Leadership & Staff

The School is led by experienced educators who are passionate about its mission.  A lead teacher and assistant teacher are present in each of the eight classrooms, with additional staff in place to support our children’s nutrition, safety, and learning needs. All teachers meet or exceed the minimum state requirements for education level, years of experience, and health & safety training.

Rosemarie Anderson

Rosemarie Anderson

Lead Teacher

About Rosemarie

Rosemarie has 12 years of experience working in the classroom. She is the lead teacher in the Fruits classroom at the St. John Neumann School for Children and Families. Rosemarie is a graduate of Cairn University with a Bachelor’s in General Studies. She is currently pursuing her graduate studies in Early Childhood Education at Millersville University. She is passionate about building reciprocal relationships with her students and their families, and is dedicated to providing students with a fun, loving, warm and stimulating environment that furthers their growth. Rosemarie enjoys singing, reading and spending time with her family and friends.

Jessica Bailey

Jessica Bailey

Program Manager, Family Engagement

About Jessica

Jessica joined CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health in May of 2020 as the Family Engagement Manager for the St. John Neumann School for Children and Families. She is committed to helping families achieve the most out of their life goals and guiding children toward a love of learning through curiosity and exploration.

Prior to joining CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health, Jessica worked in center-based childcare and Head Start programs as a Pre-school lead teacher, mentor, and an Early Learning Coordinator. Jessica has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Edinboro University with her teaching certificate for children Birth thru Sixth grade.

When not caring for children in a center, Jessica is a devoted wife and mother of two young children at home. Jessica finds comfort in exploring the outdoors, a quiet beach, or a peaceful campfire with friends. Jessica can often be found singing and is excited to share that passion with the children in our center. ​

Cassandra Behrens

Cassandra Behrens

Lead Teacher

About Cassandra

Cassie brings a variety of experiences to her work as a Lead teacher in the toddler program.  She has worked in clinical settings, classrooms, and administrative roles supporting children and families.  Cassie earned a Bachelor’s degree in Art Therapy from Carlow University in 2015.

Madisyn Bender

Madisyn Bender

Assistant Teacher

About Madisyn

Madisyn has worked with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers for the past 9 years.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education from Millersville University in 2021.

Chloe Bresnak

Chloe Bresnak

Floating Assistant Teacher

About Cloe

Chloe has several years of experience working with children and families. She has received her Associates degree in criminal justice from Kutztown University and plans to pursue her bachelors as well. She has a passion for volunteer work and helping children grow. Originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania Chloe moved here almost 3 years ago and now resides in Lancaster and enjoys the new journey she is on. She also has a love for animals and has 2 Labrador retrievers named Cooper and Bentley.

Susan Cooper

Susan Cooper

Assistant Teacher

About Susan

Susie came to the St. John Neumann School for Children and Families in November of 2021 with 9 years of valuable experience in early childhood education and her Child Development Associate credential. She enjoys helping children learn and develop and values building strong relationships with our students and their families.

Lorry Cruz-Quinonez

Lorry Cruz-Quinonez

Assistant Teacher

About Lorry

Lorry has been working in the Early Childhood Education field for 13 years and obtained her Child Development Associate credentials in 2019.  Lorry has worked with preschool and school aged children in recent years.  She started her journey with the St John Neumann School in the Seeds classroom where she is enjoying the wonders of infant development.

Kelly Farrell

Kelly Farrell

Assistant Teacher

About Kelly

Kelly comes to the St. John Neumann School for Children and Families with 3 years of experience in childcare. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education at York College of Pennsylvania. In her free time she loves to sing and read.

Zulaika Febo-Young

Zulaika Febo-Young

Assistant Teacher

About Zulaika

Zully has several years of experience working in special education. She is passionate about enriching the lives of children of all abilities through meaningful and engaging learning experiences. She holds an Associate of Arts in Teacher Education and plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Her experience, both professionally and as a classroom volunteer in her local school district, has helped her gain the skills and knowledge to support the needs of children in a positive, supportive, and nurturing environment. In her free time, Zully enjoys spending quality time with her husband and four children.

Laura Fiorillo

Laura Fiorillo

Lead Teacher

About Laura

Laura is the lead teacher in the Blossoms classroom. She has over 15 years of experience in early childhood education in both public and private school settings. She earned her degree at James Madison University and is planning to pursue a Masters’s degree in Social and Emotional Learning. Originally from Virginia, she resides in York, PA, with her son who is in high school, two dachshunds, and a hamster. Her passion in life, besides education, is photography and she is looking forward to traveling more in the future.

E. Lucy Heisey

E. Lucy Heisey

Assistant Teacher

About Lucy

Lucy earned her Child Development Associate (CDA) credential in 2018.  She is the Assistant Teacher in the Fruits classroom.  After years of being in the corporate world, Lucy found a position as a bus monitor/classroom aide for preschool children, then she went on to become an assistant teacher.  She loves the children and has a great passion for working with Preschoolers. She enjoys laughing and playing with them during play time, comforting them at nap time and watching them grow and develop into their own selves.  Lucy has a son who is 31yrs old and she enjoys going to the Bay to relax by the water.

Kristy Humbert

Kristy Humbert

Assistant Teacher

About Kristy

Kristy has been working in Early Childhood since 2007. She is an Assistant Teacher in the Blooms classroom.  She has a passion for creativity and helps “water” the children in her care to bloom each and every day. Kristy is pursuing her degree in Early Childhood Education. In her free time she enjoys sewing, painting and taking care of her plants and two fur babies.

Carol Johnston

Carol Johnston

Family Wellness Coach

About Carol

Carol joined CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health as a Family Wellness Coach in July 2018. She holds an Associate degree in occupational therapy from Penn State University and is a licensed and certified occupational therapy assistant. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in education from Millersville University with extensive experience in early education and intervention services. Recently she completed a Graduate certificate in infant mental health from Arcadia University and has a goal of receiving a Pennsylvania Association of Infant Mental Health endorsement. In her pastime, she enjoys reading, walking her dog, and spending time with family and friends.

Michelle Keim

Michelle Keim

Program Manager, Food Service & Nutrition

About Michelle

Michelle joined CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health in September 2019 as the Community Health Coordinator for Healthy Columbia and became the Food Service and Nutrition Manager for the St. john Neumann School for Children and Families in May 2020. Michelle comes to us with 20 years of customer service and management experience in the restaurant industry, accounts receivable, medical billing and nutrition and fund management with MH-IDD. The promotion of health through nutrition, cultivation and local foods is Michelle’s passion.

Michelle received her Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics in 2018 from West Chester University as well as an Associates of Arts in Restaurant and Food Service Management in 2015 from Harrisburg Area Community College. She plans to continue her education with the pursuit of a graduate degree in the near future.

She recently purchased her second home in Marietta and is looking forward to spending time on the local trails with her dog, Rue. Michelle enjoys time spend with family and friends, cooking and creating new recipes as well as traveling. ​

Amanda Leiphart

Amanda Leiphart

School Director

About Amanda

Amanda came to CHI as the Director of Educational Services in November of 2021 with 5 years of experience as a Center Director in Early Childhood Education. She was a social worker for several years prior to entering the field of ECE. Amanda received her Bachelor’s in Social Work with a minor in Children and Youth Services from Messiah College and plans to pursue graduate education in the future.

Diane Lowery

Diane Lowery

Lead Teacher

About Dian

Diane has worked in the early childhood education field for 15 years, mostly with two year old children. Diane is the lead teacher in the Buds classroom for children two and a half to three years old. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Millersville University and a Master’s degree in early childhood studies from Walden University. Born and raised in Lancaster County, Diane currently lives in Landisville with her husband. She is the proud mom to two adult children.

Nicole Marcello

Nicole Marcello

Lead Teacher

About Nicole

Nicole has 11 years of experience in the early childhood education field, serving families in Lancaster and Dauphin counties, and teaching children of all ages from birth through kindergarten. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Millersville University. Nicole is happy to be serving her hometown of Columbia. She looks forward to supporting our community and young children as they explore, learn, and grow!

Kierstan Mclasky

Kierstan Mclasky

Food Service/ Nutrition, Assistant Teacher

About Kierstan

Kierstan has been working with young children for the last 4 years.  She earned her Child Development Associate position during that time and she brings that knowledge to her work at SJN where she serves as a teacher and Food Service and Nutrition Assistant.

Amanda McMullen

Amanda McMullen

Assistant Teacher

About Amanda

Amanda has a passion for helping children and watching them grow. She brought this passion and 9 years of experience working with children age 6 weeks to 5 years to the St. John Neumann School. She attended the Mount Joy Career and Technology Center where she obtained a certificate for Assistant Group Supervisor.

In her free time Amanda enjoys spending time with her husband and her German shepherd, Egan, as well as crocheting, baking, completing home renovations and volunteering.

Hailey Ridgely

Hailey Ridgely

Assistant Teacher

About Hailey

Hailey is an assistant teacher at the St. John Neumann School for Children and Families. She comes to the School with experience caring for and teaching young toddlers and is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. Originally from Maryland, Hailey relocated to York, PA to further her teaching career. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors and caring for her two cats.

Amanda Schein

Amanda Schein

Assistant Teacher

About Amanda

Amanda came to the St. John Neumann School for Children and Families in June of 2021 with 7 years of experience in childcare serving children and families in the Elizabethtown area. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Children and Family Ministries from Lancaster Bible College and she enjoys watching children grow and develop – each in their own unique way.

Amanda lives in Lancaster with her husband, young daughter and a Morki named Piper, and has a passion for music.

Margaret Staley

Margaret Staley

Lead Teacher

About Margaret

Margie earned her elementary teaching degree from Wilson College. She cared for children in her home daycare when her daughter was a baby and found her passion working with children in her community of York, PA.  She has worked as a teacher’s aide, elementary classroom teacher, and childcare professional. She is a lead teacher working with toddlers.  Margie hopes to build nurturing, positive relationships with those she serves.  She is a proud mother of two children and a dog named Sandy.  Her passions are watching the “aha!” moments when a student learns something new, travelling, and enjoying beach trips to visit family in SC.

Keli Watson

Keli Watson

Assistant Teacher

About Keli

Keli is the assistant teacher in the buds classroom at the St. John Neumann School for Children and Families. Keli has almost four years of experience in childcare and is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Keli’s experience as a substitute teacher has given her the flexibility to be comfortable with any age group and in any situation that could arise. Keli enjoys working on her pottery wheel and is an excellent mother to a very sassy cat and a few beautiful fish.

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