Preschool Staff

Arlene Flye

 

Director

Arlene has been the director at Goshen Baptist Preschool since 2010 when she and her husband Jim moved to West Chester from Maine.  Arlene graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in Early Childhood Education and has over 30 years of experience teaching Preschool and Kindergarten children.  She has also been actively involved as a Sunday School Teacher, Women’s Bible Study Leader and many other roles in the churches where Jim served as a pastor for 35 years.  When they “retired” they followed their daughter Danica and her husband Robert to Pennsylvania.  They love being near their family and being hands-on grandparents to grandchildren Micah and Annsley.  Jim and Arlene are very active in the life of Goshen Baptist Church.

Pauline Williams

 

Bookkeeper/Office Assistant

Pauline and her husband James met in college and have been married more than 20 years.  Together, they have 4 children Rebekah, Samuel, Emma, and Zachary. They range in age from 16 years to 6 years. Although Pauline graduated from West Chester University with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences, she has found her niche in bookkeeping.  She enjoys watching her children pursue their interests whether it is on stage or on the field!  She also enjoys working alongside her daughter while mucking stables at the 4H Farm. Personal interests include spending time with family, friends, running, and gardening.  Ministries that keep Pauline busy at Goshen Baptist Church are Bible Study, Coffee team, Upward Basketball, and VBS. 

Danica Frazier

 

Music Teacher

Danica came to Goshen Baptist Preschool in 2012 with a background of several years’ teaching experience, sharing her love of music with young children.  Danica graduated with a degree in Music Education from Gordon College and then married her college sweetheart, Robert.  They spent their first year of marriage working with a ministry team at Grand Canyon National Park. After that, Danica taught elementary music, preschool music enrichment programs and private piano lessons for 7 years in Maine before moving to Pennsylvania.  She and Robert have two children, Micah and Annsley.

Melanie Aber

 

Assistant, 2 Day 3's



Melanie and her husband, Matt, have two boys, Ryan and Austin. Both boys attended GBP and loved it! Melanie has Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources from Widener University. She has been blessed to be a stay at home mom since her oldest was born. Melanie enjoys volunteering at her kids' school and here at Goshen Baptist Church through the Mom2Mom and Upward Basketball programs. She also enjoys watching movies,  cheering at her boys sports games - especially baseball, and spending time with her family and friends.

Suzanne Finch

 

Assistant, 2 day 3's, 3 Day 3's

Suzanne and her husband Gordon have been married for over 25 years.  They have two children, Chad and Laura, and a "grand dog", Daisy Mae.  Suzanne served for 3 years as an assistant Sunday School teacher at her former church and has assisted in the nursery at Goshen Baptist.  In her work as a receptionist at a doctor's office, Suzanne accompanied children and their parents throughout their visits, including staying with them during immunizations.  She especially enjoys interacting with the children in her neighborhood.  Other interests include crocheting and doing crafts.  She also enjoys taking day trips... Lancaster is a favorite place to go.

Tricia Gonci

 

Assistant, 4 day Pre-K 1

Tricia and her husband, Craig, have 3 girls: Kristen, Bryn, and Erin.  All three attended GBP.  She graduated from Stonehill College in Massachusetts as a Biology/Criminal Justice double major.  She has been blessed to be a stay at home mom since her eldest was born.  She has enjoyed playing sports her whole life and currently trains in Taekwondo, which she also teaches.  Aside from sports, she enjoys reading, volunteering in her children's school, and spending time with her family.

Amy Hughes

 

Teacher, Pre-K 2

Amy grew up in the Midwest among the cow pastures and corn fields, earning a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Nebraska!  Amy’s husband Dean was an officer in the Army, so they lived in quite a few locations before settling in Exton several years ago.  Amy and Dean have three beautiful children: Riley, Kelsey  and Culver.  Amy taught first grade in Mainz, West Germany, and kindergarten and preschool at her church in West Des Moines, Iowa, where she was director and teacher for three years before moving.  Amy loves to spend time with family and attend her son’s baseball games, and, when time allows, curl up with a good book.  She’s helped put on the East HS post-prom party for several years and helps with fund raising for the Philadelphia chapter of “Little Smiles.”

Carley I

 

Teacher, 3-Day Pre-K 1

Bio coming soon!

Patty McCluskey

 

Assistant, 3-day Pre-K 1

Before coming to Goshen Baptist Preschool, Patti previously worked as an RN and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in New York after graduating from Niagara University and Columbia University.  She is married to Bob and they have two children, Bobby and Mary. Patty loves reading and gardening.

Shirley Nichols

 

Assistant, 4-day Pre-K 1

Shirley has been an assistant at Goshen Baptist Preschool for over 20 years, working with both the 3- and 4-year-old classes.  She is married to Bob and they are the parents of two grown children, Jenn and Carrie, one of whom attended GBP more than 25 years ago. Shirley helps out with C-Club and Vacation Bible School at her home church.  She also enjoys reading her devotions, doing online surveys, and spending time with her family.

Molly O'Leary

 

Assistant, Pre-K 2

Molly has taught both 3’s and 4’s at Goshen Baptist Preschool.  She has her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Texas in Elementary Education and came to GBP with 6 years of teaching experience.  She is married to Patrick and they are the proud parents of Parker and Davis.  She enjoys Bible study, reading, writing, cooking and being with her family.

Christine Ruth

 

Teacher, 2-day 3's & 3-day 3's

Christine joined the staff of GBP in 2015. She received her Bachelor's Degree in International Studies from The American University, and a Master's Degree in Elementary Education from Lehigh University.  She worked as an elementary education teacher at the Kenderton School in Philadelphia and then as a 3-year old teacher at the Wallingford Coop Preschool.  Following those experiences she stayed home while having her 4 children - Nick, Nate, Abby and Andy.  She has been married to Dave for nearly 20 years and enjoys camping as often as possible with her family.

Kande Speers

 

Teacher, 4-day Pre-K 1

Kande and her husband, Bob, have four children: Trey, Dando, Luke and Melinda.  Kande graduated from West Chester University with a degree in Elementary Education. In college she played Lacrosse and Field hockey and was a Young Life leader.  She and Bob continued to work with Young Life after they were married. Kande says, “It's been my privilege to teach at Goshen Baptist Preschool since 1997.”  She’s taught both 3- and 4-year-old classes. The Speers family has attended Goshen Baptist Church since 1993. Kande also coaches Lacrosse and Field Hockey in the West Chester Area School district, and she enjoys running, reading and relaxing!

Tammy Vernacchio

 

Assistant, 3-Day 3's

 

Tammy and her husband Frankie have three children, Francis, Christian, and Natalia.  All three have attended GBP which holds such a special place in her heart.  Tammy enjoys attending Tuesdaymorning Bible Study and Mom2Mom at Goshen Baptist Church.  Before joining the preschool staff, she worked part time at Serendipity Stables in Malvern and was also a substitute at GBP.
Tammy earned her Bachelors in Communication Studies at West Virginia University while minoring in Geology.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending as much time with her family and their dog, volunteering at her children's school, horseback riding, and taking pictures.  Tammy feels very blessed to be joining GBP staff this year.

Gail Warner

 

Teacher, 2-day 3’s, 3-day 3’s

Gail has been married to Sean for 21 years.  They have 4 children:  Reilly, Colin, Jack, and Kelly.  She graduated from Central Pennsylvania Business School with an Associates in Child Care Management.  Gail has over 18 years of teaching experience in day care centers, nursery schools, and Sunday school with various age groups.  She especially enjoys watching her own children on the sports field; camping, kayaking, long walks, and spending time with extended family and friends.

Ann Wujcik

 

TEACHER, 4-DAY Pre-K 1

Ann is thrilled to be teaching the 4-Day 4's at GBP. Ann received her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Pittsburgh and her B.A. from Seton Hill University in Psychology and Elementary Education. She taught elementary school for fifteen years. After having her children, she became a stay at home mom. When her children were in preschool, she went back to teaching in the preschool setting substituting at their school. She fell in love with this age group and has been teaching preschool for seventeen years. Ann and her husband Wally have two grown children, Marianne and John. They enjoy spending time with family and friends and going on family vacations. Carolina Beach in North Carolina is their favorite spot. Ann also enjoys arts and crafts, baking, and reading a good book.