Indian Valley Nursery School and Kindergarten Staff


Director - Karen Renner

Karen has been the Director of Indian Valley Nursery School and Kindergarten since 2006. She graduated from Messiah College with a degree in Elementary Education and is pursuing graduate coursework in education through Indiana Wesleyan University. She lives in Harleysville with her husband Duane and their five children.


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. She lives with her husband Ted in Quakertown and they have four children.

MARIE ALLEN - FOUR AND FIVE YEAR OLDS

Marie has been teaching at IVNS since 2007. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Mansfield University and a Master's Degree in Education from Penn State University. Marie and her husband David live in Souderton. They have 4 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. Janice lives in Hatfield with her husband, Jeff. She has four children and 2 son-in-laws.

JOANN ALLEN - FOUR AND FIVE YEAR OLDS

Joann has been teaching at IVNS since 2008. She is a graduate of Gwynedd Mercy College 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 - 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, Faith Bible Fellowship Church and taught piano and flute lessons. Alicia and her husband have 2 teenage daughters and 2 adopted children from Honduras.

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.

BECKY BURCKHART - FOUR AND FIVE YEAR OLDS

Becky has been teaching at IVNS since 2014. She graduated from Bucks County Community College with a degree in Early Education. She enjoys reading, music and being outdoors. She is looking forward to the opportunity to help children grow. Becky and her husband, Kenton, live in Harleysville.

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.

RACHEL DERR - THREE AND FOUR YEAR OLDS

Rachel joined the IVNS staff in 2016. Rachel graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and received her Master's Degree in Education with a Reading Specialty from Wilkes University in 2017. Rachel previously worked as a teacher in grades Kindergarten, First and Third. Rachel lives in Franconia Township with her husband, Brendon, their three children and a Chinese exchange student.


"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

Trisha Smith

Trisha Smith

Debbie Godshall

Debbie Godshall

Laura Kriebel

Laura Kriebel

Amy Richhart

Amy Richhart

Barb Shank

Barb Shank

Kate Slotter

Kate Slotter


Support Staff

Secretary - Cheryl Yoder

Secretary - Cheryl Yoder

Custodian - Jeff Deery

Custodian - Jeff Deery