Our PHLP School Staff....

Perry Highway Lutheran Pre-K is proud of our highly qualified and educated school staff. The success of our program is a direct result of our teaching and administrative staff and their knowledge, experience, enthusiasm, and high level of commitment to every learner.

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Alyssa Drespling

School Administrative Director

Mrs. Drespling came to us in February 2020 with over 15 years of Early Childhood teaching and administration experience. She maintains her current PA state teaching certification, as well as has completed her State Director Certification, and has earned both her Bachelors in Elementary education and her Masters in Curriculum & Instruction with a Reading Specialist emphasis.

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Theresa Wilkinson

Head Teacher PHLP; Lead Teacher in both the 3's (classroom B) Preschool and 2.5 Preschool classrooms

Theresa Wilkinson is one of our Lead Teachers for the 3 year-old and 2.5 year preschool programs, as well as PHLP's Head Teacher. She has been with PHL Pre-K since 2016, and she loves being part of helping children grow stronger in every way.

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Maria Cashdollar

Assitant 3's Teacher (3B) / Spanish Teacher

Maria Cashdollar is the 3-year-old preschool Assistant Teacher and shares the classroom currently with Ms. Theresa. She is also our Spanish specials class teacher.

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Kristin Kucel

Assistant 2.5 Preschool teacher / Assistant 3 year (3A) Teacher

Ms. Kristin is one of our newest staff members, and we welcomed her in the January 2023 semester! Kristin has recently moved to the area after deployment overseas previously with her husband, and is excited to make this area their permanent home. Make sure you take a minute to greet her and welcome her to the PHLP family.

Mary Nolan-Thornton

Lead 3's Preschool Teacher (Class A) / 3's Enrichment Teacher

Ms. Mary came to us new for the 2022-23 school year, but not new to the teaching field. Ms. Mary, who recently moved to the area from New Jersey, comes with over 20 years in the Education and Behavioral Therapy fields, working with both Preschool age and Elementary school aged children... as well as in the special needs field.

Patricia Bruce

Lead Teacher 4/5 Pre-K Class

Patty Bruce is the Lead Teacher for the 4/5-year-old Pre-Kindergarten program. She joined PHL Pre-K in 2020, but overall this is her 9th year teaching early childhood education and her 21st year as an educator.

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Lisa Maines

4/5 PreK Assistant Teacher

Ms. Lisa is new to our PHLP family for the 2023-24 school year. She comes to us with a degree and background in Physical Education in the PreK-6th grade Elementary field. She is newer to our area and took some time to be at home with her young children to help with transitioning to a new area. She is excited to get back into education, as teaching is her passion, and she is super excited to do it in the early childhood field, with PHL PreK! Welcome Ms. Lisa!

Ted Griffin

Chaple Service Head / Substitute

Mr. Ted Griffin, who is the children's and Youth (Family) Pastor at Perry Highway Lutheran Church, helps to head up and conduct the students chapel services, as well as act a substitute for the PreK. The students and staff here at PHL PreK LOVE MR. TED! Ted also has a background in Education (K-6) and has worked with students of all ages throughout his career.

Heidi Hartle

Full Time Substitute

Ms. Heidi joins us new for the 2023-24 school year, and she has been a blessing to both our students and staff and has a love and heart for early education!

Sarah Keisel


Ms. Sarah was new to PHLP for the 2022-23 school year, and comes to us with a background in Mobile and mental health therapy within the private and local school sectors, and is currently earning her Masters degree in Early Childhood Education.