St. Matthew’s Preschool & Kindergarten

2440 Conestoga Road
Chester Springs, PA 19425

(610) 458-3381

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Staff

Sandy Elkins

I have been with St. Matthew's School since its inception in 2003. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from West Chester University. My first love is the children of St. Matthew's, but when I am not at school I enjoy gardening and cooking. Contact me at stmatts.sandy@gmail.com.

Melissa Bell

I have a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois and a Master of Library and Information Science from Dominican University in Illinois. I have worked with children ages 2 to 18, and especially enjoy children’s literature. In 2013, my family moved to Chester Springs and I started subbing at St. Matthew’s in 2014. I have moved from substitute to Assistant Teacher then finally to Teacher in 2017. I am a member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, and I enjoy reading, walking, travelling, and spending time with my husband and 2 daughters. Contact me at stmatts.melissa@gmail.com

Patti Blachford

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Penn State and a Master’s degree in Education from Lesley University. I taught elementary school in Las Vegas, NV for 15 years (regular education teacher and elementary art specialist) before moving to Downingtown with my family in 2011. I have a great husband and two wonderful sons that both attended St. Matthew’s School. I enjoy spending time with my family, crafting/creating art, and Penn State football! Contact me at stmatts.patti@gmail.com

Emily Black

I have been involved with St. Matthews since 2009 when my children were young students. After my children completed their time at St. Matthews I started subbing in all the classes. I absolutely love St. Matthew’s and what it offers to the children. Starting with the young two’s all the way through the Kindergarten Full day class. I have three beautiful children. When I am not caring for my children or working at St. Matthew’s I enjoy walking my dog, the beach, and cooking. Contact me at stmatts.emily@gmail.com.

Renee Hansberger

I have my Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Bucknell University and my Master of Music in Music Education from West Chester University. I worked as an elementary school band teacher in Downingtown Area School District for eight years. After taking time to stay at home with my two precious children who attended Saint Matthew's Preschool, I taught mommy and me music classes and Preschool theater classes.

Maureen Keenan

I have a background in Early Childhood Development and Education and have been teaching at St. Matthew's since 2003. I have four children. I love to reading, gardening and cooking as well as teaching three and four-year olds! Contact me at stmatts.maureen@gmail.com.

Kristy Kollias

I have my Bachelor of Science in Special Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education from West Chester University. After teaching for ten years, I took time off to stay at home with my two beautiful daughters. I fell in love with St. Matthew’s School while my youngest daughter attended Preschool and began subbing in 2017. When I am not at St. Matthew’s you can find me at the football field cheering on my two little cheerleaders, crafting or spending time with my family. Contact me at stmatts.kristy@gmail.com.

Trisha Measel

I have a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Wayne State University in Michigan. In 2006 my husband, myself and 4 children moved to Chester Springs where I found myself loving the world of St. Matthew's. I started subbing when my boys were here and became a three's teacher shortly after. I enjoy sharing my time with children and can't imagine a day without being here. In my spare time I am a fan of all my children's activities and interests. Quality family time is important to me. Contact me at stmatts.trisha@gmail.com.

Amy Mermelstein

I have a BS and MS degree in Speech Language Pathology. I am a certified, licensed SLP. My love is working with toddlers. All three of my children attended St. Matthew’s and I began subbing in 2017. I look forward to all of my new classes! Outside of school, I love tackling a good DIY project and cheering on my kids at their sporting events! You can contact me at stmatts.amy@gmail.com.

Margie Miller

I have my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Penn State and many memorable years teaching in the Elementary classroom. This has taken me to St. Matthews where I began teaching in 2006. I enjoy time with family, outdoor activities with my children, baking, and Penn State football. Contact me at stmatts.margie@gmail.com

Laura Palmer

I started working at St. Matthew’s in 2015. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Family Studies from Albright College. I started at St. Matthew’s with a fantastic two-year-old class. I now teach a two-year-old class, five-year-old class and Enrichment. I love working with children and have done so for many years. I have a wonderful husband and two beautiful daughters who both attended St. Matthew’s. I enjoy going to the mountains and relaxing on the beach! Contact me at stmatts.laura@gmail.com

Paula Reese

I started at St. Matthew's as the school secretary in 2010. Since then, I have added working as a teaching assistant in one of our four year classes and I am now teaching in the afternoons. When I am not at work, I enjoy cooking, baking, walking, reading and traveling with my husband and our three daughters. Contact me at preese@stmatthews-school.org

Michelle Singewald

I have been involved with St. Matthew’s since 2006 when my children were here as students. After they moved onto elementary school, I started subbing because I loved the school so much! In 2013 I began a regular position as an Assistant in the afternoon 3 year old class. In 2017 I was thrilled to take a teaching position. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Richmond and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Arcadia University. In my spare time I love to crochet, read, and be at the beach. You can contact me at stmatts.michelles@gmail.com.

Tanya Tuckman

I have been with St. Matthew's since 2008 as a sub and assistant teacher. In 2013 I began teaching the two-year-old classes and love it. I am the mother of three wonderful daughters, am heavily involved in soccer (both playing and coaching) and love my Rottweiler Ruby! Contact me at stmatts.tanya@gmail.com.

Lisa Zaums

I started at St. Matthew’s School as a substitute in 2013 then in 2014 I became the assistant in the 4 year old classroom for 4 years. In 2018 I moved to the Administrative Assistant position. I have a degree from Marywood University in Communications. In my free time I enjoy hiking, kayaking and spending time outdoors with my husband and daughter. Contact me at stmatts.lisa@gmail.com