Montgomeryville Preschool/Kindergarten Staff

OUR CURRICULUM SPECIALISTS:

Our LANGUAGE ARTS SPECIALIST is MRS. AMANDA WILSON. Mrs. Wilson has her Master of Education from Wilmington College, and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware. She had nine years of experience teaching Elementary and Preschool classes before coming to Kinder Works as our Kindergarten Teacher in 2005. She is certified by both the Pennsylvania Department of Education and by the State Board of Private Academic Schools to teach Preschool through Elementary School students.

Our MATH AND SCIENCE SPECIALIST is MRS. ANNE SPARKS. Mrs. Sparks has her bachelor’s degree from Lehigh University, and her graduate work was done at Gwynedd-Mercy College. She had four years of experience with preschool and school-aged children before joining our staff in 2007. Mrs. Sparks is a Pennsylvania Department of Education Certified Teacher.

Our CREATIVE EXPRESSION SPECIALIST is MS. JENNIFER VINCENT. Mrs. Vincent has her Bachelor of Fine Arts from James Madison University and is a Pennsylvania Department of Education Certified Art Teacher. She had two years of experience teaching preschoolers before joining us in 2006. She is also an award-winning artist, and operates a successful seasonal business of painting personalized holiday ornaments.  She has a daughter attending Kinder Works.

Our GYM AND MUSIC SPECIALIST is MR. ROBERT MERRICK, known as “RJ”. Mr. Merrick received his Master of Education degree from Temple University, Graduate College of Education. He also has a BS in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. RJ came to us in 2020 with experience teaching all ages as a building substitute in a local public school. He also spent 2 years as a Therapist both in behavior analysis and life-skills before getting his master’s degree. He was a Team Leader for Jumpstart, where he led in-classroom activities to promote children’s language, literacy, and social-emotional development. 

 

OUR CLASS TEACHERS:

Our Kindergarten Teacher is MRS. JENNA MINUTELLA. Mrs. Minutella received her bachelor’s degree from Saint Joseph’s University and went on to earn a Master of Special Education there as well.  She came to us in 2017 with more than 7 years of experience teaching elementary, Kindergarten, and preschool children in public and private schools.  She has her PA Certification in Elementary Education and Special Education.  Mrs. Minutella is the mother of two daughters.

Our Koala Class Teacher is MS. RACHEL RAGAR. Ms. Ragar graduated from Temple University with her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, as well as her Master of Science degree in Special Education.  She joins us in 2021 with several years of experience as a student teacher and assistant teacher in learning support classrooms and bilingual learning environments.  Ms. Ragar is a PA Certified Teacher.

Our Panda Class Teacher is MS. SAMANTHA SHIPLEY (formerly Ms. Jagernauth). Mrs. Shipley has her bachelor’s degree from Duquesne University where she majored in English, and her Master of Arts in Education is from West Chester University. She came to us in 2016 with experience working with children in a Community Center. She is a PA Certified Teacher, and has taught in our Preschool Program as well as in our Toddler Program.

Our Honey Bear Class Teacher is MS. ALESHA SETERNUS. Ms. Seternus graduated cum laude from West Chester University where she received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She is an active member of the Starlight Children’s Foundation for seriously ill children, and has participated in research studies pertaining to emotional attachments between children and their parents/guardians. Alesha joined our staff in 2011 with two years of experience working with children. Since then, she has taught in our Preschool Program as well as in our Toddler Program, and has assumed the role of Assistant Director.

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