All Staff Groups

The staff are encouraged to provide a warm, loving environment.

Staff Testimonials

Behaviors, Developmental Appropriate and Environmental Rating Scales pertinent to the group they are currently working with.

ALL staff are trained in Pediatriac First Aid, CPR, Water Safety, Fire Safety, Dealing with Challenging Behaviors, Developmentally Appropriate Behavior and Environmental Rating Scales pertinent to the group they are currently working with.

NURSERY STAFF

Gina Laezza has been on staff since November 2002. Miss Gina is a native of Naples, Italy. Miss Gina is trained through Keystone Stars and Community Services for Children. Gina is the mother of two sons (both MTK alumni) and is very active in activities at St. Jude's Church in Mountaintop.

SUBSTITUTE STAFF:

Mary McGinnis has been on staff since September 2015. Miss Mary has completed all the primary certification training through Keystone Stars. Besides being the mother of three and grandmother of four, Mrs. McGinnis has previously worked with children while teaching CCD at St. Jude's and as a Girl Scout Leader. Having served fifteen years on the Fairview Township Recreation Board, Miss Mary is well known locally for her annual portrayal of the "Easter Bunny" for Fairview Township.

SUBSTITUTE STAFF:

Rachel Crecca joined Mt. Top Kids in June 2003. Rachel attended Luzerne County Community College and holds over thirty credits in early childhood education. Miss Rachel has additional experience working with children through her involvement as Vacation Bible School Teacher and AWANAS at Cross Creek Community Church in Dallas.

YOUNG TODDLER STAFF

HEAD TEACHER:

Kimberly Rosania has been on staff since November 1989. Over the years Miss Kim has worked in various capacities at Mt. Top Kids. Effective September 1, 2015, Miss Kim has formally assumed the role of Supervisor of our One Year Olds. This is in addition to her former duties as Supervisor of our Before/After School Program and Summer Day Camp. Kim was awarded a CDA credential through Northampton Junior College in 2005.

TEACHER'S AID:

Michelle Doyle (Miss Shelly) is new to our Toddler Room. Miss Shelly holds several credits in early childhood education from McCann Business School in Hazelton. She will be finishing her degree through the Keystone Stars TEACH Program. Shelly is active with the Fairview Elementary PTA and with St. Paul's Lutheran Church in White Haven as a Sunday School Teacher. In addition to her experience with youngsters, Shelly Doyle is currently a volunteer member of the White Haven Fire Company and White Haven Marine Corp League. Her six year old has participated in Mt. Top Kids programs since he was a toddler.

SUBSTITUTE STAFF:

Mary McGinnis has been on staff since September 2015. Miss Mary has completed all the primary certification training through Keystone Stars. Besides being the mother of three and grandmother of four, Mrs. McGinnis has previously worked with children while teaching CCD at St. Jude's and as a Girl Scout Leader. Having served fifteen years on the Fairview Township Recreation Board, Miss Mary is well known locally for her annual portrayal of the "Easter Bunny" for Fairview Township.

SUBSTITUTE STAFF:

Rachel Crecca joined Mt. Top Kids in June 2003. Rachel attended Luzerne County Community College and holds over thirty credits in early childhood education. Miss Rachel has additional experience working with children through her involvement as Vacation Bible School Teacher and AWANAS at Cross Creek Community Church in Dallas.

TWO'S STAFF:

HEAD TEACHER:

Kate Smolenak has been on staff since May 1987. She has had formal training over the years through such agencies as ECELS, Community Services for Children, Keystone Research Project, Pennsylvania Pathways, and Keystone STARS. Miss Kate is responsible for coordinating all activities for the TWO Year Old room. Kate is also Mt. Top Kids' Health and Safety Coordinator having trained with Dr. Sue Aronson in 1991. Prior to joining Mt. Top Kids, Kate was active as a Sunday School Teacher, Girl Scout Leader. Miss Kate has 5 grown children and 8 grandchildren.

TEACHER'S AID::

Sandra George joined Mt. Top Kids in the Summer of 2015. Miss Sandy has a degree in commercial art, but her initial interest was in early childhood; as she did her student teaching at Mt. Top Kids years ago. Miss Sandy is an active 4H Leader and teaches third grade CCD at St. Mary's Church in Dorrance. Prior to coming on board, Miss Sandy was a substitute teacher's aide for the Crestwood School District.

SUBSTITUTE STAFF:

Mary McGinnis - morning

Rachel Crecca - afternoon

PRESCHOOL & PREKINDERGARTEN

Lorene Podufalski is Group Supervisor for this Program and Head Teacher for PreKindergarten

THREE YEAR OLDS

HEAD TEACHER:

Alyssa Meyers joined Mt. Top Kids in May 2015. Alyssa joined us straight out of college where she majored in Early Childhood Education. Alyssa did her student teaching at Growing Concern and Country Charm, as well as the Hazelton YMCA. Miss Alyssa is the proud mother of baby Cameron born in July 2016, (now residing in our nursery).

TEACHER'S AID:

Marion Hogan rejoined Mt. Top Kids in September 2016. Marion is not really "new" to our staff since she worked with us previously around fifteen years and five children ago. Miss Marion is a graduate of Bishop Hoban High School, and attended Kings College. Over the last fifteen years Marion has worked closely with Luzerne County Children and Youth as a foster parent. She has also been active as Sunday School Teacher.

SUBSTITUTE TEACHER

Kim Rosania - Tuesdays. Miss Kim is responsible for the overall holiday activity planning. She studied at Northhampton College and holds a Child Development Associate credential. Kim has been on staff since 1989.

FOUR YEAR OLDS

HEAD TEACHER:

Lorene Podufalski, has been on staff since August 2003. Miss Lorene has a degree in Early Childhood Education. Prior to joining Mt. Top Kids, Lorene was a substitute teacher's aid with Crestwood School District. Lorene is most remembered for the very entertaining and touching graduation program she conducts with our PreK graduates at the end of the school year. Each year is different...so be ready for a real treat.

TEACHER'S AID:

Brandon Nichols joined Mt. Top Kids as summer staff in June 2013 and decided to stay. Brandon is a college student with a major in computer technology and minor in education...this is Brandon's third year working in Preschool.

SUBSTITUTE TEACHER:

Deborah Opiel is a former Crestwood School District Teacher with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and a Masters in Reading. Mrs. Opiel is a certified reading specialist who concentrates on language arts and prereading skills while at Mt. Top Kids. She is on staff every Friday and whenever else she is needed in the classroom.

2016/2017 School Year Staff - Kirby Estates

BEFORE SCHOOL:

Kate Smolenak, is the Lead staff person for both Before and After School Programs for Fairview Elementary at Mt. Top Kids Children's Center. Miss Kate has been on staff since May 1987. She has had formal training over the years through such agencies as ECELS, Community Services for Children, Keystone Research Project, and Pennsylvania Pathways and Keystone STARS.

Theresa Kamin, has been on staff since September 2015. Theresa serves as our Kitchen Supervisor but is assisting with the Before School Program from 7:00 until the school bus arrives. Miss Terry has completed her initial training through Keystone STARS.

AFTER SCHOOL:

Kate Smolenak

Jayson Crablo is assisting Miss Kate with the After School Program. Jayson was one of our Day Camp Assistants this past summer. He is in the process of completing the STARS required New Staff Orientation.

2016/2017 School Year Staff - Mt. Top Kids Club

BEFORE SCHOOL:

Kim Rosania

Brandon Nichols

AFTER SCHOOL:

Kim Rosania

Brandon Nichols

Marquis Morris



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