Director/ Two’s Teacher: Mare Perpiglia “Mrs. P “
Mare began her career in early childhood education twenty-two years ago as a preschool and Montessori teacher. Mare studied early childhood and Montessori education at Chestnut Hill College. While raising her daughter she remained active in the field of education as an assistant director, director, substitute, music teacher, toddler teacher and a pre K 3 +4’s teacher. She also served as a direct support teacher for autistic and trauma affected children. A few years later, Mare knew it was time to fulfill her life long dream of opening her very own school. She owned, operated and performed as the director and lead teacher. Mare implemented the Montessori, Reggio Emilia and Waldorf approach into her preschool vision. More years quickly passed and although Mare’s school was a huge success, Mare wanted to redirect her focus back to her family. Mare then returned to the Delaware and Montgomery county intermediate unit plus various preschools on the main line. For Mare, providing a nurturing and caring classroom, where each child feels valued and self confident is paramount to her teaching. Mare wants her students to get messy, gain independence, take risks and achieve the ultimate goal which is to have a life time love of learning. When Mare steps away from the classroom you can find her at the ice rink watching her daughter ice dance, roam the beaches and town of Cape May with her husband, belt show tunes in the halls, catch a show on Broadway, play fetch in the yard with her dogs and get carried away with “this is us “and “NJ Housewives” episodes. Mare is excited for the reopening of Little Acorns. She looks forward to rebuilding with her dynamic team of teachers. She looks forward to meeting new and returning families. Mare is confident Little Acorns will again become a strong community and the year will be filled with joy and happiness.
Pre K 3 + Pre K 4 Teacher: Amy Adelhelm “ Mrs. Adelhelm”
Mrs. Adelhelm has a passion for early childhood and brings over thirty years experience to Little Acorns. She studied early childhood and elementary education at West Chester University, holding a dual degree in both disciplines. Mrs. Adelhelm taught preschool, pre kindergarten, kindergarten, second and fourth grades at various institutions. Mrs. Adelhelm has also taught science in the “Science Explorers” programs. Mrs. Adelhelm loves to share her love of science with children. She knows that her love of science will propel onto her students which will allow them to discover “hands on experiments” which will help lead the way to their future. Mrs. Adelhelm lives in Royersford with her husband and 17 year old son Jason who will head off to college in the fall, and a 14 year old daughter Julia. Mrs. Adelhelm has a dog named” Odie” and a beta fish named ” Finley.” In Mrs. Adelhelm’s free time you can find her cooking in the kitchen, traveling, fishing, crafting, gardening, taking walks, reading, shopping, golfing and enjoying a concert. Mrs. Adelhelm is super excited to be apart of the Little Acorn’s preschool team! She is certain it will be an awesome year.
Teacher Aide: Danielle Marchese “Mrs. M”
Mrs. M has over twelve years teaching experience. She has been an aide at Little Acorns for the past six years. As everyone knows Mrs. M is the fan favorite. She was sad when the preschool closed last year due to the pandemic. When Mrs. M learned of the reopening, she was ecstatic. She has missed Little Acorns and the children. Mrs. M is over joyed that Little Acorns has added a two year program. More children for her to love. Her favorite time of the day is story time. Her favorite book is “The Giving Tree.” Mrs. M lives in Royersford with her husband and two children, son 18 and daughter 14. When she is not shuffling her children around to hockey and softball, Mrs. M loves to bake, travel and watch “Days of our lives.” Mrs. M knows that with Mrs. P’s enthusiasm, vision and drive the school will be a huge success. She is happy to be apart of Little Acorn’s once again.