Sandy Detweiler | Owner/Prekindergarten Teacher
I am very excited to announce that in June of 2015 I became the owner of Explore and Learn Childcare and Learning Center. Ever since the age of 12 years old I have enjoyed working with children. I started babysitting for neighbors, helping with younger classes during Sunday School and volunteering in the nursery. I attended Bloomsburg University where I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. I taught for several years before I started a family of my own. I am currently raising three teenage boys with my husband and loving every minute of it. I am looking forward to having the opportunity to provide a safe, enriching environment for your child during their early developmental years.
Diane Gerstenfeld | Director/Preschool Teacher
Hi! My name is Diane and I am the Director here at Explore and Learn Childcare and Learning Center. I have 15 years experience directing and managing programs in the early childhood field. I started my career after graduating from Millersville University with a Bachelors in Elementary Education and a minor in Early Childhood, in my hometown of West Chester. There, I grew from a 3 year old head teacher to a director of a center, and then to the executive director of 2 sites within 5 years. I moved out to the area about 8 years ago to continue my love of teaching children, and have been the director at this site for the last 8 years.
I have a four year old daughter who currently attends the center with me each day and loves it here! It is great to know that my daughter is learning and growing to her best abilities while having fun, as she loves each and every teacher in this building! During my free time, I love relaxing with my family and friends around the pool or listening to my favorite 92.5 XTU country station. I am excited to begin this school year and watch how the children will grow.
Ms. Kate | Kindergarten Teacher
Hi! I am Miss Kate. I graduated from Kutztown University in 2018 with a dual major in Special Education PreK-8 and Early Childhood Education PreK-4. I also have some experience teaching PreK and working with children of all ages with special needs. I live with my dad and daughter in Souderton, PA. When I am not working, you may find me at home reading or taking my daughter to her favorite place, Sesame Place! I am currently acquiring the Spanish language and have a big interest in pottery and painting in my free time. I look forward to a fun year with the Kindergarten students!
Ms. Lee | Assistant PreK Teacher
I love with my family in Perkasie and am currently studying Early Childhood Education at Bucks County Community College. I have volunteered with young children throughout my life and enjoy working with this age. When I am not at school, I have a passion for exploring the outdoors, poetry, and making art. I am looking forward to a fun year with the PreK students!
Ms. Casey | Assistant PreK Teacher
My name is Ms. Casey and I have been with Explore and Learn since June 2021. I live in Tylersport with my fiancé and our two energetic boys. Before joining the Explore and Learn family, I was a front-end supervisor at a local grocery store. I love doing crafts and there is no such thing as owning too much stationary! My passions, besides crafting, are spending time with my kids, cooking, deal hunting and practically living at target! I am excited to learn and grow with the PreK class this year!
Ms. Zoe | Assistant Teacher
My name is Ms. Zoe and I am an assistant teacher here at Explore and Learn. I’ve spent many years working with children and I absolutely love it! I am very excited to start a new school year here and cannot wait to watch them grow. When I am not working, you can find me watching musicals, traveling, and spending time with my family.
Ms. Katie | Older Toddler Teacher
My name is Katie and I am the two year old teacher at Explore and Learn. I graduated from Lock Haven University in 2003 with my degree in Elementary Education. I have almost 20 years of experience working with children. I have worked with all ages and was even the director of a center: I love watching children grown and develop! My husband and I have two kids, Owen and Abby, who keep us busy! Owen is always creating and building while Abby is always doing art and singing! In my free time I like to spend time with my family, craft and shop at Target!
Ms. Jennifer | Young Toddler Teacher
My name is Ms. Jennifer, and I am excited to serve as the head teacher in the young toddler group here at Explore and Learn Childcare and Learning Center! I have always enjoyed working with children, and have spent over 25 years working in childcare and education. I have worked with children of all ages, but I especially enjoy working with infants and young toddlers. I am a mother of three wonderful children, and I draw from my experiences with them, as well as the knowledge from earning my CDA credential. I strive to create an environment that is nurturing, educational, and fun. In my free time, I love to spend quality time with my family. I enjoy reading, listening to music, watching movies, and quiet walks in the park. When inspiration strikes, I also enjoy writing poetry and drawing.
Ms. Brenda | Infant Teacher
Hi, My name is Brenda and I am the Infant room teacher. I have 30 plus years of childcare experience, a CDA, and ongoing trainings to help make the infant room to be a home away from home. I create daily activities to keep your baby stimulated and learning at their own pace. My husband and I have been together for 31 years and we have 2 sons and 6 grandchildren. I enjoy collecting antiques, reading, gardening and spending lots of time with my grandchildren!
Ms. Janine | Assistant Teacher
Hi! My name is Miss Janine, aka “Neen”. I have been here at Explore and Learn for almost 4 years, and have been in the childcare field for almost 20 years. I have worked with all age groups, and have recently completed the CDA course to expand on my many badges. When I’m not here with the kids, you may find me at a car show or out in my garden. If you can’t find me during football season, chances are I am glued to my couch. I absolutely love working with children and listening to their laughter. I am excited about another school year and look forward to making some more wonderful memories!!!