My name is Valarie Mast and I am part of the teaching team at St. John’s Preschool as the Director/Lead Teacher. I have a Master’s Degree in Teaching & Curriculum from Penn State Capital Campus. I received my undergraduate teacher training at Messiah College where I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. I have taught both preschool and kindergarten children in private and public schools. My husband Bob and I have four children: 21-27 years old. In addition to teaching and raising a family, I enjoy scrapbooking, and owning a small business. I have always loved children and especially enjoy their process of learning and discovering the world around them. I am pleased to have the privilege to share in your child’s learning here at St. John’s.
My name is Andrea Kelley and I have been part of the teaching team since 2011. I have my B.S. in Elementary Education from Kutztown University. I taught for 4 years in second grade until my first child was born and I became a full-time stay-at-home-mom. My husband Craig and I have 4 children ages 13-21. I have taught a program at the YMCA for toddlers and I am actively involved in the Children’s Ministry at my church. I also enjoy reading, scrapbooking, and spending time with my family. I am excited to be a part of St. John’s preschool!
We have also recently been joined by Laura Powers. She is a mom of a preschooler who attended St. John’s for two years. She is a certified teacher and has experience teaching Kindergarten and First Grade in the public schools. She is current with teaching practices as she has been a substitute teacher in our area schools. She enjoys working with children and is especially excited to work with our preschoolers.