Educational Director: Laurie Todd
Business Director: Michelle Bonk
TOTS Teachers: Jennifer Maloney, Mary Hulse
Nursery Teachers: Erica Heess, Lenora Boulden
Pre-K Teachers: Laurie Todd, Audra King, Jenny Dowling (Assistant), Jenny Lane (Assistant), Leanne Gebhart (Assistant)
Staff and Ratio:
TOTS: 3 Teachers to 12 children per class
NURSERY: 2 Teachers to 13-15 children per class
PRE-K: 2 Teachers to 14-16 children per class
Educational Director, Pre-K Teacher
College: James Madison University
Degree: Early Childhood Education
Years at OCP: 12 Years
Laurie Todd received her Early Childhood Degree from James Madison University where she played field hockey. She grew up in Unionville and attended Unionville High School. After graduating from JMU, she married and moved to Lincoln University, where she has lived for 23 years. She has three boys, two of which attended OCP. Her boys are all graduates of Oxford Area High School and are now in college.
She has had the pleasure teaching Pre-K and directing at OCP for the past 12 years. Before joining the OCP family she was director and kindergarten teacher at Sprouts Day School for 13 years. I am so proud to be a part of the OCP team where we create a warm and nurturing environment for our students to learn and grow.
Nursery Teaching Assistant
Years at OCP: 19 years
Lenora Boulden is the Nursery Teaching Assistant, Enrichment Assistant and Lunch Bunch Organizer. Lenora has been working in childcare for over 20 years. She has worked in both TOTS and Nursery Classes at OCP. In her spare time she volunteers in Kids Church. She feels blessed to be part of an amazing team of teachers who are dedicated to provide a nurturing and loving environment where children can learn and grow. She is thankful for the opportunity to spend time with OCP children watching them play, explore, make new friends and learn.
Pre-K Teaching Assistant
College: Laboratory Institute of Merchandising in Manhattan
Hello! My name is Leanne Gebhart and I will be assisting Mrs. Todd’s AM Pre-K. I have spent the last 25 years working with young children- from mother’s helper to Manhattan nanny. After college, I spent five years providing children’s programming at the Oxford Library before starting a family of my own. Our three children attended OCP since 2014. I am so excited to join the OCP family.
College: Penn State University, Wilkes University
Degree: Elementary Education, Spanish, masters in Educational Development
Hi OCP families! My name is Audra King and I am originally from Easton, PA, but my family and I moved to Oxford from State College 3 years ago for my husband’s (Nevin) job. I earned a bachelor’s in Elementary/Kindergarten Education and a minor in Spanish from Penn State. After graduation I taught 2nd grade for 2 years in Norcross, Georgia. I then moved back to State College where I taught 4th grade for 1 year and Kindergarten for 4 years while earning my masters in Educational Development and Strategies from Wilkes University. Six years ago, I left the classroom to stay home with my 3 sons Nolan (7), Spencer (5), and Corbin (3). When I’m not spending time with my boys I like to go to the beach, take fitness classes at the Y, watch the Eagles and Penn State football, and spend time with my family and friends. I am looking forward to a great first year in Pre-K at OCP!
Pre-K Teaching Assistant
College: Bloomsburg University, West Chester University
Degrees: Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Master’s in School Counseling
Hello! My name is Jenny Lane, and I will be the teaching assistant in Mrs. King’s Pre-K classroom. My husband, Jeff, and I live in Oxford with our three children. Chase (6) and Brady (5) both went through OCP, and Taylor (2) will be starting in the TOTS class this fall. I grew up down the road in Kennett Square, and I graduated from Kennett High School. I went to Bloomsburg University where I earned my Early Childhood and Elementary Education degrees. I also have a Masters degree in School Counseling from West Chester University. I taught in Unionville-Chadds Ford School District for ten years until I decided to stay at home with my kids three years ago. I taught Kindergarten and 5th grade, but most of my years were spent teaching 4th grade. In my free time, I enjoy going to the beach and spending time with my friends and family. I am excited to join the OCP family, and I look forward to getting to know each of you better over the next year.
Pre-K Teaching Assistant
College: University of Illinois and Indiana University
Degrees: Psychology and School Counseling
Years at OCP: This is Mrs. Dowling’s 2nd year
Jenny Dowling earned a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Illinois and a Master’s in School Counseling from Indiana University. She spent 9 years as a High School Counselor in the suburbs of Chicago before moving to Oxford in 2013. She has 2 elementary-aged children, whom both attended OCP for Tots, Nursery and PreK. At OCP, she enjoys supporting the students as they grow and develop academically and socially.
College: Shippensburg University
Degree: Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education
Years of Teaching Experience: Over 25!
Katie Heess joins OCP this year after over 10 years at Landenberg Christian Academy. She taught Preschool up through 6th grade during her tenure there.
Katie lives in Lincoln University with her husband and three boys. Her husband, Nate, is a retired teacher from Cecil County Schools. Her oldest son, Jacob, is graduating in December from WVU. Benjamin is in his first year at the University of Miami. And her youngest, Aaron, is a sophomore at Avon Grove High School. When she is not teaching, she enjoys riding horses, walking her dogs, reading a good book, volunteering at a local animal rescue, and being with her boys.