Meet Our Family

We are proud of our family. All of our Derry Preschool teachers are Certified educators.

Meet our family below – ready and excited to care for the whole development of your child.

Barb Rosenteel

Barb Rosenteel

Director of Derry Preschool

Barb Rosensteel has been the Director of Derry Preschool for over 20 years.  She has been a teacher of young children for 30 years.  She attended Millersville University where she received a Dual Certification in Elementary Education and Special Education. Mrs. Rosensteel has been married to her husband Jeff for over 30 years and has 3 daughters, Erin, and twins Mallory and Meghan.  She has been blessed with four grandchildren! She and her husband and are very involved in their church youth group, and are members of the creative ministries team.  They love children of all ages and most of what they do involves trying to encourage and teach them.

Mallory McDermott

Mallory McDermott

Assistant Director

Mallory McDermott has been with Derry Preschool since 2013. She is currently the Assistant Director at Derry Preschool where she coordinates the daily enrichment programs as well as summer camp. She also develops the KickStart Curriculum and serves as the tuition and registration manager. Mrs. McDermott’s passion is teaching! She loves watching how the students grow throughout the year and hopes to instill a love for learning in each of her students. She previously worked at the Vista School for four years with both elementary aged and high school aged students. She attended Eastern University and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in reading. Mrs. McDermott is married to Jason and has two young boys, Caden and Jordan. She feels so blessed to be able to be apart of the the wonderful Derry Preschool family!

Julie Achor

Julie Achor

Teacher

Julie Achor has been with Derry Preschool for over 13 years.   She has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science from Penn State University. She has four daughters and lives with her husband and her Siberian husky.  Mrs. Achor likes to bake, read, spend time outdoors and go hiking.

Emilee Anderson

Emilee Anderson

Teacher

Emilee joined Derry Preschool in 2019 as a substitute, but has been part of the Derry Preschool family since 2013 when the first of her two daughters began. She is a graduate from the University of Pittsburgh earning a BSBA in marketing. Emilee enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, going to the beach, and attending art classes.

Julie Beaver

Julie Beaver

Teacher

Julie Beaver is pleased to be rejoining the Derry Preschool family. Before joining the Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU) as an Early Intervention Preschool teacher in 2010, she taught at Derry Preschool from 1996-2009. Mrs. Beaver is a graduate of Penn State, and holds an Early Childhood Teaching Certification and a Master’s degree in Special Education. In 2018, the CAIU and Derry Preschool collaborated to create an inclusive classroom environment where children who have developmental delays learn and play alongside children who are typically developing. Mrs. Beaver and the Derry staff utilize a “co-teaching model” to ensure that preschool curriculum and activities are accessible by all students of varying ability. She believes that all children benefit from inclusion by developing positive social relationships, compassion for others, and confidence to demonstrate their knowledge in a variety of ways. Mrs. Beaver is committed to meeting the individual needs of all children and their families by providing high quality programming with an emphasis on learning through play. Mrs. Beaver lives near Mt. Gretna with her husband and two cats, and enjoys gardening, reading, and spending time with her two daughters and her 2-year old grandson.

Laura Brackbill

Laura Brackbill

Teacher

Laura obtained her bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Alvernia University. She began her career with Head Start and taught 3-5 year olds for 6 years. Laura was able to learn that early childhood education and development is vital in creating a strong foundation for a child’s future through her experience.

 

Laura moved to the Hershey area with her husband, 2 kids and 2 dogs in 2017

and is so happy with what it has brought to her life. Searches for preschool for her daughter lead her to Derry preschool and then she was fortunate enough to begin to be involved with the school. Laura was able to join the Derry Preschool board and sub last year and is now very excited to begin teaching at Derry Preschool.

Cindy Buck

Cindy Buck

Teacher

Cindy Buck has been with Derry Preschool for over 12 years.  She has a degree from Harrisburg Community College in Business Administration.  She has a daughter Angela, two sons, Nathan and Eric, and Eric’s wife, Katie.  Mrs. Buck likes to help out at the food bank and usher at the Hershey Theatre.  She also likes to paint pictures and crafts and work out at Gold’s Gym.

Louise Cieslielka

Louise Cieslielka

Teacher

Louise Cieslielka started working at Derry Preschool in 2015, but has been a member of the DP family for so many years. She is a former DP board president and board member for over 8 years. She graduated from Elizabethtown College with a degree in biology. She has four amazing children – two boys and two girls. In her free time she likes to garden, read and play tennis!

 

Kelli Fargason

Kelli Fargason

Teacher

Kelli Fargason is very excited to be joining the Derry Preschool family in 2019!  Kelli earned a degree in Early Childhood Education from Texas A&M University, and taught First Grade and Kindergarten before staying home with her three energetic, busy children.

She has always enjoyed working with young children, and has a passion for giving children the best start possible on their educational journey. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling with her husband, Mark, grabbing coffee with friends, and running.

Samantha Gustantino

Samantha Gustantino

Teacher

Samantha Gustantino is delighted to join the Derry Preschool family in 2020! Mrs. Gustantino attended Kutztown University and graduated with a degree in both Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. Prior to joining the Derry Preschool family, Mrs. Gustantino taught for five years in the Derry Township School District. She taught 4th grade, gifted support and spent three years as a 5th grade teacher. Mrs. Gustantino is married to Mike and has two young girls, Emily and Maggie. She enjoys spending time with her family, working out, reading, going to the beach and baking. Mrs. Gustantino’s goal is to provide a positive atmosphere for learning and for each child to have an exciting and rewarding year!

Nathalie Miller

Nathalie Miller

Teacher

Nathalie has been involved with our Derry Preschool family since her oldest daughter attended in 2006. Her love of children and involvement in our school activities led her to become a subsitute for the morning classes and an aid for our Enrichment Program since 2017. In 2018, she joined Mrs Neuin’s 3 year old class as a teacher’s aide and loved every minute of her time spent in the Red room.

Nathalie graduated in her home country of Switzerland with a Master degree in Business and after working for 7 years in the financial world, she moved to Hershey and married her husband of 18 years, George. They reside in Hummelstown with their two DP alumni daughters, Anna and Cora.

M.E. Steelman

M.E. Steelman

Teacher

Mrs. Steelman has been part of the Derry Preschool family for last 10 year…serving as mom, a Derry Preschool Board member and now President, substitute teaching and now loves having her own classroom! She has degrees in secondary education and math from Elizabethtown College, has taught both high school and middle school math, coaches field hockey for her daughters’ teams, in the acting Director of CE at Derry Presbyterian Church, and loves being with her family and enjoying the outdoors. Team Steelman lives in Palmyra and have four children who keep them active, busy and always looking for the next adventure.

Mrs. Steelman is super excited to be back teaching again at Derry Preschool. She is looking forward to a year full of fun, new adventure and lots of exploration as our 3 year olds learn to make friends, continue to develop self-help skills, learn to follow classroom rules and have fun exploring their world through their 5 senses.

Tracy Sullivan

Tracy Sullivan

Teacher

Mrs. Sullivan began working for Derry Preschool in 2014. She is a graduate of Gettysburg College, where she earned her BA in Psychology and Elementary Education. After teaching first grade in the Lower Dauphin School District, she went on to obtain her Master’s Degree and Certification as a School Psychologist. Mrs. Sullivan is married to her husband Stan, and they have 3 sons (ages 19, 18, and 15) who are all alumni of Derry Preschool.She loves watching her boys play sports, and is active in their Booster Clubs. Tracy also enjoys running, kick boxing, reading, cooking and volunteering at the Food Bank.

Amy Thomas

Amy Thomas

Teacher

Kristin Zack

Kristin Zack

Teacher

Kristin Zack has been with Derry Preschool since 2018. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Misericordia University. She taught fifth grade language arts for 7 years, and then cared for her daughter while her husband, Chad, finished his cardiology training. She has a daughter, Daniella, and a dog, Fred. She enjoys visiting family in her hometown of Scranton, PA, traveling, drawing, and visiting Hersheypark. She has a passion for teaching and loves watching her students learn new things!

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