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Our Educators

Our staff are caring, qualified, and experienced Early Childhood Educators with the emphasis on continual professional development to better serve the children in our care. We are committed to a culture of improvement so our staff receive continuous training and coaching throughout the school year. All staff and volunteers at Kids in the Village are required to have the following clearances:

 

  • PA Child Abuse History Certification

  • PA State Police Criminal Background Check

  • FBI Fingerprint Clearance

  • National Sex Offenders Registry Verification

To provide an additional level of safety for children in our care, all KITV staff are required to have active Pediatric First Aid CPR clearances and Child, Infant, and Adult CPR/AED clearances.

Please feel free to learn more about our tenured staff and their robust qualifications, below!
 
IsraaAhmed

-Trilingual
-8+ Years' Childcare Experience
-Education: Psychology & ECE
-Former Sunday School Teacher
- Favorite Childhood Storybook: Hey, Wake Up! by Sandra Boynton

Ms. Israa Ahmed

Baby Bears Lead Teacher
(younger infants)


Working at KITV since: 2021

SamanthaBoccella

- 15+ Years' Childcare Experience
- Favorite Part of Teaching: "How much children grow and learn in their early years!"

- Favorite Childhood Storybook: Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

Ms. Sami Boccella

Teddy Bears Lead Teacher
(younger 2 year olds)


Working at KITV since: 2022

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- 20+ Years' Childcare Experience

- Former Home Daycare Owner from 2007 to 2009

- Education: Criminal Justice degree work (Shippensburg U, 1982).

- Favorite Childhood Storybook: Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Ms. Patty Harris

Snuggle Bears Teacher
(older infants)


Working at KITV since: 2022

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Ms. Rosemarie Marchese

Polar Bears Lead Teacher
(older 2 year olds)


Working at KITV since: 2021

- Child of God

- Experienced Faith-Based Teacher

- Favorite Part of Teaching: "I am humbly thankful and honored God chose me to love on His children and sow the Word of God into their hearts"

- Favorite Childhood Storybooks: The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Parable of the Lily

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Ms. Elizabeth Stonelake

Kindergarten Teacher


Working at KITV since: 2014

- Highest Education: Masters Degree (Carin U, 2022); Early Elementary Education & Bible Degrees (Clark Summit U, 2014)

- Favorite Part of Teaching: "Sharing the love of God with students!"
- Favorite Childhood Storybooks: Chronicles of Narnia & Madeline

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Ms. Ginny Cronin

Foxes Teacher
(preschool age​–3's and 4's)

Working at KITV since: 2012

- 25+ Years' Childcare Experience

- Avid Equestrian

- Previously achieved a Child Development Associates Credential

- Favorite Children's Storybook: The Frog and Toad book series by Arnold Lobel

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- Highest Education: Child Development Associates Credential

- Favorite Part of Teaching: "Being able to show the love of Jesus to the children & implement the fruits of the Spirit in my classroom."

- Favorite Childhood Storybook: Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Ms. Melissa Klawitter

Sunshines Lead Teacher

(preschool age​–3's and 4's)

Working at KITV since: 2007

DionaR

-15+ Years' Childcare Experience including 3rd, 2nd, Kindergarten, and Special Education K-8 age groups
-Certified Doula (Trauma Informed & Full Spectrum, focused on L&D)
-Favorite Childhood Storybooks: Are You My Mother?  and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Ms. Diona Robinson

Koalas Teacher
(preschool age​–3's and 4's)

Working at KITV since: 2019

RebeccaM

-19 Years' Childcare Experience

-Highest Education: Bachelors Degree in progress, Associates Degree (St. Francis U).

-Favorite Childhood Storybook: The Monster at the End of the Book by Jon Stone

Ms. Becky Manuszak

Rainbows Teacher
(pre-kindergarten 4's and 5's)

 

Working at KITV since: 2019

MadelineBerger

- Highest Education: Bachelors Degree in Communications (Bryn Athyn College of the New Church, 2019)

- 5+ Years' Childcare Experience
- Favorite Part of Teaching: "Being the fun substitute who knows everyone in the center's name!"
- Favorite Children's Storybook: Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley

Ms. Maddy Berger

Website & Front Desk Administrator, Center Float
(all age groups)

 

Working at KITV since: 2023

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