Meet the Teachers

Terrific Two's Program

Mrs. Jenni Houck

Hi! My name is Jenni Houck and I am so excited to be the Terrific Twos’ teacher. I attended preschool here and both my daughters are attending preschool here. I am a graduated of Exeter and I earned my Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Bloomsburg University and my Special Education Certification from Albright College. For the last five year, I was busy as a stay home mom to Miley and Emily. Prior to having Miley, I worked in Pottstown School District as a first grade teacher, special education teacher, and intervention specialist assistant for 10 years. I enjoy spending time with my husband, our daughters, and our dog, Hoppy. We like to go to the beach and spend time outside together. In my spare time, I like to watch television and bake. I look forward to meeting my students.

Three Year-Old Program

Mrs. Jodie Kelley

Hello, my name is Jodie Kelley and I have had the privilege of being part of Schwarzwald UCC Preschool since 2015.

For over thirty years I have been a Sunday School teacher at Wyomissing UCC in Gouglersville. I also have 13 years of experience as a teacher's assistant for Hilltop Learning Center. I live in Shillington with my husband, Des, and our mini dachshund, Simon. I have two grown children - my son, Patrick and my daughter Kaylyn. I love spending time at Rehoboth Beach with my family, riding bikes and taking long walks.

Together with a team of amazing and creative teachers, I am committed to providing your family with a loving and developmentally sound foundation for a lifetime of learning.

Working with children is something I thoroughly enjoy and I am happy to spend another year learning and growing with the children at Schwarzwald UCC. Thank you for sharing your precious children with us.

Mrs. Kristen Livingood

Hello! My name is Kristen Livingood and I am looking forward to the upcoming year in the three year old classroom. I attended preschool here as a child and I am excited to be here now as an assistant teacher. I am a graduate of Exeter and I earned my Bachelors degree from Albright college. After 10 years of social work I became a stay at home mom for the last 8 years. Watching my children grow up and being involved in their education has been a blessing. I live here in Exeter with my husband Matthew, our three boys (Adam, Samuel & Sean) and our two rescue cats Nala and Gus. I enjoy being outdoors, camping, swimming and bike riding with my family. My kids’ involvement in baseball, football and wrestling also keep me very busy. Cooking and baking on the weekends, and listening to music always put a smile on my face. Schwarzwald is a great place for kids to learn, socialize and have fun!

Pre-Kindergarten Two and Three Day Program

Mrs. Roberta Wagner

I have been teaching at Schwarzwald UCC Preschool since the Fall of 2006. I have worked with preschool-age children for over twenty years. I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from West Chester University. My experience with preschool-age children began when I developed a Preschool through Grade 3 children's choir program. I was a church choir director for 13 years and gave music instruction to choir members ranging in age from two to adults in retirement. I became interested in teaching preschool when my own daughter attended Schwarzwald UCC Preschool. I was very impressed with the Preschool program and the quality of the teachers hired by the Board. When a position became available, I was very pleased to be offered the position. Music will always be a vital part of my life, but teaching preschool has become my new passion. In my spare time I enjoy scrap booking and reading.

Mrs. Donna Noll

I have been a Teacher's Assistant at Schwarzwald UCC Preschool since the Fall of 2006. I have a Bachelor's Degree from DeSales University. I have lived in Exeter Township for most of my life! I enjoy spending time with my family. I have a daughter, Brandi, who is a graduate of Schwarzwald UCC Preschool and Exeter Senior High School. She is attending York College, studying Nursing, and swims on their Swim team. Also, I have a cat, Macy, and a Shorkie dog, Carly. In my spare time I enjoy swimming, bicycling, doing puzzles, and reading. It is a great joy to work with the children and watch them grow academically, socially and emotionally.

Pre-Kindergarten Five Day Program

Ms. Shelby Kenna

Hello! My name is Shelby Kenna, and I love teaching Prekindergarten at Schwarzwald UCC Preschool! I graduated from Millersville University with a degree in Elementary Education, and I have taught here for 13 years.

I live in Exeter Township and attend church at Schwarzwald UCC, in addition to working here. I enjoy traveling, singing in the church choir, reading, walking for exercise, and watching the birds at my feeders! Hummingbirds are my favorite. In my opinion, there is no better job than working with children. Being with children on a daily basis gives me the opportunity to see their growth in every aspect. I am always amazed at how far they grow in the nine months they spend with us! Our preschool is a great place to learn, grow, and play!!

Mrs. Deb Shaffer

Hi! I'm Deb Shaffer, this is my first year as Assistant Teacher at Schwarzwald UCC Preschool in the five day Pre-K program. I have enjoyed substituting over the many years and have taught Sunday School and Bible School here at Schwarzwald UCC over the past 35 years. I have lived in Exeter Township my entire life and both my sons and five of my grandchildren attended preschool here. I retired in October 2020 from Genesis Nursing and Rehabilitation after 20 years working in the Activity Department. I enjoy spending time with my family, caring for my three youngest grandchildren, crafting, crocheting, quilting and you may even see me around the township on my daily eight mile walks. I'm looking forward to being part of your children's preschool education.

Schwarzwald UCC Preschool

75 Church Lane Road | Reading, PA 19606

610.406.9098 |