Our Staff

DSECC Staff ...
Warbers: Kanha, Emma & Gayle

Kanha has been working with children since she was 18 years old.  She enjoys comforting children with love and taking care of them as if they were her own children.  Every child is so very special in God's eyes. Kanha is willing to do her all to help the babies in the Warbler room with love and care.  She is from Cambodia and is a member of the Akron Mennonite Church where she also helps in the Sunday school.

Emma is married with a daughter and two step children. She has a high school diploma and plans to obtain her CDA in the future. She enjoys the outdoors, traveling, gardening and spending time with family. Emma lies to teach children and make a difference in their lives. 

Gayle has been working in childcare for 10 years. She helps with children at her church and babysits from time to time. She loves reading and spending time with her family

Hummingbirds: Sandy, Alyasia & Kaitlyn

Sandy has been in the childcare field since 1998 and holds a CDA in preschool. She loves making a difference in the lives of her Diamond Street children.

Alaysia is 24 years old and lives in Ephrata with her family including Milo the dog and Nova the rabbit. She lies to spend time outside walking, camping listening ot music and watching 'The Office'. Alaysia is in school for her CDA and is excited to further her education.

Kaitlyn graduated from Cocalico Highschool in 2020 and is planning to further her education in the coming years. She loves Hiking, travel, and spending time with friends and family. She aspires for all the children in her class to feel loved and heard. 

Bluebirds: Amy & Paola

Amy has been working with children for 10 years.  She has 3 children of her own.  She loves working with children and helping them learn and grow each day.  Amy also enjoys camping, hiking, and spending time with family.

Paola has a bachelor's degree in child education in Columbia.  She came to this country 4 years ago.  She lives with her mom and dog and enjoys writing poetry or short stories, painting and singing.  She has learned a lot and hopes to continue learning even more and especially improving her English.


Cardinals: Michelle & Emily

Michelle has worked at Diamond Street since 2010. She has worked with infants, toddlers, preschool and school age. In the fall of 2010 she graduated from HACC with an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Art projects, reading stories, and cooking projects are a few of her favorite things to do with children. In her free time, she enjoys going to her cabin, spending time with her family and friends and going hunting and fishing. 

Emily has been working in childcare for over 13 years. She has an Associate's degree in Early Childhood. She is married and has 4 children, Ezra, Toby, Kam and Thadd. When she is not working, she enjoys mysteries, walking and quiet time. She also enjoys watching her kids play soccer and cheerleading. She loves watching kids learn and discover new things. 

Robins: Estu & Tricia

Estu has been with Diamond Street since 2012. She has her bachelor's degree in agriculture. She obtained her Child Development Associate Certificate in 2017. She welcomes, loves, cares and nurtures the children as they grow in their own uniqueness to their fullest potential. 

Trica Holds and Associate's Degree in Early  Childhood Education from Harrisburg Area Community College and has been working in childcare since 2014. As a teacher who provides assistance and support, her vision is not only to encourage the children in creative lessons and activities, but to provide opportunities that allow freedom of exploration to gain interests and experiences that will last a lifetime. Outside of working she enjoys traveling and being in nature, thrift shopping and pending time with my animals and loved ones. 

Swans: Kelly

Kelly has been with Diamond Street since 2004. She has an AA in ECE from Reading Area Community College. Her vision for her class is for the children to learn and grow socially as well as academically. 

Orioles: Stephanie & Sarah

Stephanie has been with Diamond Street since 2013. She has her Bachelors in Elementary and Early  Childhood Education from Millersville University. Her goal is to provide children with new experiences to help them develop their skills. She finds it amazing to see how they grow and learn throughout the year. ​
Sarah joined Diamond Street's team this year and has worked with 4 years of experience with children 4 months to 15 years old. She has an Associate Degree in Human Services from RACC. Her favorite part of working with children is seeing how proud they are when they accomplish new things and become more independent. She spends her free time with her daughter and family. 

Owls: Tiffany & Julie

Tiffany has been working at Diamond Street since 2019 and has been in the childcare field since 2010. She attended HACC for Elementary Education. She has two sons of her own and enjoys spending time with them, going on walks, hiking, reading, cooking and learning to pay the keyboard. 

Julie has been working at Diamond Street since 2020. She has worked in childcare for over 8 years mostly with preschool age. She has an Associate's Degree in Human Services. She has two children and two grandchildren. In her free time she enjoys crocheting, reading, playing games on her tablet and spending time with her family. She looks forward to getting to spend time with your children and getting to know them. 

Falcons: Brenda

Brenda has worked at Diamond Street since 2017. She worked at the Ephrata School District as a playground aide and office assistant as well. She enjoys playing games, doing crafts and talking with children. 

Eagles: Rachel

Rachel has six years professional experience working in daycare but has worked with children her whole life through church and babysitting. She graduated from Lancaster Bible College in 2013 with a double BA in Children and Family Ministries and Bible. She is married and has a son, Joseph. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing games and having campfires. She is a certified Lifeguard and swim  instructor. 

Kitchen: Amy & Dolly

Amy has been with Diamond Street since 1997. She has her AA in ECE from HACC and taught the Bluebirds until 2018 when she decided to make a change and become the Dietary Supervisor. 

Dolly and her family came to the United States in 2000 from Peru. She started working at Diamond Street in 2001 and became an American citizen in 2006. She has a degree in nursing technique and obtained her CDA in 2006. She has five children and five grandchildren. Dolly enjoys teaching, helping and watching children learn and grow. 

Office: Bethany & Angie

​Bethany Crane Jacke joined Diamond Street Early Childhood Center in June of 2020. She has 18 years of experience with childcare, early childhood education, special education and special needs residential programs. Bethany, her husband and two teenagers relocated to the Ephrata area after living in Coatesville, PA for 14 years. They continue to attend Ridgeview Mennonite Church and are active in Scouts BSA, volunteering in the community and shuffling between extracurricular activities. Bethany holds an MS in Nonprofit Management and is working to complete an MS in Early Childhood studies.

Angie started at Diamond Street in 2018. She has been in the early childhood field for 12 years, working iwth infants and toddlers. She has her CDA in early childhood from HACC. Angie is married and has 2 sons, Austin is 15 and Rory is 6. She loves playing games and going for walks with her family. She also enjoys watching soccer, camping and reading.