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Meet the Teachers
Kerri Wodzinski: Director / Lead Teacher Kindergarten
God placed working with children on my heart when I was a young child. When I entered college, though I had other ideas in mind, God quickly directed my path towards education. I graduated from Juniata college with a dual certification in early childhood and elementary education.
I have taught in a variety of school settings through the years, most recently spending seven years as the kindergarten teacher at BVCP. I love being immersed with children in an environment which fosters both a love for learning about the world around them and Jesus’ love and faithfulness for us.
I have now been called onto the path of director of the preschool. It is a gift and blessing to have the privilege of being on the early learning journey with each child and family.
When I am not surrounding myself with all things Preschool, I can be found fostering my daughters’ love for horses and teaching riding lessons to children of all ages. I live in Chester County, PA, with my husband, two daughters, cats, dogs and horses.
Amy Hickey: Lead Teacher, 5-day Pre-K Class
I graduated from the University of Maryland with a Masters in Social Work in 2000. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to stay home with my children once my husband and I started our family. As my children began to grow older and graduate from Brandywine Valley Christian Preschool and Kindergarten, I couldn’t bear the thought of leaving the school. I was fortunate enough to be hired in the 2-year-old classroom initially. After working with the little lambs for two years, I was blessed with our fourth child and took two years off from teaching to spend time with her. I am blessed to be currently working with the Pre-K kids. I have an Early Childcare Education Certificate from Delaware Technical College. When I am not at BVCP, I am volunteering at my children’s school, running kids to practices and lessons or doing laundry.
Patricia Whitaker: Lead Teacher, 5-Day Pre-K Class
I graduated from the University of Delaware with degrees in English Literature and Sociology. After graduating I worked as a School Social Worker. I was fortunate to be able to stay home when I had my first son. I taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School and loved working with the younger children. When my youngest was ready for school I decided to get my Early Childhood Education Certificate from Delaware Technical Community College. It is a privilege to watch the children explore and learn about God. When I am not teaching, I am spending time with my family or training for a 5K with the Special Olympics.
MJ Sun: Assistant Teacher, 5-day Pre-K Class
I graduated from University of Delaware with a degree in Human Development Family Studies. I am very involved with children’s ministry at my church in Pennsylvania. From youth to adult years, I have volunteered as a teacher for Korean school, vacation Bible school and Sunday school with different age groups. Right after college, God graciously gifted me with a son and two years later a daughter. Upon visiting BVCP in desperate search to find and enroll my son to his first preschool, I felt the spark inside of me. That this was the school that God had chosen for my children and also for myself. In my heart, I knew this place is where God wanted me to plant my seed and grow for my future after completing my early childhood education program. I am very thankful that God led both my children and myself here.
Emily Tobia: Lead Teacher, 3-Day Pre-K Class
I graduated with a from American University in 2002 with a degree is Elementary Education. I received my Masters in Literacy from Wilmington University. I taught 1st and 2nd grade until I had my first child. I was fortunate to be able to stay home with my children for a few years. When my daughter started school at Brandywine Valley, I became a long term sub there for a year before starting in the 3-day Pre-K class.
Susan Baer: Assistant Teacher, 3-day PreK Class
I have been an assistant preschool teacher and substitute at Brandywine Valley Christian Preschool since 2010. I was born and raised in Wilmington, DE, as was my husband, Bob, and, now our three teenage sons, Thomas, Bobby and Daniel. I enjoy volunteering in both the children’s and youth ministries at Brandywine Valley Baptist Church. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, playing board games and doing puzzles.
Julianne Cruser: Lead Teacher, Three’s Class
I’m blessed to be able to return to Brandywine Valley Christian Preschool for another year. As a child I wanted to be a mother and a teacher. I was raised in Lancaster County and moved to North Wilmington as an adult where I have had the opportunity to be a stay at home mom. Although a country girl at heart, I love my little piece of North Wilmington and all the convenience it provides such as the opportunity to teach preschool age children. I love to interact with children and engage them at their level. I enjoy teaching, encouraging, and watching children grow into all that God has created them to be. Outside of the classroom you can find me cheering my three boys on at the baseball field and doing arts & crafts with my daughter. I also enjoy decorating and designing along side my husband.
Lisa Baker: Assistant Teacher, Three's Class
I entered college with the intent of pursuing Elementary Education during which time I began to take an interest in Early Childhood Education and then Psychology. Ultimately, I graduated University of Delaware with a B.A. in Psychology. God sent me full circle! I completed a Masters in Elementary Education, taught a few years, stayed home with my first two children, and then began teaching Pre-K and earning my early childhood education certification from Delaware. Once again I paused my career to take time with my youngest child before reentering education. During this time, I began teaching Sunday school, assisting in VBS, and ultimately working as a Children’s Ministry Leader. My love for both Christ and the classroom took hold, so I went back to teaching preschool in a Christian school. I have found a home at Brandywine Valley Christian Preschool as Christ is intertwined throughout every aspect of our mission. I have been blessed to both teach and assist, but mostly to be a part of this wonderful Christian community.
My husband and I have been blessed with three kids. I love spending time with my family, playing with my dogs, attending bible studies with my fellowship group, and having fun in the sun either poolside or at the beach!
Maria Gonzalez: Lead Teacher, Three's Class
Born and raised in Brooklyn and attended New York University where I acquired my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama. After a decade on the West Coast, my husband and I relocated back East to be closer to family. I was first introduced to BVBC as a brand new MOPS mom of my only daughter and made the decision to send her to BVCP. That was in 2011 and I have been here, first as a parent, and then as an Assistant Teacher, and, most recently as a Lead, ever since. I have an Early Childcare Certificate and enjoy learning about and implementing best practices into our classroom. When I am not teaching at BVCP, you can find me teaching after school drama classes to local elementary students or directing youth plays at Wilmington Drama League.
Michelle Baker: Assistant Teacher, Three’s Class
I graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and from Denver Seminary with a Master’s degree in Counseling Ministries. I have had the opportunity to work with children in a variety of settings for over twenty years. My background includes being a nanny, directing a preschool program within a facility for homeless women and children, and teaching Sunday School. My husband and I have two daughters. I enjoy cooking for my family, being outdoors, 80’s music, and coffee.
Meri Wheeler: Lead Teacher, Two's Class / Kindergarten Art Teacher
I feel called to be here at BVCP helping the children grow in all areas of development. I enjoy getting to know each child and appreciate their unique differences and their love of learning. I enjoy teaching them about God’s love through Bible stories, songs, and books. I desire their preschool experience to be positive and fun and I hope to instill a love of learning that will last a lifetime. I am married with two adventurous boys. When I’m not in the classroom, you can find me spending time with my family, volunteering for various church activities and fostering dogs.
Anne Kozicki: Assistant Teacher, Two's Class
Heidi Friedkin: Gym Teacher
I graduated from University of Delaware with a Physical Education and Health Degree. I taught Driver Education for 5 years at Padua Academy, while coaching field hockey and gymnastics. I stayed home for a few years to raise my 4 children, but even then was always working with kids somewhere; Sunday School, VBS, gymnastics classes and volunteering on the Children’s Ministry team at BVBC with the most awesome women and mentors. When my kids were all in school I came to BVCP and have been teaching gym and an after school gymnastics program since 2005 and have loved every minute. I love spending time with my husband and family, spending time with the BVBC youth, doing anything outdoors and especially love being at Phillies games. My very favorite thing is being a Nana!
Phyllis Munch: Librarian
A native of Delaware, I have over 30 years of teaching experience. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Primary/Kindergarten Education from the University of Delaware. I have taught 2nd grade, preschool gym classes, Pre-Kindergarten classes, Kindergarten classes and have also been a preschool director. My husband and I have two grown sons and six grandsons. I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, singing, getting together with my Bible Fellowship group, and UD football. It is also my hope to show the children how much God loves them and plant seeds for a lifelong faith in Jesus Christ. As librarian I get to indulge my love of books and help the teachers expose our children to a wide variety of reading experiences. Children who are read to do much better in school & life.
Kristy Farrell: Office Manager
I currently reside in North Wilmington with my husband and two children. Prior to becoming a stay-at-home mom after the birth of my daughter, I worked as an Advertising Sales Director for a medical publishing company. I am ecstatic to join the office team at BVCP and thoroughly enjoy seeing the children as they learn & grow. It is truly a blessing to be a part of such a great preschool.
Sandy Ebbott: Substitute Teacher
I have a bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology and a master’s in special education. I taught at a school for children with language based learning disabilities for four years prior to having children. While raising my children I tutored, taught classes for Reading ASSIST and homeschooled my children for eight years. Most recently, I worked at the Pilot School, first as a teacher and then as Head of the Lower Division. While volunteering for Awana with the Cubbies, three and four year olds, I fell in love with this age group.