Our Staff

Upper Perkiomen Child Care Center Staff


Director - Carla Allen

215-679-0221 | ext. 114


Assistant Director - Allison Lear



Office Secretary - Gladys Sands

Ms. Gladys Sands has been working at UPCCC since 1992. She has worked in many of the classrooms before she started working in the office. From 2006-2017 Gladys worked as our Food Program Coordinator. Today, Gladys assists in the office and helps with day-to-day activities in the center. 

Office Assistant and Assistant Teacher - April Hall

Ms. April has been a part of UPCCC staff since 1988.  She has learned so much in the years working here and has been able to share her experience with our staff and children.  She is currently teaching in Kindergarten, but has experience in the Pre-K and Nursery classrooms. 

Nursery Assistant Teacher - Rachel Gaudreau

Ms. Rachel has been with UPCCC since 2015.  She has worked in our Twoodles and Preschool program and is currently working in our Nursery. 


Nursery Assistant Teacher - Diane McMurtrie, BSN

Ms. Diane started at UPCCC in 2011.  Previously, Diane worked as a nurse. Since retiring, she has been working in child care and currently works our Nursery.  She also acts as our STARS Child Care Health Advocate. 

Nursery Teacher - Erin Freemyer, M.Ed.

In 2012, Miss Erin earned her Bachelor's Degree in Applied Psychology from Penn State University. Then, in 2017, Miss Erin graduated from Gwynedd Mercy University with a Master's Degree in Education. In the past, Erin has worked with special needs children for the Indian Creek Foundation and as a school-age teacher here at UPCCC. 

Little Explorers Teacher - Rebekah Roth, AA

Miss Rachael started at UPCCC in the fall of 2018.  She has a Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and Early Intervention from Lehigh Carbon Community College and she has over 4 years experience working in the Early Childhood education field.

Twoodles Teacher - Jamie Morgan, BA

Miss Jamie has been with UPCCC since 2014.  She has worked in all of our classrooms, but currently she works in our Little Explorers classroom.  She has a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Kutztown University.  

Preschool 4 Teacher -  Todd Molinaro, BS

Mr. Todd has been in the human services and education field for several years.  He has worked with special needs children of all ages. Currently,  He is the Pre-K teacher, and has also workin in our Preschool classroom.  He has a Bachelor's degree from Marywood University and he is currently taking classes to earn his Child Development Associate Credential (CDA). 

Preschool 4 Teacher - Lauren Ricaptio, BS

Miss Lauren earned her Bachelor's degree in Art Education from Millersville University in 2012 and has over 8 years of experience working with children. In the past, Lauren worked at UPCCC as our Kindergarten teacher and has since returned to UPCCC as our Preschool 4 teacher. 

Pre-K Assistant Teacher - Cookie Amerman

Ms. Cookie has been in the child care field for over 35 years.  She has worked with children from infancy to Pre-Kindergarten.  She has been with UPCCC since the fall of 2014. 


Pre-K Teacher:  Sandy Young

215-679-0221 | ext. 125

Ms. Sandy Young works closely with the center’s administrative team to enhance the daily program of the center. She was appointed School-Age program coordinator in 2006 and previously served as a lead classroom teacher at the center since 1986. Sandy received her School Age Program Director Credential in 2006 from the Montgomery County Early Learning Center – Southeastern PA School Age Division.  Currently, Sandy is the Lead Teacher in our Pre-K classroom and works as a School-Age Program Coordinator during the summer. 

School-Age Teacher - Bern Quigley, BS

Miss Bern started working at UPCCC in the summer of 2017. She graduated from La Salle University with a Bachelor's degree in Education/Special Education. Before working at UPCCC, Bern worked as an elementary school teacher at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for 17 years. Currently, Bern works as our Kindergarten teacher. 

Kindergarten Teacher - Jen Koetteritz, BS

Ms. Jenn has been a head teacher at UPCCC since 2008.  She taught in Kindergarten, Pre-K and now is currently teaching in the Preschool classroom.  Jenn has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from West Chester University.   


Keystone STARS & School-Age Coordinator:  Kirsten Jewell-Gluck, AA

215-679-0221 I ext. 125


Ms. Kirsten Jewell-Gluck has worked at UPCCC since 1989 as a lead teacher in many of the classrooms.  She has been our Keystone STARS coordinator since 2006. She works closely with the teachers and staff to make sure quality care is upheld to STARS standards.  She received an Assoicates Degree from Bucks County Community College.  Kirsten has completed the Keystone STARS core series training for directors.  She also helps to run the School-Age program.   


School-Age Staff - Jeff McMurtrie, BS

Mr. Jeff started working at UPCCC in March 2017. He helps in the mornings in our School-Age and Pre-K programs. Jeff has experience working with children of all age groups and has been working in the ECE field for over 3 years.

Substitute Teacher - Renee Weber

Miss Renee started at UPCCC in the winter of 2015.  She had experience working with children before coming to UPCCC.  Currently, Renee works in the Twoodles classroom. 

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