The STAFF AND teachers are devoted to daily prayer for the children and the school.
Virginia Davis, Director
Virginia Davis is the Preschool's director. Virginia served as Interim Director in 2019, chair of the Preschool Board at two different times, and her 4 children have attended NPC Christian Preschool. She is a graduate of George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Virginia and her husband Brett have been members of Narberth Presbyterian Church since 2007, and they live in Wynnewood. She is committed to working alongside our wonderful teaching staff to provide a loving, joyful school foundation for our children and a supportive community for our parents and caregivers. She loves connecting with families so feel free to reach out anytime to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Melissa Callan Maureen Russell
Melissa Callan is our Lead 5 day PreK teacher. She graduated from West Chester University with a degree in Elementary Education and taught PreK for four years before taking some time off to raise her two children and take on some other ventures. Melissa is thrilled to be back in the classroom and prepare our oldest preschoolers for kindergarten. In her free time, Melissa loves to read, take long walks and spend time with friends. She is mom to Alice, 11 and Owen, 8 and has lived in Gladwyne for 10 years. Maureen Russell is the teacher’s assistant for this class.
Libby Collins Leigh Haakenson
Libby Collins teaches our 5-day class for 3-year-olds. Libby served as an assistant teacher at NPC Christian Preschool with 3 and 4 year olds for four years before becoming the lead teacher in our 5-day three year old class. Libby’s two sons attended NPC Christian Preschool, and she is excited to bring her teaching experience to a lead teaching position. Leigh Haakenson is the teacher’s assistant for this class.
Dee Fulginitti Mary Dafis
Dee Fulginitti leads our 3-day PreK class, and has been a devoted teacher at NPC Christian Preschool for 25 years. Dee and her husband Tony have been married for 38 years and have two children and one grandchild. After retiring from a career as a pediatric nurse, Dee spent some time home raising her children before joining the staff at NPC Christian Preschool. Her own two children attended here, and her granddaughter currently is enrolled. Dee loves working with children, and she finds much joy in watching them grow and learn as they prepare to move on to Kindergarten. When she’s not at preschool, Dee enjoys cooking, gardening, knitting and spending time with her family. Mary Dafis is the teacher’s assistant in this class.
Liz McAnally Liliana Mironidis
Elizabeth McAnally “Mrs. Mac” is the lead teacher for our 2- and 3-day three year olds. Mrs. Mac has taught preschool and kindergarten enrichment for over 20 years. She worked at Drexel Hill United Methodist Nursery School for 10 years and led the Kindergarten Enrichment program in the Upper Darby School District for the last 12 years. Mrs. Mac attended Cabrini College where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education. She is thrilled to be teaching our three-year-old children! Liliana Mironidis is the teachers assistant in this class.
Lisa Paninos Seble Zein Imani Cleveland
Lisa Paninos is the lead teacher for our Early Years program for children who are potty-training. Lisa was born in Louisville, Kentucky and grew up in Southern Indiana, where she studied early childhood education at Indiana University. She took a different career path in Retail Merchandise Planning and Allocation Management which brought her to the East Coast years ago. When Lisa met her husband Gregory in 1997, they decided to start a family which brought them to Narberth. They have a 17 year old son Alex, who is a junior at Harriton High School. She has been working at NPC Christian Preschool in the toddler program for 14 years! In her spare time, Lisa loves interior decorating, alternative music, gourmet cooking, movies and going to the beach, but most of all she loves babies and little ones! She really loves teaching our littlest preschoolers. Seble Zein and Imani Cleveland are the teachers assistants in this class.
Kirsten Sams leads our Kindergarten Enrichment program in the afternoons. Kirsten has her Bachelors of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Scranton, and taught first grade for 11 years. Kirsten and her husband Troy reside in Narberth and have 3 children, the youngest of who is in our three-year-old preschool class. Kirsten is excited to be back in the classroom to provide a fun and enriching educational experience for kindergarten age children. Kishori Fernandes is the teacher’s assistant in this class.
Jennifer Toland Kishori Fernandes
Jennifer Toland teaches our young four-year-olds in the 5-day program. She has been a dedicated staff member at the preschool for 25 years and is a member of Narberth Presbyterian Church. Jen attended the Art Institute of Philadelphia and Delaware County Community College. She lives in Havertown with her husband Michael and has two grown daughters. In her spare time, Jen enjoys gardening and all types of art media. Kishori Fernandes is the teacher's assistant for this class.
Karin Waller is our school bookkeeper and floater. Karin has been part of NPC Christian Preschool for more than 15 years in several different teaching and administrative positions. She is your resource for tuition questions at email@example.com, and as floater she may be in your child’s classroom helping out over the course of the school year Karin has two adult children and two grandchildren that she enjoys spending a lot of time with. Karin and her husband also operate a small church out of their home.
Sarah Comstock is our music teacher. She lives in Narberth, PA, with her husband and their 3 elementary school aged daughters. She currently leads the contemporary worship music here at Narberth Presbyterian Church, as well as co-leading Found Wandering, a multi genre band, which has been hosting annual benefit Christmas Concerts in the Philly area for over 10 years In 2003, Sarah took music classes at The New School in NYC, but her music education has been built primarily, by her life experience playing and singing in bands, choirs, musical theater troupes, etc. When asked what she is especially excited about in the opportunity to work with our children here at NPC Christian Preschool, she responded “to help them become aware of and comfortable accessing the instruments we have been gifted innately. Our voices, heartbeats, lungs, hands and feet, just to name a few, are already built into our amazing bodies, for the benefit of individual and collective healing and celebration.” “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!” - Psalm 150:6
NPC’s Children’s Director, Danielle Kauffman, leads monthly Bible classes with our preschool children. As Director of Children’s Ministries, Danielle helps children learn more about God’s amazing love for them. Through Bible stories, scripture, song and play children have fun while learning more about who God is and how He cares for them.