Our Mission Statement
Our mission is to provide children with a safe, loving and encouraging atmosphere where they can grow through a creative learning environment. We will accomplish this mission by instilling confidence, self –worth, and Christian morals through our faith-based curriculum. We strive to “Develop the Light in Every Child.”
About Little Shepherds
Little Shepherds Early Learning Community is a not-for-profit, early education and child care facility that owes its founding to necessity. As a nonprofit corporation Little Shepherds is governed by a Board of Trustees all corporate powers are exercised by the authority of the board.
Little Shepherds ELC is a unique mix of both preschool and full time childcare. We believe in the enrichment of young lives, and in need to provide quality childcare for working families. The need for full time childcare should not exempt a child from participating in a robust academic curriculum that is rooted in the Christian faith.
Jesus is at the heart of all we do. We believe in the intentional and purposeful teaching of the Gospel.
Meet Our Faculty & Staff
Shagun Oberoi | Executive Director
Mrs. Oberoi is truly blessed to be working alongside a team of dedicated, hardworking, and most importantly Godly men and women. As she continues to be a part of Little Shepherds she is reminded of what she enjoys the most: to openly share God’s love with each and every child, the community feeling that exists here and the way teachers and families work together, allowing us to witness God’s blessing and growth within each child. Mrs. Oberoi is committed to providing your family with a loving and developmentally sound Christian foundation for a lifetime of learning.
Jennifer Spinks |Bookkeeper
Mrs. Spinks is the Bookkeeper at Little Shepherds. She has over 20 years of experience in several different businesses doing bookkeeping. She lives in Martin’s Creek, PA with her husband Eric and daughter Emily. They attend the Family Life Community Church and are involved with the local volunteer fire department. In her spare time, Mrs. Spinks likes to read and cross-stitch.
Alexandra Hoffman |Infant Teacher
Mrs. Hoffman has a background in the medical field; she is a Registered Medical Assistant and has had several years of experience working with children. Her goal at Little Shepherds is not only to help and watch your children grow but also to provide them with a nurturing, Christ-centered environment for both learning and spiritual growth. She will achieve this by working with the students on different skill sets based on where the development of each child. The little ones work on tummy time, supporting our heads, sitting up, crawling, fine motor skills, sensory skills, and gross motor skills. For young toddlers, they work on fine motor skills, sensory skills, gross motor skills, walking, and feeding themselves. The biggest portion of her lessons will be learning about God; they will learn about different bible verses throughout the year, creating crafts and singing songs that relate to the bible verses.
D’Audra Thompson | Toddler Teacher
Mrs. Thompson has several years of experience working with children. She worked at Head Start and ran her own in-home childcare before joining our team at Little Shepherds ELC. Mrs. Thompson is always learning and creating colorful fun ways to make the little’s one’s time here at Little Shepherds experience wonderful! Her goal is to encourage friendships filled with love, joy, and laughter and of course to keep them safe. She believes open communication with families is the key to a successful school year. Mrs. Thompson is excited to see how God will use her in your children’s’ lives and she hopes to plant spiritual truths that will stay with them forever.
Norma Lutz | K2 Teacher
Mrs. Lutz has been teaching for over 20 years. She brings patience, care, and a good understanding of the developmental stages in toddlers. She works on social and emotional growth and potty-trains the toddlers. We call her “The Potty-Whisperer” as she has trained over 300 children in the last several years. Mrs, Lutz, says” each day is an honor to teach, it’s not just ‘another workday’, it’s a new adventure.”
Dale Kaphan – K3 Teacher
Mrs. Kaphan has been working with children since 2000, mostly in volunteer ministry or school settings as well as substitute teaching. Most recently she was working as the K2 aide since 2016. She says, “I am very grateful to learn from and be a part of this wonderful staff who put forth so much love and energy into the children every day.” She feels privileged to play a part in caring for the young ones. Mrs. Kaphan hopes to instill these in the young ones, respect for others, a healthy sense of self-confidence and independence, and a knowledge of how much Jesus loves and values them.
Annette Beam – K3 Teacher
Mrs. Beam has worked and continues to work with children for the last 20 years. She holds a degree in Early Childhood Education. She feels that God created every child as unique and one of a kind individual who will develop at their own pace when given enriching experiences. Mrs. Beam is excited to be a part of Little Shepherds and looks forward to sharing God’s love with all the children.
Dawn Schmauch – K4 Teacher
Mrs. Schmauch’s been teaching for almost 20 years. She believes that children have the right to grow and learn in a safe, loving, enriching environment where their physical, mental, social-emotional, and spiritual needs are met. Ms. Schmauch believes that her role is to identify each child’s gift and to use it to help support all aspects of their learning.
Cheryl Hall – K4 Teacher
Ms. Hall is entering her eighth year of working with children. Children are TRULY her passion and believes that God has gifted her to teach this age group, the 4-year-olds. As a Christian educator, she has the great privilege of helping build the foundation of Biblical truths upon which children will base their decisions for life. Teachers are a part of the students’ daily lives and routines and are blessed to have the opportunity to teach them through a Biblical worldview.
Lyn Hartman – Infant Aide
Mrs. Hartman joined Little Shepherds recently. Her love and care for little ones started at a very young age when she began to babysit. Mrs. Hartman has been involved in Christian education since 1982. She is truly blessed to follow God’s calling in her life to work with children. Mrs. Hartman says ”throughout my life God has been teaching me to trust Him in His perfect timing and plans for me. I am thankful for the opportunities He has given me to serve.”
McKenzie Heintz – Toddler Aide
Ms. Mackenzie joined Little Shepherds last year. She is a hard worker and loves the children. She is blessed to be working with the toddlers this year and has the opportunity to love, guide, and teach every child.
Lisa Vira – K2 Aide & After Care Supervisor
Mrs. Vira joined Little Shepherds at the beginning of the last school year. She has a degree in education and loves working with children especially in a Christian school where the love of God is taught and celebrated. Mrs. Vira serves our aftercare children and continues to share the love of God.
Mackenzie Read – Runner
This is Ms. Mackenzie’s second year at Little Shepherds. She is blessed to be working here with all of the students. She is thankful for the opportunity to love, guide, and teach every child that walks through our doors! She looks forward to watching their little minds grow academically, emotionally, physically, socially, and spiritually. Ms. Mackenzie is also pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from a Christian University.