Meet our Staff

 

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Carol Zartman
I received a BS degree in Elementary Education from Millersville University and have taught children for over 14 years. Helping children grow in the Lord while providing a safe, loving and enriching environment is extremely fulfilling. I am thrilled to be the director of Neffsville Christian Preschool, especially since my own two children had fantastic experiences learning and growing here when they were in preschool. Please give me a call to answer any of your questions and/or schedule a visit.

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Deb Plowright
I earned a B.A. degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Juniata College, and a M.Ed. Degree in Reading and Language Arts and a Reading Specialist certificate from Millersville University. Over the years, I have taught first grade, gym, Sunday School, and Pre-K. I love working with 4 and 5 year olds and helping them to develop a lifelong love of learning, while also preparing them for Kindergarten in an environment that is loving, nurturing, and developmentally appropriate. Being able to teach children about our Almighty Lord and helping them grow their personal relationship with Him is a true blessing.

 

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Sara Stokes
Neffsville Christian Preschool has given me the opportunity to share my love of teaching children. Before retiring, I taught for thirty seven years in both the private and public sectors in Pennsylvania, Maryland and California. I also earned my Master’s Degree in Education Administration. I was also involved in curriculum design and development and was awarded “Teacher of the Year” in my school district.

 

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Kathy Hurst
I graduated from Eastern Mennonite College with a B.S. degree in Early Childhood Education. I spent one year as a preschool teacher in Corning, NY, before moving to Lancaster in 1987. I was a stay-at-home mom for many years with my children who are now in middle school and high school. They attended NCP and had a very good experience. I am excited to be working with children again, and look forward to teaching the three year old class!

 

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Ellen Kohler
I received a BS in Elementary Education and Special Education from Millersville University. After graduation I taught at Neffsville Christian Preschool in the 4 year old class and then moved up to the Pre-K class. I then took some time off to be a full time stay at home mom. I have taught the 2 1/2 year old class and now I am teaching one of the 4/5 Pre-K classes. Growing up at Long Memorial United Methodist Church helped to nurture my love for the Lord. It is a blessing to continue to share the Lord’s love with all of the children at NCP.

 

 

Kathy Walter

I graduated from Elizabethtown College with a BS in Math.  I worked in that field before staying at home with our two children, who are now in middle school and high school.  While I was a stay-at-home mom, I taught Sunday school,  I have led a Girl Scout troop for the past 9 years and  I am now back to teaching Pre-K Sunday school at church.  I’m looking forward to sharing my faith with your children and working with them to develop social skills.

 

Marianne Burkholder

I graduated from Millersville University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary and Special education and earned a Reading Specialist Certification.  I have taught twenty-five years combined at Lancaster Country Day School as a first and second grade teacher and in the School District of Lancaster as a first grade teacher.

As I watched my triplet granddaughters go through Neffsville Christian Preschool, I was impressed by the dedication of the teachers emphasizing developmentally appropriate skills coupled with the emphasis on the teachings of God.  I’m looking forward to being a part of this wonderful preschool.

 

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Rose Shull
This is my 31st year working at NCP. It’s been a wonderful journey working with the special children God has made. I am fortunate to be able to work in a Christian school with a loving Christian staff. Being able to tell children about God’s unchanging love makes my job very rewarding.

 

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Maggie Cunliffe

Hi! My name is Maggie Cunliffe.  I live in Lititz with my mom, dad, and 2 sisters, Hannah and Sarah.  I attended Warwick High School.  I was on the swim team, lacrosse manager, and involved with drama and chorus.  I was voted to Homecoming twice and Queen of Candles court my senior year.  After graduation I attended East Stroudsburg University for 2 years.  I took classes in finance, health and wellness, and computers.  I enjoy working with children, reading to them, and helping them learn new things.  I am very excited to be helping here at Neffsville Christian Preschool and getting to know everyone.

 

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Holly Fritzinger

I was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia. After I finished my Bachelor’s degree in Tourism Management in Bali, I had an opportunity to come and work in the United States and met my husband, Raymond. We just moved to Lancaster from Allentown in the beginning of this year, and I am glad that I found NCP for my 4-year-old daughter, Abigail. The teachers were very welcoming to our daughter, and I can see the love of God through all NCP staff. It is a humble opportunity for me to be part of the NCP family.

 

 

Shannon Shaner

I am 27 years old.  I graduated from Hempfield High School in 2009.  I live in East Petersburg with my husband, Sam of eight years and my three wonderful children; Emma (8), Brayden (7) and Rhea (3).  We also have a dog named “Diesel” and two guinea pigs named “Dirtbike” and “Cheerleader”.

Jordan Edwards

I received my bachelors degree in communications/journalism from Shippensburg University. After graduation I worked for a local television station in Harrisburg for 10 years. My wife, Erin, and I have been married 11 years.  I’ve been a stay at home parent with our two energetic daughters, Margaret, who is going into first grade and Eleanor (4), who will be attending NCP again this year. I look forward to volunteering at such a wonderful school.

Dalanna Haldeman

This is my first year serving at NCP and I just felt totally called to the task! I love the outdoors and being active and I love children so it’s only natural that I would get to help out with Gym classes. I am a Lancaster County native living currently in Lititz with two girls, (an NCP grad going to kindergarten this year and a  first year 3 year old preschooler), a sweet husband named Andy, and two cats: Pizza and French Fry. I’m looking forward to teaching gym and getting to know all the families and their children.

Amanda Beaston

I reside in Warwick township with my husband Tom and our 3 beautiful daughters Hailey (9), Kenzie (7), and Natalie (5). My husband, Tom, is a production supervisor for Armstrong Ceilings in Marietta which allows me to be a stay at home mom! I enjoy helping in my daughter’s classrooms and coaching soccer. I look forward to being a parent helper this year and meeting your children in the classroom. 🙂

Nikki Marrero

I graduated from Manheim Township High School and Lancaster County Career and Technology Center in 2005. I worked as a Certified Medical Assistant for 8 years and then decided to be a stay at home mom when I had my daughter in 2013. I have 2 children. My son, Jullien is 9 yrs old and going to 4th grade this year. My daughter, Mia is 4 yrs old and going NCP this year. I also have 2 furry kids named Sophie and Juliet. I enjoy working with kids and I look forward to being a parent helper this year.

Sarah Marriott

I completed a level 2 NVQ in Childcare Learning and Development in the UK. I lived in England 8 years, where I attended a Bible College, married my husband and had our first child. We moved back to Lancaster, where I grew up in 2014. I look forward to helping out at NCP on Mondays whilst my two children attend. I am a Core Team member of the children’s ministry at our church and I regularly babysit children and babies in our home. I greatly cherish the little ones I am surrounded by and value the opportunity to help to cultivate and develop the unique gifts God had placed on their lives. What a privilege indeed!

Vicky Miller

I was born and raised in Phoenixville, PA.  I went to college at Messiah College where (I earned a degree in Engineering.  I met my husband during college and we got married soon after I graduated.  We lived in the DC Metro area for 14 years where I worked in Biotech before becoming a stay-at-home mom in 2008.  We moved to Lancaster in 2016 with our 3 kids and dog.  In my spare time I enjoy baking, teaching piano and being at the beach.

Bonnie Wiest

This will be my first year volunteering at NCP!  I live in Litits with my wonderful husband, David and our two loving children., Mackenzie (10) is going into fifth grade and loves cheerleading and Cooper (4) is attending NCP this year and we are looking forward to seeing what path he takes.

Jordan Mergenthaler

I graduated from Hempfield High School in 2009.  I work at Rachel’s Café and Creperie and live in downtown Lancaster.  I have one daughter, Annabelle (3), and we love to spend as much time as we can outdoors and walking around the city.

Deanna Fedor: NCP Parent Rep

Hello! I’m Deanna Fedor and I am so excited to start serving on the board as Parent Representative this year. My husband, Ben, and I live in Ephrata with our four daughters; Morgan, Macey, Aubrey and Adelyn. This is our third year with NCP as Aubrey starts her time in preschool. NCP has helped our oldest two grow in their faith and academics before attending elementary school. It is truly an honor to be part of this family and see how God is working in this community.