MEET OUR STAFF

Mrs. Jodi Dawes joined us in 2008 as the teacher of the Elephant class, which is the two or three day a week class of three-year-olds.  Jodi is a graduate of Bucknell University where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education.  She then went on to West Chester University to obtain her Master of Education in Elementary School Counseling.  Jodi has worked in a rich variety of school settings.  Most notable for her relevance to teaching at the Wallingford Co-op are those of her internship as a pre-school teacher, her position in a day care setting looking after up to 18 toddlers in a class, and her position as Child Care Director at the Chester County Intermediate Unit.  Jodi has two children in the Wallingford Swarthmore School District and one child in college.

Mrs. Stephanie Dykes has been involved with the co-op for many years as she was first employed as the gym and music teacher and was the full time substitute teacher.  She is currently the lead teacher of the Giraffe class.  This is the class of three-year-olds that meet three times a week.  Prior to working at the Co-op, Stephanie worked as a nanny, an aide, was the lead teacher of an infant aged program and was the lead teacher of a toddler aged program.  Stephanie has her Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from the Delaware County Community College.  Stephanie has two children in the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District.

Mrs. Julie Feinberg joined us in 2008 as the teacher of the Giraffe class and later took over as lead teacher of the Lion class which is the three, four or five day a week class of four-year-olds.  Julie is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and went on to obtain her Masters of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Pennsylvania.  She has taught second and fourth grades and has wonderful experience working in collaborative settings and has done a great deal in the area of curriculum development.  Julie has three children the in the Wallingford Swarthmore School District.

Mrs. Allison MacCallum joins us this year as Lead teacher of the Zebra class, which is the three, four or five day a week class of four-year-olds.  Allison attended University of Massachusetts where she obtained her BA in Elementary Education.  She then went on to obtain her Masters in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University’s Teachers College.  Allison has a wealth of experience having taught pre-school through Second Grade.  She has been the assistant teacher to a group of pre-school age children, the lead teacher of a First grade class and the science teacher to Kindergarten through Second Grade.  Allison also has extensive experience in special education, having worked in an integrated First Grade class.  Allison has a daughter in the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District and a son at the Co-op.

Mrs. Autumn Mansor joined the Co-op in 2010 when she was hired to teach a class of three-year olds.  Due to family commitments, she took a break from teaching and we are now delighted to have her back once again in the role of lead teacher for the AM KC class.  Autumn is a graduate of Wittenberg University where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education.  She then went on to Cabrini College where she did graduate work towards her Masters in Education as a Reading Specialist.  Autumn has worked as a lead teacher in a Third Grade Equivalent class at a school designed to meet the needs of children with language based learning differences and as a lead teacher in both a Kindergarten Class and a Third Grade Class at the Wetherill Elementary School in Chester, PA.  She has also done numerous hours running summer camps at the pre-school age level and coaching sports teams and acting as Home Room Parent to her two eldest sons’ preschool classes.  Autumn has four children in the Wallingford Swarthmore School District.

Mrs. Jodi Dawes also teaches Kindergarten Complement.  Jodi is a graduate of Bucknell University where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education.  She then went on to West Chester University to obtain her Master of Education in Elementary School Counseling.  Jodi has worked in a rich variety of school settings.  Most notable for her relevance to teaching at the Wallingford Co-op are those of her internship as a pre-school teacher, her position in a day care setting looking after up to 18 toddlers in a class, and her position as Child Care Director at the Chester County Intermediate Unit.  Jodi has two children in the Wallingford Swarthmore School District and one child in college.

Mrs. Emma Clauser-Schwartz joined the faculty in 2015.  Emma graduated from the University of West Chester with a BS in Education.  While there, she was a member of the National Honor Society and also taught at the United Methodist Childcare Center.  After graduation, Emma was hired as the lead teacher of classroom for three to five year olds at the ARC of Chester County.  She taught children with multiple disabilities.  After two years in this position, she was selected to open a classroom for children with autism.  Emma taught for three more years before electing to work part time in a teaching support role.  After her second child was born, she elected to stay home with her children.  WCNS was lucky enough to have Emma choose us as the pre-school for her children and we jumped at the chance to hire her when the Play School lead teaching position opened up. 

Mrs. Betsy Schilero began teaching at the Co-op in 1991 in Mother’s Morning Out.  For the next five years she was the teacher in the three-year-old class and went back to MMO in 1997 as MMO Coordinator and teacher. She has also served as President and Membership Chair of the Co-op Board. All three of Betsy’s children attended our programs, and have even served as student assistants on their school vacation days. Betsy is a graduate of William Penn College with a degree in education.

Ms. Alison Schilero is very familiar with the Wallingford Cooperative Nursery School as she is a graduate of the nursery school.  Alison is Betsy Schilero’s daughter and has helped us, on and off, since graduating from high school.  This year she will be working five days a week as an aide in the Mother’s Morning Out.

Abby Finney joined us in 2013 when she relocated her family from Alabama.  Abby is a graduate of the University of Michigan and has a degree in psychology.  Although Abby worked as a pharmaceutical rep for much of her early career, she also served for ten years on the Junior League of Birmingham where she worked on various projects, which focused on the welfare of women and children in the Birmingham, AL area.  Abby has been a welcome addition to our Mother’s Morning Out faculty and is much loved by both the children and parents alike.