, organization projects, party planning.
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: Bachelor’s Degree in History, and a Minor in Political Science from Eastern University. Proud Ridley High School Graduate.
Previous Work Experience: Lifeguard and Swim Instructor at both Aquatic Swim Club and Rocky Run YMCA. Youth Basketball Coach and Kid’s Ministry volunteer currently.
What do you enjoy in your work with children? My favorite part is the relationships I develop with each child. When I make connections with the kids it is always something special.
What do you enjoy outside of TCDN? I enjoy hanging out with my nephew, my church life, playing sports, watching sports, arguing about sports, reality TV, comic books, and any movie really.
Education: BA Elementary and Special Education, Immaculata University
Previous Work Experience: Special Education Paraeducator in the Tredyffrin Eastown School District, Teacher at Huntington Learning Center, Lifeguard, Camp Counselor at Easter Seals.
What do you enjoy in your work with children? I enjoy bringing excitement to the children’s learning experiences and providing the children with a variety of ways to express themselves through art, dramatic play, and music.
What do you enjoy outside of TCDN? I enjoy spending time with friends and family, reading, Latin dance, exercise, movies and discovering new restaurants.
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.
What do you enjoy outside of TCDN? My grandchildren, BASEBBALL, Football, Basketball, Hockey, Soccer, playing with the children and helping them learn the rules of the games!
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.
What do you enjoy outside of TCDN? I enjoy the company of my family and pets. I have three beautiful daughters and a loving husband. I also love spending time at the beach during the summer months.
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: 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: Graphic Arts Degree – Studio School of Art & Design
Previous Work Experience: Typographer & Designer at Today’s Graphics Inc., Teacher Assistant at Trinity Lutheran Nursery School, Teacher Assistant at Friendly Faces Daycare.
What do you enjoy in your work with children? I love to see what kids come up with to talk about every day, and their sense of humor & laughter is always enjoyable.
What do you enjoy outside of TCDN? I love art, going to concerts and hanging out with my dogs.
Education: High School Graduate with several college credits in ECE and Psychology
Previous Work Experience: I worked with pre-k children at a day camp for two years.
What do you enjoy in your work with children? What I enjoy in my work with children is being able to work closely with them and see how they adapt to a school-like setting.
What do you enjoy outside of TCDN? Outside of TCDN, I enjoy going to the beach, spending time with my family and shopping.
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!
What do you enjoy outside of TCDN? I enjoy traveling with my best friend, softball, and spending time with my family.
Education: I graduated in 2016 from Millersville University with a B.A in Psychology. I am currently enrolled at Widener University for my Master’s in Counselor Education.
Previous Work Experience: For the past five years, I have worked with young children in a variety of settings. I’ve been a summer camp counselor, a Bible-school teacher, an in-home child care provider, an applied behavior technician and a behavior specialist.
What do you enjoy in your work with children? Children can always amaze me with their ability to grow and understand the things around them. I enjoy teaching the kids at TCDN new activities and games. They often surprise me in their ability to learn something new so quickly.
What do you enjoy outside of TCDN? I love to run in my free time. I recently completed my first half-marathon and hope to do another soon! I also enjoy reading and hiking.
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: Associates Degree, Expected Bachelor’s in 2019
Previous Work Experience: This is my first professional child care job. I have two siblings whom I raised since they were infants.
What do you enjoy in your work with children? There are many factors that I enjoy when it comes to working with young children; however, if I had to choose my favorite I would say it’s seeing their wonderment every day. It makes me appreciated the small things in life.
What do you enjoy outside of TCDN? Outside of TCDN, I enjoy reading books and articles.
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.
What do you enjoy outside of TCDN? I enjoy gardening and pressing flowers to create floral creations.
Education: BS in Accounting Penn State. A..A. ECE DCCC. PA Director’s Credential
Previous Work Experience: Work Experience: Prior to working in Childcare I worked for many years working for private and public entities in various accounting positions ranging from clerk to Controller. I became a School Bus Driver in 1998 for Springfield School District and simultaneously began working for a multi-site childcare center where I was the Transportation/Summer Camp/Pre-School and Before and After Care Director.
What do you enjoy in your work with children? I enjoy interacting with the children and watching them develop as human beings.
What do you enjoy outside of TCDN? Outside of work I enjoy skateboarding, hiking, and working on the horse farm where I live.
Education: Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education from Temple University, Quality Adviser Certification For After School Programs from NIOST (National Institute for Out of School Time) a division of Wesley College, PA Directors Certificate
Previous Work Experience: The majority of my career (28 years) has been invested at Montgomery Early Learning Centers. I have worked in all aspects Early Childhood Education and the School Age field, from Teacher to Director of Programs.
What do you enjoy in your work at TCDN? I enjoy watching the children as they grow and explore new things. Their excitement and sense of wonder at even the smallest events, reminds you how wonderful life is!
What do you enjoy outside of TCDN? I enjoy spending time with my family but I especially enjoy spending time with my two beautiful granddaughters!
Education: BS in Business Administration/Accounting
Previous Work Experience: Jacobs/KlingStubbins 24 years, 5 years as a Project Accountant, 7 years as Assistant Controller, 12 years as an Accounting Clerk
What do you enjoy in your work with children? I enjoy being part of a program that is encouraging the children in their growth and learning for the future.
What do you enjoy outside of TCDN? I enjoy reading, doing Sudoku puzzles, and crocheting.
Education: Vocational Certificate in Child Development, Two years Behavioral Science and Early Childhood Education, Neumann University
Previous Work Experience: I have had the pleasure of working with children for over 30 years. I have worked with young toddlers to older school agers at Trinity and Swarthmore Friends Nursery School.
What do you enjoy in your work with children? I continually delight in children’s exploration and new discoveries. I love watching them as they accomplish challenges and make new discoveries.
What do you enjoy outside of TCDN? Outside of work I am blessed with a wonderful family (Husband and 3 sons). I love the outdoors and am always 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.