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Our teachers are the heart of our center and with over 300 years of combined teaching experience that is a very strong heart! 

 

Warblers

Kelly Stauffer: Lead Teacher in the Warbler Room
Kelly has been with Diamond Street since 2006. She has her AA in ECE from HACC.  Her vision for her class is to create a secure environment for the infants to grow and explore, continually building upon what they have learned and developing to their full potential.

Lisa Rickabaugh: Assistant Teacher in the Warbler Room

Lisa has been with Diamond Street since 2015. She has her AA in Early Childhood Education and has been in the teaching field since 2010. Her vision for the infants is to help them develop from babies to toddlers especially in the areas of gross motor, cognitive and social emotional.  

 

 

Bluebirds

Amy Shirk: Lead Teacher in the Bluebird room.
Amy has been with Diamond Street since 1997. She has her AA in ECE from HACC. Her vision for her class is to see every child learn and grow through exploration and discovery.

Estu Horning: Assistant Teacher in the Bluebird Room.
Estu has been with Diamond Street since 2012. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from Satya Wakana Christain University (in Indonesia). She is currently working on her Child Development Associate Certificate. Her vision for her class is to see the children’s excitement as they welcome, love, care and nurture them as they grow in their own uniqueness to their fullest potential.

 

 

Robins

Deborah Mentzer: Lead teacher in the Robin room
Deborah has been with Diamond Street since 2002. She has her AA in ECE from HACC. Her vision for her class is for all of the children to develop the very important social skills so necessary in life!

Kate Nolt: Assistant teacher in the Robin room 

Kate has been with Diamond Street since 2015. Her vision for my class is to show Christ's love to the children while helping them learn and grow. 

 

Hummingbirds

Kelly Noll: Lead teacher in the Hummingbird room.
Kelly has been with Diamond Street since 2004. She has AA in ECE from Reading Area Community College. Her vision for her class is for the children to learn and grow throughout the year.

 

 

Cardinals

Michelle Landis: Co-Lead Teacher in the Cardinal Room.
Michelle has been with Diamond Street since 2010. She has her AA in ECE from HACC. Her vision for her class is that each child is excited to come to school every day ready to learn.

Chia Lo: Co-Lead Teacher in the Cardinal Room.
Chia has been with Diamond Street since 2014. She has her bachelor’s degree in ECE and Sociology from Nyack College. Her vision for the class and the children is provide love that is Christ-like and treat each individual child equally with quality care as he/she progress in learning. 

 

 

Swans

Amanda Chap: Lead teacher in the Swan room.
Amanda has been with Diamond Street since 2002. She has her Associates in Education and her Bachelors in Liberal Arts from Eastern Mennonite University. Her vision for her class is to provide a classroom that encourages creativity and uniqueness for each child. I also want each child to grow and challenge themselves emotionally, cognitively, physically and academically- and have lots of fun doing it! 

Sandra Richard: Assistant Teacher 
Sandra has been with Diamond Street since 2010. She has her bachelors in Education from University of Akron. Her vision for her classroom is that the children all experience a safe environment where they can discover and develop their skills for the whole child. I also want the children to learn together how walk together in peace. 

 

Orioles

Stephanie Johnson: Lead teacher in the Oriole Room
Stephanie has been with Diamond Street since 2013. She has her Bachelors in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Millersville University. Her vision for her class to provide the children with new experiences to help them develop their skills. It is amazing to see how they grow and learn throughout the year.

Suzy Rivera: Assistant Teacher in the Hummingbird room. 
Suzy has been with Diamond Street since 2006. She has her Child Development Associate Certificate. Her vision for her class is for the children to enjoy learning especially art and science. 

 

 

Owls

Molly Rakos: Lead Kindergarten Teacher. 
Molly has been with Diamond Street since 2011. She has Bachelors in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Neumann University. She also certified in Special Education. Her vision for her students is for them to find their own place within the classroom- understanding their own uniqueness. I also wish to meet the needs of all students by using many different activities in the classroom. 

 

Eagles

Cheyenne Calhoun: Co-Lead Teacher 

Cheyenne has been with Diamond Street since 2014. She has her early childhood certificate from Mount Joy Career and Technology Center. Her vision for her classroom is to create a loving and positive atmosphere where children will learn and grow together. 

Leah Amstutz: Co-Lead Teacher 

Leah has been with with Diamond Street since 2015. She has her bachelors degree in Social Work from Millersville University. Her vision for her classroom is a loving and fun environment where our kids can be themselves and feel cared for. 

 

 

Support Staff:


Susan Miller: Dietary Supervisor and Spanish Teacher
She has been with Diamond Street since 2000. She has her BS in Community Nutrition from Eastern Mennonite University. Her passion is to serve nutritious food to our children and making learning Spanish fun!

Pat Martin: Music and Bible Teacher
She has been with Diamond Street since 2003. She has her BS in Music Education from Millersville University. Her vision for her classes for the children to discover the joy of singing songs and appreciation of music.

Dolly Saenz: Kitchen Assistant and Assistant Teacher in Hummingbird and Cardinal Rooms
She has been with Diamond Street since 2001. She has her Child Development Associate Certificate. Her vision for the children is for them to learn and grow up to serve the community.

 

Leadership Team

Stephanie Thomas: Executive Director
Stephanie has been with Diamond Street since 2014. She has her Bachelors in Elementary Education from Millersville University and her Director’s Credential from Shippensburg University. She has 15 years of experience in education and administration. Her vision for the school is for Diamond Street to be thriving school that supports children to be ready for life as well as supports families allowing them to successful.

Dede Zimmerman: Center Director
Dede has been with Diamond Street since 2002. She has her Bachelors in Elementary Education from Alvernia University and her Director’s Credential from PSU. Her vision for center to create a warm and inviting environment for the families and children that fosters a love of learning, a sense of security for the children so that they feel loved, valued and appreciated.

Mindy Riegel: Center Director
Mindy has been with Diamond Street since 2010.  She has her Associates in ECE from Kaplan University. She currently enrolled in her Director’s Credential program at North Hampton College. Her vision for her center is to provide a safe nurturing environment for school age children where they can grow and prosper and become socially conscious young adults.

Lori Nicholson Muschlitz: Curriculum Coordinator
Lori has been with Diamond Street since 2011. She has Bachelors in Elementary Education. She is currently enrolled in her Director’s Credential program at Keystone College. Her vision for the children is that they know that they are loved and someone believes in them! I want them to believe in themselves and know they can do anything and become whatever it is they desire! Dream big and know we at Diamond Street Early Childhood Center believe in you!