Our Teachers and Staff


Ms. Miranda Grey


Hey!!  I’m Ms. Miranda and I joined the LifeSpan Team in 2005 working in the School Age and Summer Camp program.  I currently have my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and hold the PA State Directors Credential.  I also have a PA State Cosmetology License.

 After wearing many different Lifespan hats over the past 17 years, I finally settled in as the Director for School Age and Summer Camp, which is my current position.  It has been a lot of fun over the years learning so many knew things within the childcare industry.  (Fun Fact:  I attended Lifespan as a child, my mom worked for the company for over 12 years and I met my best friend in Lifespan’s Pre-K Program.)

            Some weekend hobbies include, traveling every chance I get, snowboarding in the winter months, being a dance mom and doing professional hair and makeup for the pageant industry.  I also love spending time with my family and friends, I have a fiancé, one sassy little daughter, one dog named Millie and a chinchilla ChiChi J

            I enjoy working with all children to help them grow and learn new things while having fun with a hands on natural approach.  I love seeing children smile and being a positive mentor to help in shaping the minds of our future.



Mrs. Nikki Bryan


My name is Nikki Bryan and I am the Assistant Director for the Quakertown School Age and Summer Camp program.  I have been a part of the Lifespan family for over 14 years.  My journey began teaching in the preschool and pre-kindergarten age groups and over the course of time I have fulfilled various roles in administration. It’s amazing to see some of my preschoolers now heading into school age and some even ready (or currently) to become middle schoolers!  I have my Associates degree in Early Childhood Education and currently reside in Quakertown, PA.  My husband and I have been together 19 years, married for 10 and we have a very busy 8 year old ice hockey player that keeps us in the cold rinks all year round.  In my free time ( and as a hockey mom that is rare) I enjoy playing disc golf, wakeboarding, snowboarding, catching music concerts/festivals,  taking out the boat to fish, camping and making crafts with my cricut!  I’m so excited to be part of the school age program and I look forward to working with your children and family!




Mrs. Jill

Pre K Counts Pfaff & Summer Camp:

My name is Jill and I started working at Lifespan in April 2016 teaching full day private academic Kindergarten.  I have been teaching Pre-K Counts at Pfaff Elementary School since 2021.  I received my Bachelor’s degree in Early Grades Preparation from West Chester University in 2013.  I am certified to teach pre-k through 4th grade.  I am currently taking classes to obtain my level 2 teaching certification. 
I live in Quakertown with my husband and our daughter Nylah, our dog Tyson and cat Whispurr.  In my free time I like to draw, paint, travel, walk my dog and spend time with my family and friends.  What I love about working with children is that every day is a new learning experience, whether it’s “me teaching them or them teaching me.”




Ms. Candy

Pre K Counts Pfaff:

Hello, my name is Candy Walck and I am the Assistant Pre-K Counts teacher at Pfaff Elementary.  I started with Lifespan in September of 2017.  I have lived in Quakertown for 40 years.  I have 3 children and 8 grandchildren.  I have been working in the field of early childhood for 31 years.  I attended Bucks County Community College where I earned my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education.  I love spending time with my family, vacationing, arts and crafts, football and watching my grandchildren.  My goal is to “touch the heart of each child.”







Mrs. Emily

Pre K Counts Richland:

My name is Emily Dees and I have taught in the Early Childhood field for more than 25 years.  I joined the Lifespan team in 2015 as the Pre K Counts teacher at the Richland Elementary School.  I have my Bachelor’s degree from Kutztown University.  Being raised with a father in the Navy, I have grown to love traveling.  Each summer my daughter, who is currently at the Sixth Grade Center, helps in planning a road trip.  I love to see her passion for travel grow.  During the school year I find it very rewarding to work with your children and watch them grow.  I strive to create a family atmosphere with open communication.  I look forward to each year’s new adventures here at Lifespan Pre K Counts! 






Ms. Haley

Pre K Counts Richland & School Age:

My name is Haley and I joined Lifespan in November of 2020.  I have been working in the childcare field for over two years between different centers.  I was born and raised in Quakertown my whole life.  I am currently going for my Associates of the Arts in Pre-K through 4th grade Early Education at Bucks County Community College.  I will then plan to get my Bachelor’s degree in Special Education.  I would like to be a special education teacher so I can help students with learning.  I want to show them different ways of learning.  I have always loved being around kids and playing with children.  Some of my favorite things to do is spend time with family.  I love to go bowling and going to see movies.  I am an assistant teacher that enjoys helping kids learn at Lifespan.







Mrs. Vanessa

Pre K Counts Richland:

I’m Vanessa, I have 6 kids.  My oldest is in college and my youngest is in 2nd grade.  I am also a full time student at DeSales University working towards my Psychology Degree.  I have 2 dogs, 3 cats, 1 rabbit, 1 frog, 1 gecko, 2 turtles and some goldfish.  I love reading and being outside.  I enjoy working with the kids in Pre K Counts, they are all so sweet and fun!






Ms. Kelly

School Age Group Supervisor:

Hi! My name is Kelly and I joined LifeSpan in August 2023. I have my Bachelors degree in Psychology and Social Science from Penn State University. I have about 20+ years of experience working with children and families. I have worked in daycare as well as in home care as a nanny for several families. I also worked with children with special needs through the Bucks County Intermediate Unit. I live in Quakertown with my husband and four beautiful daughters. My favorite things to do are going for walks with our dogs, riding bikes and playing outside with my girls. I also enjoy doing DIY projects with my talented husband. I am very excited to get to know all of the children and families at LifeSpan.






Ms. Pearl

School Age & Summer Camp:

My name is Pearl Young and I joined Lifespan in August of 2021.  I have been working around children for over 3 years.  I am a Quakertown Highschool graduate, class of 2020.  I am currently in school working towards my CDA.  Some of my hobbies are spending time with friends and family.  I also love being outside and going to the beach.








Ms. Tamara

School Age & Summer Camp:

My name is Tamara Hawthorne.  I joined Lifespan School and Daycare for summer camp in 2022.  I stayed on into the school year to work before and after school.  I have over 10 years of experience working with children in various settings.  I am from Perkasie, PA and still currently live there.  I am an only child, and I have 3 pets.  One dog and two cats.  I have two Associates Degrees, one in web design and one in Liberal Arts.  I recently completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Studies from Chestnut Hill College.   Currently, I am going for my Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education Pre-K through 12th grade.  I love going to the beach and spending time with my fiancé.  I enjoy working with kids and I look forward to coming to Lifespan every day.






Ms. Alexis

School Age & Summer Camp:

Hi!  My name is Alexis Pfaff and I joined Lifespan in May of 2022.  I am currently studying Early Childhood Education at DeSales University.  After graduating and receiving my degree, I hope to become a Kindergarten teacher.  My happiness in caring for children is seeing their growth in development.  I love spending time with the kids at Lifespan and getting to know each and every child.  Some of my favorite things are, the beach, working out and shopping.  I love to be creative, laugh and have fun with children!








Ms. Kennedi

School Age & Summer Camp:

My name is Kennedi and I joined Lifespan in May of 2022.  I graduated from Quakertown High school in 2021.  I am currently a student at Kutztown University majoring in Early Education.  I am working to earn my Bachelor’s Degree.  I have babysat and worked around children for over 4 years, this is including helping out at a local elementary school near Kutztown.  Some things I enjoy doing in my free time would be, spending time with friends and family and taking random adventures.






Ms. Gaynell

School Age & Summer Camp:

Hi, my name is Gaynell and I joined Lifespan in 2016.  I’m married with 4 grown children and 12 grandchildren.  I have been working in this field of early childhood for over 32 years.  I attended Delaware Community College, received my CDA and Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education along with my Directors Credential.  I work in Lifespan’s Pre-K Counts classroom at the childcare center during the school year, then I hop right into the summer camp program with the school aged children.  I love seeing how the children have grown over the school year.  I truly enjoy spending time with my family and our grandchildren.  You’ll find me vacationing all over the place.  You’ll see me attending all sports events that my grandchildren are involved in.  I love the great outdoors and the water scene, kayaking is my #1 by far.  I look forward to providing the students in my care with a safe, nurturing and healthy environment.  These children are our future!





Ms. Cathy

School Age:

Hi my name is Cathy Link and I am an active senior citizen!  I joined Lifespan in August of 2018.  I have been working with children for over 4 years now.  I have experience in corrections, retail and banking.  In the past I have had various certifications and over 90 college credits.  I enjoy power walking, cheering on my grandchildren at different sports events and spending time with my husband, daughter and family.  Some of my hobbies include, decorating for the holidays, shopping, reading and cooking.  I sometimes enjoy baking, just to indulge and “netflix and chill”. (hehe)  I just love working with children since there is never a dull moment.







Mrs. Patty

School Age:

My name is Mrs.Patty and I started working for Lifespan in 2019.  Currently, I am also a personal care assistant at Pennridge High school.  I work as a one on one with autistic older students.  I really enjoy traveling and one day hope to go to India as a missionary to help teach the children about religion.  I have a dog named Neveah, she is my spoiled baby.  I enjoy sewing in my free time.  Church is the center of my life and it gives me hope for the future.









Ms. Kaitlyn

Summer Camp/School Age:

Hi! My name is Kaitlyn Vargo and I joined Lifespan in June 2023. I am currently a student at Rutgers University, where I am studying psychology and criminal justice. I have always had a passion for volunteering, especially with kids, and giving back to my community. I love working with kids of all ages because they never fail to make me smile and learn something new! I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, listening to music, and playing with my dog.








Ms. Sierra

Summer Camp/School Age:

My name is Sierra Reinford and I joined Lifespan in June of 2023. I graduated from Quakertown High School in 2022. I am currently a student at Messiah University, majoring in Digital Media with a concentration in Interactive Design. I have worked with children for about 4 years through several day camps and church programs. I love working with kids of all ages as each age has something unique and special about it! In my free time, I enjoy being outside and being active. Whether it is hiking, kayaking, camping, skiing, or playing disc golf, I love it all! I also love to bake and read in my hammock. Something I love telling people is that I have the cutest rabbit, named Blizzard, who will do tricks for donuts!” 






Ms. Elena

School Age:

My name is Elena and I joined LifeSpan School Age in September 2023. I currently work as an Instructional Aide in the QCSD with the 6th grade students. Previously I worked in the pediatric unit of a local hospital. Working with kids brings me joy as I have 5 children (3 biological, 2 step children). I look forward to building healthy relationships with the children and my co-workers here at LifeSpan.







Mr. Mitchell

School Age Seasonal & Summer Camp:

Hello!  My name is Mitchell Hendricks and I started Lifespan in the summer of 2022.  I am currently a dual major in education and special education at Bloomsburg University.   I have also been a lifeguard at the Quakertown YMCA and a scout leader in my local area for the Boy Scout association.  I also attended Lifespan when I was a child and attended summer camp.  I hope to gain more experience and eventually become an Elementary School teacher or school counselor. 







Ms. Samantha

School Age Seasonal & Summer Camp:

My name is Sam and I joined Lifespan in 2022.  I am currently a student at Kutztown University, with a dual major in Early Childhood and Special Education.  I am an ESL Major.  I love working with kids of all ages.  I also enjoy hiking, music and traveling!








Mr. Tyler

School Age Seasonal:

Hi!  My name is Mr.Tyler, I live in Quakertown Pennsylvania and also graduated from Quakertown High School.  I have been working for Lifespan for 3-4 years seasonally.  In the summer months I work as a landscaper and return to Lifespan during the winter.  I have an Associate’s Degree in specialized technology.  In my free time I like to walk my dog and spend time with family.