Meet the Teachers
Terrific Two's Program
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. Tracy Duff
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
Mrs. Allison McElwee
Hello! My name is Allison McElwee (Mackle-wee). This is my first year teaching at Schwartzwald UCC Preschool, but not my first year teaching preschoolers. I received my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Teaching from Reading Area Community College in 2017. I have previously taught a 3-day PreK class and served as a long-term sub in a 5-day PreK class. I have also lead preschool ministries and taught in preschool classrooms at multiple church over the years. My husband, Steve, and I have 3 sons: ages 28, 26, and 18. One is starting college, one just graduated from college, and my oldest lives in Nebraska with his wife and their two little ones. We moved to Exeter Township from Mohnton in 2019. We love it here! My favorite things to do besides teaching preschool and being with my grandbabies is watching movies with my family, taking photos, being at the beach, and walking at Longwood Gardens. I'm excited to begin this new chapter of my life teaching at Schwartzwald Preschool.
Mrs. Deb Shaffer
Hi! I'm Deb Shaffer, this is my second 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.
Lunch Bunch Program
Mrs. Kim Shafer
Hello! My name is Kim Schafer and this is my first year working at Schwarzwald UCC Preschool as an Assistant Teacher. I am a graduate of Muhlenberg High School and Arcadia University. After several years using my chemistry degree working in laboratories, I became a stay at home mom to my daughter, Kayla, and my son, Owen. Once they were both attending elementary school, I started volunteering so much that their principal suggested I get a job there! I worked as a substitute instructional aide at Owatin Creek for the past 5 years. I live here in Exeter, with my husband, Michael, our children, and our two rescue dogs, Loki and Rocket. I enjoy walking the dogs, spending time outdoors, reading, spending time with my family, and vacationing at the Jersey Shore. Attending all my kids’ sporting events keeps me busy as well. I look forward to being a part of your children’s preschool experience and part of the Schwarzwald UCC Preschool family!