B.S. in Psychology from Gannon University and Masters in Social Work from Bryn Mawr College.
I have worked with children in the school setting and home setting for 17 years, before coming to STNS. My last five years were working for the Intermediate Unit with children with Autism, as a Behavior Specialist. I worked in many school districts throughout Delaware and Montgomery County. I am originally from Pittsburgh, PA (Go Steelers!) and moved to the Philadelphia area in 1998. I live in Lafayette Hill with my husband, Chris, my daughter, Alexis(9) and my son, CJ(7) and our dog Chase Mutley. CJ attended STNS in the 3’s, 4’s and 5’s. My interests outside of work are running to clear my head and family time. I spend most of my weekends moving from activity to activity with my children and my husband. We travel back to Pittsburgh often and now to Rochester, NY where both of my sisters and my parents now reside. I chose this school for my son because of the nurturing and loving environment. The teachers are what makes this school so special. I am blessed to have been a parent here and now to be the Director of an extraordinary place like STNS.
Interesting fact: I am a triplet! Three girls, not identical, though!
Born and raised in Paris, Tennessee. Graduated from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, where I also met my husband, Jim. I have two girls: Taylor 16 and Paige 12 (both came through St. Thomas). My family and I live in Plymouth Meeting. Before coming to St. Thomas I was involved in all areas of Banking from Secondary Marketing to Mortgage Processing. I have been teaching in the Twos for 10 years, since the first day it started in 2000. What I love most about St. Thomas is the children and their families. I love the beginning of the year when the children come into the twos. They are so young and I get to see them grow and mature throughout the year. Then I hate to see them move on. I also love getting to know all the families. I am so appreciative of all they do for St. Thomas. My interests outside of St. Thomas are Starbucks with friends, eating out, shopping, antiquing, going to the beach and doing things with my family.
I have been employed at St. Thomas for almost twenty years.I am presently teaching in the two year old class, but have also taught in the three and four year old classsrooms. Working with young children is challenging but also very rewarding. What I love most about my job is watching a child grow physically, emotionally and developmentally throughout the year.At the end of the school year, you see a completely different child than at the beginning. That has always been very exciting to me. My favorite thing about working at St. Thomas is getting to know all the wonderful families that come to our school. I look forward to meeting new families each year and developing a relationship with them and their children. Before I came to St. Thomas,I worked with emotionally disturbed teens and children with learning disabilities. I have two daughters,Courtney age twenty seven and Brooke age twenty four.
I have been teaching at STNS for 11 wonderful years. The children, parents and staff are what make STNS such a special place. Some of my interests outside of work include gardening, reading and enjoying a variety of music(especially Irish). My three children also keep me very busy! My oldest son, J.S is a junior at McDaniel College, Tim is a sophomore at Ursinus College and Liam is a junior at Upper Dublin High School. All three of my boys are alumni of St.Thomas Nursery School. I truly feel blessed to be able to go to work everyday and absolutely love what I do!!!
It is my privilege to teach the 3 year-old class with the tender-hearted Mrs. Duke. I have been a teacher at STNS for ten years. What I love most about STNS is the spirit of the children – they make me smile, think, and learn. Additionally, the friendship of my fellow teachers completes the community of our school. Long before I came to STNS, I studied music, married a kind man, and we raised three children, now 22, 20, and 18. They and the families of STNS continue to humble and inspire me everyday.
B.S. in Education from Temple University and Certification in Early Childhood Education. I teach the 4 year old Blue Pre-K class. I have been teaching at St. Thomas’ for 20 ½ years. I taught the 3’s before moving to the 4’s. The thing I love most about St. Thomas’ is it’s children and the nursery school staff. Before working at St. Thomas’ I worked in the Colonial School District and then became a stay-at-home mom while my children were young. I have 3 children, Sam (26), Jason (23) and Hannah (17). Sam and Jason attended St. Thomas’ Nursery School. Interesting Fact: I have had the privilege of teaching a child from each of our staff members excluding Lee Ann Smith!
I received a B.S. in Microbiology from Penn State and I’m a certified medical technologist. In 2000, after fifteen years in the lab, I started the two year old program at St. Thomas with Anita Totten. I worked in that class for three years before moving onto two other preschools. During that period, I earned my private teaching certification. Last fall, 2009, a position opened in the four year old/preK class with Leigh Heritage. I’m thrilled to be back working with so many familiar faces. I enjoy working with the children and the support I receive from their parents. All five of my children, ages 13 to 20, went through St. Thomas. As a family we enjoy camping in Pennsylvania and visiting South Carolina. In my spare time I like to read, run and garden.
I am Beth Gustafson, and I am the cooking teacher at St. Thomas. This will be my third year at our fabulous school! My husband, David , and I have three daughters: Sophie- 11 years old, Sadie- 10 years old and Annabelle- 8 1/2 years old. We chose St. Thomas’ Pre- School for them years ago, because of the wonderful teachers and families that attend. There is a wonderful parent/teacher atmosphere. I love spending family time– which means anything that we do together!
I LOVE learning. And I love being a cheerleader for young people to question, ponder, grapple and wrestle with new and exciting ideas. I have been blessed with the gift of 17 years as a mom-at–home for my two daughters, one son and wonderful husband. Throughout that time and currently I have been involved in developing curriculum for and teaching parenting classes as well as Sunday School, youth group and outreach summer camp activities at St. Thomas’. I can’t think of a happier career than loving preschoolers each day! I dig gardening, floral design, knitting, foreign languages, hosting exchange students and reaching out through mission trips to other cultures. We have an unbelievable family at STNS and I feel so very lucky to be a part of it!
As a former middle school teacher…I was full of energy, spirit and had a passion to connect with my students. I love teaching! However, a once in a lifetime role of stay at home mom could not be passed up. My time at home with my son Brady (8) and my daughter Emma (6) has been the most rewarding experience.
When my two little ones started school full time this past fall, I too wanted to head back. I was blessed with the opportunity to set up and teach in the Orange Tiger room. My co-teacher Miss Amy and I had an absolute blast working together. It is great to be back! I continue to be committed to bringing positive energy and enthusiasm to all that I do. I will do my utmost to foster a love of school and learning in each child. Through play, fun and an enriched environment, it is my goal to help every student flourish and enjoy their time at St. Thomas’ Nursery School. Looking forward to seeing everyone soon!