Kids Are First Preschool, Kindergarten and Summer Camp
Ms. Kathleen Boland - Director
I graduated from Temple University with a degree in Health and Physical Education. I have taught grades K-12 in the Philadelphia School District. I've also worked at a local preschool in jobs varying from infant facility, athletic director, lifeguard and preschool teacher. I have been the director of Kids Are First since 2006, I love keeping busy with the kids and I love coming to work everyday!
Mrs. Janet Bowen - Preschool Teacher
Residing in Kintnersville with my husband, I am the mother of two grown children and a grandmother. I received my B.S. degree in Elementary and Special Education from Millersville University and have over 30 years of experience in early childhood education. I have been with Kids Are First since its start in 2006 and love teaching Language Arts. Books are one of my passions and I enjoy sharing the power of the written word with children.
Mrs. Vickie Martinelli (Mrs. M) - Gym and Music Teacher
My name is Vickie Martinelli (Mrs. M) and I am the Gym and Music teacher at Kids Are First. I live in Coopersburg with my husband Dan and my 13 year old son Danny. We have a 19 year old cat named Gump and a new puppy named Buddy. I graduated from Kutztown University in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in Education. I have been teaching Preschool and Kindergarten ever since. I have been lucky enough to be at my current position for 10 years, with the exception of the 2012-2013 school year. I needed to take that year off due to an illness in my family. I am so excited to be back and I am looking forward to another wonderful fun filled year. Kids Are First Rocks!
Mrs. Brooke Martin - Kindergarten Teacher
I have been working for Kids Are First since 2006. I graduated from Beaver College (Arcadia University) in 2000 and am a certified teacher in Elementary Education k-6. Prior to joining Kids Are First I worked at Sellersville Elementary. I also coached the high school girl's basketball team from 2002-2010 where I lead the team to a championship in 2008 and exceeded over 100 wins during my tenure. I continue to coach at the youth level today. I have 4 small children at home, Alyssa, Ryan, Bryce and Jayden. Working at Kids Are First allows me to do what I love to do, teach, and gives me the opportunity to be fully involved in my children's lives.
Mrs. Dana Rice - 3 Year Old Teacher
Hi my name is Dana Rice and I am the Math and Science teacher. I have my Associate degree in Elementary Education and have been part of the Kids Are First family since 2006. I live with my husband, two children and two cats. I look forward to a great school year!
Mrs. Lisa Schmidt - Art Teacher
I started teaching preschool in 1996. Before teaching preschool, I provided child care in my home for 6 years. I studied child care at Bucks County Community College as well as Lansdale School of Business. Currently, I am the art teacher at Kids Are First Preschool. My favorite thing about my job is seeing the amazement in your child's face when we create something new together.
Mrs. Sue Moser - Language Arts Teacher
As a graduate of Western Maryland College (recently renamed McDaniel College), I have a total of 15 years experience teaching preschool. The mother of three adult children, I also spent 11 years as a stay-at-home mom during which I served as a Girl Scout leader, Boy Scout volunteer, reading tutor, school library helper, PTA officer, and all around volunteer at Guth Elementary School. I reside in Perkasie with my husband John. As a child at heart and a grandmother wannabe, I love being a Kids Are First team member, surrounded by preschoolers and dedicated co-workers.
Miss Jessica Haney - After school and Head Camp Counselor
I am a relatively recent graduate of Kutztown University with a teaching degree in English. I have worked at Kids Are First Preschool since June 2010. I have loved every minute of it!! I enjoy working with your children and love watching them learn. Teaching is my passion. I also work at Souderton high school as an Instructional Assistant in a life skills classroom. Both my work at the preschool as well as the high school have helped me grow as a person and a teacher. I can't wait to see what the preschoolers will teach me this year.
Joan Frick - Bus Driver
Joan Frick - Also known as Miss Joan or "Van Teacher" - I am a retired elementary teacher from Palisades School District. I taught primary grades for 30 years and have B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Temple University and a Masters in Special Education from Lehigh University. I have two grown daughters, Kelly (married with a daughter) and Samantha (single and teaches Wellness and Physical education). My husband, Alan is also retired from Sellersville Borough. This is my second year driving the kindergarten children to and from school. We have lively conversations in the van; so I will only believe half of what they tell me, if you only believe half of what they tell you!