The Ladybug Teachers
The Bumble Bee and Honey Bee Teachers
April Stoltzfus Hi, my name is April Stoltzfus, and I am one of the Bee Teachers. I love teaching at WGUMC and have been blessed to be part of the preschool since 2014. I have a degree in Early Childhood Education and have been working with young children for over fifteen years. I live in Lincoln University with my wonderful husband David, and our three children. I am also a member at the Christian Life Center, where I teach in Kidzone and help with VBS.
Gina Bechtel Hi, my name is Gina Bechtel, and I am an assistant teacher in the Bee class. I have loved being a part of the CMO community since 2013. I feel fortunate to have gone from a preschool parent, to a substitute at CMO and now an assistant teacher. Before children, I taught middle school Health and Physical Education in Maryland for nine years. I live in West Grove with my husband, Rick and our two boys. I am passionate about CMO’s play-based educational philosophy and look forward to watching your little ones grow.
The Frog Teachers
Natalie Eason I am a West Chester University Graduate. I have been a part of the CMO staff since 2010. I am involved in our community by volunteering in the Avon Grove Schools, Jennersville Y, and WGUMC. I feel blessed to be a part of CMO and able to be a part of many families lives over the years. I embrace the chance to watch these children grow outward as well as inward.
Maira Tena My name is Maira Tena and I live in Avondale with my husband, daughter and twin sons. I have been an assistant teacher in the CMO program since 2009. I also have worked at this church for 16 years as the nursery attendant and I provide child care for special church events. I am fluent in Spanish and Sign Language. I really enjoy working at the CMO and I look forward to working with your children.
The Butterfly Teachers
Samantha Lingenfelter My name is Samantha Lingenfelter and I am so very excited to be among the dedicated staff at WGUMC CMO since 2018. I have taught in many different settings and at many different levels with my Certification and Master’s Degree in Special Education, Curriculum and Instruction. I love being a part of our preschool and watching the nurturing and learning that goes on every day. Helping children develop confidence in both social and academic areas is my ultimate goal for class. When I’m not at preschool, I enjoy spending time with my husband, 3 children, Boston Terrier, and hamster.
Michelle Smith My name is Michelle Smith and I and so excited to be the assistant teacher in the Butterfly room! My family and I moved to West Grove about five years after living in Secane, Delaware County most of my life. I was the assistant and lead teacher for the three year old class at Miss Annette’s Creative Nursery and Kindergarten for two years and lead teacher in the two year old class for a year while pursuing my degree in Nursing. I was a Pediatric Nurse at Crozer Chester Medical center for 6 years and then decided to take some time off to raise my children, Jack a sophmore in college, Maddy 7th grade, and Maxwell 2nd grade. I am excited to be given this opportunity to help your children learn and grow!
Director of WGUMC CMO and Preschool
Heather Smalley– My name is Heather Smalley and I am thrilled to be the Director of our CMO and Preschool program. I started out in the classroom here with with our Ladybug & Butterfly classes! I am a graduate of West Chester University with a degree in Elementary Education. Before I had my children, I taught in an elementary classroom for 15 years and earned my Master’s of Ed from Widener University. I look forward to working with the teachers, children and families of our preschool to creating a nurturing environment and wonderful school experience. When I am not at school, I love most to spend time with my husband, our 2 children, & our pets–hamsters, dog, and birds!