Our Teachers and Staff

Ms. Jen

Director of LifeSpan School and Daycare East Greenville

Ms. Jen joined LifeSpan in 1995. She is the Director of LifeSpan School and Day Care in East Greenville. She graduated from Chestnut Hill College with a BS in Childcare Business Management, AA in Early Childcare Education and has obtained her Pennsylvania Director’s Credential. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Childcare Association, as well as the National Association for the Education of Young Children. She started with LifeSpan 25 years ago as a teacher’s assistant. In 2003, she began her Directing career at LifeSpan in Quakertown. In 2009, she was given the opportunity to transfer to our Pennsburg location to continue the growth of the center in anticipation of our new East Greenville location. In January of 2011, we opened the East Greenville location and have continued our growth! As a Director and Educator, she is committed to assuring each child’s safety, education, social and emotional well being. She looks forward to having you tour our beautiful, state of the art green school!

 

 

 

Ms. Mayra

Family Care Coordinator

Joined LifeSpan in 2008 Ms. Mayra joined LifeSpan in 2008 and is the Family Coordinator. She began as the Family Care Coordinator at Quakertown LifeSpan and is now at East Greenville. She was a Family Coordinator at Goddard Riverside in New York City for 12 years at a Head Start and Day Care. Mayra got her CDA in November 2003. Mayra also achieved her Family Development Credential from Cornell. Mayra is a welcoming, friendly face every morning!

 

Mr. Hunter

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Music, Spanish and sign language instructor
Joined LifeSpan in 2011
My name is Hunter and I am the Music, Spanish and Sign Language instructor at all of our LifeSpan Child Care facilities. I attended Lebanon Valley College with a BS in Music Education and Vocal Performance. I have been working in child care since 2009.

 

 

Ms. Karissa

Joined LifeSpan in 2020

My name is Karissa Reinford. I am nineteen years old. I attended Upper Perkiomen high School and graduated in 2019. I wish to further my education in child development. In my free time I enjoy hanging out with friends and being outdoors. I also find joy in helping others. I have volunteered at several camps and went on a mission trip to Honduras with the group Healthy Niños… and plan on a return trip. I look forward to working with the kids at LifeSpan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. Carol B.

Currently in our Toddler Room

Joined LifeSpan in 2010 Ms. Carol B. joined LifeSpan in 2010 and is currently teaching in the Toddler Classroom. She has over 9 years of experience in the daycare field. She received her CDA certificate in November 2011. She enjoys watching the children grow and develop into their own little person. Their personalities are all different and that is what makes each child unique. Her favorite thing to do as a young child was to bake with her grand-mom. Now she bakes the same recipes that she did as a young child with her own two children.  

 

 

 

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Ms. Wendy

Currently Teaches in Pre-k 2

Joined LifeSpan in 2005 Ms. Wendy joined LifeSpan in 2005 and is teaching in the Pre-k 1 Classroom. Ms. Wendy earned her CDA in 2011. She always shares her patient, loving and caring heart with her class. As a child, Ms. Wendy enjoyed spending time outdoors, going camping and going to the beach with her family. Now she continues the same traditions with her family.

 

 

 

 

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Ms. Marion

Currently in our Walker 1 Room

Joined LifeSpan in 2000 Ms. Marion joined LifeSpan in 2000 and is teaching in the Walker 2 Classroom. She has her AA in Early Education from Montgomery County Community College. She loves nature and bringing it into the classroom. She enjoys watching the children’s expressions when they have new experiences. She remembers as a child, walking around and exploring for hours outside on her family’s small farm. Her parents always took her on nature walks and to this day, she still enjoys nature walks. She is very passionate about the calmness of nature and bringing it to the classroom.

 

 

 

 

Ms. Kim

Currently Teaches in Preschool 2

Joined LifeSpan in 2011 Ms. Kim joined LifeSpan in 2011. Ms. Kim is a teacher in the Nursery. She has lived in Quakertown for 10 years. She is married to her husband John and they have 2 lovely girls – Madison, 10 and Abbey, 6. She graduated from BCCC with an AA degree in Early Childhood Education and from West Chester University with a BA in Elementary Education. Ms. Kim taught 5th and 6th grade until her second child, when she decided to be a stay at home mom. If she is not taking care of her family, she likes to read, play softball and go to the beach. Ms. Kim also volunteers for the non-profit organization Pride of Quakertown that is dedicated to helping the kids in the Quakertown area.

 

 

 

 

Ms. Marissa

Currently Teaches in Walker 1

Joined LifeSpan in 2013 Ms. Marissa works with the preschool class. She graduated from Quakertown High School in 2011. She plans on continuing her education in early childhood development. In her free time she enjoys reading, baking, and listening to music. It gives her great joy to be a part of the LifeSpan team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ms. Shelly

Currently Teaches in Pre-K2

Joined LifeSpan in 2014 She is a graduate of the University of Maine in Machias. She has a Bachelor degree of Science in Elementary Education, majoring in math and science. She was a Reading Recovery teacher, 8th grade math, algebra and geometry for 10 years in Maine. She loves teaching and she loves kids. When she is not teaching, she loves to kayak, fish, read, cook, shop, go camping and spend time with her family

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. Amber

Currently Teaches Nursery

Ms. Amber teaches in the Nursery. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from Arcadia University. She’s worked with children in some form since she was 11 years old. She loves seeing their breakthroughs and achievements. She co-runs a program called TOPSoccer where she works with children with special needs. She teaches them the basics of soccer and works on their interpersonal skills. She loves to spend her free time painting, drawing, or reading.

 

 

 

 

Ms. Kira


Currently Teaches Nursery

Ms. Kira teaches in the Nursery. She graduated from Kutztown University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Education and Special Education. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors. She also loves to spend time with her friends and family. It’s a pleasure working here at LifeSpan, and she looks forward to watching the children as they grow and succeed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Taylor

Teaches in the Summer Camp Program

This coming summer will be his fourth year at LifeSpan. He recently completed his Bachelor’s with Physics and Math as well as his Master’s in Education at Kutztown University. He has always had a passion for working with children, and has tons of fun doing it. He loves planning and participating in sports and activities with the children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. Christine

 

My name is Christine Collins and I love working with kids. I watched my sisters kids until they were Kindergarten age, in my home. I  also have two girls of my own.  I previously worked at Goddard school daycare center for two years. I then taught Kindergarten for one year to a little girl in cyber school. I love to watch movies and sit with my cat Rusty, as well as take walks with my husband, and explore different places.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. Lisa

Currently Teaching in Toddler Classroom

Ms. Lisa teaches in the Toddler Classroom. Ms. Lisa attended the Tech Center when she was in high school. She was in the ECE room where she learned how to do lesson plans and then she went to different centers to get experience on teaching the kids and helping the teachers. She is also an Aunt to a 3 year old and also lives with him and gets to interact with him. She sometimes helps him with his ABC’s, colors, and numbers. In her free time, she likes to help other people that are in need. When she was in high school, she used to help in her Senior year with children with special needs. She also learned some sign language! She loves to work with children and it brings happiness to her and brings a smile to her face.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. Devon

 

Hello everyone! My name is Devon Guthrie, I am 21 years old and am currently attending DeSales University for elementary education. I recently started working at the East Greenville LifeSpan in January as an assistant teacher. I currently float around to all the rooms so I can get good experience with every age group. I really enjoy being around children and am very excited for the opportunities LifeSpan has in store for me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Jeff

Jeff was born and raised in Berwin, Pennsylvania and currently resides in Red Hill. Jeff received his Associates Degree in Chemistry from Penn State University. For a couple of years Jeff work as a Quality Control Associate for MERCK. Jeff later worked for thirty years as a Research Technician at Roman Hass. For ten years Jeff was an Avery Dennison team member from where he retired. Jeff is excited to work alongside our school age students here at LifeSpan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. Emily

My name is Emily Clements and I have been working at Lifespan for about 5 years. I graduated from Kutztown University with a major in Psychology and minor in Criminal Justice. I have my Child Development Associates and I am the teacher of the Walker 2 class. I love going to the beach and spending time with my family and friends. I love being with the kids everyday and being able to see them grow!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. Sophia

Ms. Sofia teaches in the Toddler classroom.  She graduated from Upper Perkiomen High School in 2019.  While in high school she attended the tech center for Early Childhood Education for two years.  Since she was little, Ms. Sofia wanted to work with kids from birth to 10 years old.  She plans on furthering her education in Early Childhood Education.  She cannot wait to see the kids learn and grow. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. Taylor

My name is Taylor Leidy and I started working for LifeSpan in 2019. I graduated from Upper Perkiomen High School in 2018, and I am currently a senior at Penn State University studying Early Childhood and Elementary Education, with a minor in Special Education. I love spending my summers when I am not at school here with my LifeSpan family!

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Eric

Eric Schrader is a native of Quakertown, Pennsylvania. While in Pennsylvania, Eric attended and graduated from West Chester University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Elementary Education. While at WCU, Eric marched with Field of View Independent World Class Color Guard (1996-1998). During the summer, Eric marched with Cadets of Bergen County Drum and Bugle Corps (1996-1999). After graduating from undergraduate studies, Eric relocated to Boston, Massachusetts. Living in Boston, Eric pursued a career in teaching with the Boston Public Schools. Eric completed his graduate studies with Walden University, graduating with a degree in Masters of Science in Elementary Education, Reading and Literacy. While living in Boston, Eric marched in St. Ann’s Independent World Class Color Guard (1999-2002) and Blessed Sacrament Independent World Class Color Guard (2004 and 2014). Eric also was an instructor for St. Ann’s Independent Open Class Color guard. As well, Eric was an instructor with Blessed Sacrament’s Independent World Class Color Guard (2006-2015). During the summer months Eric was an instructor at Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps (2000 and 2002). As well, Eric was an instructor at 7th Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps (2012), later becoming Color Guard Caption Head (2013-2015). Eric relocated to Pennsylvania in the winter of 2016. In 2017, Eric joined the Field of View Color Guard and North Penn Marching Knights/Visual Ensemble staff and continues to teach to this day. Eric became an Enrichment/PreK-3 Teacher at LifeSpan School and Daycare in April 2018.

 

Ms. Taylor

My name is Taylour Catarious. I’ve been a part of Lifespan for 1.5 years. I currently work at Upper Perkiomen High School and spend my afternoon with the kids here at Lifespan. Before I started my position at Lifespan, I would drop off my son for daycare. I was able to see how loving and caring everyone here was to my son and all other children. I knew I wanted to be a part of Lifespan community.

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. Jessica

My name is Jessica Knause. I am currently a full time student at East Stroudsburg University. I am a dual major in Special Education and Early Childhood Education. I enjoy traveling, reading, and spending time outside. I love spending time with children and watching them grow. My goal is to be a Special Education teacher and help make an impact in a child’s life..

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. Lisa

My name is Lisa Edelman and I’ve been a preschool/toddler 3 teacher at Lifespan since 2010. I graduated from West Chester University with a BS in Health and Physical Education. After graduation, I substituted for a few years before coming to work for Lifespan in 1992. I left Lifespan in 2007 to pursue other employment options. I returned in 2010 because I missed teaching and caring for the children. In my spare time, I enjoy relaxing with my family and friends, listening to music and watching sporting events.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. Abby

My name is Abigail Wright and I have been working at Lifespan for about a year. I graduated from Pennridge High School in 2018, and I am currently a senior at Penn State University studying Human Resources. I enjoy going to the beach, spending time outside, and being with friends and family. I enjoy spending my summers and holidays when I am not at school with my Lifespan family.

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. Sam

My name is Sam and I am the Pre-K 1 teacher at LifeSpan. I started in November 2020 and have loved every minute of it. I have my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Penn State and an associates in Liberal Arts from Montco. I am also planning on getting my CDA within the next few months. I enjoy spending time in nature with my husband and our dogs and doing anything arts and crafts related. My favorite thing about teaching is being able to help children learn and grow, and it is truly a rewarding experience!

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. Charissa

My name is Charissa Baysinger, and I have worked at Lifespan for almost a year. I graduated Upper Perkiomen High School in 2020, where I was in Tech for Early Childhood Education for two years. I am currently enrolled in the Child Development Credential program. I enjoy spending time with my horse, friends, and family as well as reading books. I can’t wait for many more fun years at Lifespan!

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. Lexi

My name is Lexi Masny. I am a rising senior at Penn State University. I will be majoring in psychology, minoring in sociology with attending law school post undergrad. I love to go to the beach and travel as much as I can along with going on adventures such as hiking or exploring new places. I have been at Lifespan for a few months along with years of working with children. I have worked at summer camps and have had numerous babysitting jobs. I enjoy working with children and being a part of their growth.

 

 

 

 

Ms. Leanne

My name is Leanne Rickert and I am 23 years old.  I graduated from Boyertown Area Senior High School in 2016 and have worked in child care ever since.  I took a few classes in Early Childhood Education and will be working on getting my CDA. I spend most of my time raising my daughter and spending time with family.  I look forward to expanding my career at LifeSpan and watching the children grow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. Miranda

My name is Miranda McKeon.  I graduated from Upper Perkiomen High School in 2020 where I went to tech school for sports medicine.  In the fall, I will be enrolling in the Child Development Associate credential program to further my education in child care. I look forward to working with the children, and making lots of memories here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. Brooke

My name is Miss Brooke.  I graduated in 2021 from Kutztown University.  I have my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.  I love the outdoors and animals.  I live with my fiancé and our 4 hamsters.  I love doing crafts and reading.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. Gail

 

My name is Miss Gail.  I started with LifeSpan in East Greenville in January 2011.  I earned my Child Development Associate degree in 2012. I was a nanny for a family from 2016-2021.  I worked for Girl Scouts of Greater Philadelphia for 20+ years.  I love kids and I’m very excited to be back at LifeSpan.