Meet the Staff
Mrs. Patricia Kessler
Pat is Co-Director of the Nursery School and also teaches two PreK classes. Her two grown sons attended the Nursery School and her husband Ken can also be seen around the school helping with repairs and projects as a member of the "Busy Bodies" men's group.. She is an active Penn State Alumna and also has a Masters Degree from SUNY. She teaches PREP at St. Rose parish. She attended Cardinal O'Hara High School and currently lives in Folsom.
Mrs. Janine Ashbridge
Janine is a Ridley Park native and still lives in Ridley Park with her family. Her two daughters attended the Nursery School and are now in college and high school. She works with three of our Playgroup classes, helps with child care at RPPC on Sundays and also works at CARES at St. James school. Janine also fills in for Mrs. Patterson when she is doing Music classes.
Mrs. Carol Dunn
Carol lives in Ridley Park and is a graduate of Millersville University. She has two grown children and has had her two grandchildren in class at Nursery School. Her five day PreK class is well loved and there are usually siblings and even children of her former students enrolled each year. She is a member of RPPC.
Mrs. Holly Goldsborough
Holly has the dual position at RPPCNS of being the Office manager three days a week and also teaching a Nursery Class. Holly has a masters degree in Education and taught in elementary school, like most of our teachers, before coming to this position. Her daughter attended the Nursery School and is now in Elementary School. Holly servers as President of the Norwood Library Board.
Mrs. Sheri Keen
Sheri is a newer member of the Nursery School staff but is well known for the amazing Art projects and Art Show. She is a graphic designer who has been able to introduce Art to the younger set. Sheri has two daughters, one of which attended Nursery School. She serves on the Norwood Library Board.
Mrs. Rose McColgan
Rose is a Ridley Park resident whose son and daughter attended the Nursery School. She is an alumna of Lakeview School and Ridley High. She is also a member of RPPC. She is the aide for one Nursery and two PreK classes.
Mrs. Lynn McGarrigle
Lynn has been with our Playgroup since its early days. She currently works in three Playgroup classes. She is an active member of Our Lady of Peace church and has coached volleyball teams for CYO. She is also a hair stylist and part time Elwyn aide. Lynn and her husband have three children.
Mrs. Mary Anne Patterson
Mary Anne is known to all of our students as the God's time and Music teacher. She is also the aide in a PreK class. She is a Ridley Park resident who has had a son and daughter attend the Nursery School.
Mrs. Karen Strazdus
Karen is a Padua and West Chester graduate. She has twins, a daughter and a son, who attended the Nursery School and have recently started college. Karen is a board member at Ice Works and participates in planning figure skating events. Karen teaches both PreK and Nursery classes.
Mrs. Beth Robinson
Beth is Co-Director of the Nursery School and teaches a Nursery Class. Her daughter and two sons attended the Nursery School. She is an active member of the Ridley Park Presbyterian Church and can be seen at Vacation Bible School in the summer and serving on Church committees. She lives in Springfield with her husband Kevin and family. Beth is a Ridley grad and attended Towson State University as an undergrad and got her Masters Degree from West Chester.
Mrs. Kristen Axe
Kristen is a Ridley HS grad who has a Bachelors and a Masters degree in education. Her two daughters attended the Nursery School and are in Ridley Middle and High School now. She is busy following their sports and activities as well as teaching three Nursery Classes at RPPCNS.
Mrs. Annemarie Green
Annemarie is the energetic aide in a PreK and two Nursery classes. Her two daughters and one son attended the Nursery School and are now in college and high school. You can often see Annemarie riding her bike or running around the neighborhood.
Mrs. Kathy Hunter
Kathy has the distinction of being the teacher that has been at the Nursery School the longest. She attended Penn State and is a Ridley Park resident and member of RPPC. Her son and daughter attended the Nursery School. She is a dog lover and gourmet cook.
Mrs. Carrie Luyt
Carrie is a Ridley Park resident who has had two children, a daughter and a son, attend the Nursery School. She is active at Lakeview School as a parent and is a member of RPPC. Carrie is also a member of the Friends of Ridley Park Library. She is an aide in a Nursery and in a PreK class.
Mrs. Diane Marsich
Diane spends her days in two Nursery classes and a Playgroup class. She is a Ridley grad and has had one son and two daughters attend the Nursery School. She is busy following her three children to various activities and sports. She loves the shore and spends many summer days there.
Mrs. Carli McCrea
Carli is working with the afternoon Playgroup and substitutes when morning teachers are absent. She is very active in her community of Leedom and coaches T-ball each year. She has a son currently enrolled in Nursery School and two older sons who are alumni.
Mrs. Denise Nester
Denise is a Ridley Park resident who works in two of our Playgroup classes. She has two grown children, a son and a daughter. Her daughter attended the Nursery School. She spends time at the shore in the summer and enjoys travel.
Mrs. Janet Spicer
Janet is currently working in a Playgroup class and also a PreK class. She is a Ridley Park resident and active member of RPPC. Her son and grandson attended the Nursery School and her granddaughter is currently enrolled. Janet can always be seen helping at any event at RPPC.
Mrs. Dee Welsh
Dee is a Ridley Park native and life-long member of RPPC. She currently works with a PreK class and is second in longevity in our very stable staff. She enjoys summers at the shore and her husband Pat can be seen around the Church painting and repairing as a member of the "Busy Bodies" men's group. Dee has one daughter, our Director, Beth Welsh Robinson.