Indian Valley Nursery School and Kindergarten Staff


Director - Marie Allen

Marie graduated with degrees from Mansfield University and Penn State University. She has 29 years of experience in a variety of educational areas and age levels. Marie has taught in early intervention, public elementary school, middle school and high school. She also has a few years of experience as a director preceding her 12 years of teaching for IVNS. This is her first year as director for IVNS. Marie and her husband (also a teacher) have three sons who live with them in Souderton and a grown daughter who lives in New England.


Head Teachers

WANDA BRUNNER - KINDERGARTEN

Wanda has been teaching Kindergarten at IVNS since 2015. She previously taught pre-kindergarten at IVNS. Wanda is a graduate of Philadelphia Biblical University with Bachelor's Degrees in Bible and Elementary Education. When she is not in the classroom, she enjoys helping her husband Ted with Montgomery County Fellowship of Christian Athletes. They enjoy spending time with their four children.

JANICE SMITH - FOUR AND FIVE YEAR OLDS

Janice has been at IVNS since 2007. Janice graduated from West Chester University with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a Master's degree in Reading. She has taught in the public school and assisted in a Christian nursery school for a total of ninteen years. Janice lives in Hatfield with her husband, Jeff. She has four children and two son-in-law and two grandchildren.

JOANN ALLEN - FOUR AND FIVE YEAR OLDS

Joann has been teaching at IVNS since 2008. She is a graduate of Gwynedd Mercy College with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. She loves to go boating, biking, traveling and to the beach. She lives in Harleysville with her husband, Jeff, and two sons.

ALICIA CROSSGROVE - THREE, FOUR AND FIVE YEAR OLDS

Alicia has been teaching at IVNS since 2015. She graduated from The King's College in New York. She previously taught at Salford Mennonite Child Care. Alicia and her husband have 3 daughters and one son.

MARY DELAPLANE - FOUR AND FIVE YEAR OLDS

Although new to IVNS, Mary has fourteen years full-time teaching experience in kindergarten and the primary grades in both public and private schools. She earned her Bachleor's degree in Elementary Education (empahsis early childhoo) from Anderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, WV, and her Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from West Virginia University. Mary and her husband Chris live in Souderton with their two children. 

JAMI MAYSE - FOUR AND FIVE YEAR OLDS & PRESCHOOL WITH ME

Jami has been teaching at IVNS since 2015. She is a graduate of Bloomsburg University with a degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. Jami has taught at Grace Christian School and was a substitute teacher at IVNS. Jami and her husband, Brian, live in Souderton and have three children.

ELIZABETH McNEELY - THREE AND FOUR YEAR OLDS

Elizabeth joined the IVNS staff in 2015. Prior to IVNS she taught preschool for one year and public school kindergarten for five years. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. She and her husband, Josh, live in Souderton with their three children.


"The teachers are great with the children and are understanding of our concerns or special requests as parents. I highly recommend them!" - Gwen Godfrey


Specials Teachers

SUE LENT - MUSIC & GYM

Sue has been teaching at IVNS since 1990. She is a graduate of Northeastern Bible College with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. She resides in Lansdale with her husband, Dave and has a daughter who lives in Colorado.

JENNY ERNST - LIBRARIAN & MATH ENRICHMENT

Jenny has been working at IVNS since 2011. She is a graduate of Millersville University and has a Bachelor of Science in Education of Mathematics. She enjoys reading with the students and playing pre-math games. She has three children. In her spare time you can find her running or reading, but she really enjoys spending time with her family and playing a loud game of cards together.


Teaching Assistants

 Laurie Bishop

Laurie Bishop

 Debbie Godshall

Debbie Godshall

 Laura Kriebel

Laura Kriebel

 Amy Richhart

Amy Richhart

 Barb Shank

Barb Shank

 Trisha Smith

Trisha Smith


Support Staff

 Assistant to the Director - Kate Slotter

Assistant to the Director - Kate Slotter

 Secretary - Cheryl Yoder

Secretary - Cheryl Yoder

 Custodian - Jeff Deery

Custodian - Jeff Deery