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Deb Sims

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Executive Director


Deb has been at Diamond Street since 2019.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Millersville University and obtained her Director Credential from Penn State in 2012.  She has worked in the childcare field in various roles including Lead Teacher, Administrative Assistant, Assistant Director, Co-Director, Director of Childcare Service, and as a Specialist/Designator for Keystone STARS. 

 


Bethany Crane Jacke

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Operations Director


Bethany Crane Jacke joined Diamond Street Early Childhood Center in June of 2020. She has 18 years of experience with childcare, early childhood education, special education and special needs residential programs. Bethany, her husband and two teenagers relocated to the Ephrata area after living in Coatesville, PA for 14 years. They continue to attend Ridgeview Mennonite Church and are active in Scouts BSA, volunteering in the community and shuffling between extracurricular activities. Bethany holds an MS in Nonprofit Management and is working to complete an MS in Early Childhood studies.

Our Wonderful Staff


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  • Amy has worked with children since 2011 and joined DSECC in 2019. She has her Associates degree in Elementary and Special Education. She loves reading, cooking, hiking, camping and spending time with her family.

    Amy Swope
    Warblers - Teacher
  • Kanha started working with children when she was 18 years old. She enjoys comforting children with love and taking care of them as if they were her own children. She says every child is so very special in God’s eyes!

    Kanha Mack
    Warblers - Assistant Teacher
  • Angie started at Diamond Street in 2018. She has been in the early childhood field for 12 years, working with infants and toddlers. She has her CDA in early childhood from HACC. Angie is married and has 2 sons; Austin is 11 and Rory is 3. She loves playing games and going for walks with her family. She also enjoys watching soccer, camping and reading.

    Angie Hauck
    Bluebirds - Teacher
  • Paola is from Colombia. She has a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from the National Pedagogical University. She believes with all her heart that education is the way to social transformation. Every day she learns a little more about the children and how they understand the world around them.

    Paola Garcia Romero
    Bluebirds - Assistant Teacher
  • Jody has been with Diamond Street since 2011. She has her nationally recognized Child Development Certificate and is currently pursuing her AA in ECE. Jody was previously an assistant in the Warblers and Bluebirds rooms and is happy to be teaching our Robins.

    Jody Hoover
    Robins - Teacher
  • Estu has been with Diamond Street since 2012. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture. She obtained her Child Development Associate Certificate in 2017. She welcomes, loves, cares, and nurtures the children as they grow in their own uniqueness to their fullest potential.

    Estu Horning
    Robins - Assistant Teacher
  • Tricia has an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education and has worked at Diamond Street since 2014. Her vision is to provide children with life skills and experiences and hope they will continue to have interest in learning about the world around them.

    Tricia Sweigart
    Robins - Assistant Teacher
  • Michelle has been with Diamond Street since 2010. She has her AA in ECE from HACC. Her vision for her class is for each child to be excited to come to school every day and be ready to learn.

    Michelle Landis
    Hummingbirds - Teacher
  • Sandy has been in the childcare field since 1998. She has a CDA in preschool. She loves making a difference in children's lives and hopes to make a difference here at Diamond Street.

    Sandy Weber
    Hummingbirds - Assistant Teacher
  • 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.

    Kelly Noll
    Swans - Teacher
  • Cardinals - Teacher
  • Alaysia is adopted and has lived in Ephrata her whole life. She has 1 sister and 3 brothers. She has a high school diploma and hopes to obtain a degree in ECE in the future. She loves to travel and has been overseas working in orphanages, children's homes and has worked with kids who live in the slums and on the streets. She's traveled to Nepal, South Africa, Mexico and Saint Croix.

    Alaysia Pfautz
    Cardinals - Assistant Teacher
  • Cardinals - Assistant Teacher
  • Stephanie has been with Diamond Street since 2013. She has her Bachelors in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Millersville University. Her goal is to provide children with new experiences to help them develop their skills. She finds it amazing to see how they grow and learn throughout the year.

    Stephanie Johnson
    Orioles - Teacher
  • Ms. Debbie has been with Diamond Street since 2000. She assists in the Pre-K Counts classroom, while enjoying her summers off. She earned an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from HACC. Her job in the Pre-K classroom allows her to have more time to spend with her family and hang at their cabin!

    Deborah Mentzer
    Orioles - Assistant Teacher
  • Tiffany attended HACC for Elementary Education and has been in the early childhood field for 9 years working with kids aged 6 weeks to 12 years old. She has two sons – Kieran (6) and Daxton (4). She enjoys spending time with her boys, going on walks/hiking, reading, cooking/baking, and learning to play the keyboard.

    Tiffany Brooker
    Owls - Teacher
  • Brenda began working at Diamond Street in 2017. She also worked in the Ephrata School District as a Playground Aide and Office Assistant. She currently assists the Eagles classroom in the mornings and afternoons. She enjoys playing games, doing crafts, and talking with the children.

    Brenda Kulp
    Eagles - Teacher
  • Miss Sandi has been with Diamond Street since 2010. She has a BS in Education from the University of Akron (Ohio) and holds a certificate of Biblical Studies. She enjoys her time with the children of Diamond Street. She finds every child to be curious, talented and a true gift to be treasured.

    Sandra Richard Wood
    Music and Bible Teacher
  • Amy has been with Diamond Street since 1997. She has her AA in ECE from HACC and taught the Bluebirds until 2018 when she decided to make a change and became Dietary Supervisor. She prepares delicious breakfasts, lunches and snacks with love.

    Amy Shirk
    Dietary Supervisor
  • Miss Dolly and her family came to the United States in 2000 from Peru. She started working at Diamond Street in 2001 and became an American citizen in 2006. She has a degree in Nursing Technique and obtained her CDA in 2006. She has five children and five grandchildren. Miss Dolly enjoys teaching, helping, and watching children grow.

    Dolly Saenz
    Kitchen Assistant and Bluebirds - Assistant Teacher
  • Kim earned a BS in Elementary and Special Education from IUP. She spent a few years substitute teaching then decided to enter the world of nonprofits. She worked at the PA Breast Cancer Coalition for over 13 years. Most recently she was a Legal Assistant. She lives in Akron. She enjoys assisting the DSECC staff as they help little ones grow, learn, and have fun!

    Kim Bell
    Administrative Assistant
  • Originally from Georgia, Meagan has a BFA in Musical Theatre from Shorter University. She also works for the Manheim Township School District. When she’s not working with kids, she loves to perform on stage at theatres such as Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre and Fulton Theatre. Meagan lives with her husband Jeff in Manheim, and enjoys singing at church, going to the movies, shopping on Amazon and loves watching Disney movies!

    Meagan Mapson
    Substitute
  • Sarah started working at DSECC in 2020, during her senior year of high school. She enjoys working with children as well as spending time with her family, friends, and dog. She plans to attend college to study nursing and hopes to make a positive difference in people’s lives.

    Sarah Pereverzoff
    Substitute
  • Rose Poet
    Substitute