Teacher Profiles

Program Administrator- Rachael Jefferson graduated with honors from Oral Roberts University with a B.S in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education. Rachael started working at JLDC her senior year of high school in 2007. While away at college Rachael would work as a substitute teacher over holiday and summer breaks. When she graduated from college in 2012 she took on a full time position at JLDC as a toddler and school age teacher. Rachael left JLDC for a short time to expand her career and taught preschool at another center for a year and a half. Rachael is excited to be back at JLDC as the Program Administrator and Kindergarten Enrichment teacher. Rachael enjoys spending her free time with her husband Steve, being outdoors, and being in the company of good friends.

 

Program Director - Judy Ann McKeever graduated with honors from West Chester University, earning a B.S. in Early Childhood Education. She also obtained a Director's Credential in 2009. Judy loves teaching at Jerusalem because its small size allows for close relationships with the children and families. She has been teaching the Pre-K-1st class since 1986. Judy loves the energy and enthusiasm her preschool students show for learning. Her hobbies include traveling (especially to Hungary) and Hungarian Language Lessons with her son and daughter.

Toddler Teacher - Tanya German has worked at Jerusalem Lutheran Day Care for nine years. She began as an assistant in all of the different classrooms. In 2010, Tanya became the Toddler Teacher. She loves watching football (Go Eagles!), spending time with her son, and shopping. Her favorite part of teaching is seeing the smiling children.

Pre-K2- Taylor Fry graduated from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Elementary Education and Special Education. Before coming to Jerusalem Lutheran, Taylor spent 2 years living in Colorado with her husband as he served in the US Army. While in Colorado, Taylor taught preschool in 2 different schools. Now back in her hometown of Limerick she enjoys spending her free time outdoors with her daughter, husband and their two dogs. Taylor loves the small, close knit feel of JLDC and is so excited to be part of the wonderful team teaching her favorite age group- PreK!

Ages 3 and 4 Nursery School, Day Care- Mary K. Gray graduated from Bloomsburg University with a B.S. in Elementary Education. She continues to attend yearly Early Education training courses. Before coming to Jerusalem in 2000, she taught 2nd grade in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY. Mary sincerely enjoys seeing her students mature as they develop life-long friendships and a love for learning. The small class size allow for students to bond with each other and teachers. Mary's hobbies include reading, playing cards, and breeding Golden Retrievers.

Nursery School Aide Kim Ribelin graduated from Radford University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and a minor in Psychology. After graduating Kim moved to Ohio where she started a family and worked as an accounts payable manager. Her husband’s job transferred the family to Pennsylvania where she became a stay-at-home parent. All three of her children attended the Nursery School program where she has many fond memories of this wonderful school. In 2008, when her youngest was in the 4 year old class, the opportunity arose to join the staff as the Treasurer. In 2019 Kim became an aide in the Nursery School classroom. Outside of school, Kim enjoys riding her bike, baking, and spending time with family and friends.

 

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Pam Ley has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a teaching certification in secondary education from Saint Francis University (Loretto, PA). After teaching in several school districts throughout the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia suburbs, Pam and her husband started a family and she stayed home with their three children. She enjoys art, cooking and music. Pam joined us in 2018 and teaches mornings in the toddler room, assists in the pre-K rooms, and supervises the after-school children. She likes the small family-like setting at our school and enjoys watching the children grow, learn and smile.

Cady Adams joined our daycare staff November 2018. She is an assistant in all different classrooms. She is a senior at Perkiomen Valley High school, and also attends NMTCC and MCCC. She has her CNA(Certified Nursing Assistant) and hopes to continue with her nursing education. She loves working with kids, and seeing all their joy and smiles!

Glenda Ortiz works as a part-time teacher’s aide assisting the classrooms where needed. Mrs. Glenda attends Montgomery County Community College pursuing a degree in Early Education from birth to 4th grade. She was inducted in the MCCC Honor Roll Society in the spring of 2019. Mrs. Glenda has over 8 years of childcare experience working in a daycare setting. She absolutely loves spending time with children, making friends and watching them grow. Mrs. Glenda lives in Schwenksville and loves being a part of its wonderful community. She also works part-time as the Church Secretary at Jerusalem Lutheran Church, where she is also Sunday school teacher for about 6 years. Her favorite hobbies are spending time with her family, summer days at the pool, watching her youngest son play baseball, and devoting her time helping her church family. She is much honored to be a part of the JLNS&DC family.