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LITTLE SAINTS STAFF
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Jackie Fuller
Director

Mrs. Fuller has been with Little Saints since our first day in 2018, with our first 11 children.  Mrs. Fuller has watched this program double in capacity, and grow in enrollment 5x. She is excited to see what else we have coming in the future!

 

Mrs. Fuller 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, both PJPII graduates.  Mrs. Fuller feels privileged to have the opportunity to combine her strong Catholic faith, her passion for early education, and her love of all things crafty in her role as Director of Little Saints Academy. 

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Kirsten Welty
Infants

  Kirsten Welty spends her days with the littlest saints in the infant center.  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.  Kirsten has been with Little Saints since 2019. 

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Elyse Falk
Infants

  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!

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Nicole Dehaut
Toddler 1

  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!

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Jennifer Emmons
Toddler 2

  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.

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Alexis Ayton
Toddler 2A

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!

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Barb Bates
 

   Hi. My students 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 at the YMCA 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!!

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Linda Maurer
 

  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!

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Laurel Davidson
Assistant Director

Laurel started part time with Little Saints when we opened in the Fall of 2018. Since then, Laurel has moved to full time, earned her CDA, and moved into an administrative role.   When not in a classroom taking care of babies, Laurel assists with the day to day operations, licensing, and management of the center. Laurel loves to spend time with her husband, stepson. and daughter. 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!

 

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Belen Martinez- Arcinega
Infants

Belen began with Litlle Saints in 2022 working part time in our Infant Center.  Belen is currently enrolled at Alvernia University working towards a degree in Political Science., minoring in Criminal Law/ Pre Law.  Belen plans to attend law school after college, with a focus on immigration law. 

 

Belen enjoys spending time with her family and going on walks with her two dogs.

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Trish Reid
Infants

Trish Reid is a part time assistant teacher in our Infant Center.  Trish started with us in 2022.

Trish is very active in her parish, St Joe's Downingtown. Trish worked for the Downingtown School District for nearly 25 years.  

Trish is happy to spend time with the youngest members of Little Saints. 

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Emily Pequignot
Toddler 1

Emily joined the Toddler 1 Little Saints classroom in 2021. She has a degree from Kutztown University in Library Science. 

Emily is a recent newlywed, loves to read and spend time with her family. Emily and her energy are a wonderful addition to our LSA team.

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John ONeel
Toddler 2

John O'Neel started full time in 2023 at Little Saints after graduating from St Vincent College with a degree in Early Childhood Education.  Mr. ONeel had previoulsy worked with our prek summer camp programs for the past two years. He joins us now in our toddler 2A classroom.  

In his free time, John enjoys listening to music and reading. 

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Megan Gamble
Toddler 2A

Megan Gamble joined Little Saints Academy in early 2023 and has quickly become part of our family. 

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Christine Mitchell
 

Christine Mitchell started with Little Saints in 2020.  Christine graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Human Development and Family Science. She is currently working on her Master's in Child Life Studies from Missouri State University.  

Christine's flexiblity allows her the opportunity to work with all of our Little Saints classes.  

Christine enjoys running and biking and loves dogs!

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