Emilie Christian Day School is blessed to have highly trained and experienced teachers in all of the early childhood education classes offered at our facility.
Our entire faculty is degreed and work as a team in meeting the goals for creating quality learning experiences within a child care center, which has led them to great success in achieving a star 4 rating (highest rating possible) through Keystone Stars.
Creative, Kind and Kid Focused
Praise for our teachers not only comes through their academic and performance achievements, but for what they bring each and every day into the lives of the children they interact with and instruct.
They recognize that each child is their own person and learns in their own way. The teachers at our Christian school provide an education foundation for young learners in a fun and interactive way as well as help each child with the individual “building blocks” they need to grow and learn in a way that creates a child’s own learning ladder. The teachers and assistants are active in helping children learn Christian values through teachable moments (e.g. sharing, helping your friend if they fall down, being considerate of your classmates feelings, etc.) that occur through the children’s day- to-day experiences.
Our teachers believe in open communication with parents and care givers. Daily feedback notes are provided at the toddler level to give milestone updates; preschooler, and pre-k classes receive class messaging with individual communication as needed. This communication on your child’s day provides a window into their world. Parent-Teacher conferences are offered throughout the school year and all faculty and staff are accessible to discuss concerns or the latest happenings at the school.
I am thrilled to be the Executive Director of Emilie Christian Day School. Although I am newer to ECDS, I started in the field in 2006 as a teacher and eventually moved up to an administrative role. I spend most of my time with my two loving children, Devon and Anthony as well as my husband Bryant. I finished my Bachelor’s degree from Temple University majoring in Elementary and Special Education.
During my almost fifteen years of experience in the field, I also obtained my PA Keys Directors’ Credential to continue to provide high quality care to those I serve. I serve on two boards including the advisory board for the Occupational Advisory Committee for the Bucks County Technical High School as well as holding an executive position as the Secretary of the Bucks County Chapter of Pennaeyc. It is my goal to continue to implement Emilie’s mission for the school “to help children to learn to love God and each other, to grow into caring, responsible citizens, and to become the best people they can be”. I enjoy warm days outside and day trips to the beach. I also love a good cup of coffee on the run!
My name is Christine Flanagan and I am the educational director at Emilie Christian Day School. I have been working in the Early Childhood field since 2012. Once I started working with young children, I knew it was my passion. I have experience in the classroom as well as being a part of an administration team. I earned a bachelor’s degree from Temple University in 2011, in elementary and special education. I joined Emilie Christian Day School in 2019.
I got married to my husband Ken in 2015. We have two beautiful children Carter and Riley as well as one dog named Lola. Our children attend Emilie Christian Day School. When I am not at Emilie I enjoy relaxing at home, playing games and spending time with our large extended family. In the summer I love going to the beach and our family usually does a trip to Sea Isle City every year.
Hello! My name is Colleen and I am the Administrative Assistant at Emilie Christian Day School. I have a versatile background working in retail, administration, hospitality, and client support. I was excited to join this amazing team in 2022.
In my free time, I love spending time with my husband Chris, daughters Autumn and Summer and my three dogs, Cocoa, Falkor and Bella. We all love to play games, travel, listen to music, craft, cook and bake together. I hope to one day travel to Europe and Australia.
Emilie Christian Day School Teachers
Hello, my name is Shekira Bradwell and I just recently joined the ECDS family for this coming school year as a lead Pre K teacher. I am very excited to be a part of a school wherein Christian values are welcomed and is the foundation in which educating our children begins with. For the last 2 yrs I have been a Pre K teacher under the umbrella of the Philadelphia School District. During my time there I returned to grad school at Temple Ambler to further my education in Career and Technology Education. While at Temple, I learned several new concepts and models of teaching that are centered on teaching to the whole child.
Speaking of children, I have two beautiful children a 25 yr old and a 9 yr old, my pride and joy, which they will never let me forget it, lol. In my spare time I love cooking and brushing up on my skills as a new children’s author. There are three things I’m am very proud of, being a mother, obtaining my Masters Degree as a single mother from Holy Family and finally fulfilling a lifelong dream of writing and self publishing my very first children’s book, called Kammie and Me. As an educator, I live by this quote that I believe to be true… “To, Teach is to Learn Twice”.
My name is Ms. Jeanine and I am excited to continue my journey and further my education in early childhood education at Emilie. I am a mother of 3 grown children and a grandmother of 3 boys. I come from a big family where I am number 7 of 8 children. I have 5 brothers and 2 sisters. I enjoy spending all my free time with my family. I am thankful for this opportunity to become a part of your children’s life and the Emilie family.
My name is Ms. Kat! I grew up in South Philadelphia and moved to Levittown in 2020! I have been working in Early Childhood Education for 11 years and did volunteer work with children 5 years before that. I started my career working with a group of younger children painting and creating murals around the city. That’s when I decided my career path! I originally started this journey in art education and quickly changed that to Early Childhood Education because I loved the idea of integrating art into learning things like language and math. I have worked with a range of different ages from infancy all the way up to second grade. It’s too hard to pick my favorite age group especially since I have worked with so many different ages. There are so many reasons I love working with Pre-K such as the interesting conversations that can ignite from the smallest thing!
In my free time, I enjoy a lot of things like listening to music, hiking with my partner, gardening, reading, drawing, and weight-lifting. I love integrating a lot of my personal interest in the classroom! We listen to all different types of music throughout the day, take long walks and work on exercising our muscles. (Especially if we can’t get out!) I don’t have any kids yet but I have 3 cats which I adore, Jawn-sie, Yo-sie, and Bootsy.
My name is Rochelle Deflavia and I am so happy to join the Emilie Christian family! I have been in the early childhood field for 20 years. I have a bachelor’s degree in English and a CDA in early childhood. I love to read, listen to music, go to concerts and hang out with my family. My husband and I love to go to the mountains in the winter and we take a summer vacation to a beach. I love my 4 nieces and we love our trips to Knoebels. I love the Pre K age in particular because conversations with them are so funny and the fun activities are endless! I love that my classroom becomes a community for the children to feel safe, loved, and respected.
My name is Betsy Dougherty. I have worked at Emilie since 2001. I graduated from The College of New Jersey (Trenton State College) with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education, and I have been teaching for 38 years.
I taught Pre-K at Emilie for 12 years and have had the pleasure of teaching the preschoolers for the past 8 years. I have also worked many summers with the school-age kids, grades 1-5. I am the Family Coordinator at Emilie and help support staff, children, and their families. It is safe to say that children are my life and I love working with every age group.
I have been married to my husband Dan for 35 years and have two adult children, Kyle and Katie. When not spending time with my family, I enjoy reading, listening to music, spending time at the Jersey Shore, and watching wildlife in my back yard. I am an animal lover and can be found cuddling with my two cats at home! My classroom pets are two guinea pigs, Teddy and Taco, who squeak a greeting to everyone that comes to visit. I am also an avid sports fan and support all the Philadelphia Teams!
Nurturing young children and forming relationships with families have been a wonderful experience for me and have made my life complete. Friends and family are always welcome, and I look forward to sharing your children with you!
My name is Sharon Evans.I am so blessed to have the opportunity to serve the children and families at Emilie Day school as a Pre-K teacher. I have spent the last ten years dedicated to early childhood education as a lead preschool teacher, with additional experiences in an elementary school setting. I have an associates degree in Elementary Education, but have felt my calling to stay in the field of Early Childhood Education. I believe that I have been gifted with an intuitive ability to work with young children, in conjunction with a passion to enhance the social, emotional, and educational growth of every child placed within my care. I believe every child is a unique creation from God with valuable thoughts, interests, and abilities to be not only appreciated, but celebrated as well.
I have been married to my best friend for nearly twenty four years, and we have three children and one grandson that we cherish. Family has always been my top priority, aside from my faith in Jesus. I spend all of my free time with my family. We are usually walking in parks, going for scenic drives, or playing video games!
Hi! My name is Ms. Taylor. I’ve been working in childcare since I was student at Pennsbury High School. After graduation I became a mother to four beautiful children and became a student at BCCC for my degree in Psychology and will continue my education for a Bachelors degree. I recently joined Emilie and couldn’t be happier to have joined such a happy, loving, hardworking environment where we encourage learning through fun and play!!
Hi! My name is Ms. Junia I am new to Emilie Christian Day School. I am so glad to be working and getting ready for this upcoming school year. I am multi-skilled and self-motivated with a dedication for providing personal and physical care on a one-to-one basis. I am looking forward to meeting everyone!
I was born on June 9th, 1971 in Haiti. I have 9 children and bilingual but French and Haitian Creole is my first language. I have two years of college courses under my belt and studied at the American Medical Career Training Center in New York and had an internship at Holliswood Nursing. My favorite book is the Bible, favorite show is Telenovelas and Drama Series. My favorite movie is The Shawshank Redemption, I love the color baby blue, I love all kinds of foods too. My favorite season is Fall; my favorite subject is social studies. I love arts and crafts and drinking water and coffee!
Nice to meet you! I’m Emily, I have been working with children for over 7 years. I am extremely excited to be here at Emilie! A little bit about my education is that I have a bachelor’s degree in regular education and special education. I have worked with all ages from infant to school age children. Hands on learning and crafts are some things I love to have the kids involved in. Spending time with family, especially my nieces, is how I spend my spare time. I am a dog lover and a beach enthusiast. I can’t wait to see what my new friends have in store for me at Emilie!
Hi, My name is Kasey Hernandez. I joined Emilie Christian Day School in 2022 and I absolutely love it! With my support staff position, I have gotten around to almost every classroom and have met almost all the kids and I must say they are all amazing rock stars! Emilie has made such a big impact on my life so far in such little time I am so excited to continue my journey here with all these lovely children and staff!
A little about me! I attend Bucks County Technical High School which is right up the street from Emilie. There at tech I am a junior enrolled in the Child Development and Early Learning program! I am certified in many areas, and I am continuing to work on completing and receiving my CDA before I graduate High School. I also have been dancing for 13 years now and I am on a competitive dance team at Dance Strong Dance Academy. At my dance studio I also work with kids by assistant teaching many classes, I have been doing this for 4 years now and enjoy it very much!
I came to work at Emilie in 2006. I’ve been a long-term substitute, and an assistant in kindergarten and preschool. I helped start the Toddler program and have been teaching toddlers ever since. I left Emilie for a few years after I moved to Warrington. In November 2020 I came back to Emilie, and I will again be a two-year old teacher.
Working at Emilie inspired me to go back to school and get my associates degree in my fifties. I’ve been married to my very supportive husband, Gregg for 35 years. He can occasionally be seen around Emilie fixing or building something. We have one daughter, Katie. She is 32 and has recently become a middle school guidance counselor.
I’ve been blessed to be a part of the Emilie family and fulfill my lifelong dream of teaching.
Hi! I’m Thayleah King! I serve as a support staff here at Emilie and I’m currently attending Bucks County Technical High School in the child development program to become a teacher. I love working with all the children here and I hope to grow with Emilie and broaden my knowledge of development while working with children.
My name is Caitlyn. I like to go by Ms. Cait while at work. I am excited to join Emilie Christian Day School and am thrilled about what’s to come! I’ve been in childcare since 2018 and am very excited to start furthering my education in early childhood education.
A little about myself, I am a huge sports fan. I love the Eagles, Phillies, and Flyers. I just recently got married to my high school sweetheart. I love just getting up and going, and I’m huge into what the next adventure might be! I have no children, but I have lots of nieces and nephews I love to spoil. I have a cabin upstate where I try to be as often as possible and can ride my quad and explore the outdoors. I also have an eye for photography, so whenever I have free time, I love to capture memories, set up little photo shoots for my nieces and nephews, and lastly, I love photographing cars.
I have been in childcare for over 15 years and I love it. I am from Jamaica and it shaped my love for children and nature because I came from a large family and was free to fulfill my child-like curiosity exploring the island. I love gardening in my personal time and all year round in the classroom. I am a mother of three and I love every bit of it, which motivates me to work in childcare. I enjoy teaching children and watching them grow into their own little people.
I believe in children having a voice to express themselves bravely and allow them to be their own unique self, whether it’s singing loudly or dancing wildly, collecting rocks, or conquering their fears of insects. I have an Associates in Education and constantly seek new ways to keep current with the needs of children in and out of the classroom. I’ve been a part of the Emilie family for two years and feel blessed to be here, because my faith is very important to me and I can openly share the best part of me with others.
I have been an assistant teacher here at Emilie since 2011. During my time here I have worked with all age groups and enjoyed each one for many different reasons. I love spending time with the children and watching their progress and growth through the year. The changes that take place while they are here amaze me.
In my personal life, I have been with my husband Dennis for 30 years. We have four sones, Sean, DJ, Brian and Nathan. Our pets are two cats, Bandit and Stella. In my free time I enjoy spending time at our mountain house, getting my hands dirty in the garden, reading a good book, and various artistic activities.
Hello I’m Ms.Bre and I’ve been working at Emilie Christian Day School for 5 years now. I am currently a senior at Kutztown University, graduating in December as a History major. When I complete my journey at Kutztown I plan on getting my teacher certificate.
In my spare time I like going out with friends, playing volleyball, watching football and going camping with the family ! I have two younger brothers, Austin (22) and Carson (8). My mom works here as well, Ms.Steph, and we share the same love for teaching and seeing our children grow! My dad and I favorite thing to do together is watch football (Go Cowboys)!
I love being a part of this environment and making a difference in the children’s lives. I like spending time with the kids and really getting to know them. Seeing how their personalities are individually is really special!
Hello families, my name is Stephanie Margerum, Ms.Steph to the kids.
I’ve been at Emilie day school for almost 8 years. I have been working with children for most of my life. Starting as a babysitter then a personal care assistant for special needs children then last but not least a teacher assistant/ teacher here at Emilie Christian day school.
I have been married to my husband Shannon for 21 years we have 3 children, Breanne(21), Austin (20) and Carson(5). Breanne & Austin are in college and my little one Carson just finished kindergarten.
In my spare time I like spending it with the family. We do lots of vacations, going to parks, watching movies and taking walks or riding bikes around.
I love working with children and making a difference. I enjoy watching them blossom and seeing them flourish in a year being in my class.
Thank you for allowing me to be with your children.
My name is Miss Emily. I have been working at Emilie since October 2020. During the school year I was a “float” and during the summer I was with the young toddlers full time. I have been living in Levittown since 2013.
I graduated in the class of 2021 from Bucks County Technical High School in the Child Development and Early Learning program. I am currently enrolled at Bucks County Community College majoring in Early Education. I also have been an assistant cheerleading coach for Champion Force Athletics since the fall of 2016.
When I was in 1st grade, I always said I wanted to be “everything” when I grow up, but I decide that I would be too busy, so I chose to work with kids instead. My dream of working with kids grew as I started babysitting for family friends.
I enjoy watching my favorite movies and shows, cheerleading, hanging with friends, and listening to my favorite artists (which just so happens to include Harry Styles and Taylor Swift).
Hi everyone, my name is Natalie Matthews and I am a teachers’ assistant/floater at Emilie Christian Day School! I have been working at Emilie for a few months now and it has been wonderful getting to know all the children. Currently, I am in college as an education major at Bucks County Community College and I will be transferring to Holy Family to get my Bachelor’s degree.
Some fun facts about me are that I have three dogs that I absolutely adore, I love to paint when I can and I love working with and teaching children!
Barbara McGonigle here-aka. “Mrs. Mac” I began working at Emilie as an afternoon assistant while attending Bucks County Community College. After completing my studies at BCCC, I was hired as a full-time pre-school teacher and have worked with children aged 3 through 5 for many years. Teaching at ECDS has been my first and only job and I still love it! I was proud to be chosen as part of the “toddler team” when Emilie opened its program for 2-year-olds in 2010, and have continued to work with toddlers since then.
I grew up here in Levittown, married and raised a family in Bristol Borough and currently live in Willingboro with my husband Bob. We have 2 grown children, both living in the area with families of their own. I enjoy reading, going to yard sales and thrift shops with friends and camping with family. I’m not the greatest at playing guitar but I like to think I sing quite nicely and have written some pretty good songs. But topping my list of things I enjoy the most is spending time with my grandchildren.
Hello, my name is McKendra! I have been working at Emilie for 3 years now but it’s a very special place to me as I attended Emilie when I was in pre-k. I am currently enrolled at Gwynedd Mercy University and majoring in Early Childhood Education.
I love working with kids of all ages and being able to see how different and unique each age group is. In my spare time I love painting or doing any type of craft, watching movies, and going on new adventures. Working at Emilie has been such a great experience and the environment is very warm and welcoming.
Hello, my name is Melissa Negron and I am an assistant teacher here at Emilie Christian Day School. I started working here in 2015. My first experience with Emilie I was here as a one-on-one aid for a child and then I was recruited to be a staff member here. I have worked with many different age levels and have enjoyed all of them.
I am a Mom to three children Damien, Melissa and Julissa. When I am not at school I enjoy riding my motorcycle with my fiancé. I am also a major crafter. I really love sewing and making shirts with my circuit machine. I am Dallas Cowboys fan!
Hi! My name is Ms. Kirstin some of the kiddos like to call me Ms. K. I joined Emilie Christian Day School in 2022 but have been in childcare since 2012. I graduated from Pennsbury High School in 2011 and studied child development and early education. I have always had a passion for shaping the minds of our future!
A little about myself, I have been with my significant other for over 10 years now we have 2 beautiful boys my oldest Joey is 10 and my youngest Carson is 4. We have 2 pets a small dog his name is Elmer and a rabbit named Cuddles. I enjoy spending time with my family and whenever we can go to Disney I am Disney fanatic Winnie the Pooh being my favorite character, I also love reading and being outdoors with my kiddos, and last but not least we spend our weekends on the football 🏈 field cheering on my kiddos while they play!
Hello! My name is Mrs. Debbie. I have been working with children for over 25 years! I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. I enjoy creating an environment where the children can learn and develop at their own pace while still feeling challenged.
My hobbies include watching soccer, playing games with my family and cheering on my 2 amazing children.
I graduated from Council Rock High School in 1982, started a family and am a proud mother of 5 , grandmother to 9 wonderful grandchildren. Some of my grandkids live local, some live as far as Singapore. I have lengthy experience as a nanny, and teachers assistant, working with newborns, toddlers and school age children. In my free time I enjoy weekends at the pool, walking my dog, and catching up with old friends, including beach trips. I am glad to join the team at Emilie Christian Day School. I look forward to continuing to learn and grow with you all.
Hi! My name is Catherine Sharrock, but everyone calls me Ms. Kate! I am new to the Emilie Christian Day School! I will be working in the Pre-K classroom. I have been working with kids since 1998. I also have my Associates Degree in Early Education.
In my personal life, I have been married to my husband for 20 years and I am a mom to two wonderful boys. My boys are Joshua (16) and Noah (12). I’m also a mom to a dog named Gracie!! I love football. When I am not working, I am team mom for my son’s football team. I’m also a huge Eagles fan!! I also love spending time with my family on our boat too!
I loving working with children and teaching them new things! I love making a difference in a child’s life! I can’t wait to meet everyone and start this new journey together!
Hi, my name is Christina Smith, but I go by Chrissy. I am new to Emilie Christian Day School! I will be support staff and help wherever I am needed. I have worked with children for 16 years, and I previously worked for a childcare center for 10 years, and I am excited to start this new chapter in my life. I have previously worked with infants to 12-year-olds. I enjoy working with children and helping to shape their minds for the future. In December I will finally have my Associates’s Degree at the age of 35 and I am so excited!
I have been with my husband for 17 years and have been married to him for 10 years, and he is truly my best friend. I live in the Levittown area with my husband my cat Bella, although I do not have any children of my own right now I enjoy working with children every day. I enjoy spending time with my family. In the summer I enjoy swimming in my pool or spending time at the lake. I have a big close family. In my spare time, I am always with my family or close friends. I enjoy watching and going to sporting events with my husband.
Hi my name is Melissa and I am new to Emilie Christian Day School! While I am new to the school I have been working in child care for about 3 years now. I started as a teacher’s assistant in a PreK classroom and I previously worked as PCA for Bristol Township and I am currently working on getting my CDA.
I grew up in Levittown and graduated from Neshaminy Highschool. Even though I am an only child, my family at home is my boyfriend and our 3 children and our dog Kona! I love going camping and going to the beach with my family. I enjoy football Sundays with big meals that I get to cook for our family and friends. GO BIRDS!
I’m very excited to learn and grow with everybody here at Emilie. Thank you for letting me be a part of your little one’s life.
Hi my name is Miss Kim and I am a teacher here at Emilie Christian Day School. I have been working here since 1993 and have really enjoyed it. I have a CDA Certificate in preschool and am currently enrolled at Bucks County Community College working toward a bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education.
My hobbies include going to Cape May, NJ with my family, Knoebels in Elysburg, PA especially during the Covered Bridge Festival in October, amusement parks, traveling through PA, thrift shopping, and computers.
My name is Ms. Amanda and I am excited to continue my journey and further my education in early childhood education at Emilie Christian Day School. I have over 10 years of childcare experience and am a mother of two girls myself! I enjoy spending time with my family and pets. I also love traveling. I look forward to being a part of your child’s growth and development at Emilie Christian Day School.
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I began teaching at Emilie after moving from North Jersey in 2006. I received my B.A. from Thomas Edison University in NJ. Currently I teach music, and School Age summer camp as well as being a closer during the school year. During the covid school closures, I was a virtual support teacher at Emilie for school age children who were online learners. I also teach K – 8 music at Hope Lutheran school.
Early in my teaching career, I taught 3rd grade in Jersey City New Jersey, and was waterfront director, camp director and eventually, owner of a day camp in New Jersey.
My husband and I have 3 children, 6 grandchildren, and motorcycles. In my free time, I like fishing, riding, and camping.
My greatest joy is watching children light up with excitement when they discover something new.