Meet Our Staff

Jennifer Arraya

Mrs. Arraya has been teaching our youngest students at St. James Preschool for 6 years now!  As she begins her 7th year (after a brief year off to manage her children’s online schooling during the pandemic) she continues to have the same excitement and energy that she has had since year one!  Mrs. Arraya is a proud mom to 2 St. James Preschool grads, now ages 9 and 11.  She enjoys crafts and doing anything creative with her kids, hiking/biking and water sports with her family, traveling and trips to the beach, photography, drawing, and cooking.  Mrs. Arraya holds her B.A. in Spanish and K-12 Education from Gettysburg College and has done graduate work as well.  She is bilingual in Spanish/English and even studied at the La Universidad de Sevilla and Instituto Universitario de Sevilla in Spain, so don’t be surprised if your children learn a bit of Spanish in her class.  Mrs. Arraya is passionate about teaching and works to ensure students learn and grow in their first year of preschool.  Mrs. Arraya is a hard worker who gives her all to her students and we are so thankful to have her as part of our St. James Preschool family.

Charlene Breindel

Mrs. Breindel lives in the Downingtown area with her husband Ralph.  Mrs. Breindel is beginning her 16th year teaching at St. James Preschool.  She holds an Associate Degree from Penn State University with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education as well as an Associate Degree in Business from DuBois Business College. She’s very proud of her son Jesse (Professor at Harcum College and teacher at Villa Maria and Brandywine Learning Center), daughter Nikki (Director of Packaging for Frito Lay), and her son in law David.  She enjoys walking, shopping, reading, cooking and baking, and visiting the beach and Disney!  Mrs. Breindel teaches our 3 day AM Pre-K programs this year.  Mrs. Breindel has always been active in her children’s education and activities and, now that they are all grown up, she is happy to be able to continue to work with our youngsters here at St. James. She finds every day to be a new, fun experience and loves the children’s excitement to be at school and learn new things and master new skills. She loves to listen to their stories!  Mrs. Breindel’s creative ideas and love of learning and children make her a very valuable member of our staff.

Nicole Campadonico

Mrs. Campadonico is thrilled to be starting her fifth year at St. James Preschool, after many years of being one of our favorite substitutes!  Both of her boys are St. James Preschool alumni, Ethan is now in eighth grade and Dylan in fifth grade. She enjoys bird watching, traveling, watching her sons play flag football, and taking care of her two spoiled cats!  She has earned an Early Childhood Education Certificate and is very happy to be a part of the St. James Family.  She looks forward to seeing each child learn and grow everyday and we love her kind and loving demeanor and calming presence in the midst of any situation.  Mrs. Campadonico always has a sweet smile for everyone and we are so happy to have her as a part of our staff to brighten everyone’s day!

Suzanne Diodato

Mrs. Diodato has been at St. James Preschool for over 18 years, starting as a Pre-K teacher (and a parent of a student) and then taking on the position of co-director in 2006. Mrs. Diodato has three beautiful daughters. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from East Stroudsburg University. She’s been teaching for over 20 years and loves the new adventure every day with the children. She feels that each day is a fun and exciting experience for herself and the whole class. Her enthusiasm and love for the children make her a favorite among St. James families and we all enjoy her creativity and fun projects. In her spare time, Mrs. Diodato enjoys crafts, spending time with her daughters, and watching her daughters play softball and basketball.

Kate Grandizio

This is Mrs. Grandizio’s 12th year teaching the 3s/4s class at St. James Preschool.  She especially loves the 3 and 4 year olds’ imagination and curiosity.  She enjoys helping children explore the world around them and fostering their developing independence.  Mrs. Grandizio received her Bachelor of Arts degree, as well as Elementary Education Certificate, from The College of Wooster in Ohio.  Her favorite pastimes include strolling through a museum, curling up with a good book, taking long walks, and spending time with her husband and 4 children.  We love having Mrs. Grandizio’s creative spirit and love of learning a part of our St. James Family!

Terri Haggerty

Mrs. Haggerty is in the midst of her 13th year at St. James.  She is a loving mom of twins–a boy and a girl–age 19!  Mrs. Haggerty holds a B.S. in Biology from Drexel University and a M.A. in Nutrition from Immaculata University.  After staying home to raise her children for seven years, Mrs. Haggerty re-entered the work force as a teacher assistant.  She enjoys watching her students experience and learn new things and loves the hugs and love they have to share!  In her free time, Mrs. Haggerty enjoys training her new puppy, walking, and doing yoga.  Mrs. Haggerty’s calm and patient manner and nurturing disposition make her a wonderful addition to our staff.

Dana Kinsey

Mrs. Kinsey is thrilled to be joining the St. James Preschool staff for her 2nd year!  She holds her teaching degree from Ursinus College in Exercise and Sports Science and a Masters of Education from Cabrini.  She is proud mom of St. James alumni Mia and Paulie.  She enjoys exercising and going to the beach and the mountains with her family.  She loves being a teacher, deciding early on in elementary school that that was the career for her!  She has so much fun with the students and watching them grow throughout the school year.  During college she played basketball and they won the championship her senior year.  Also in college she studied abroad in Australia for 5 months.  We are so excited to have Mrs. Kinsey sharing her energy, awesome experiences, and easygoing demeanor with our youngest students helping them learn to love school!

Shelly Klenk

Mrs. Klenk is excited to be back at St. James for her 5th year as a teacher assistant. A proud mom of 2 SJP alumni, Mrs. Klenk was an active member of the PTO as well as a frequent parent substitute before joining our staff. She has a B.A. in Communications with a minor in English from Villanova University. Mrs. Klenk loves traveling, reading, and spending time with her family and friends, especially outdoors. She hopes to pass on her love of learning and exploring new ideas and places to the children in her classroom.  We love having Mrs. Klenk’s boundless energy, team spirit, and positive attitude as part of our team!

Hope Latch

Mrs. Latch is currently in her 8th year of teaching at our preschool.  She is well-qualified with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Bloomsburg University and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum Design and Instruction from Penn State!  Mrs. Latch enjoys music, traveling, hiking, baking, reading, watching her kids play sports and spending time with her family.  She has two children, Megan, 16, and Matthew, 14 and a fur baby, Bauer, who is 8!  Mrs. Latch is so excited to be teaching your children and is looking forward to singing songs, playing games and doing crafts all while learning.  It’s her passion to teach and see the wonder in children’s eyes.

Maha Raman

Mrs. Raman has been at St. James for 14 years, but we have known her even longer.  Her daughter is a St. James graduate and while she was here, Mrs. Raman was one of our most popular parent substitute teachers!  Mrs. Raman currently is our Tuesday and Thursday Pre-K teacher, our Pre-K Assistant on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Friday mornings as well as the Pre-K Plus teacher.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Applications.  In her former career, she trained software professionals and now she is training the future professionals!  She loves working with young children and her enthusiasm and love of learning shine through. She especially loves science and math.  Mrs. Raman is trained in classical Indian dance and enjoys yoga, gardening, travel adventures, early morning walks, riding motorcycles, hiking, and experimenting with new recipes especially gourmet cooking  She is a loving mom to son, DJ, who is a Penn State Mechanical Engineering grad; a daughter, Medha, who is headed to University of California, San Diego as a freshman in fall and three affectionate puppies, Max, Moose and Sadie.

Emily Tarkington

Mrs. Tarkington is excited to be returning to the St. James Preschool Staff for her 2nd year!  She holds a B.A. degree from Shippensburg University.  Mrs. Tarkington is proud mom of St. James alum Nora, 7, and current student Graham, 4 and she has been a St. James Parent for 6 years!  She loves going to the beach, and building, sewing, crafting or creating any project.  Mrs. Tarkington is full of energy, creativity, songs and positivity.  She’s a do-er who has an ability to make good things happen, and she is such a wonderful asset to our school.  Our youngest students thrive under her loving care!

Johanna Uggla

Mrs. Uggla has been part of St. James staff for 17 years. Prior to that she was an active PTO president and parent of two children at the preschool.  Now long graduated, Sami is a Wilkes University BFA musical theatre student and aspiring actress, and Spencer is a football playing Johns Hopkins University Neuroscience major.  Mrs. Uggla has a B.A. in History and an M.Ed. in Educational Counseling from West Chester University. Mrs. Uggla enjoys spending time with her children, husband, and 2 dogs, reading, riding her Peloton, and traveling. She keeps busy attending her children’s various sporting events, musical and theater performances, and getting to the beach whenever she can.  She loves helping children learn to love school and working to make their first school experience a great one.