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 33 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
Patricia Cook has also been with St. Mathew's since we opened. She is co-teacher of our Bears class, and is responsible for the care and instruction of our students aged 18 months through 3 years. Patti brings her quiet loving care to her classroom.
• Cardinal O'Hara High School, '69
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 33 years of experience (most of it with St. Matthew's) and compassion to her classroom.
• Harriton High School
April Lee is head teacher of our Bears class, responsible for the care, daily lesson planning, and instruction of our toddlers. She is a trained educator with more than ten 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 co-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. Dottie is also responsible for the care and instruction of our after-school kindergarten and school-aged children. She has been with St. Matthew's for 10+ years, and states she "loves her job." Dottie is a gifted artist and brings a high level of energy and enthusiasm to her classroom.
Justin Forsberg has over nine years on staff. Justin is also responsible for the planning and coordination of our Friday Fun Nights, a bible-based community outreach program offered to children ages five through twelve. Justin describes caring for children as the best job he's ever had.
• Master of Divinity, Reformed Episcopal Seminary
• Bachelor of Arts, Temple University
• Associate Degree in Liberal Arts, Delaware County Community College
Sarah Agar has been with us since August 2016. She is our head infant teacher 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.
Anna Danae Smith has been employed at St. Matthew's Day Care since August 2015. She attended St. Matthew's as a child and then volunteered here while in her high school years. She completed her Associates Degree in education at DCCC in May 2018. She works with our toddlers two to three days a week.
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 co-teaching our Ducks class of 2 1/2- to three-year olds. Her love and pateince 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, and now full-time after completing his CDA in Early Childhood Education in February 2017. Christian assists with our Pre-K program and is a great help in addressing the "manly chores" of the center by collecting and disposing the trash.
Jennifer Fosco has been with St. Matthew's since the Fall of 2017. She assists in the early morning hours by opening the building and taking before-school students to the bus stop. She assists in helping students begin their day with us. Jen has a background in nursing and pharmaceuticals and a BSN from Thomas Jefferson University. She truly loves little children and has been such a joy to have here with us this new school year.