The staff of St. Matthew's Day Care have over 160 years of combined experience caring for the children of our
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St. Matthew's Day Care staff have over 160 years years of combined experience caring for the children of our community. Each of us is trained in adult and child CPR, first aid, AED, and fire safety. Additionally, we accumulate at least 6 hours of training per year from the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, worth .6 continuing education units under the Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System (PQAS). All of our staff have undergone both Pennsylvania child abuse background checks and criminal history background checks.
The Rev. Dr. Jon W. Abboud is the founder and director of St. Matthew's Day Care. He started the program because Jesus said "suffer the little children to come unto me." If a child can't be home with his or her parents, he or she should be in a place where they will be loved and cared for in a manner that pleases God and gives parents peace of mind.
Experience and Education:
• Rector of St Matthew's Reformed Episcopal Church (January 1983 - Present)
• Doctor of Ministry, Westminster Theological Seminary
• Master of Divinity, Reformed Episcopal Seminary
• Master of Divinity, Sangre de Cristo Institute
• Bachelor of Arts in History with Honors, Gwynedd-Mercy College
Victoria A. Clark has been employed by St. Matthew's Day Care since June 1985. As associate director of St. Matthew's Day Care, Vickie is responsible for keeping St. Matthew's current with Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare certification and licensing, the daily operation of the center, child record keeping, curriculum, staff training, and scheduling. She also assists daily in the classrooms. Vickie brings 36 years of experience to her administrative and classroom duties, and her loving care and leadership sets the tone for the care we give.
• Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, West Chester University
Judith Matthews has been a member of our staff since we first opened our doors. She is the head teacher and care giver of our Lambs class, and is responsible for the daily lesson planning and instruction of the four- and five-year-olds.
• Associate degree in Early Childhood Education, Delaware County Community College
Janice Roberts is co-teacher of our Ducks class and is responsible for the care and instruction of our three-year-old students. Janice brings her 21 years of experience and compassion to her classroom.
• Harriton High School
April Lee is head teacher of our Ducks class, responsible for the care, daily lesson planning, and instruction of our 3 year olds. She is a trained educator with more than 13 years on staff. April also assists with our monthly Friday Fun Nights.
• Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Foreign Language, Lebanon Valley College
• Certificate in Christian Education, Alliance Theological Seminary
Dorothy LeFavor is head teacher of our pre-kindergarten class, and is responsible for the lesson planning and daily care and instruction of students ages four and five. She has been with St. Matthew's for 13 years, and states she "loves her job." Dottie is a gifted artist and brings a high level of energy and enthusiasm to her classroom.
Sarah Agar has been with us since August 2016. She is currently head teacher of our Bear class. She has studied at both Penn State University and DCCC. She has an Associates Degree in Applied Sciences and a certification as a deputy sheriff and police academy training. She has such great patence and love for our littlest students.
Stacy Wallace has been with us since April of 2017. She had worked for the Goddard School in Malvern for over 10 years and brings her experience and knowledge with her. Stacy is currently the head caregiver of our Infant Program. Her love and patience for children has been a blessing to our program.
Christian Nuss has been with St. Matthew's since 2012; first as a volunteer while in high school, while completing his CDA in Early Childhood Education in February 2017. Christian assists with our preschoolers and is a great help in addressing the "manly chores" of the center by collecting and disposing the trash.
Anna Danae Smith has been with St. Matthews since 2015. She is currently co-teaching our Bear Class of toddlers. She has an Associate in Arts Degree from DCCC. Anna was a former student of St Matts, and volunteered during her high school years. She is a talented, creative person who is loving and patient with all of our little ones.