Children's Learning Center Staff

Barbara Albert

Barbara Albert

Director

Barbara Albert's career working in early childhood began while she was studying psychology at Bucknell University when she worked as a tutor for Head Start children. After receiving her master's degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the Pennsylvania State University, she taught preschool and kindergarten. In 1994, she became a Group Leader at the Children's Learning Center. She began as a teacher of preschool children and then spent eight years teaching the kindergarten at PCT followed by two and a half years as a toddler teacher. In 2001, she received the Child Care Teacher Recognition Award from the Terri Lynne Lockoff Child Care Foundation In 2008, she joined the Early Childhood program as Program Specialist. She became the Director of the Children's Learning Center in July 2013. She is also an adjunct instructor in the Early Childhood program.

Darlene Warner

Darlene Warner

Secretary

Darlene Warner holds an associate's degree in computer science from Penn College and had 7 years experience in various clerical positions, including the Boys Scouts of America office in Williamsport, before she joined the Children's Learning Center in August 2005. Darlene lives in South Williamsport with her husband Dan (also a Penn College employee). She has two grown sons.

Neva Simcox

Neva Simcox

Group Leader

Neva joined our Center in August 2011. She has a bachelor's degree in child development from California State University in Northridge. In California, she worked as an early intervention teacher and director of education at Smart Start preschool in Santa Monica. After relocating to Pennsylvania, she spent six years at the Infant Development Program in Lock Haven. Neva lives in Jersey Shore with her husband Sean and two daughters.

Linda Dellaquila

Linda Dellaquila

Group Leader

Linda joined our staff as a full-time substitute teacher a year before accepting a permanent position as Group Leader of the Bees in September 2013. She moved into a new position as Group Leader of the Birds, our older preschool group, in Fall 2014. Linda holds a B. S. in Elementary Education, is certified as a Reading Specialist, and has earned a Child Development Associate credential. Her work in Early Childhood Education spans more than twenty years, including teaching experience in both kindergarten and second grade. She also worked for three years as a Reading Specialist with I.U.9.

Krista Kondisko

Krista Kondisko

Assistant Group Leader

Krista is a 2013 graduate of Penn College with an A.A.S in Early Childhood Education. While she was a student, she worked in the center as an aide. After graduation she continued to work in child care with toddlers, preschoolers and school age children. Krista joined us again in 2017 as a substitute. She now joins us in 2018 as a floater, spending one day a week in each classroom. In her spare time, Krista enjoys cooking, baking and crafting. She resides in Williamsport with her parents and grandmother.

Joyce Shrimp

Joyce Shrimp

Group Leader

Joyce is a graduate of Lock Haven University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. She has maintained Pennsylvania teaching certification. In the past she has taught in private and public schools. The ages have ranged from toddler to sixth grade. She began working at the center in January of 2002. Joyce lives in Watsontown with her husband. She has three adult sons, one daughter-in-law, two granddaughters and two grandsons. She enjoys family events, gardening and reading.

Michelle Cowher

Michelle Cowher

Assistant Group Leader

Michelle joined our staff in September 2014 as assistant group leader of the Bees. She is a graduate of Bloomsburg University with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. Michelle was hired as a substitute at the Center in 2008. Her prior experiences included home based early intervention and teaching at a private preschool in Lewisburg for 21 years. She lives in the Turbotville area with her son, Benjamin and her husband, Chip.

Karen Fischer

Karen Fischer

Center Aide

Karen is a lifelong resident of Williamsport who attended Lycoming College majoring in accounting. She worked in various positions before coming to Penn College Dining Services in 2007. She was hired as the center aide in 2010. She is married to her husband, Gary, and they have one grown daughter.

Shannon Eichensehr

Shannon Eichensehr

Group Leader

Shannon Eichensehr is a graduate from Lock Haven University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. She also has her teaching certificate in the state of Pennsylvania. Shannon was a teacher in a private school for 11 years and has taught ages three through 3rd grade. This past year, Shannon had an in-home childcare center where she taught ages 5 months through 3 years old. She lives in Loyalsock with her husband (also a Penn College employee), daughter, and two sons.

Amanda Martz

Amanda Martz

Assistant Group Leader

Amanda joined our center in October 2016. She is a 2011 graduate of Penn College with an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Immediately after graduation, Amanda moved back home to Danville where she began her Early Childhood career working with many age groups from infants to school aged children for the next five years. In the summer of 2016, she moved back to Lycoming County. She was very excited to join the staff of the classroom where she completed her student teaching. Amanda is currently looking to continue her education in the fall of 2017.

Valerie Vonada

Valerie Vonada

Assistant Group Leader

Valerie is a 2014 graduate of Penn College with an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Following graduation, she worked at the Children’s Learning Center at HortWoods located on the Penn State main campus. She has also worked at the Infant Development Center in Lock Haven as a communications teacher. Valerie joined the staff of the Children’s Learning Center in August, 2017. She lives in Clinton County with her husband and son.

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