Introducing Our Staff
Carol Anne Friesen brings her love of children and families into all of her endeavors along with her 35 plus years of experience as an Early Childhood Educator. As a mother, pastor's wife, children's ministry coordinator and children's center director she has given her life to honoring God by promoting the value and worth of children and parenting.
Over the years she has worked with hundreds of families in the Children's Centers she has directed, in the Churches her husband has pastored, and in her piano studios, parent/child music education classes and Baby Signs classes. Welcome Little Ones was created to be a source of inspiration and help in your parenting career.
Her husband Terry is the Pastor of Encounter Church, Palmyra, PA and together they have two grown children and seven grandchildren.
Carol Anne's Endeavors
I grew up in a family that loved music. I completed Grade VIII Piano with the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto, sang solos in church and was in my high school choir and traveling ensemble group. I have taught private piano lessons to many students over the years. It has also been my joy for 15 years to provide early childhood music and movement classes in a "mommy & me" class format to hundreds of children and their families in three different locations where I have lived. Most recently I have been writing my own curriculum for a music enrichment program I created called "Mother Goose Music", for use in daycares, preschools and studio programs.
Baby Signs® Program
I have been part of the Baby Signs® Program since the Beta-Test Phase in 2002. I am now a Baby Signs® Independent Certified Instructor. The Baby Signs® Program is the world's leading sign language program for babies. It's a wonderful way to talk to your baby
before your baby can talk! I offer workshops and classes to help parents learn about this latest movement in early childhood development.
We started using the Baby Signs® Program with my granddaughter Bethany at the age of 4 months and she began to sign back at about 8 months. At 12 months her "signing" vocabulary really took off and at the age of 18 months she was using about 40 signs and 20 words. You can see her signing "cat" on the Baby Signs® DVD - My Pets!
About Our Staff
Mrs Andrea Wolfinger - Preschool Director/Teacher 4-day class and 2-day
Andrea Wolfinger has always had a passion for making a difference in the lives of children and so she decided to be an Elementary Teacher. She attended Millersville University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. After college, she married her husband Seth and became a teacher in the Central Dauphin School District. Andrea went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Teaching and Curriculum from Penn State University. She also possesses a valid PA Teaching Certificate and a Private Nursery Credential.
After four years of teaching first and second grade, Andrea decided to leave her teaching job, to stay at home full-time with her twin daughters, Julia and Natalie. While she stayed at home with her daughters, she taught Kindermusik and then Mother Goose Music Time with Carol Anne Friesen.
"Miss Andrea" is looking forward to now sharing her love of learning with all the children and families at Welcome Little Ones Preschool!
Miss Nicole Harner - Preschool Teacher 3-day class
Nicole Harner has always had a love for children. During her early school years she also developed a love for music and took private voice and piano lessons. In addition she learned to play the flute, French Horn and bells. Later she attended Penn State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. She also earned a valid PA Teaching Certificate and attained a Private Nursery School Credential.
After college she married her husband Jason and pursued her career path by teaching Kindergarten and 1st Grade at Schuylkill Haven Elementary School.
After a several years of teaching in the public school setting Nicole decided to stay at home with her growing family which now includes four children, Andrew, Lydia, Lauren and Lindsay.
Most recently she has been working again, this time in the field of early childhood education as a Preschool Director and Teacher for the past five years. Nicole is a dedicated, caring, organized and enthusiastic teacher with a strong commitment to her student’s educational and emotional growth.
“Miss Nicole” is looking forward to sharing those strengths with the children and families at Welcome Little Ones Preschool!
Mrs. Nicole Myers - Teacher’s Aide 4-day class
Nicole earned a Bachelor's Degree from Shippensburg University.
She has been employed by Allegheny Valley School as a Program Instructor/Direct Care Worker providing specialized care to developmentally disabled individuals. This included helping them with independent living skills, cognitive developments, social skills and appropriate use of leisure time. Her responsibilities included creating individual goal plans and evaluating progress. Following this she became the House Manager for the program, providing for the safety and well-being of each resident within the home and facilitating community involvement. All of these experiences highlight Nicole’s knowledgeable, patient, caring ways which will make her a great asset to our preschool program.
Nicole is married to Mike and is the mom to two boys, one in middle school and one in high school. She is kept busy with all of their activities and enjoys camping with her family.
“Miss Nicole” is happy to be able to work with the “little ones” at Welcome Little Ones Preschool and assist the classroom teachers.
Miss Abby Hall - Teacher’s Aide 2 & 3-day class
Abigail Hall earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, with an emphasis on Children's Literature, from Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey.
She loves teaching children and has 10 years of experience teaching children of all ages at Sunday School, Summer Camps, and Released Bible Time. More recently, Abigail spent 2 years in South Korea teaching English language classes at a Christian School. During her time there, she created engaging curriculum, wrote and directed two musicals, and initiated and led student trips to America. Her passion is to help children discover new things in the world around them and to creatively share the wonder and beauty of God with curious little ones.
Abigail enjoys playing the piano, going on nature walks, and playing with her Korean bichon puppy, Munk. Whenever she has the chance, she likes to immerse herself in different cultures, learn other languages, and try food from around the world.
"Miss Abby" is thrilled to be part of the Welcome Little Ones Preschool staff and is looking forward to working with the children as a 2-day and 3-day Teacher’s Aide.
Mrs Robin Stutzman - Teacher/Sing, Move, Act classes
Robin Stutzman received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education at Messiah College and taught Kindergarten for several years before starting a family. While raising her four children, Robin taught piano lessons and music classes to elementary students in Virginia and Pennsylvania.
Robin has over 25 years of experience directing both dramas and musical productions for adults, youth, and children. Her most recent local productions include Seussical the Musical at the Lebanon Community Theatre and Mirror Image at Palmyra Middle School. Robin is currently on the board of directors at the Lebanon Community Theatre (LCT), and is very involved with productions at LCT, both on the stage as well as behind the scenes.
“Miss Robin” is a fun and creative teacher, who is looking forward to sharing her excitement, passion, and love of music and drama with children in the “Sing, Move, Act Classes”.
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