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Meet Wonderspring’s Quality Team

Monica Stanoch and Janine Massenburg

When it comes to our children, we all want the very best. That’s why Wonderspring is committed to providing the highest quality programming and invests heavily in continual quality improvement. As part of that investment, we have expanded our quality team to include two highly-experienced, full-time Quality Advisors, Monica Stanoch and Janine Massenburg. They will be working directly with each of our centers to identify quality improvement goals and develop and implement strategic plans and action steps to achieve those goals.
Monica, a 12-year veteran of Wonderspring who previously served as a part-time Quality Advisor, has a wealth of expertise in early childhood education. In addition to serving as an internal quality coach, she has provided on-site technical assistance, professional development and coaching for Keystone STARS programs throughout the Southeast region. She was also instrumental in the implementation of Wonderspring’s Creative Curriculum, Teaching Strategies Gold and Second Step Social/Emotional Curriculum. Additionally, she played a critical role in developing Wonderspring’s COVID-19 Health and Safety policies and procedures. Before joining Wonderspring, Monica was a Professional Development Manager at Southeast Regional Key, which manages Keystone STARS, Pennsylvania’s Quality Rating and Improvement System. 
Janine has worked with Wonderspring for 14 years, most recently as a Project Associate for Technical Assistance. In this grant-funded role, she worked with other Early Childhood Centers providing the coaching and technical assistance they needed to improve quality and raise their Keystone STAR level. Prior to joining Wonderspring, she was director of education at LifeSPAN School and Day Care.
“What I love about Wonderspring is that the organization values the benefits of a play-based, child-centered curriculum. We meet each child where they are while preparing them for their next developmental milestone, a strategy based on early childhood brain research and rooted in best practices,” says Monica. “Another thing that makes Wonderspring special is its commitment to the social and emotional development of children and it has been gratifying to help lead the implementation of a social/emotional curriculum and positive behavior supports at our centers.”
Monica and Janine are excited for the opportunity to work closely with the staff at each of our centers as well as our community partners to help Wonderspring provide the highest quality programming and learning environments to the children and families we serve.

PNC Grant Supports Professional Development

In another exciting development advancing Wonderspring’s quality improvement efforts, we are thrilled to announce that Wonderspring has been awarded a grant from the PNC Foundation to support the professional development of our center staff. The grant will provide two full days of comprehensive targeted trainings on The Creative Curriculum and the Teaching Strategies GOLD assessment tool. The Creative Curriculum is a nationally recognized, research-based, collection of knowledge-building resources enables teachers to to support every type of learner and address all the important areas of learning. Teaching Strategies GOLD is assessment system that blends ongoing observational assessment for all areas of development and learning with performance tasks for selected predictors of school success in the areas of literacy and numeracy. 
Staff will attend skill-building workshops specific to their their level of knowledge and experience as well as the age age group with which they work. The grant will also enable Wonderspring to purchase additional online training that can be accessed throughout the year for more intensive instruction on specific topics or as an introduction to new teachers.
We’re grateful to PNC Foundation for their ongoing support of Wonderspring’s commitment to quality!
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Wonderspring welcomes two new Board members


Narberth PA—Wonderspring Early Education, a nonprofit provider of high-quality, safe, convenient, and affordable early childhood education throughout Greater Philadelphia, is pleased to welcome Jennifer Ghazzouli and Daniela Keller to its Board of Directors.

Jen has over 20 years of experience in Human Resources working in a variety of industries including financial services, retail, and healthcare. She currently serves as the Vice President/Managing Director of Talent Acquisition for OneMain Financial, the nation’s largest personal installment loan provider. She is responsible for leading and developing OneMain’s talent acquisition strategies and delivering programs including talent attraction, selection, talent pipelines as well as supporting strategic initiatives to drive organizational growth. Prior to joining OneMain Financial, Jen led Global Talent Acquisition for QVC, Inc.  Jen holds a Master of Science in Human Resource Development from Villanova University as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Chemistry/Biochemistry from LaSalle University.  She is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management and holds a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification.  

Daniela has over 20 years of experience working in Human Resources partnering with leadership to achieve organizational vision, attract key talent, foster an innovative and collaborative culture. As an influential change agent, she seeks opportunities for continuous improvement while driving inclusion and employee experience. She is currently a Senior People Operations Partner at La Colombe Coffee Roasters. Previously, she served as Wawa’s first People Team Business Partner and spent 10 years as a Sr HR Business Partner at QVC. Daniela holds a Master of Science in Human Resources from Weider University and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Temple University. As a working mother, Daniela says she understands the importance of high-quality childcare and is looking forward to supporting Wonderspring in its efforts to help children and families thrive.

Wonderspring operates in ten locations throughout the Philadelphia region. In addition to its early education centers, Wonderspring offers school-age programs to ensure children receive educational experiences and care before and after the school day. The organization’s summer camp for children entering Kindergarten through 6th grade offers weekly themed sessions that provide opportunities for fun, exploration and learning throughout the summer. For more information, visit wonderspring.org.


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Promotions and New Hires at Wonderspring


As you may be aware, the early childhood sector is experiencing an unprecedented staffing crisis. At Wonderspring, we are working hard to ensure that we are an employer of choice and that we retain our talented and dedicated staff. One important way we do this is by providing pathways to career growth to our employees. To that end we are proud to highlight Wonderspring staff who have recently been promoted.

Elissha Mattheis is Wonderspring’s new Talent Development Manager. Elissha, who previously served as the Director of our Powelton Village center, Elissha has more than ten years of experience working with young children in various roles both in the United States and Abroad. Prior to joining Wonderspring she  worked in roles that include Intensive In-Home Specialist, Teacher, and Assistant Director. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Social Relations, Elissha is devoted to ensuring that Wonderspring continues to hire quality employees that will serve Wonderspring’s children and families. She is excited about recruiting talented and enthusiastic people to join our team. 
Monica Williams has been promoted to Director of our Powelton Village center. Monica has a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Eastern University and 17 years of experience working with children and families. She most recently served as Assistant Director at our Narberth Center. Monica is passionate about fostering child development through positive engagement and play-based learning and is excited to bring her skills to her new role at Powelton!
Angela Giuliani has been promoted to the role of Assistant Director at our Narberth center. Angela has been a Pre-K teacher for over 15 years, with the last three at Wonderspring. She has a Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts from Penn State and a dual Master’s from Neumann University in elementary and special education. This year she was also one of only 50 teachers nationally to receive the 2021 Terri Lynne Lokoff Teacher Award, which acknowledges the critical role of child care teachers in providing quality early care and education.

New Hires

Bob Harker is Wonderspring’s new Director of Facilities Operations. Bob has 15 years of building and trades experience. He has an associates degree in Facilities Management from the Community College of Philadelphia and is pursuing a degree in Business Administration. When he’s not working he enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, playing games, watching movies and listening to music. He’s also a a huge Philly sports fan, Bob is excited to bring his knowledge and experience to Wonderspring to ensure it is safest and most desirable location for children and families.
Leah Booker is the new Director at our New Market West center. Leah received her Bachelor’s degree in in Kinesiology from West Chester University and her Masters in Early Childhood Education from University of Phoenix. Working with children and being a youth advocate has been Leah’s life’s work. She has served in various capacities for the School District of Philadelphia, the Greater Philadelphia YMCA and most recently, Storefront Academy Charter Schools. Leah is looking forward to leading the awesome New Market West team, creating dynamic relationships with families, and impacting every child beyond expectations!
Alicia Vaux is the new Assistant Director of our Wynnewood center. Alicia previously served as a Pre-K Counts teacher for the Berks County Intermediate Unit. She has also taught Head Start and worked at a private childcare center. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education Pre-K through 4th grade from Shippensburg University and Master’s in Reading Education from Holy Family University. Alicia has a passion for child development and leadership and is excited to support the children and staff at Wynnewood. 
Rasheeda McLean is the new Assistant Director at our Powelton Village center. Rashida has a wealth of experience working with young children. Prior to joining Wonderspring, she taught Pre-K and Kindergarten students for 6 years before founding a pre-school in Philadelphia. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Special Education from Rosemont College and received her Pennsylvania Director Certification in childcare from Arcadia University.

We’re still hiring!

Do you know someone who wants a career making a difference in the lives of children and families? Wonderspring is still working to fill numerous teacher and assistant teacher positions at its centers. 
You can learn more about what makes Wonderspring such a wonderful place to work and view all our open positions HERE.


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Tour our brand-new center

Tour Wonderspring’s brand new center at New Market West at a safe, socially distant Open House event. The events, featuring tours of the beautiful facility, light refreshments and giveaways, will offer an  opportunity to learn about our high-quality programs and our Early Bird Discounts

New Market West is located at 5901 Market Street, Suite 101 in Philadelphia (enter on 59th St.)

Dates and times for the events are:


Tuesday, January 19th, 7am-1pm
Wednesday, January 20th, noon-6pm
Thursday, January 21st, 8am-noon

Conveniently located directly adjacent to a public transportation hub, New Market West will serve infants through school age. And, as you’ve come to expect from all our centers, it will provide high-quality, evidence-based programming that meets the state’s Early Learning Standards by focusing on the intellectual, developmental, social, emotional, and relational aspects of the whole child.

The new site also features a beautiful outdoor learning space that will offer children many opportunities for exploration and connecting with nature.  As with all our centers, the New Market West site will accept ELRC subsidy. 

For more information about New Market West go here.

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