Meet Our Staff

 

 

Charlene Breindel (Pre-K Teacher)

Mrs. Breindel lives in the Downingtown area with her husband Ralph.  Mrs. Breindel is beginning her 15th  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 (Teacher Assistant)

Mrs. Campadonico is thrilled to be starting her fourth 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 seventh grade and Dylan in fourth grade.  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 (Co-Director)

 

Mrs. Diodato has been at St. James Preschool for over 17 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.

Courtney Farabaugh (Teacher Asistant)

Courtney Farabaugh is excited to have joined the St. James Preschool staff as a teacher assistant and is starting her second year. Her 9 year old son Noah is a proud SJP alumni! Mrs. Farabaugh spent 8 years teachering Pre-K and kindergarten before she had her son and is thrilled to be back in school—especially at St. James. She hold a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Millersville University. She enjoys baking, crafting, outdoor activities and spending time with her family. Mrs. Farabaugh’s bright smile and cheery personality light up the classroom!  She says, "The minute I walked into St. James as a parent I fell in love with the school.  I am thrilled to now be a part of the amazing family of staff!"

Katherine  Grandizio
 (Older Threes/Fours Teacher)

 

Mrs. Grandizio is starting her eleventh year as a teacher at St. James, though we have known her as a St. James parent for an even  longer time.  She has four children ranging in age from 16-24..  Mrs. Grandizio has a Bachelor of Arts as well as her Elementary Education Certification from The College of Wooster.   She teaches our Older Threes and Fours Classes.  She enjoys spending time with her family going on long walks, watching her children do whatever it is they love to do, strolling through a museum, or curling up with a good book.  Mrs. Grandizio loves learning about different times and places in history, especially Ancient Egypt.  Mrs. Grandizio loves everything about preschool, especially helping young children explore the world around them.  She is rewarded by drawing them into new learning experiences and watching them grow.  We love having her creative spirit a part of our St. James Family.  

Terri Haggerty (Teacher Assistant)

Mrs. Haggerty is in the midst of her twelfth year at St. James.  She is a loving mom of twins--a boy and a girl--age 18!  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 asa teacher assistant.  She enjoys watching her students experience and learn new things and loves the hugs and love they have to give!  In her free time, Mrs. Haggerty enjoying playing frisbee with her dog, walking, and doing yoga.  Mrs. Haggerty's calm and patient manner and nurturing disposition make her a wonderful addition to our staff.

Dana Kinsey(Young 3s Teacher)

Mrs. Kinsey is thrilled to be joining the St. James Preschool staff this 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 current student 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!

Hope Latch
(Pre-K Teacher)

Mrs. Latch is currently in her seventh 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 physical activities--running, biking, kayaking and hiking--and all of that energy is great for ou students!  She also enjoys reading, baking game nights, and traveling with her family to see new places.  She has two children, Megan, 15, and Matthew, 13.  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.  
DeeDee Price (Teacher Assistant)

Miss Price is so excited to be starting her first year at St. James Preschool as a teacher assistant in the Pre-K class.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from East Stroudsburg University and is currently attending West Chester University to earn her teaching certification for early grades (Pre-K through 5th grade).  DeeDee has lots of experience with this age group, having both as younger brother and nephew who are preschool aged!  She enjoys spending time with both of those little guys (in addition to her boyfriend), traveling to her family's cabin in the Adirondacks, and relaxing with Netflix when she's not working or doing schoolwork.  DeeDee is a hardworker who has worked throughout college and is an awesome waitress, however it was when she worked with young children at a summer camp that she shifted her focus from athletic training to a desire to achieve a career in teaching.  She loves seeing the children learn and she is great forging connections with children.  DeeDee's easygoing personality make her very approachable for the kids and they love playing with her and working with her on projects in the classroom.  We are excited to help DeeDee gain experience so that she can achieve her dream of being a teacher and are so lucky to have her as part of the St. James Preschool family!

Maha Raman (Pre-K Teacher and Teacher Assistant)

Mrs. Raman has been at St. James for 13 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, and our Pre-K Assistant on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Friday mornings.  She holds a Master's Degree in Computer Applications from Alagappa Chettiar Engineering College.  In her former career, she trained professionals with the latest software to meet their needs--now she is training the future professionals with the basic skills needed to become successful students!  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 of son, DJ, who is a Penn State Mechanical Engineering grad, and daughter, Medha who is a senior at STEM Academy..

Emily Tarkington (Teacher Assistant)

Mrs. Tarkington is excited to be joining the St. James Preschool Staff this year.  She holds a BA degree from Shippensburg University.  Mrs. Tarkington is proud mom of St. James alum Nora, 6, and current student Graham, 3.  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 are going to thrive under her care!

Johanna Uggla (Co-Director)

 

Mrs. Uggla has been part of St. James staff for 16 years. Prior to that she was an active PTO president and parent of two children at the preschool, now graduates, Wilkes University BFA musical theatre student and aspiring actress Samantha, and football playing Johns Hopkins University Neuroscience major, Spencer.  She has a B.A. in History from West Chester University, and an M.Ed. in Educational Counseling, also from WCU. Mrs. Uggla enjoys spending time with her children and husband, reading, exercising, 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 is an active foster parent and volunteer at local rescues, saving dogs and cats from high kill shelters in the south and helping to find them loving forever homes.   She loves helping children learn to love school and working to make their first school experience a great one.  She treats every child at the preschool as her own.
St. James Preschool
409 E. Lancaster Ave.
Downingtown PA 19335
610-269-0525
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