The Schoolhouse in  Flourtown

15 West Wissahickon Avenue, Flourtown, PA 19031

Meet Our Staff

Jen Wein

Director

Number of years at the Schoolhouse: 10

 

Educational Background:  B.S. in Elementary/Early Childhood Education from Gwynedd Mercy College

Years of experience in Early Childhood Education/Childcare (babysitting counts!): 30

 

Favorite Thing About the Schoolhouse: The genuine enthusiasm the children have for learning, playing, and being a part of our family.

Hobbies: my horses, reading

Favorite Quote or Saying:  In a world where you can be anything, be KIND”

Coleen Bant

Certified Teacher / Assistant to the Director

Number of years at the Schoolhouse: 12

 

Educational Background:  BS at Chestnut Hill College

Years of experience in Early Childhood Education/Childcare (babysitting counts!): Teaching for 15 years

Favorite Thing About the Schoolhouse: All the amazing families that I meet!

Hobbies: Reading and Volunteering

Favorite Quote or Saying:  “A house without books is like a room without windows.” ~ Heinrich Mann

Laura Campion

Billing Coordinator

Number of years at the Schoolhouse: 7

 

Educational Background: Undergraduate at Philadelphia University and a Masters at Arcadia

 

Years of experience in Early Childhood Education/Childcare (babysitting counts!):  11

 

Favorite Thing About the Schoolhouse: All the women that work here….and Josh!

 

Hobbies: Reading, running, shopping, and watching reality TV

 

Favorite Quote or Saying:  "It is what it is"

Amy Raffaele

Certified Teacher

Number of years at the Schoolhouse: 1 year as a teacher and 3 years as a parent

 

Educational Background:  BA in Life Sciences, Pennsylvania State University

MSEd in Elementary Education, Hunter College

Children’s Literature Certificate, Queens College

TESOL Certification, Temple University

Years of experience in Early Childhood Education/Childcare (babysitting counts!): 12 years teaching grades PreK-3rd

 

Favorite Thing About the Schoolhouse: Playing Outside

 

Hobbies: travel, word games

Favorite Quote or Saying:  "There is nothing more precious than laughter." ~ Frida Kahlo

Eileen Welsh

Certified Teacher

Number of years at the Schoolhouse: 30

 

Educational Background:  B.S Temple University

Years of experience in Early Childhood Education/Childcare (babysitting counts!): 30

 

Favorite Thing About the Schoolhouse: The happy vibe in the building and the funny things the kids say.

 

Hobbies: reading, traveling, and sitting on the beach

Favorite Quote or Saying:  “You never know what the tide is going to bring in.”

Nicole Jones

Group Supervisor

Number of years at the Schoolhouse: I have worked for Carson Valley Schoolhouse for 20 years

 

Educational Background: I attended Chestnut Hill College

Years of experience in Early Childhood Education/Childcare (babysitting counts!): I have a little over 35 years of experience in Early Childhood Education.

 

Favorite Thing About the Schoolhouse: My favorite thing about the Schoolhouse is working with my coworkers and the sound of happy children at play.

Hobbies: drawing, dancing, and singing

Favorite Quote or Saying:  "Now, listen here” which is my favorite joke

Debbie Meinke

Asssitant Group Supervisor

Number of years at the Schoolhouse: 5 years

 

Educational Background:  Graduated from Abington High School and the encountered hands on experience in Child care facilities. Numerous early childhood workshops and classes.

Years of experience in Early Childhood Education/Childcare (babysitting counts!): I have over 18 years of childhood experience which include Lead Teacher,  Assistant Teacher, and Teacher's Aide.

 

Favorite Thing About the Schoolhouse: The children always make me smile and laugh!

 

Hobbies: Walking/Baking

Favorite Quote or Saying:  "Life is like riding a bicycle. In order to keep your balance, you must keep moving."

Mary Ann Morell

Assistant Group Supervisor

Number of years at the Schoolhouse: 1.5

 

Educational Background: College Degree in Fine Arts

Years of experience in Early Childhood Education/Childcare (babysitting counts!): 20

 

Favorite Thing About the Schoolhouse: The Children!

Hobbies: Spending time with family, traveling, visiting with friends, gardening, reading,

Favorite Quote or Saying:  "If you want peace, work for justice.”

Mikiyah Johnson-Jones

Classroom Aide

Number of years at the Schoolhouse: 1.5

 

Educational Background: Overbrook High School

 

Years of experience in Early Childhood Education/Childcare (babysitting counts!): I've been working with children for a least ten years. I started off babysitting for different families when I was 14 years old. I have always had a love for children. I use to go to visit my aunt at Carson Valley School when I was younger. Watching how those teachers worked with children has been my inspiration.

 

Favorite Thing About the Schoolhouse: My favorite thing about the Schoolhouse are the children. I love watching them grow and learn new things.

Hobbies: My favorite hobbies are doing people's hair and dancing!

Favorite Quote or Saying:  "A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart."

Inge Leis

Classroom Aide

Number of years at the Schoolhouse: 3

 

Educational Background:  Bachelor of Arts West Virginia University 2011

Years of experience in Early Childhood Education/Childcare (babysitting counts!): 12 Years

 

Favorite Thing About the Schoolhouse: All the lovely teachers and getting hugs every morning from the kids!

Hobbies: Swimming, hanging out with friends, and going to the beach.

Favorite Quote or Saying:  “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~Maya Angelou

Debbie Stricklin

Classroom Aide

Number of years at the Schoolhouse: 10

 

Educational Background:  Drexel University B.S. Temple University M.P.H.

Years of experience in Early Childhood Education/Childcare (babysitting counts!): 30

 

Favorite Thing About the Schoolhouse: Seeing a child's excitement about learning something new.

 

Hobbies: reading, traveling, enjoying the outdoors

Favorite Quote or Saying:  "Look up to the sky. You'll never find rainbows if you're looking down." ~ Carlie Chaplin

Erica Witkowski

Classroom Aide/Afterschool Instructor

Number of years at the Schoolhouse: 4 years

 

Educational Background:  Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from University of Delaware

Years of experience in Early Childhood Education/Childcare (babysitting counts!): 5 years

 

Favorite Thing About the Schoolhouse: The amazing staff and kids and the memories from when I attended the Schoolhouse for preschool. (Miss Eileen from the Meadow Room was my teacher!!!)

Hobbies: Playing with my dog, baking, and watching movies

Favorite Quote or Saying:  “Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody.” ~Robby Novak

Gail McCabe

Teacher Assistant

Number of years at the Schoolhouse: I have worked for Carson Valley Schoolhouse for 23 years

 

Educational Background:  Springfield High School and Montgomery County Community College

Years of experience in Early Childhood Education/Childcare (babysitting counts!): 30 years of experience in Early Childhood Education

 

Favorite Thing About the Schoolhouse: The children always make me laugh

 

Hobbies: needle point, knitting and reading

Favorite Quote or Saying: "It is what it is.”

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