ADDITIONAL WEE CARE STAFF
Wendie LaGamba - Computers
Hello! My name is Mei Ji. I was born in China and came to USA in 2000. When I came to Pittsburgh, I lived with my brother and his two beautiful daughters. I was an aunt and babysat them while taking classes. Now, I am living in Mt. Lebanon by myself. I have a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration and an Associate degree in Child and Family Studies. I worked at another daycare center for seven years where I was a preschool teacher. I started working at Wee Care Children's Center in December 2014. I am so happy and excited to be a member of the Wee Care family. The greatest part of my job is learning and growing together with Wee Care's families and children.
Hi, my name is Donna. I am married to Bob and I have three children, Bob (Sidnee), Heather (Alex), and Billy. Bob and I just became grandparents for the first time to a beautiful boy name Robbie. In my free time I love serving, cooking and enjoying watching football. I have been working at Wee Care since 2005 and I enjoy working with children.
Camillia Stone - Lead Teacher
Hi! My name is Ruth. I spend most of my time in the Lamb Room. My husband and I have two children, a son, Carl, and a daughter, Dawn. My husband Carl drove the Wee Care bus, and my daughter Dawn is the Preschool Director! We also have five grandchildren and a step grandson. Our step grandson just had a baby girl! I love children. I think a child’s smile lights up the world.
Dawn O'Keefe - Assistant Director/Director of School Age Program
Donna Jozefowicz - Owner/Assistant Director
Hi, my name is Corinne. I have been working here at Wee Care since August of 1985. Most of this time has been spent in the nursery caring for the babies for their first year. The nursery is a joy to work in because, not only are you catering to the babies needs, but you are also witnessing their first stages in life.
Corinne Signorini - Lead Teacher
Hi, my name is Amy Kissinger. I have a Master's Degree in Elementary Education, and a BA in Psychology. I am currently working on my Handwriting Without Tears Certification. I am married and have two children; A.J. and Matthew. I love working with children, and have over 20 years experience working in the child care setting. My favorite part of the day is talking with children and working with them in a small group setting.
Connie Quinten - Lead Teacher
Hi, my name is Samar Khalil. I am a teacher in the one year old room. I came to America from Syria in 2000. I was an elementary school teacher for 19 years in Syria. I have been at Wee Care since 2003. I enjoy working here at Wee Care because I love children and Wee Care is the best!
Hi, my name is Sue. As of August, 2005, I became the new owner/director. I have been pursuing this goal for many years! I first worked at Wee Care as a high school helper. I then earned a B.A. degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. I went on to graduate school and earned an M.S. degree in Child Development/Child Care with a specialization in administration. During this time I gained a variety of experiences with children of all ages. I then returned to Wee Care as the Preschool Director. I learned a lot from Emily Chidlow, who founded Wee Care in 1982. Now I’m excited to be back again doing what I love. It is truly a privilege to be a part of the growth and development of so many fantastic kids.
Hi, my name is Dawn and I have always had a special love for children. I began working at Wee Care when I was fifteen years old. I started as a high school helper in the afternoons. After high school, I attended Clarion University, and earned a degree in Elementary/Early Childhood Education. I worked at Wee Care all through college, and became a teacher soon after graduation. Several years later, I became the preschool director. At that time, I was married and beginning a family of my own. It was the perfect job. I was able to do what I love most –teach children – and bring my own children to work with me every day. My children are all in school now, but I love coming to work every day and venturing out with the school age children all summer.
Hello, my name is Donna English Jozefowicz and I will be returning to work here at Wee Care. I am Sue’s older (but not that much older) sister. I am married to Jim, whom you may have seen around the halls of Wee Care, and we have two daughters, Jill and Lindsey. We also have a dog, Bailey, the love of Jim’s life. I love being involved in the early childhood educational and developmental processes of children, and had worked at Prairie Children Preschool in Aurora, Illinois since 1998. Before relocating to Illinois, our family lived in Upper St. Clair, and I worked at Wee Care. My youngest daughter Lindsey attended Wee Care and met her first boyfriend and favorite teacher, Ms. Connie, in the two year old room. So I have been both an employee entrusted with your child’s care, and a parent who has entrusted Wee Care with my child’s care. Jim and I both attended Edinboro University. He majored in baseball and business. I graduated with a BS in Speech and Language Education. I truly enjoy working with children, and I am looking forward to meeting all the families that attend Wee Care.
Sue English - Owner
Hi! My name is Heidi Hartman, and I have always had a love for working with children. I babysat my nieces and nephews from the time they were little. While I taught them a lot, I also learned a lot from them. We would visit many places over the summer months and had tons of fun. I cherished every minute of it. Their friends and neighbors considered me their "Aunt Heidi" then, and many of them still do! I love seeing the smiles on little faces everyday as they learn something new or are excited to be among friends. In those moments, I know that those tiny smiles, giddy excitement and contagious spirit are exactly why I enjoy being around them so much!
Hi! My name is Deanna Blake! I graduated from Bethany College in 2014 with a BA degree in Elementary Education and Multicatergorial Special Education. I have four years experience in the classroom working with children from 3-5 years of age. Teaching is my passion and everyday is rewarding when I see a child learn something new! I believe is facilitating the learning process and allowing children to make their own observations and discoveries! I am also very family orientated. I have two beautiful boys named Dominick and Gavin and a black German Shepherd named Sarge!
Jess Wargo - Lead Teacher
Hi, my name is Carrie Schade. I have been employed at Wee Care Children’s Center since 1999. I graduated from Carlynton High School and Mercy Hospital Child Care Program. I also do lots of babysitting. My enjoy going to the mall and to the movies. I like working with all of the age groups. The children are special at all ages.
Samar Khalil - Lead Teacher
My name is Roseann Schwartzmiller. I live with my husband Rich and my dog, Sarge. I also have a granddaughter named Sophia. I enjoy watching Sophia on the weekends. I also enjoy reading books and watching TV.
I very much enjoy working with children. I previously worked at another day care for 9 months before coming to Wee Care. I also worked at Chartiers Valley Primary School as a lunch aide.
Jessie Turnbull - Lead Teacher
Hello, my name is Camillia Stone, but you can call me Cam. I am originally from Allentown which is located near Lancaster and Reading. I started working at Wee Care a few weeks after getting my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education at California University.
Teaching children gives me joy, but seeing them learn and understand a concept is indescribable. I see children this young as blank sheets of paper that we fill up with the basics and much more fun and interesting topics while providing love and nurture along the way. I do not have a certain age that I favor more than the other because I find that at each age you learn something new that is beneficial to my teaching career. One thing I love about being a teacher is being taught something new by the students and being inspired by them to be a better role model, teacher or person.
Hi. My name is Tara Lutton, and I am a proud mother of three: Evan, Kenna, and Ashlyn. When my youngest began school, I decided to return to work. I have always loved being around children and therefore Wee Care is perfect for me. I am a teacher's assistant, and I like that I get to interact with various age groups and also be there for my family. I really enjoy watching the children move from one stage to the next!
My name is Jess Wargo. I graduated from Mercyhurst University in 2005 with degrees in both Dance and World Language Education. Shortly after, I started working at Wee Care as a preschool and dance teacher, but then got a teaching job in a private Christian school in the area. During my teaching experience I had a preschool classroom for two years, a kindergarten classroom another two years, and taught Spanish K-8 for six years. I have also traveled to Guatemala three times on mission trips to an Orphanage. In fall of 2013 I returned to Wee Care working in the preschool and school age classrooms. I have been married since October 2011 and have three pet parakeets! Working with children has been one of the greatest blessings of my life, and I look forward to that continuing here at Wee Care.
Hello, my name is Ellen Katz, and I am excited to be with your child in the Butterfly classroom. Before coming to work at Wee Care I worked at Beth Shalom Early Learning Center for 12 ½ years. My husband (Maury) and I are proud parents of two sons, Paul and Jonathan. I have a Bachelor of Social Work from Penn State University. Nurturing children and watching them grow socially, emotionally, and physically is a wonderful learning experience for everyone involved; children, parents, and their teachers. I am excited to be a part of the process.
Matt Blewitt - Lead Teacher
Hi, my name is Connie. I have worked at Wee Care for 31 years. I work with the three year olds and I love working with them. I have two grown children and three granddaughters. I enjoy gardening, decorating and cooking.
Hi! My name is Wendie and I am the preschool computer teacher at Wee Care. I started working at Wee Care in 2003. A few months after I started working at Wee Care, I got married. In December of 2006 we welcomed our first child, Mallorie. And in January of 2014 we were blessed with two more children, twins, Adaleena and Tyler.
I attended Robert Morris and was working toward my Communications degree. After working with children, I then enrolled at Childcare Education Institute and received my Child Development Associate in November of 2006. I also attended the University of Cincinnati in 2008 and took several more education classes.
My true passion was always photography, so in 2009 I decided to go back to school for photography. A few years later, in 2012, I graduated from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. I started my own professional photography business where I photograph high school seniors. In addition to working at Wee Care and photography, I own a company called Steel City Creations that specializes in custom apparel, personalized gifts and more!
Judy Grega - Music and Story Time
Hi, my name is Matt Blewitt. I was born and raised in King of Prussia (Eastern PA). I have been working and educating children since 1999 (through work or schooling). I have worked here at Wee Care Children’s Center since 2002. I have graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood. Ever since I was a senior in high school, I knew for me to be happy in life I would be somewhere educating children. My hobbies are playing golf and watching my beloved world champion Philadelphia Phillies.
Hi! My name is Miss Taren! I am very excited about this opportunity to teach and care for your children. I am very close to earning my AS degree in Child and Family Studies. I also have three boys, Alexander, Kaleb and Cooper, and a daughter, Ellie. They are amazing to me, just like I know your children are to you. So, I will take great care of them.
Heidi Hartman - Lead Teacher
Hello, my name is Jessie Turnbull and I have worked at Wee Care since January 2008. I am a 2002 Chartiers Valley High School graduate where I took child development classes and was even involved with the school's preschool program. I guess you can say I have always enjoyed working with children! I had twins, Alice and Oliver, on June 30, 2014 - so I get to take my work home with me every day, but I would not change it for a thing. I spend my free time with my family making memories that will last a life time!
Amy Kissinger - Lead Teacher
Taren Fasulkey-Knorr - Lead Teacher
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