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Read the Staff Spotlight about Erin here!
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. During this time she got to experience being a helper herself while her daughter 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 finally felt ready to make the move to the suburbs for a variety of reasons, and they love being in Phoenixville! Erin is very excited to have joined the Playschool staff in 2017.
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.
I grew up in a little city called Elche (in Spain), one of the largest palm groves in the world! Certainly, there are more palm trees than people in my city. I love my home, and my parents, my dog and my little brother are still living there.
In Spain, I earned a degree in Elementary Education to become a teacher, as well as a Master's degree in Education. I have been teaching for several years in Spain and I LOVED it.
In my free time I like exploring, reading and being surrounded by nature. I am so curious about new things and other cultures! I enjoy listening to all the types of music. And I love laughing with my friends and family. My favorite sports are volleyball and roller skating, and I recently I started trying slackline which I like it a lot!
Maria has her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been a teacher at Playschool since 2010 when her middle son was a student. She and her husband Don have four children and one grandson.
During the summer, Maria and her family usually spend a lot of time at the Jersey shore with her parents. Maria loves spending time with her family, swimming, hiking, or just singing along to music at home. Life is never dull at the Pell household! Playschool has become a very special place for Maria, Don, and their kids. They have all made lifelong friends during their time at Playschool. In fact the children still regularly see the friends they made in the Yellow Room!