Charlestown Playhouse Administration
Faith Koons, Administrative Director
A resident of Chester County all her life, Faith lives in Kimberton with her husband, Al and their dog, Molly. Their two grown daughters are both Playschool graduates. When not at Playschool, Faith enjoys traveling and volunteering in a variety of ways in the Girl Scout organization which primarily includes teaching skills to adult leaders.
Having been a Playschool student herself as a child (Miss Jean was her teacher in the Twos!), she knew that she wanted her own children to have their first school experience in this special place as well. Faith returned to Playschool as a parent helper in 1987 when her first child started in the Yellow Room and was hired as a teacher in 1992 when her youngest began in the Purple Room. Although her degree is in business, her interest in that field had waned considerably in comparison to her love of working with children which she discovered during her five years as a classroom helper and frequent substitute. Joining the Playschool staff was the perfect way to go back to work after having children. After 16 years teaching in the Yellow Room Faith began in her role as Administrative Director in 2008 and she has enjoyed having some of her former students return to Playschool as parents!
Amy Saia, Ed. D., Education Director
Amy holds a doctorate in curriculum development in child and youth studies and joined our staff in 2007. Amy’s role at Playschool is to support the teaching teams, to build and facilitate curriculum, and to promote a strong alliance to our families at Charlestown Playhouse. Amy’s work in early childhood education, specifically in professional development, takes her regionally, statewide, and nationally. In addition to her role at CPH, Amy is the Coordinator of Education at Community College of Philadelphia, as well as an affiliate instructor at Drexel University School of Education and an instructor with the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education’s Penn Literacy Network, and in 2012 Amy co-authored an article with Dr. Marylou Hyson for the peer reviewed journal Teaching Young Children, “75 years of Play--A Parent Cooperative Model”. With over 40 years in the profession of early childhood education, Amy is an advocate and activist in the field of early childhood education, but her most import role is the mother of her five grown children. Amy and her husband Jimmy reside in Paoli.