Neffs Preschool functions under the auspices of the Union United Church of Christ church consistory but is managed by its own board of directors and has its own budget. It has contributed to numerous building improvements in the preschool area which included new bathrooms, painting, wallpapering, new ceilings, and lighting which also benefit the children’s church and Sunday school classes who share the space. The most recent addition is a colorful mural for which the painter donated her fee to the church in memory of Owen Thomas.
All teaching personnel are selected for outstanding character, love of children, and training. All staff members are certified in First Aid and CPR.
Carolyn Henne- Teacher Assistant
I am Miss Puia’s Teacher Assistant at Neffs UCC Preschool for the 2015-2016 season. I worked in the medical field for 40 years and retired 11 years ago to take care of my grandsons. I volunteered at both their preschool programs with field trips, parties, etc. I also volunteered to watch the children for the Mom’s group at both Neffs church and Asbury Methodist Church. I have volunteered with Vacation Bible School at both churches for several years now. I have been married for 35 years and have a daughter and stepson and 4 grandchildren. My husband, Walter and I have been members of Neff’s UCC Church for at least 25 years. I love working with children, and have experience with autistic children and disabled adults.
Lisa Roberts- Teacher Assistant
I was born in Lehighton, PA, and grew up in a small town ten minutes away in Parryville, PA. I have 2 children, 2 step-children, 3 grandchildren, 6 step-grandchildren, and 1 step great-granddaughter. I recently moved back to this area after living in Roanoke, VA for the past 10 years, where I actually started my career in Preschool. I was an Assistant Teacher for 1 year and a lead teacher for 2 years. I attended numerous trainings and received many certifications in the education field, but the best part of Preschool is spending time with the children and watching them learn and grow each day. I absolutely LOVE working with children- they make my heart smile.
Lisa Schaedel- Teacher Assistant
I grew up in Weyerhaeuser, Wisconsin, a very small town, and graduated from high school in 1983. After working in the restaurant and retail business for a few years I had a wonderful opportunity to interview for Pan American Airlines and I got the job! I was an international flight attendant, based in London and then Washington D.C. That is not a career that worked well with raising my two amazing kids, Katherine (12) and Karson (13). So in 2012 I took a very early retirement. Our home has been in Schnecksville since 2007, with the Neffs UCC Preschool providing early education for both my children. We just returned from a three year stay in England. Thanks to my husband’s job, we all experienced living in a truly global manner. Now it’s time to embrace everything Schnecksville has to offer once again. I am glad to be back and once again to have this opportunity to be part of and work for such an amazing church and organization!
Susan Horwith- Teacher
I am the Teacher in the Pre-K class at Neffs Preschool for the 2016-2017 school year. My Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Education is from the Pennsylvania State University. I worked in New York City as a Private Banker for twelve years before returning to Pennsylvania. Since returning to the Lehigh Valley, I been busy raising my two children and, during the last fourteen years I have been teaching all levels of Preschool.
Kelly Ord- Teacher
I am originally from Southern New Hampshire and just recently moved to the area after living in Juneau, Alaska for the past seven years with my husband and three young boys. I achieved my Master’s in Early Childhood Education while living in Alaska and taught a K-1 class for one year at the Juneau Community Charter School following my student teaching and also spent four years involved in the Juneau Co-op Preschool as a volunteer parent, substitute teacher and board member during the time my two oldest children attended the school. I have experience working with young children of all developmental levels and value the various ways in which children learn.
Maryann Puia- Teacher
I am one of the 4 year old teachers at Neffs Preschool. My Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education is from Lebanon Valley College, and more recently, I have completed a certificate program at DeSales University in Special Education. My 11 years of experience teaching children covers a wide age group ranging from preschool to seventh grade. I am excited to be teaching again after taking a break to raise my two children.
Welcome families, I am excited to be the Director here at Neff’s UCC Preschool. I have a Bachelor’s of Elementary Education from The University of Michigan and a Master’s of Education with a specialty in Special Education from Lehigh University. In addition, I completed my Pennsylvania Administrative Certification program at Lehigh University. I have taught in Michigan, Florida and here in Pennsylvania. I believe school should be a nurturing, safe, and FUN place for all children, and I believe the program here at Neffs UCC Preschool meets these criteria. Our preschool welcomes ALL children, and we aim to make the preschool years a positive experience for the whole family. My husband Eric and I have two high school aged children and one furry, four-legged “child” who keep us quite busy. My door is always open, if you have any questions feel free to email email@example.com or call 610-767-5327.