About the Teachers

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.   In addition to teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family, 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 Preschool.

My name is Andrea Kelley and I am the teacher’s assistant on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for both mornings and afternoons at St. John’s Preschool.  I have been teaching and assisting teaching at St. John’s Preschool since 2011.  Before teaching at St. John’s Preschool, I studied Elementary Education at Kutztown University and taught second grade at St. Patrick’s School.  My husband Craig and I live in Carlisle with our 4 children.  When I am not teaching, I like to read, walk and spend time with my family.  I love teaching at St. John’s Preschool.

My name is Laura Powers and I have been teaching with St. John’s Preschool since 2018. I have my BS in Elementary Education with a minor in Reading from Shippensburg University.  I spent several years teaching first grade and kindergarten.  My husband and I have two boys, one in high school and one in elementary school.  I have always enjoyed working with children and knew from a young age that I wanted to be a teacher.  In my free time, I love to read, bake, and dabble in crafts like crochet and cross stitch.  I am honored to be a part of the teaching team at St. John’s Preschool.

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