Meet our Early Learning Center Teachers!

Joan Averill—Half Day Preschool Teacher for 3-Year-Olds

Joan Averill has taught the three-year-old program at HCC Early Learning Center since 2003. In addition to her preschool class, she has taught several Mommy and Me programs, including Preschool Explorers, Preschool Art, Preschool Math, and Fingerplays and story-time. Joan has also taught the following camps; Dinosaur Explorers, If Preschoolers Ran the Zoo, and Sugar and Spice Camp. Joan believes that learning should be a fun and exciting adventure. During her class she encourages her students to explore their imaginations through stories, art, music, and movement. She truly loves her job and enjoys seeing the world through the eyes of her beautiful students.

Kristen Butler—Full Day Preschool Teacher for 2-Year-Olds

Kristin Butler has a 90-Hour Certificate in Early Childhood Education and has been working in the education field for six years. She has experience working with children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. She is full of spunk and energy and is happy to be a part of the ELC preschool program.

Barbara Collier—Half Day Preschool Teacher Young 3-Year-Olds

Barbara is a retired Harford County Public School teacher where she taught for 40 years. She taught kindergarten for 37 years and spent 3 years teaching first grade. Since retirement, Barb continues to substitute teach in schools and loves having her own class of young 3’s here at HCC. She truly enjoys working with the little ones and watching their growth and progress. Married to husband Bill, Barb lives in rural Darlington. Her daughter Rachel lives nearby. Barb enjoys going to musical events, watching movies and dining out. Barb has been fortunate to enjoy some travel opportunities since retirement: Branson, MO, New England states, Smokey Mountains, and Nashville. Barb loves her life. She is especially thankful that she still has contact with her little guys.

Cheryl Eisdorfer—Half Day Preschool Teacher for 4-Year-Olds (5 days/week)

Cheryl is a Harford County resident of 30 years. A native of New Jersey, Cheryl is married with three grown daughters. She is a graduate of Mercer College with a degree in architecture. Cheryl loves working with children and was a stay-at-home mom for 20 years to her own three children. Cheryl is certified in Early Childhood Education and has been a teacher/aide with HCC Kids Preschool for 10 years.

Latasha Keyes—Half Day Preschool Teacher for 4-Year-Olds

Latasha Keyes has a 90-Hour Certificate in Early Childhood Education and over 10 years of experience working with children of all ages. What she enjoys most about teaching is being able to work with children and observe how they develop and grow. Nothing gives her more joy than knowing she has played a vital role in a child’s education.

Edna Reilly—Full Day Preschool Teacher for 3-Year-Olds

Edna Reilly has a 90-Hour Certificate in Early Childhood Education and has been working in the education field for fifteen years. Her prior experience includes preschool instruction for 3- and 4-year-olds. She is very excited to be a part of the HCC Early Learning Center.

Jessica Ward—Full Day Preschool Teacher for 4- and 5-Year-Olds

Jessica Ward has an Early Childhood Education degree from Harford Community College and has been working in the education field for fourteen years. For the past seven years, she has worked with the four- and five-year-old age group. She is a dedicated teacher and enjoys enriching the lives of her students.

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