Our Faculty

faculty-July-4th-TeacherEmilie 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.

faculty-ECDS-049They 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.

Enthusiastic Educators

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Jennifer Thompson

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 also serve on the advisory board for the Occupational Advisory Committee for the Bucks County Technical High School. 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!

Christine Flanagan

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.

Emilie Christian Day School Teachers

Kyla Beckett

Hi!  My name is Ms. Kyla and this will be my fifth year being an employee at Emilie. I love teaching the toddlers and enjoy all the exploring, learning and fun we get to have! I have worked with the younger toddlers and the older toddlers. I enjoy doing fun art projects and silly drawings.

When I’m not teaching, I am at church. I am photographer at my church. I’ve been going to church since I was a small child. My favorite foods are shrimp and macaroni and cheese, I love the movie the Lion King, my favorite sports are basketball and football and I love the color blue!  My favorite animals are cheetahs and dogs and I love the Fall and Winter seasons.

Shekira Bradwell

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”.

Kat Cuniff

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.

Betsy Dougherty

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!

Junia Fenelon

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!

Debbie Herbert

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Hi friends, I’m Deborah Herbert.  I have had the pleasure of teaching both Pre-K and Kindergarten at Emilie since 1994.  I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from The College of New Jersey and Kutztown University.

I am married with two adult children and four grandchildren.  I am passionate about my work as a teacher and look forward to creating a classroom that meet the individual needs of each student.

Cathy Horcher

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.

Latoya Maitland

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.

Amy Mardsen

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.

Stephanie Margerum

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.

Emily Margerum-Meyer

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).

Natalie Matthews

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

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.

Melissa Negron

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!

Catherine Sharrock

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!

Mckendra Stout

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.

Jacqueline Sundheim

I enjoy spending time with my, “guys” (i.e. Matthew, my husband, and, Joshua, our son). We do Bible Study and prayer whenever we are able and attend Christian church services regularly on Sunday mornings. For fun, I like to I play the flute and sing. I also enjoy painting, drawing, and, writing long-hand.

I have a B.Phil. in International and Area Studies with a secondary major in Anthropology from University of Pittsburgh. I first studied abroad in Himachal Pradesh, India between my Freshmen and Sophomore years. Then again in Gujarath/Jammu and Kashmir, India in the summer between my Junior and Senior years.

After graduation from the University of Pittsburgh, matriculated into a Master of Arts program in Anthropology at Hunter College. There, I successfully completed all of the course work towards the degree. During my time at Hunter College, I lived in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India during the summer between my first and second years.

Next, I decided to change career paths from academia to working in a major health insurance company as a Customer Service Advocate (C.S.A.). After gaining experience in that line of work, I got promoted to Senior C.S.A. Afterwards, I moved fields again into Education, working first as a Teacher’s Assistant. With experience, I gained a promotion to a Head Teacher role in a public school setting. I am blessed to have found a home in my career as an educator at Emilie Christian Day School starting June of 2021.

Kimberly Tomlinson

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.

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Ann Ermer

Ann-ErmerAnn (aka Mrs. Ann) is the Director of Congregational Life at Emilie UMC and occasionally subs in the classes of Emilie Christian Day School.  Mrs. Ann has worked in children, youth and family ministry for over ten years.  She also tutors and absolutely loves math.  (Some people do love algebra. 😉 )

Mrs. Ann grew up in southern California with her mom, dad, and three sisters.  (The four girls are actually two sets of twins!) Mrs. Ann obtained her BA from Ohio Wesleyan University with degrees in Religion, Chemistry and Mathematics.  She has been a United Methodist her whole life and loves the Church.  Her most beloved time of year is the season of Advent.

One of Mrs. Ann’s favorite activities is leading the ECDS children in chapel.  She finds it amazing to witness the faith of the children and feels blessed to be part of the team who gets to “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)  She shares that visiting the classes and spending time with the children provides an excellent example of Jesus’ words in Matthew 18:3, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”  She shares a fond memory of a four year old ECDS child running up to her and exclaiming, “Miss Ann, Miss Ann, I want to be like the one man, not the nine.  I’m gonna say thank you to Jesus!”

In her spare time, Mrs. Ann enjoys spending time with her husband, Todd and her daughter Lydia, especially visiting National Parks.  Some of Mrs. Ann’s other favorites include reading, crafting, cats, Dr. Pepper and the season of autumn.

Music

Shawn Moesch

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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.