LITTLE SAINTS STAFF

Jackie Fuller

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Director

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. 

Kirsten Welty

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Toddler 2 Assistant 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.  

Elizabeth Murphy

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Toddler 1 Assistant Teacher 

  Elizabeth Murphy joined Little Saints full time in our Toddler 1 classroom.  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!

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Toddler 2 Teacher

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Barb Bates

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Assistant Teacher

   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!!

Elyse Falk

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Infant Center Assistant Teacher

  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!

Maria Mandras

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Pre K 3/ 4 Extended Care 

Assistant Teacher

  Maria joins us in the PreK 3 & 4 Extended care programs. Maria has an Associate Degree in data processing from Johnson & Wales. She loves children and has volunteered part time at Camphill Beaver Run for 2 years.  Maria feels it is a gift, not a job, to be able to spend quality time with young children and share her Faith.  

  Maria enjoys spending time outdoors, dancing, singing spiritual songs, praying, volunteering at church, and reading books that bring her closer to the Lord. She cherishes time with her husband and their 2 cats. Maria is a parishioner of St Peter Parish.  

Laurel Lowe

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Infant Center Assistant Teacher

  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!

Nicole DeHaut

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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!

Allison Turner

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Toddler 2 Teacher

  Ally has an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and has worked with young children for over 12 years. Recently she was a preschool teacher for 6 years teaching ages 3 through 5.

  In her free time Ally enjoys spending time with family and friends.  Her hobbies include shopping and exercising outdoors. She is also an artist and enjoys painting with pastels, watercolor and oil paints.

  Ally is honored to be a teacher at Little Saints Academy and is beyond excited to be a part of enriching your child’s learning experience.

Jennifer Emmons

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Toddler 2 Assistant Teacher 

  In addition to joining Little Saints Academy as a full time Assistant 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.

Matt Riggio

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Assistant Teacher PK-3 Extended Care 

Dismissal Coordinator

  Matt initially joined Little Saints in our PK-3 Extended Care program, working with the children after school.  This year Matt has been instrumental in keeping our covid dismissal procedures running smoothly. 

  Matt is a graduate of Bishop Shanahan High School and Temple University.  Matt has a diverse background of experience, including the United States Army.  Matt enjoys spending time with his niece and nephews, and writing stories.  Matt is a parishioner of St. Joe's in Downingtown.  Matt is currently attending Immaculata University for his teaching certificate. 

Linda Maurer

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Toddler 1 Assistant Teacher

  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!

Kathy Capato

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Pre K 3/ 4 Extended Care 

Assistant Teacher

  Cathy is excited to be working daily in the PreK 3 & 4 Extended Care program with your little ones.

  Cathy also works part time at Tel Hai.