Head of School

Read about our Head of School...

Laura Sacco, Head of School

About Our Teachers

We take pride in the dedication and commitment of our teaching staff. Several of our staff members have been with Playschool for over 20 years.  Each classroom is staffed with a lead teacher and a co-teacher or teaching assistant, and one or two parent helpers. The presence of accredited staff, knowledgeable assistants and dedicated parent helpers in each classroom allows Playschool to offer the excellent child/adult ratio (4:1 or 5:1) that makes our unparalleled child-driven curriculum and activities possible.

We use our Staff Spotlights to learn more about individual staff, their inspirations, their resilience in adapting to Outdoor Learning in a pandemic, and how Playschool is enriched by their expertise.

Melissa Lennon

Mauricette Houston

Cindy Shillinger

Linda Winicov

Bonnie Pluta

Alyssa Kull

Niki Craig

Maria Pell

Erin Steffy

Susan Spotts

Floating Teachers & Additional Staff

Lila Fraticelli
Classroom Teaching Staff

Quinn West
Classroom Teaching Staff

Quinn went to Penn State University and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Art Education and a minor in International Arts. After working as a nanny for 7 years Quinn taught preschool for two years in Devon, Pennsylvania. She was a substitute teacher in Tredyffrin Easttown and Lower Merion School Districts for grades K-12, and a highschool basketball coach. Quinn moved to Phoenixville in 2015 with her husband Cody and they started a family soon after.

Early childhood education has been a theme and an interest in Quinn’s life since college. Connecting with small children comes easily and naturally to her. The mission of Charlestown Playhouse feels like a perfect fit professionally as well as personally. She has seen the wonders of Playschool first hand as a parent there. Sending her two kids to Playschool is one of the best decisions their family has made.

Working with art in its many forms, and living artfully, is important to Quinn. When she isn’t working or spending time with her family, she can be found gardening, listening to music and pretending she can sing, cooking, and trying to stay healthy through biking or going to the gym. One day she hopes to pick up oil painting again.

Celine Heffron-Pero

Classroom Aide

When I was just a child myself I volunteered as a peer counselor to help in the school’s preschool program. At 16 I became an official volunteer for the Leon County Public Schools in Florida and continued to work in the Owls Nest which serviced combined classes with typical and Special Needs preschoolers.

I worked in summer camps with special needs children. Knowing my passion is working with preschoolers, in Pennsylvania I began my journey through a number of child care centers until I found Charlestown Playhouse, my permanent home.

Once I saw the faces of such happy children I knew I was in the right place. Children love being outside and in nature. It’s a magical combination which is nurtured and supported by a wonderful group of teachers, staff and parents. Children are free to explore and learn from each other. Charlestown Playhouse accepts children for who they are.

I have a love for life that is reflected in my many interests. First I have to mention my loving dog Alissa. I enjoy taking part in and watching all kinds of sports (especially running), travel and spending time with friends and family. And I love working at Charlestown Playhouse!

Pam Buchanan
Permanent Substitute Teacher and Camp Staff

Pam Jamison
Permanent Substitute

Richie Richardson
Permanent Substitute

Cathy Bodo

School Secretary

Allegra Churchill
Development Associate

Amy Saia, Ed. D.
Educational Consultant