The Green Room

Erin Steffy

Erin’s teaching career began in Philadelphia after graduating from Temple University with a BS in Elementary Education and certification in Early Childhood Education. After teaching a few years at various Quaker schools she found herself at a small parent-run co-op called The Cooperative Nursery School where she fell in love with the aspect of parents and teachers working together as partners and the community that naturally evolved. After teaching at CNS for three years Erin and her wife Nancy were ready to expand their family, and motherhood opened up the opportunity for Erin to enjoy a few years at home with their two girls Addison and Grayson. During this time she got to experience being a helper herself while Addison attended CNS. This was a “full circle” experience and gave her much due respect and gratitude for the dedication parents put forth when participating in a cooperative school. When she went back to work after her maternity hiatus, Erin worked in the pre-k classroom at The Miquon School, a small non-profit progressive school in Conshohocken, PA.

Erin found Playschool in 2010 when she and her colleagues at CNS were researching other co-op schools, and they scheduled a visit as part of their professional development. Erin remembers loving what she saw here and wished she could have stayed all day. Soup was being made in the kitchen by a Dad helper, the work bench was an actual weekly occurrence rather than an idea and each classroom had opportunities to climb, swing and move! Aside from taking with many great inspirations Erin told her colleagues if her family ever moved to Phoenixville, that she would love to work there and have her children attend the school. After living in Philadelphia for 17 years they felt ready to make the move to the suburbs for a variety of reasons in 2017, and they love being in Phoenixville! Erin is very excited to have joined the Playschool staff and is equally excited for their youngest daughter Grayson to experience Playschool.

When Erin isn’t at Playschool she enjoys spending time with family and friends. She loves being outside, hiking, and would love to get back into camping! She also enjoys exercising, reading and finding small moments of solitude.

Krista Monetti

Krista has a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education, a Master’s degree in Elementary Education, a certificate in the Education for Sustainability and she has been trained as a Pennsylvania Master Naturalist. Krista is also a 500-hour certified yoga teacher and Reiki Master. Krista was a public school elementary teacher for 11 years and then chose to follow her passion of becoming an environmental educator. Krista feels extremely lucky to be a part of the Playschool community, where learning is centered on the whole child, play, nature connection, and community. Krista enjoys spending her time outside in nature, teaching, learning, and creating a loving, purposeful and fulfilling life with her two daughters. When she is not teaching, you can find Krista gardening, reading, paddle boarding, doing yoga, hiking, relaxing at the beach, learning something new, spending time with family and friends, or running her own healing business.