St. Matthew’s Preschool & Kindergarten

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Chester Springs, PA 19425

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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

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

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

Liz Culbertson

I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from the University of South Florida and a teaching certificate from West Chester University. While in Florida, I taught elementary school for the Pinellas County School District. In 2017, my husband and I decided we wanted to raise our children near family so we moved to Chester County. Shortly after our move, we found St. Matthew’s and fell in love with the school and staff. I began working as the school’s administrative assistant in the summer of 2021. I enjoy the beach and spending time with family and friends.

Jen Faust

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Millersville University and previously taught 5th grade before taking time off to stay at home with my four boys. I joined the St. Matthew’s staff in 2018 and was so excited to get back into the classroom doing what I love. In my free time, I enjoy reading, spending time with my family, and traveling, especially to Disney! Contact me at

Michelle Favara

I have a Bachelor of Music from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford and a Master of Music from West Chester University. I have taught vocal and orchestral music to all ages and am excited to be back at St. Matthew's! I also direct the 7-Ups show choir at Owen J. Roberts High School. When not making music, you can find me cheering on my son's baseball teams or quilting. You can contact me at

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

Heather Loughin

I have been involved with St. Matthew's since 2009 when my oldest started preschool here. I previously served on the school board, subbed, and assisted in the Enrichment class. I graduated from Millersville University with a degree in Education. I have five children that have all been a part of the St. Matthew's program. My passions outside of the classroom include coaching field hockey and lacrosse, reading, and spending time with my family. Contact me at

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

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

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

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

Cheryl Rice

I have been working at St. Matthews since 2020 and I teach in one of the four year old classes. I love being a teacher at St. Matthews, we are a great team! I have a post baccalaureate certificate in education and I am currently working on my Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education at West Chester University. I moved to Chester County 22 years ago where I have raised my three daughters. I enjoy living and working in Chester County and have been a substitute teacher in several of the local school districts. When I am not at St. Matthews you can find me at the high school football games and the marching band practice fields. I enjoy old architecture, world history, walking my dogs, and exploring mountain trails.

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