About the Staff
All Harleysville Learning Center pre-school teachers are Pennsylvania State Certified and have degrees in Early Children or Elementary Education. All staff members are certified in pediatric first aid and CPR.
Teachers are teamed with assistant teachers and/or aides to provide each child with individual attention. All educational programs are supervised by the Director.
Teachers welcome and encourage parents to stop in to discuss their child's work, progress, and development.
Hello, my name is Miss Kristen. I am the Director at Harleysville Learning Center. I became a part of the HLC family at the start of the 2013 school year. We truly are a family here at HLC and that's what I love about it! It is such a joy learning and growing together as a team!
I received my Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education from Gwynedd Mercy College in 2011. I have had a variety of experiences working with children throughout the years both inside and outside of the classroom. When I'm not working, I enjoy reading, baking, crafting, and spending time with my family and friends. I'm looking forward to seeing all of my "kiddos" this school year as well as meeting some new faces!
Mixed Age Toddlers
Hi my name is Manjula. I graduated from high school in India and also finished my Bachelor of Arts there as well. I have also acquired my Child Care Associate's Degree, have been trained in CPR, First Aid, and AED. I have 10 years of experience working in the field and joined the HLC family in 2014. I first joined as a Toddler Assistant Teacher and then was promoted to the Lead Mixed Age Toddler Teacher. I love kids but in my free time I like to sing, dance, and do yoga. I also love to do many different crafts including art. I love to spend time with my husband and my two children; a daughter who is in Jr. High School and a son who is off to college.
My name is Amber Knechel and I'm the Pre-K1 teacher. I am happy to be back at HLC as I have previously worked part time during the summers of 2012-2014. I have been working with children for about 9 years. As a teacher there is nothing better than watching children learn and grow. I am looking forward to helping all of my students learn through a variety of ways this year, whether it's through play, crafts, projects, nature, movement, etc. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary (PreK-4) and Special Education from Kutztown University in 2014. Previously I was a substitute teacher for the Souderton Area School District. When I am not working, I enjoy watching movies and spending time with family and friends.
Hi! My name is Anna Portock and I’m the assistant teacher to Miss Amber in the Pre-K1 classroom. I started here at HLC as a camp counselor in the summer of 2017 and am very happy to have the opportunity to stay on as staff during the school year as well. I love working with my wonderful co-workers and bonding with all of the great kids that attend HLC. I graduated from Souderton Area High School in 2017. I’ve had experiences working with kids from a young age, and it has turned into a passion for teaching. I hope to one day get my degree in early education.
Outside of HLC I have a passion for animals, especially my three dogs Carbon, Remi and Raven. I also love spending time with friends and family and spending time outdoors.
Hello Everyone! My name is Corine Brooks. I graduated from Kutztown University with a degree in Elementary Education. This is my second year at HLC and I also have nine years of experience working with children in and out of the classroom. I really love watching and helping the children grow academically throughout the school year. Over the past couple of years I have worked as an in-house nanny and a head teacher in different schools local to the area.
When I’m not in school working with children, I enjoy being outside. I love playing sports such as soccer, horseback riding, and volleyball. I also enjoy working out and spending time with my family. When I found out about HLC I was very excited to hear that they focused on creating a home-like atmosphere for the children.
Hello my name is Brittany! I'm 26 years old and I graduated from the Phildelphia Job Corps. At Philadelphia Job Corps I received my certification as an Administrative Medical Assistant. In 2013 I moved to Harleysville, PA and started working at Giant Food Stores and also began babysitting for some of my neighbors. In 2017 I became a part of the Harleysville Learning Center family as an Assistant Teacher working with Miss Corine.
Hello, my name is Jordan and I am the assistant Kindergarten teacher. I graduated from Souderton Area High School in 2016. I've had lots of experience with kids since I was young, I've been babysitting since I was 14 and I've also been a part of several church VBS programs.
When I'm not here I love to hangout with friends, play with my dog, and spend time with my family. Even though I've been working here for a short time I enjoy working with the teachers and the kids, and I can't wait to see what the future holds here at Harleysville Learning Center.
Before and After School
My name is Deanna Koehler, I am 22 years old and I graduated from Souderton Area High School. I played softball for 12 years and rode horses for 4 years. Now my favorite past times are hanging out with friends, going hiking, and I still like riding horseback. My favorite season is Fall because the leaves change colors, the air is crisp, and the pumpkins are ripe! I've been working with kids since I was 13 and babysitting at church. I worked in my cousins in home daycare for 3 years and gained a lot of knowledge through her.
Hello, my name is Miranda. I have been working here at Harleysville Learning Center for two years now. This year will be my third school year working along side Miss Kristen in the Before and After classroom. I have had five years experience working in the day care setting. I have my associates degree in early childhood education. I am also currently a student at Gwynedd Mercy University, to obtain my bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. Some other fun facts about me include; my love for the outdoors, going on adventures, traveling, shopping, going to school, working and being with my friends and family, and of course when I can get a free minute to myslef, relaxing. I'm looking forward to another fun and exciting year here at Harleysville Learning Learning Center.
Hello, my name is Miss Terry. It is my pleasure to be working at Harleysville Learning Center as a Floater and as the Van/Bus Driver. In the summer I teach the art and craft lessons for the summer camp program "Camp Wonderfun".
I have been teaching and working with children for over twenty years. My years of experience working with children ranges from taking care of infants, toddlers, Pre-K, Kindergarten and young school age children. Throughout the years, I have attended numerous workshops and seminars on the development of childhood learning and behaviors. I am annually certified in CPR and Fire Safety.
My years here at Harleysville Learning Center began in 1998 until 2005, when my husband's job relocated us to Houston, Texas. While living in Texas, I taught a pre-kindergarten class for four years. My family was relocated back to this area in 2009. After living out of the area for four years, I returned to Harleysville Learning Center in 2009. I now reside in Sellersville with my husband Mike. We have three grown sons, Michael, Gregory and Andrew. Michael lives in Harleysville as well as Gregory and his wife Desirae. Our youngest son Andrew attends the University of Texas in San Antonio, Texas. During my years of teaching I have enjoyed being able to see each child grow, develop and mature. It has been my pleasure to be a part of the Harleysville Learning Center staff.