On behalf of Tenth Presbyterian Church, Tenth Church Preschool, and our outstanding staff, I welcome you to our preschool! We are happy that you are considering our program for your child’s preschool experience. We are excited about the prospect of deepening relationships with our neighbors and partnering with you in the education of your child. I raised four children in Philadelphia and know firsthand the joys and challenges of nurturing young ones in the city.
Over the past ten years, we have developed a community in the heart of Center City – a network of relationships where you as parents are supported and encouraged in your parenting journey. We are thrilled to offer a literature-based, quality preschool program that weaves language and literacy, mathematics, science and art into the children’s daily activities, and nurtures the whole child. Our students can be heard discussing books and authors as well as singing the Music Together songs on the playground, in the bathrooms, and in the classroom as they joyfully share their growing love of music which is fostered through weekly classes with our music specialists.
Our desire at Tenth Preschool is to provide the kind of experiences and exposure you can’t easily provide your child at home – be it a big space to dance and play in, musical instruction from child specialists, science explorations, or the joy of cooperative learning activities. We count it a privilege to help your child love learning, love literature, love music, and love being part of a community of learners. The aim of our preschool is to build upon the foundation you have started and to make each child’s first experience with school a successful and happy one. The heart of what we do, though, can’t be captured on a website: it is what has emerged from the community that we’ve created together as we jointly seek ways to help families flourish.
Pam Nothacker, MSEd
Tenth Church Preschool Director
Meet Our Teachers
“I love children and am excited about the opportunity to foster a love for reading, music, and art in the classroom,” says Courtney. A mother of young children herself, Courtney holds a Masters in School Counseling from Marymount University and a BS in psychology from James Madison University. Prior to moving to Philadelphia, she worked for four years in the public school system in Virginia. Courtney is the lead teacher for the twos and assists in the three's. She delights in creating a warm and loving environment for children in her class.
When Kimberly Wynne surveys the classroom, she does so with an experienced eye. As a former First Grade teacher, Kimberly uses our literature base curriculum to instruct emergent readers and promote a love for reading. She knows how to draw children in and give just the right encouragement to move them to the next level. "I love watching children flourish and learn in their own time," she confides. An avid gardener, Kimberly loves the brilliant colors of zinnias and treasures the rare afternoon reading historical fiction or biking.
Yvonne is an enthusiastic early childhood educator with a strong interest in the arts and languages. With years of teaching experience in various settings as well as an MA in Early Childhood Education, she has the skills and creativity to guide children in their development and learning. Yvonne joined the Tenth Preschool community as a parent before joining the staff.
A native of Delaware County, Denise has over twenty-five years experience in Early Childhood Education. Before joining the Tenth Preschool staff, she worked for seven years at Ardmore Presbyterian Preschool where she was the lead teacher for 4’s and 5’s and the Science Enrichment teacher. A former aerobics instructor, she brings energy to the classroom. “I love teaching preschool!” she exudes.
Three-Year-Olds and Music Together Teacher
Originally from Nashville, Priscilla is an opera singer with a degree in Music Education and Vocal Performance from Houghton College. In addition to her music performance experience, she has worked as a Pre-K assistant teacher and as a piano instructor. She relishes preschoolers’ inquisitive natures and “the way,” she says, “they ask why I’m wearing a band-aid.” She adds, “I enjoy being at Tenth Preschool because of the strong community with the parents and families.”
Jen knows and loves children and teaching. She began her teaching career as a bilingual kindergarten teacher for the School District of Philadelphia for 5 years before having children. She has honed her teaching skills as a homeschooler to her 10 children, and most recently taught first grade in the Dominican Republic. Jen is a life-long learner, who loves to engage the inquisitive minds of her students.
Lee Anne Macolino
Music Together Teacher
Lee Anne brings over thirty years of experience as a music teacher in Haddon Heights public schools. “All children are musical!” she exclaims. Discovering how to support children as they develop musically has long been a passion. Besides the Music Together training, Lee Anne has taken Kodaly Certification courses, and John Feierabend’s classes. She is excited to be now working in a preschool, and when the preschoolers see her, guitar in hand, entering the classroom they are enthusiastic too.