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Staff

The Preschool Lab operates with a well-educated, experienced staff. Our staff includes a director with a doctorate in psychology, a head teacher with a bachelors degree in elementary education and early childhood education, and a teacher with a bachelors degree in elementary education and sociology. Each class also has a trained college aide who is part of the teaching team. Teacher-child ratios are 1:7 for the three year old class and 1:9 for the four year old class.

 

Mandy B. Medvin

Director, Westminster College Preschool Lab

Professor in Psychology


We care about your children...

The Westminster College Preschool Lab is dedicated to achieving excellence in early childhood education. Our goal has been to develop a model preschool for the western Pennsylvania region. As a developmental psychologist, I have been preschool director of our nationally accredited school since 1992.

The elements of our program include:

  1. Diversity: The themes of multiculturalism and community are an integral part of our classroom. Parents, individuals from the college, and others are brought into the classroom to share their diverse backgrounds and traditions.
  2. Staff development: Our teachers provide training workshops on early childhood education for other preschool teachers, and hold leadership positions in early childhood community organizations. Due to the uniqueness of our facility, and the availability of an observation room, other preschools are welcome to observe our classroom, and discuss curricular issues with our teachers.
  3. Parent-teacher relationships: We believe that parental involvement in our program, and clear communication between home and school, facilitates children's growth and helps in their adjustment. Our open door policy for parents to observe and discuss their child's development, parent programs, monthly newsletter, and information center help to forge strong ties between our families and our school. The personal relationships that develop from this partnership are ones we treasure for many years.
  4. College student involvement: We have an extensive volunteer program involving college students from many areas of the college. Our students help to facilitate our computer program, or volunteer a special talent. The preschool classroom, in turn, serves as a training ground for early childhood professionals.
  5. Research in early childhood education: We continue to explore the most optimal ways of facilitating children's growth in all areas.
In the end, our ultimate goal is to provide a warm and nurturing environment for our children.

 

Melissa Moore

Head Teacher


The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn.
- John Lubbock

I have been working in the field of early childhood education since 2007. I am a graduate of Clarion University where I earned bachelor degrees in both Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education.

I believe young children are special and unique individuals that learn in a variety of ways. In my experiences, children learn best through interactions with adults, peers, and the environment. My teaching techniques are rooted in social learning experiences.

Classroom instruction geared towards children's interests creates a motivated learning environment. I believe in giving children opportunities to take control of their own learning. As a teacher I interact, listen, question, and support children as they learn.

Creating a community of learners among children establishes a sense of belonging. This is among the most important goals I have set for myself as a teacher. I want children to feel comfortable, both physically and mentally, in the classroom. Most importantly, I want children to look forward to being a part of my classroom. I believe learning begins with a spark, and I work hard to keep that excitement alive throughout the learning process. Every child is a special and unique individual that deserves to be surrounded with love, learning, and encouragement.

I currently live in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania with my husband Ned and our three children Ella, Peyton, and Harper. I enjoy reading, the beach, the Steelers, and spending time with my family.

 

Jennifer Matyasovsky

Teacher


I received my bachelors of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Westminster College. Since then I’ve gained experiences working in a variety of early childhood positions. These experiences have allowed me to continue to grow as an educator in supporting all the different needs of the students. I have been rewarded over the past few years working alongside those at the Westminster Preschool Lab. I have been provided with the opportunity to work as a daily substitute and long-term substitute here which have enhanced and broadened my preschool teaching background.

I believe that it is important to show children from a young age that they are valued, and they are in a caring environment. Creating a classroom environment where students have hands-on, real world experiences is important. When developing lessons, I keep in mind the holistic approach to learning to engage the child in a social, emotional, physical, and intellectual senses.

My family resides in Pulaski where we enjoy spending time gardening, biking, and playing board games. My husband John and I are blessed with a son, Will and daughter, Mary who attend Wilmington Area School district.