Interim Director of PCCH Preschool: Diana H. Rodgers, M.A., Ed.D.
Diana and her husband, Mike Genuardi, have three daughters, two of whom are current PCCH Preschool students. They began their PCCH journey after relocating to Philadelphia from Pittsburgh two years ago. The R-G Family spent four years in Pittsburgh and were in Boston for the previous 11 years, so they know what it’s like to be new to an area and to a school community. In fact, all three of their daughters had baby years in different cities!
Diana is a career educator. She has taught high school history and government in a suburban Boston public school district, founded and ran an admissions consulting firm, and served as the treasurer for an early childhood school. Diana currently consults for schools and organizations on educational program development, evaluation, and improvement. She also teaches history and government through the Rosemont College Forum program. Her degrees from Boston College, Carnegie Mellon, Harvard, and the University of Pittsburgh (go Eagles, Tartans, Crimson, and Panthers!) have led her down this career path.
Assistant Director and Lead Teacher
Sarah is absolutely thrilled to be joining the magical staff and community of PCCH. Sarah has spent almost 20 years teaching children, and she is particularly committed to bringing inquiry-based, hands-on learning into her classroom. She wants every child—and every parent—to feel known, included, and appreciated.
Sarah earned her Bachelors from Swarthmore College in 2005 with a double major in Education and History, and upon graduation taught at Frankford Friends School. Soon after, she entered graduate school at Bank Street in NYC, a small school celebrated in educational circles for its commitment to innovative curriculum. While majoring in Classroom Literacy, Sarah worked as a Group Teacher at The Children’s International Workshop Preschool at Union Square while also apprenticing with a Reading Specialist at a local public elementary school.
When she came back to Philadelphia, Sarah spent the next eight years working as a Lead Teacher at The Miquon School, crafting inquiry-based, experiential lessons and unit studies based around child development and her students’ interests. At the same time, her reading specialist background allowed her to work closely to support children’s reading and literacy skills, often in small groups or individually. Helping students with learning differences became such a passion that she wrote and published a collaborative children’s book with her class tailored to the needs of dyslexic readers. Sarah also took an active role in behind-the-scenes work at Miquon, such as by leading staff meetings, introducing educational research topics to the community, and planning the all-school schedule.
After her first child was born, Sarah continued to tutor at Miquon and assisted the Director of Admissions with special projects. She also worked as a private tutor and school liaison, collaborating with teachers, family, and specialists to tailor individual learning plans for students. A proud PCCH parent—her oldest daughter graduated in 2020—Sarah is committed to ensuring her students gain strong pre-kindergarten skills while also nurturing their wonder, creativity, and joy.
Toto is originally from a small town in North Carolina and moved to Philadelphia in March of 2021. Toto received their BA in Theatre Performance & Professional Communication from Juniata college in 2016, and their MFA in Theatre Arts from the University of Louisville in 2019.
They first started working with children of all ages through summer camps and since then have taught theatre courses to ages 2 and older. Outside of PCCH, Toto regularly teaches theatre classes to Elementary students at the Allens Lane Art Center. In Toto’s theatre classes, they encourage students to trust themselves, make bold choices, and be brave.
Toto is ecstatic to be joining PCCH and is committed to helping students grow into community members who are not only kind and empathetic to others, but also to themselves.
A Philadelphia native, Stephanie currently resides in Rydal with her husband, Ralph, and 2 sons, Stephen and Ralphie. After earning her degree in Marketing from The American University of Washington DC, Stephanie worked in financial services and business development for Aflac, Inc. until becoming a stay-at-home mom. During those years Stephanie served as Lunch Room Parent, Lead Classroom Parent, Kindergarten Classroom Reading Assistant Volunteer, Computer and Library Specials Volunteer, High School Girls Lacrosse Coach, Boys Basketball and Soccer Coach, Rydal PTO Committee Chair for Rydal West’s Special Persons Day, Pumpkin Fest, School Store and School Holiday Store. During this challenging time of navigating the Covid-19 pandemic, Stephanie also served her local Abington School District community advocating for safe, equitable in-person education for all students.
Stephanie is passionate about early childhood education and having a positive impact on the lives of children through her many volunteer experiences. At Glenside UCC Preschool she was the Gym Teacher and Assistant Teacher for ages 12 months to 5 years old. Later, further combining her joy of teaching and sports, Stephanie joined Amazing Athletes Inc. There she combined imaginative play, movement and sports to introduce preschoolers to nutrition, gross motor skills development, basic sports skills and physical education. PCCH students had a blast in Amazing Athletes classes with “Coach” Stephanie during the 2019-2020 school year. During that school year, Stephanie also assisted as a substitute teacher at PCCH. She is extremely grateful and thrilled to return with lots of energy and passion to the PCCH teaching team for the 2021-2022 school year!
Stephanie is devoted to creating engaging atmospheres where children can learn, express themselves and develop pre-kindergarten social and academic skills. She loves playing a role in children’s best “work” through play, movement and creation. In addition to active play, Stephanie is also an arts enthusiast. Whether it’s with watercolors, Play-Doh or building blocks, she can’t wait to help inspire and see all the creations the students will make on a daily basis! Stephanie is committed to creating hands-on curriculum to nurture each child’s social and emotional development as well as their individual interests and academic skill sets.
Jodi was born and raised in a bustling suburb of New Jersey, right in the middle of all the New York City and Philadelphia action. She moved to NYC after high school to experience the culture and the eclectic environment that the city provides. After almost 20 years, Jodi met and married her amazing husband and settled down in PA to raise their three energetics sons, Henry, Colin and Flynn. All three attended PCCH and found it to be a rewarding start to their educational careers.
Jodi’s background is in hospitality and entertainment and includes a stint as the front-woman for an all-mom punk band for kids! When the opportunity arose to join the team at PCCH, Jodi jumped at the chance to create the same loving atmosphere she experienced with her kids.
In the time that Jodi has been at PCCH, she has been thrilled to find a likeminded community of caring people who love kids and the educational process as much as she does.
Elizabeth’s (Liz) love of children began when she was a child babysitting the neighborhood children and playing school. Her teaching path began at Ken-Crest Services in 1998 where she worked with children ranging from ages 3 months-5 year olds. While at Ken-Crest she was given the opportunity to work where typically developing children were integrated in with children with special needs children. It was here where she knew that this is exactly where she wanted to be, with children. Liz attended night classes and earned her Child Development Associate credential. In 2004 she married her husband John( Philadelphia Police Officer) in Kauai Hawaii and in 2005 they welcomed their son Jp was born. Following the closing of Ken-Crest Liz worked at another school where she was the three year old teacher and then moved over to be with the 15 months- 2 year olds. In 2014 Liz and John welcomed another son Reilly into the world. After being a stay at home mom for a few years Liz joined Zion Preschool where she worked in the two year old room.
Liz loves spending time with John, Jp and Reilly. She loves the beach, country music,and watching football and baseball.
Lead Teacher and Administrative Assistant
Kelly was born and raised in Philadelphia then moved to Bucks County 23 years ago with her family.
As a stay at home mom to her 2 children Anthony and Casey, she was always active with their schooling from homeroom mom, committee chairs, etc. in grade school to President in both their high schools’ parents’ associations.