ANDREA POWELL • Director, Lead Teacher of 3 Day Class and Co-teacher of 2 Day Class
Fourteen years ago Andrea realized her dream of opening a preschool that offers a dynamic early educational experience. With the help of leaders from Christ Lutheran Lower Saucon Church, School House Christian Preschool was founded and the doors opened wide! Her years at School House were preceded by four years of teaching at St. George's Christian Preschool in Hellertown and two years of substitute teaching at The Children's School in Burlington, VT. She is eager to continue her teaching journey in partnership with Assumption BVM. Andrea's higher education began with a BA in Political and Social Thought from the University of Virginia and a MS in Policy Sciences from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She discovered her calling to be an early childhood educator while her own children were in preschool. As a result, Andrea completed an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Northampton Community College after moving to Saucon Valley. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Curriculum and Instruction at Shippensburg University. Andrea is devoted to a holistic approach to early childhood education that recognizes all domains of child development; social and emotional, as well as physical and cognitive. Her goal is to give children the opportunity to learn the way God designed them to learn -- through play, exploration and interaction with others. Andrea is married to Terry and they have two grown children. Their daughter, Jessica, is an Associate for the Worldwide Farmer’s Exchange in Berkeley, CA. Their son, Garrett, is a mechanical engineer at Lutron Electronics in Coopersburg, PA. Terry and Andrea love hiking, kayaking, traveling and coming home to their puppies, Cooper and Gracie.
Bethany Stempert • Lead Teacher of 2 Day Class
When Bethany discovered School House Christian in her search for a quality preschool for her daughter, she immediately knew this was a community that she wanted to be a part of. After two years of positive experiences with the school as a parent, she is very excited to join the teaching staff and transition to Assumption Preschool! Bethany earned a BS in Elementary and Special education from Houghton College and a MS in Elementary Education with a focus on reading and literacy from Walden University. She taught special education in an inclusive setting in Georgia until she and her family relocated to Maryland to live closer to extended family. In 2012, they moved to the Lehigh Valley which they instantly fell in love with. Bethany is married to her college sweetheart, Joe, and has 3 children: Samuel, Adelyn & Marcus. Along with enjoying the many outdoor activities and festivals in the area, Bethany enjoys reading, running, gardening, eating good food, and sharing picnics with her family at the South Mountain overlook.
CATHERINE BECK • Lead Teacher of 4 Day Class
Catherine Beck graduated from The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts in 2007. From there she decided that she wanted to pursue a career that incorporated her dance experience. She chose to go to Penn State Altoona and pursue Physical Therapy. After one year of general studies and another year of Kinesiology courses, she decided that life was not pulling her towards physical therapy anymore. She soon realized that she was more interested in working with young children. Cat packed her Penn State bags in 2010 and enrolled at Northampton Community College in Early Childhood Education. In 2012 she became the Assistant Preschool Teacher at Reibman Hall Children’s Center, and graduated in January of 2013 with her Associate’s degree of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education. Finally feeling comfortable in her choice of pursuing Early Education, she moved on to further her career and education at DeSales University. In 2015, she graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Cat loves hiking, camping, cooking, snowboarding, all of the arts, yoga, geography and world studies, geology and plant and animal studies, and most of all her pug/shih Tzu Merlot.
ELKE LUFF • Friday Friends Teacher
Elke Luff was born and raised in Fort Montgomery, N.Y. In 1987 she moved to Chestnut Hill, Pa. to attend Spring Garden College, where she earned an Associate’s Degree in Medical Terminology. She worked as Director of Central Supply at Holland-Glen, a long-term residential facility for adults and children. In 2001 Elke and her husband Eric moved to Saucon Valley. They were blessed in 2003 with the birth of their son Evan and in 2006 the birth of their daughter Emma. Both of her children are School House Christian Preschool alum. Elke is very active in her children’s school. She has been room mom for both of her children and has been on the PTO for 4 years. Elke is also a Daisy Leader for her daughters Daisy Troop. In her spare time Elke loves to read, walk her dog Tucker and go camping with her family. Elke feels very blessed to have the opportunity to work with incredible teachers and amazing children.
LESLIE CHERRY • Co-teacher of 3 Day Class
Leslie was born and raised in New Jersey. She attended Rutgers University where she graduated in 1992 with a BS in Accounting. Leslie is currently pursuing and ASS in Early Childhood Education from Northampton Community College. She worked for Johnson & Johnson until the birth of her son Matthew in 1996. In 2001, Leslie and her husband Craig moved to Saucon Valley with their sons Matthew and Jason. Their third son, Sean, was born in 2004 and attended School House Christian Preschool. Leslie has been a catechist at Assumption BVM Church for 8 years. She quickly realized how much she enjoyed being with the children. After being a stay-at-home mom for 18 years, Leslie loves spending her mornings with God's little ones. She has a passion for children and wants to help them all achieve their greatest potential. She is excited to take on her new role and to be a part of such a loving, caring, and nurturing preschool.
Rachel Tizol • Afternoon Teacher