Preschool Staff

Preschool Director – Beth Ressler

Beth is a graduate of Randolph Macon College, with a BA in Psychology certified in preschool education. She has taught for 17 years at our school, teaches Family Life Education for COBYS, worked in counseling, and taught children in various church programs for over 25 years. A mother and grandmother, she says, “Each child is an individual brimming with potential! What a thrill to take part in their lives as they grow, play, and respond to friends, stories, music and new experiences.”

Preschool Teachers

Preschool Teacher - Betty Cox

Betty Cox

Betty has assisted for twenty-five years with the 2- and 3-day classes at our school. She is a high school graduate who taught forty years at Hempfield Church of the Brethren and was involved in their youth program. She is a mother and grandmother. Betty says, “A child is so open to learning new ideas. To me children are a joy. I love to be with children; they are a blessing.”

Ellie Hooley

Ellie completed her Bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature at Penn State University. The mother of five, she completed her Emergency Teacher Certification through IU13 and spent time in a variety of classrooms – from regular education to learning support. She loves the relaxed and joyous atmosphere that Trinity Preschool provides the children. “The best way to prepare your child for school and encourage you child’s sense of learning is to read with them and around them. Children can be encouraged to read just about anything! Billboards, recipes, kid’s magazines. game instructions, and of course books – lots of them.”

Preschool Teacher - Karen Rice

Karen Rice

Karen lives in East Petersburg with her husband and two daughters. She has a degree in Family Studies from Messiah College and has worked with children for many years, some through the educational system and some through being a foster care caseworker, but mainly through being a parent. Karen has assisted at Trinity Preschool for six years. “There are few things as exciting as watching a child grow and develop. Their ability to soak up information is amazing. There is nothing more heart-warming than the beam of a child’s smile when he or she is happy! I love my job!”

Pamela Ritt

Pam has assisted at Trinity for four years. The mother of four adult children, she writes, “Working with children interests me because they are so innocent, non-judgmental, fun, curious, and they keep me young!”

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Katie is a graduate of Eastern University, state certified in education. She is an energetic mother of 2 little girls and teaches ZUMBA in quite a few locations in Lancaster County. She has taught in the public schools, coached High School and club volleyball, worked as a TSS, and continues to substitute in local public school districts. As a new teacher for the Tiny Tots class at Trinity, she looks forward to getting to know each individual student and bringing her natural love for teaching, music, and movement to the development of their social, emotional, physical and academic skills!