004       Director/Teacher Evelyn Whiteside:

I have been teaching close to 30 years.  Most of that time has been spent in Early Childhood Education.  I have a BS in Education from Millersville State College and an MS in Education from Cabrini College.  I hold teaching certifications in both Early Childhood Education and Special Education.


Many years ago I worked for the Devereux Foundation and the Owen J. Roberts School District.   When my oldest daughter was born I began my journey into Early Childhood Education by opening my own registered home day care facility.  I then worked several years for St. Andrew’s Nursery School in Audubon, PA.  Before coming to Little Acorns, I worked for Easter Seals in Kulpsville, PA teaching an inclusion model preschool which serviced children with and without IEP’s.  My passions and experience are with little people.  I continue to learn and gain so much energy and enthusiasm from them.

Teacher Assistant Donna Ostermann:

Donna moved to the Pennsylvania area a few years ago from the Queens New York area where she worked as a teaching assistant in Dry Harbor Pre-School.  Donna has been doing child care in her home since coming to Pennsylvania along with volunteering in her own children’s schools.  Donna and her husband have 3 children of their own.

Teacher Assistant Danielle Marchese:

Miss Dani joined the Little Acorns staff in September 2015 as a welcome set of extra hands for our continually growing preschool.  Danielle enjoyed volunteering in her own 2 children’s preschools and Elementary schools and is excited to bring her experiences with children here to Little Acorns.

Teacher Debbie Brooks:

Miss Debbie is the teacher of our 5 day Pre-K program started in Fall 2016.  Debbie has a bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Shippensburg University.  She holds a Masters degree in Early Childhood Special Education from John Hopkins University as well as graduate certificates in Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health.  Debbie taught many years ago in Maryland as an Elementary classroom teacher.  Prior to coming to Little Acorns, Debbie worked as an Early Intervention Teacher with Arc Alliance Children’s Services.
Teacher Assistant Heather Blumenthal:

Miss Heather joined our school in January 2017.  She brings with her a strong background in developmental psychology and lots of experience being a Mom of a preschooler.  In her spare time, Miss Heather enjoys working with a local “Mothers of Preschoolers” group and running in Valley Forge Park.