Preschool Staff and Ministry team

The Ministry Team is approved by the Oreland Evangelical Presbyterian Church's Nominating Committee each year and is directly accountable to the Session. The team consists of a mix of church representatives and dedicated parents. Anyone interested in participating is welcome to apply.

  • Preschool Director

    Janie Brey

    “After years of teaching Preschool and Kindergarten, it has been a great adventure being the Director at OEP Preschool. I have enjoyed getting to know the children and their families who have become part of the school community. Celebrating with these families as we watch the children grow and learn has been a privilege. Encouraging the great team of teachers is a pleasure. It is a blessing to work for a church that supports the school’s endeavors.”

Teachers

Our teachers LOVE their jobs! They work hard to provide an environment where the children feel secure, happy and nurtured, and where their social, physical, spiritual and emotional needs will be met. They seek to help children grow individually, and strive to encourage their uniqueness.

Two day Two's teachers

  • debbie leonard

    Lead Teacher, Debbie Leonard, is beginning her 2nd year at the preschool. Debbie received her Associates’ Degree in Social Sciences from Montgomery County Community College.

     “I’ve been involved with teaching children for the last 30 years. It is my great joy and privilege to teach these precious little ones. I love their enthusiasm for learning, their ability to love so easily, and I love watching them grow and mature over the course of a school year. Even though I am considered the teacher, I am continually amazed at how much the little ones actually teach me. I look forward to being part of the OEPC community and getting to know these precious ones and their families.”

  • Susan Barna

    Assistant Teacher, Susan Barna is beginning her 4th year at the preschool. Susan received her BA from Loyola University and Masters in Education from The College of New Jersey.

    "Children help me to keep things simple – smile, laugh, love. Working with children teaches me to focus on what truly matters in life – faith, family, friends. (I love the progression of each year as their shyness turns to friendships, their curiosity turns to knowledge, and their imaginations develop their interests.) The beauty of teaching children is that as we give them the skills that they need to prepare them for this big world, the children actually keep us grounded on God’s basics.”

Three day three's teachers

  • Carol Stricker

    Lead Teacher, Carol Stricker is beginning her 12th year at the preschool. Carol has almost completed her Associate’s degree in Elementary Education from Bucks County Community College. 

    “What fun it is to see the children discover new things and to see their excitement when they overcome a dilemma.”

  • Christine Gilinger

    Assistant Teacher, Christine Gilinger is beginning her 13th year at the preschool. Christine’s major at Nassau Community College was Early Childhood Education. 

    “It's really fun in the beginning of the year, getting to know all the different little personalities. Then as the year rolls on, it’s amazing to see how much they grow. I love to help them learn new skills and see how proud they are of themselves when they do!"

three day pre-k teachers

  • Jisu Oelschlegel

    Lead Teacher, Jisu Oelschlegel is beginning her 2nd year at the preschool. Jisu earned her Bachelor's Degree in English Language and Literature from Sejong University in Seoul, Korea, where she also earned her Teaching Certificate.

    “I love being able to watch children grow up. As seeds need sunlight, water, and fertile soil to grow, children need a proper environment in which to grow. I will do my best to shine upon them with my smile and shower them with love, planted firmly in the truth of the gospel."

  • Sandy Bisulca

    Assistant Teacher, Sandy Bisulca is beginning her 8th year at the preschool. Sandy earned her BA from Messiah College and an MSW from Temple.

    “Among the many things I enjoy about working with preschool children, what I cherish most is their curiosity and wonder as they engage the world around them. It also excites me to see the progression they make socially, academically and spiritually. It is truly amazing how much they grow over the course of a single school year!"

five day pre-k teachers

  • Lorna Salazar

    Lead Teacher, Lorna Salazar is beginning her 20th year at the preschool. Lorna earned her degree in Business Administration from Temple University and earned her Early Childhood Education Certification from Montgomery County Community College. 

    “I love working with 4 and 5 year old children because of the way they absorb everything and also how they challenge me to keep providing an interesting learning environment. I truly value each and every one of them.”

  • Loreto Halton

    Assistant Teacher, Loreto Halton is beginning her 20th year at the preschool. Loreto earned her degree in Business Administration from Arcadia College.

    “The best part about working the preschool is seeing the delighted look on the children’s faces when they learn something new or master a new skill. It is a priceless moment that makes my heart sing and I am blessed to share it with them!!!”

  • Linda Craymer

    Short and long term sub, Linda Craymer, is beginning her 7th year at the preschool. She earned a bachelor's degree from Cairn University in Bible and Church Music. She has been teaching private piano lessons for the last 32 years and home schooled her children.

    "I love being in the Pre-K 5 day classroom because it is a joy and delight to see their little faces shine when they figure out a hard puzzle or learn a new concept." 

music teacher

  • Joyce Johnson

    Joyce Johnson is beginning her 8th year at the preschool. Joyce earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Nyack College.

    “I’ve got the best job because the children love to sing and dance, and that’s what we do in music!”