The Green Room
Bonnie grew up in Phoenixville and received a dual Early Childhood and Elementary Education teaching certificate from West Chester University of PA. She then began her professional career in the Great Valley School District as a Personal Care Assistant and substitute teaching in Chester County. Looking to broaden her horizons, she moved to Knoxville, TN and earned a Masters of Science in Child and Family Studies from University of Tennessee while working at the university’s Early Learning Center and Parenting Education Lab. She also interned at the Helen Ross McNabb Center in their therapeutic preschool for young children who had experienced a traumatic event.
Following graduate school, Bonnie moved back to Chester County and worked as a Mobile Therapist and Behavior Support Consultant throughout the area and in West Chester at the Care Center Foundation in their preschool program which serves low- income families and supports parents in their employment endeavors. During her time at the Care Center, Bonnie helped the program transition during a major renovation from a basement to a new child-centered school building. Once the kids transitioned, Bonnie began a new journey to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, while working and receiving supervision at Devereux CARES (Center for Autism Research & Education Services). Once certified, Bonnie began providing Behavior Analytic services through the CCIU part-time while raising her family.
Bonnie lives in Malvern, PA with her husband and three children and a plethora of animals including cats, dogs, chickens, guinea pigs, and hermit crabs. Her family is drawn to Playschool for the strong community and loving respect of children and their development.
Alyssa has been on the Playschool staff since 2006. Playschool has always been a part of Alyssa’s life and it holds a special place in her heart. As a young child she went to Playschool for five years and has many wonderful memories from her years here.
Alyssa earned her BA in Education from Immaculata College. Alyssa and her husband Brad have two children who both attended Playschool, and in her spare time Alyssa enjoys walking in the woods with her dog and her mom (our Miss Pam). During each spring and fall, you can find Alyssa spending most of her spare time volunteering at the Charlestown Sale, and each summer you’ll find her running Playschool’s camp program with Miss Pam.