Great Beginnings Christian Preschool Staff

 Great Beginnings Christian Preschool & Kindergarten

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Our Staff

Jill Pfendner - Director

B.S. in Business Administration, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MA)
PA Certification in Elementary & Special Education from Immaculata University (PA)
Jill has early childhood teaching experience in PA, MD, and AL. She has also worked in the DASD in grades K-6 and in Special Education. Jill joined Great Beginnings in 2012 as the Preschool Director & Children’s Ministries Director for Exton UMC.

Michelle H. Alvanos - Kindergarten Teacher

M.S. in Elementary Education, University of Pennsylvania (PA).
Michelle performed her student teaching at the Abington Friends School in Jenkintown. She has experience as a substitute (elementary level) in Chester County. Michelle joined Great Beginnings in 1996.

Mary Alice Cross - 3 Day Teacher

B.S. in Early Childhood Education, Temple University (PA)
Mary Alice performed her student teaching in Layfayette Hill, Blue Bell and Norristown areas. She joined Great Beginnings staff in 1999.

Stephanie G. DiMichael - 2 Day Teacher / Toddler & Me Coordinator / Lunch & Fun Coordinator

M ED., Education, Cabrini College 1995,  B.A., English/Communications, Cabrini College 1989
Stephanie has extensive experience as an instructor in the field of corporate training and management. She joined our staff in 2009 in our Lunch Bunch program and as an assistant in our One Day and Two Day programs in 2010.  Stephanie currently teaches in our Two Day and Lunch Bunch programs.

Gretchen A. Fox - 2 Day Teacher

B.A. in Communications and Public Relations, Lycoming College(PA)
Gretchen completed education and psychology courses as part of her major. She has been the Great Beginnings "Kinder-spiel" teacher since 2008. Gretchen joined the Great Beginnings staff in 2003.

Stephanie A. Kollhoff - 1 Day Teacher

B.A. in Communications and Public Relations, Lycoming College (PA)
Stephanie has completed education courses as part of her major. She taught at the Bucks County YMCA Preschool Program for 3 years. She joined our staff as an assistant in 2001 and began teaching our One Day Program in 2006.

Patrice M. Lord - Young 4 Teacher

B.S. in Early Childhood Education, West Chester University (PA)
Patty has 8 years preschool teaching experience in the Aston area. She joined the Great Beginnings staff in 2000.

Megan Fink - 3 Day Teacher

B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communications, Univ of St. Thomas (MN) ; PA Teaching Certification - Edinboro University (PA)
Megan taught in Albion, PA  for 2 years. She joined our staff as an assistant in 2016 and the teaching staff in January 2017.

Elaine Valora - 4 Day Teacher

M.A. in Education (Pre-K - 3rd grade concentration), College of St. Elizabeth (NJ) ; B.S. in Social Work, McDaniel College (NJ)
Elaine taught in the Bedminster, NJ school system for 7 years. She joined our staff as the 4-Day Teacher in 2015.