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Kerri Wodzinski (Director)

“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, 2 daughters, cats, dogs and horses.”


Melissa Williams (Lead Teacher, Kindergarten)
“I have over 15 years teaching experience in a variety of settings. I hold Delaware teaching certifications in both special education and elementary education as well as certifications with the Delaware Department of Early Childhood Education. I have five children ranging in ages from 13 to 5 years old. When I’m not teaching, I enjoy cooking and spending time in nature.”

 

 


Amy Marchioni (Lead Teacher, Pre-K Classes)
“I am blessed to have been part of Brandywine Valley Christian Preschool and Kindergarten staff for the past four years. I was born and raised in Delaware, currently residing in North Wilmington. My husband, Tim, and I have two grown children, Matthew and Amanda. I hold an early childhood teaching certificate from the state of Delaware and have been in the early childhood field for 19 years. When a preschool classroom is safe, nurturing, and full of exploration, you will see a child grow in all areas of development, and that’s the joy I get from teaching young children. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, going to the beach and taking long walks.” 


Emily Tobia (Lead Teacher, 3-day Pre-K)
“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.”

 


Marci Norat (Teacher’s Assistant, Pre-K/Kindergarten)
“This is my 18th year as a teacher’s assistant. I also have the pleasure of teaching Art to the kindergarten and pre-kindergarten classes, as well as to children at the YMCA. I graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. I worked for 3 years in the Bush School summer program as a paraprofessional. My husband and I have 2 boys. Both of my sons have recently graduated from college and still play on soccer teams. My husband and I are involved in our church and love travel. I enjoy working with young children, watching them grow and develop socially, emotionally and creatively in a loving, Christian environment.” 


Sandy Ebbott (Teacher’s Assistant, 3-day Pre-K)
“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.”

 


Maria Gonzalez (Teacher’s Assistant, Pre-K Classes)
“2018-2019 marks my fifth year as an Assistant Teacher. Being involved in the process of helping children grow, develop and learn is a privilege. My only daughter attended BVCP until she reached elementary school. I have much affection and admiration for the wonderful people at BVCP who helped teach, love and pray over her during these formative years and am very proud to have joined their staff. I am a graduate of New York University with a BA in Theater Arts. I obtained a teaching certificate in Early Childhood Education from Delaware Technical College in 2015. I am currently involved in teaching theater arts and being a dance mom.” 


Patricia Whitaker (Lead Teacher, Three’s 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.”


Amy Hickey (Lead Teacher, 3-day Three’s 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 3 year olds . 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.” 


Michelle Baker (Teacher’s Assistant, 3-day 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 teenage daughters.  I enjoy cooking for my family, being outdoors, 80’s music, and coffee.”

 


Julianne Cruser (Lead Teacher, 3-day Three’s Class)
“I’m blessed to be able to return to Brandywine Valley Christian Preschool for my fifth 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 three year olds. 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 (Teacher’s Assistant, 3-day Three’s Class)
“I have been teaching on and off since 1998, taking time out in-between to care for my young family. With a master’s degree in Education, I am certified in elementary and early childhood education. Additionally, I have had the privilege of leading children’s ministry, serving as a Sunday School teacher, serving in MOPS leadership, and am currently serving in youth ministry. I take great joy in facilitating and watching children grow. With my husband, I am blessed to be a proud parent of three wonderful children! The joy of watching them grow and mature is immeasurable, and to have the opportunity to briefly witness and participate in that process with your children is truly a blessing. During my down time, I enjoy spending time with my family, relaxing at the beach and pool, listening to contemporary Christian music (and going to concerts), as well as spending time in fellowship with my small group.”


Shannan Keeler (Lead Teacher, Two’s class)
“I am originally from the Philadelphia area where I earned my Bachelor’s degree in elementary education. My husband, Nate and I have been married for 13 years and we have two boys. Since I was young, I knew I wanted to have a career that involved working with children. I thought it was going to be as a pediatric nurse, but I had the realization early on in nursing school that I preferred to be with kids in the classroom environment rather than in a doctor’s office or hospital room. I love that I have this opportunity to be a part of what God is doing here at BVCP and I especially love that I get to teach these little ones about the love of Jesus Christ, our savior.”

“Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him.” -Psalm 127:3


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 newest very favorite thing is being a Nana!”


Phyllis Munch (Librarian)
“A native of Delaware, I have over 20 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.”