Harrisburg & Hershey

Amy Bennett

Amy Bennett

Educational Background:

B.S. East Stroudsburg Univ.

Why I love working with children:

I laugh often and much, I smile almost all day long, I win the respect and affection of truly amazing little beings, I am able to play and get dirty, I am able to be creative and I surround myself with honest people. Who else would I want to work with?

Harrisburg Team

Samantha Pearson

Samantha Pearson

Educational Background:

Enrolled HDFS Penn State Univ.

Why I love working with children:

Children make work fun! Everyday is always different and exciting.

Amanda Perry

Amanda Perry

Educational Background:

Lower Dauphin HS, Plans for HACC

Why I love working with children:

Watching them grow! It’s fun. The positive environment.

Donna Eversmeyer

Donna Eversmeyer

Educational Background:

CDA Council for Professional Recognition

Why I love working with children:

Their smiling faces and all of their hugs. The children keep me young. I get very excited when they meet their milestones!

Megan Krieger

Megan Krieger

Educational Background:

B.A. Elementary Ed Penn State Univ.

Why I love working with children:

I love helping and watching children grow!

Megan Seawood

Megan Seawood

Educational Background:

B.S. Houghton College

Why I love working with children:

I enjoy getting to be creative each day and building lasting relationships with children and their families.

Nicole Demczak

Nicole Demczak

Educational Background:

Studying Education at HACC

Why I love working with children:

Because all of the laughs, hugs and smiles make it worth it!

Rachel Barr

Rachel Barr

Educational Background:

AA ECE Berks Technical Institute

Why I love working with children:

I love seeing the children reach milestones when they are young. As they get older, I love to see their pride as they accomplish a new task or challenge.

Liz Demczak

Liz Demczak

Educational Background:

Studying El Ed at HACC

Why I love working with children:

Every day is a new day with children. They teach you how to have fun. It is also an amazing opportunity to watch them learn and grow while in your care!

Linda Boyer

Linda Boyer

Educational Background:

AA ECE HACC

Why I love working with children:

Because every day is different. I like to plan activities and see what each child discovers. It is very rewarding!

Linda Peifer

Linda Peifer

‘Cooker Lady’

Educational Background:

Bishop McDevitt High School

Why I love working with children:

A hug from one of our children is the best part of my day and I get lots of them. These children are our future and we must give them the BEST “beginnings”!

Loni Ritchie

Loni Ritchie

Educational Background:

CDA Council for Professional Recognition

Why I love working with children:

Something new and exciting everyday! I love to watch them grow.

Sarah Wass

Sarah Wass

Educational Background:

Penn State World Campus

Why I love working with children:

I live in Harrisburg. I attended Juniata High School in MIfflintown pa, and went on Millersville University where I majored in Psychology. I then transferred to Penn State where I am seeking a higher degree and director’s credentials. I love all animals, cooking, and shopping. I chose Early Childhood because I love kids, and I believe in the power and value of Early Childhood Education because, any person’s childhood has a big impact on, not only how they learn in the future but, who they become as adults. I’ve been working with Bright Beginnings since June of 2007.

Tiffany French

Tiffany French

Educational Background:

AA ECE Keystone Technical Institute

Why I love working with children:

EVERY day is a new and exciting adventure!

Samantha Miller

Samantha Miller

Educational Background:

AA ECE HACC

Why I love working with children:

Children are always entertaining, there is something different everyday. Seeing them happy and excited makes my day!

Katie Wilson

Katie Wilson

Educational Background:

B.S. Education Shippensburg Univ.

Why I love working with children:

I love watching children grow and accomplish new goals and tasks.

Shannon Wass

Shannon Wass

Educational Background:

Bachelors in Secondary Education; Pursuing Masters

Why I love working with children:

I love working with children because seeing them light up as they learn fills my heart with happiness.  The smiles and hugs, stories full of creativity, laughs, jokes and silliness reminds you to live more simply and enjoy everything more.  Children are the future, but they are so naturally the true present.

Melanie Walborn

Melanie Walborn

Educational Background:

Bachelor of Science, Music Therapy

Why I love working with children:

Children are impressionable individuals. Through everyday interaction, I am called to model behavior that builds character and responsibility.

Hershey Team

Tina Haldeman

Tina Haldeman

Educational Background:

AA in Early Childhood Education from HACC

Why I love working with children:

I love working with children because they are the future. I enjoy teaching them, watching them grow and develop and, encouraging them to be independent and simply loving them. In many ways, they actually end up teaching me!

Amanda Haldeman

Amanda Haldeman

Educational Background:

KTI

Why I love working with children:

Working with children is a daily adventure and I can’t wait to start every day to see their faces light up when the science experiment worked, the boy in the story works out his problem or when the building we constructed falls or doesn’t fall and the art project turns out to be a master piece.

Agnes Pisarek

Agnes Pisarek

Educational Background:

University – Poland

Why I love working with children:

I love working with children because they motivate me to be a better person!

Jess Pierson

Jess Pierson

Educational Background:

KTI

Why I love working with children:

I love working with children because I get to watch them grow and learn so many new things in the world. They also help me learn and grow as a person and caregiver!

Yvonne Countryman

Yvonne Countryman

Educational Background:

ECE – Germany

Why I love working with children:

I am the Pre-K teacher in Hershey. I am originally from Germany and moved to the states 21 years ago. In Germany I went to school for early childhood education and have worked there and in the states with children from Infants to 5th grade ever since.

Bryanna Swartz

Bryanna Swartz

Educational Background:

Lower Dauphin H.S.

Why I love working with children:

I love working with children because I want to help them grow and learn new things. I like to see what their imagination can do and I also love the fact that I am responsible for the happiness of so many others beyond myself!

Team Qualifications

Bright Beginnings Child Development Center staff meets and exceeds the requirements of the PA Department of Human Services regulations. Staff members are required to continue their professional growth through participation in workshops and credit courses related to the education and development of children. All staff undergoes three background clearances; Child Abuse History Report, Pennsylvania State Criminal History Record, and FBI Criminal History Record.

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