LITTLE SAINTS STAFF
Jackie earned her degree in Early Childhood Education from West Chester University. A Coatesville native, Jackie graduated from Coatesville Catholic Elementary and Bishop Shanahan High School. She has spent many years teaching in and directing child care centers, working with private families, and in various administrative positions. Jackie is married with 2 children, one who currently attends Pope John Paul II School. Jackie feels privileged to have the opportunity to combine her strong Catholic faith and her love for early education in her role as Director of Little Saints Academy.
Breannah joined Little Saints in 2021 as one of our Infant Center teachers. Bre graduated from Kennett High School in PA and immediately found a home in child care. She enjoys working with our youngest students, helping them to meet those important first milestones. When not at Little Saints, Bre enjoys spending time with her family and friends and her dog Scooby, and taking trips on the motorcycle.
Toddler 1 Teacher
Nicole DeHaut helped to open our Toddler 1 classroom in Fall 2019. She graduated from Methacton High School and Montgomery County Community College with a degree in Early Childhood Education. Nicole lives in Coatesville with her husband and two sons, who currently attend PJPII. She enjoys cooking and traveling. Nicole is proud to be a part of Little Saints, and to help our one year olds thrive!
Toddler 2 Teacher
Alexis Ayton joined Little Saints academy in 2021. Lexi graduated from West Chester University with a degree in Communicative Disorders, however, she decided to follow her passion and continue teaching in the early childhood field, as she has done for close to 20 years. Lexi lives with her husband and two sons, who currently attend PJPII. She enjoys spending time with her family and their dog, Sissy.
In the classroom, Lexi enjoys seeing the excitement in the children when they learn and experience something new!
Linda prides herself on being a wife, mother, grandmother, and retired Registered Nurse.
After taking care of her daughter, niece, and grandchildren, Linda realized she wanted to spend more time with children. She has volunteered at East Fallowfield Elementary School with her teacher daughter's class.
Linda now loves being here at Little Saints Academy with our youngest students!
Laurel is currently enrolled at Delaware County Community College working towards her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. In addition, Laurel is working toward her CDA. Laurel started with Little Saints when we opened in the Fall of 2018. When not taking care of babies, Laurel loves to spend time with her husband and stepson. Laurel lives in Coatesville with her family. She loves being a part of Little Saints and has a huge passion for teaching and caring for children. Laurel is excited to watch your child prosper and grow!
Elyse is a part time assistant teacher in the Infant Center. She and her husband Tom are originally from Rochester, NY. They moved to Coatesville in 1989. She loves this area. Elyse graduated from Niagara University in 1981.
Elyse has four children, and four grandchildren. Her favorite things to do include spending time with her grandchildren, watching baseball games, hiking the trails of Hibernia park, gardening, and reading.
Elyse has spent several years volunteering at PJPII, helping as lunch monitor, homeroom mom, as well as with the PJPII School Auction.
Being part of the Little Saints Academy team is such a privilege for Elyse. She loves being able to take care of the babies in the Infant Center!
Toddler 1 Teacher
Kirsten Welty spends her days with the toddlers in Toddler 1. She has worked in childcare for more than 28 years, in both center based facilities and as a private nanny for 19 1/2 years with the same family.
Kirsten is originally from Colorado. She moved to PA after meeting her husband on a mission trip in Mexico and getting married. Kirsten has one daughter, her greatest joy. She enjoys family vacations and visiting family and friends back in CO.
Kirsten is extremely happy to be working with the awesome team at Little Saints.
Toddler 2 Teacher
In addition to joining Little Saints Academy as a full time Teacher, Jennifer has been a long time volunteer at PJPII, a former lunch monitor and CARES staff member. Jen has a son who currently attends Bishop Shanahan High School. Prior to joining Little Saints, Jen worked in the financial planning industry as a Planning and Communications Associate. She graduated from Lebanon Valley College with a BS in Business in 1991.
Jen enjoys spending time with her family outside, taking longs walks and spending time at the beach.
As a mom, she is committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment for your children at Little Saints Academy.
Toddler 2A Teacher
Elizabeth Murphy joined Little Saints full time in our Toddler 1 classroom, and helped to open our new Toddler 2A room. Elizabeth studied physical therapy at PIT and used those skills to encourage milestones in our little ones! Elizabeth has a son and currently resides in Downingtown. She enjoys rock climbing, skydiving, and scuba diving!
Hi. My students at the Brandywine YMCA know me as Miss Barb. I am very blessed because I'm doing what I love most- teaching. I taught adult exercise, swim lessons, and preschool to 2 and 4 year olds for over 35 years. My greatest joy comes when I see a child's smiling face as he is learning new things or conquering new skills.
On Sundays I teach Sunday School to kindergarten and first graders and love to help out with other church activities. I love to listen to Christian music and study The Word.
When I'm not working at Little Saints, I love to spend time with my great grandson Logan. Weekends you can find me kayaking at Chambers Lake or hiking or just enjoying the sights and sounds of nature.
I believe that if we live, pray, and help others, the Light of Jesus, in us, will shine brightly for everyone to see.
Sometimes the smallest things we do make the Biggest difference to someone in need!!