teachers

Andrea Powell

Andrea Powell

Director & Lead Teacher of 2 Day and 3 Day Classes

Twelve years ago Andrea realized her dream of opening a preschool that offers a dynamic early educational experience. With the help of leaders from Christ Lutheran Lower Saucon Church, School House Christian Preschool was founded and the doors opened wide! Her years at School House were preceded by four years of teaching at St. George's Christian Preschool in Hellertown and two years of substitute teaching at The Children's School in Burlington, VT. Andrea has a BA from the University of Virginia in Political and Social Thought and an MS from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in Policy Sciences. She discovered her calling to be an early childhood educator while her own children were in preschool and completed an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Northampton Community College after moving to Saucon Valley. Andrea is currently pursuing a Masters of Curriculum and Instruction at Shippensburg University. Andrea is devoted to a holistic approach to early childhood education that recognizes all domains of child development; social and emotional, as well as physical and cognitive. Her goal is to give children the opportunity to learn the way God designed them to learn -- through play, exploration and interaction with others. She LOVES spending her mornings with the children at School House! Andrea is married to Terry and they have two terrific children. Their son, Garrett, is a senior at Bucknell University. Their daughter, Jessica, is the Associate for Youth Ministry at All Souls Episcopal Church in Berkeley, CA. Terry and Andrea love hiking, kayaking, visiting their kids and coming home to their puppies, Gracie and Cooper!

Chloe Judge

Chloe Judge

Assistant Teacher of 4 Day Class Lead Teacher of Friday Friends

Chloe is a transplant from Lowell, Massachusetts. She graduated in 2008 from Chelmsford High School with a love for writing, a passion for people, and a need for exploring. After a year of college and many thorough readings of Walden by Henry David Thoreau, Chloe decided to pause her education. “I went to the woods because I wish to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” (Henry David Thoreau) She did just that —she volunteered on a farm in California with a family who lived completely off the grid and in the end learned how to be sustainable. After a couple years of life experiences, Chloe then decided – deliberately – to return to school. Chloe is currently a student at Northampton Community College obtaining an Associate in Applied Science in Early Childhood Education. She also plays a big role in her community by volunteering for Easton Main Street Initiative, Easton Farmer’s Market and previously for the Third Street Alliance. Chloe is eager to teach. She wants to inspire and help the next generations to come. Having confronted “the essential facts of life” on her own terms and on her own time, Chloe discovered what she “had to teach.”

Catherine Beck

Catherine Beck

Lead Teacher of 4 Day Class

Catherine Beck graduated from The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts in 2007. From there she decided that she wanted to pursue a career that incorporated her dance experience. She chose to go to Penn State Altoona and pursue Physical Therapy. After one year of general studies and another year of Kinesiology courses, she decided that life was not pulling her towards physical therapy anymore. She soon realized that she was more interested in working with young children. Cat packed her Penn State bags in 2010 and enrolled at Northampton Community College in Early Childhood Education. In 2012 she became the Assistant Preschool Teacher at Reibman Hall Children’s Center, and graduated in January of 2013 with her Associate’s degree of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education. Finally feeling comfortable in her choice of pursuing Early Education, she moved on to further her career and education at DeSales University. In 2015, she graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Cat loves hiking, camping, cooking, snowboarding, all of the arts, yoga, geography and world studies, geology and plant and animal studies, and most of all her pug/shih Tzu Merlot.

Elke Luff

Elke Luff

Assistant Teacher of 3 Day Class

Elke Luff was born and raised in Fort Montgomery, N.Y. In 1987 she moved to Chestnut Hill, Pa. to attend Spring Garden College, where she earned an Associate’s Degree in Medical Terminology. She worked as Director of Central Supply at Holland-Glen, a long-term residential facility for adults and children. In 2001 Elke and her husband Eric moved to Saucon Valley. They were blessed in 2003 with the birth of their son Evan and in 2006 the birth of their daughter Emma. Both of her children are Schoolhouse Christian Preschool alum. Elke is very active in her children’s school. She has been room mom for both of her children and has been on the PTO for 4 years. Elke is also a Daisy Leader for her daughters Daisy Troop. In her spare time Elke loves to read, walk her dog Tucker and go camping with her family. Elke feels very blessed to have the opportunity to work with incredible teachers and amazing children.

Leslie Cherry

Leslie Cherry

Teacher's Aide for 2 Day Class

Leslie was born and raised in New Jersey. She attended Rutgers University where she graduated in 1992 with a B.S. in Accounting. She worked for Johnson & Johnson until the birth of her son Matthew in 1996. In 2001, Leslie and her husband Craig moved to Saucon Valley with their sons Matthew and Jason. Their third son, Sean, was born in 2004 and attended Schoolhouse Christian Preschool. Leslie has been a catechist at Assumption Church in Center Valley for 8 years. She quickly realized how much she enjoyed being with the children, After being a stay-at-home mom for 18 years, Leslie is looking forward to spending her mornings with God's little ones. She has a passion for children and wants to help them all achieve their greatest potential. She is excited to take on her new role and to be a part of such a loving, caring, and nurturing preschool.