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Warbers: Kanha, Emma & Ioana
Kanha has 20 years of experience in childcare and joined Diamond Street in 2019. She enjoys comforting children with love and taking care of them as if they were her own children. Kanha is from Cambodia and is a member of the Akron Mennonite Church where she also helps in the Sunday school.
Emma joined Diamond Street in 2021. She is married with a daughter and two stepchildren. 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 likes to teach children and make a difference in their lives.
Ioana joined Diamond Street in 2022. She is married and has 3 step children. She moved here from Romania in 2021. Ioana has been working in childcare for 7 years and is a great addition to our center!
Hummingbirds: Sandy, Alyasia & Heidi
Sandy joined Diamond Street in 2018 and 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 has been with Diamond Street since 2020. She likes to spend time outside walking, camping listening to music and watching 'The Office'. Alaysia is in school for her CDA and is excited to further her education.
Heidi joined Diamond Street in 2023. She lives at home with her husband, son, dog (named Yoshi,) and two talkative birds (a cockatiel named Billy and an African grey parrot named Echo.) If you want someone to talk about sewing projects, Disney World, or being a toddler mom, she's your girl! She is looking forward to completing her CDA and expanding her knowledge in the ECE field, and being able to make a positive impact on the lives of all the children she gets the privilege of working with.
Swans: Nicole & Emily
My name is Nicole Finefrock. I am the Pre-K Counts/ Swan classroom teacher. Before coming to Diamond Street in August of 2022 I taught Pre-K Counts for six years at Luthercare for Kids Marietta. I graduated from Millersville University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. In 2018 I graduated from Wilkes University with a master’s degree in Literacy.
In 2018 me and my husband got married. I have a wonderful stepdaughter, Makenzie who is 15 and a one-year-old daughter named Gwendolen. We had a baby girl in December. I also have two dogs, Thor and Storm. I have a very big extend family and love getting together with them. I love to go to the beach and being outdoors in nature. My two favorite things are coffee and Reese’s peanut butter cups. I love teaching and learning. It is very rewarding to see the kiddos grow and learn and I never know what they might teach me in the process!
Emily joined Diamond Street in 2021 and has been working in childcare for over 13 years. She has an AA degree in ECE, is married and has 4 children. 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.
Bluebirds: Abbi, Kearstin & Sydney
Hello, my name is Abigail (Abbi) Binkley. I am 18 years old. I just graduated high school and CTC last year 2022. I got the awesome opportunity to go to CTC in the Early childhood education program for my senior year. In that program part of the year is an internship. I got the awesome opportunity to be an intern here at Diamond Street. I have worked/volunteered in childcare programs since I was old enough to. I am currently in college at HACC going for my Associate's degree. I enjoy hanging out with friends and family.
Kearstin: I graduated at Cocalico in 2022. I have an older brother who is in the Army. I love being outside and hanging out with friends. I have been working with kids for about 5 years. I can’t wait to spend my day here and make a difference in my kids!
Hi everyone, I’m Ms. Sydney, and I am so excited to be a part of this inspiring group of teachers. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2019 and have spent much of my few post grad years in the classroom. I spend my free time making music and playing with my kitten, Skywalker. Let’s have fun and grow together!
Cardinals: Amy, Julie & Andrea
Amy has been working with children for 10 years and joined Diamond Street in 2019. 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.
Julie has been working at DSECC since Aug 2020. She has been in childcare for over 8 years and mostly working with preschool age. Julie has an Associate's degree in Human Services. She has 2 children and 2 grandchildren. In her free time she enjoys crocheting, reading, playing games and spending time with family. She looks forward to spending time with your children and getting to know them.
Andrea joined Diamond Street in 2021 and has 2 years experience in childcare. She lives in Ephrata and has 5 children of her own. She looks forward to helping your children grow through learning.
Orioles: Lydia & Sarah
Sarah joined the Diamond Street team in 2021 and has 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.
Hello! My name is Lydia, and I'm so excited to be at Diamond Street with the Orioles class! I love working with Miss Sarah and getting to know all the children and families. I have one teenage daughter named Margaret, and we live in Lititz. When she was a little girl I started working with preschoolers and young children. Before that, I taught older children. My favorite things to do in my classroom involve allowing children to create, investigate, and experiment, doing activities with letters, reading and writing, learning about people, and all kinds of games. I hope to find your child's greatest area of interest and help them grow and expand their learning in that area, as well as others. Most important, I want to help them learn about feelings and how to relax or calm themselves, as well as how to be excited, happy, and responsible in the classroom. I'm looking forward to exploring nature with these kids on our playground, as well as all the special activities we have planned for different seasons!
Robins: Sandy, Estu & Tricia
Sandy has a BS degree in Elementary Education. She has been working at another center for the past 18 years. Sandy worked with toddlers for 16 years and then preschoolers for the past 2 years. She is excited to be here at DSECC and help the little 'Robins' to spread their wings and fly! Each child is unique and special and she looks forward to helping them grow to their full potential. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys traveling, reading, hiking, cooking, dancing, attending concerts, car shows, plays and musicals and the beach.
Estu has been with Diamond Street since 2012. She holds a BS in agriculture. She obtained her Child Development Associate Certificate in 2017 and welcomes, loves, cares and nurtures the children as they grow in their own uniqueness to their fullest potential.
Tricia first started at Diamond Street in 2014 and holds an AA Degree in Early Childhood Education from HACC. 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 spending time with her animals and loved ones.
Owls: Tiffany, Hannah & Isabella
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 play the keyboard.
Hannah: I live in New Holland with my family on a farm. I have four brothers (one of them is married) and one sister. I taught school at Farmersville Mennonite for the past three years. Currently, I'm also working part time at a small cut flower business as well as volunteering at Hayloft Ice Cream. I am an absolute bookworm! I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I attend Groffdale Mennonite Church (Weaverland Conference).
My name is Isabella. I was a babysitter for 5 years, then worked at the YMCA as an assistant teacher for a year. I recently moved to Ephrata to start a new journey with my significant other. We just got a puppy, named Iyla. She is a little ball of energy! I love working with children and I’m very thankful to be a part of Diamond Street.
Rachel joined Diamond Street in 2020 and has six years experience working in childcare. 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. 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.
Floaters & Substitutes: Daniel, Kayla
Daniel is currently going to vo-tech for Early education.
Kayla loves sports, music and hanging out with friends. She is currently going to school for her Bachelor's degree in child studies and has been working in childcare for 6 years. She has 4 brothers and 1 sister. Kayla loves working with children and finds that it is a gratifying job when she can assist children reach their full potential. In her free time she likes doing arts and crafts.
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, Kelly, Amanda & Angie
Bethany Crane Jacke joined Diamond Street Early Childhood Center in June of 2020. She has 18 years of experience with childcare. Bethany, her husband and two teenagers attend Ridgeview Mennonite Church. Bethany holds a MS in Nonprofit Management and is working to complete a MS in Early Childhood studies.
Kelly has been with Diamond Street since 2004. She has an AA in ECE from Reading Area Community College.
Amanda joined Diamond Street in 2021 with a BA in ECE and 16 years of experience in childcare. She is excited to help Diamond Street grow and increase it's ability to serve more children and the community.
Angie started at Diamond Street in 2018 and has been in the early childhood field for 12 years, working with infants and toddlers. She has her CDA in early childhood from HACC. Angie is married and has 2 sons. She loves playing games and going for walks with her family. She also enjoys watching soccer, camping and reading.