Meet Our Staff

Christine Hooker, Director: Christine is in her third year as Director. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Radford University and a Master’s in Human Development/Family Studies from UNC-Greensboro. Christine has an extensive background in early childhood education and child development. Not only is Christine our director, but she is also the parent of a current student and a recent former student.

Elizabeth Schaaf, Assistant Director: Elizabeth has been on staff at NPP since 2016, and she has served as assistant director since 2017. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor’s degree from UNC Chapel Hill. She has more than sixteen years experience working with young children, and she previously taught high school before working with preschoolers. Two of Elizabeth’s children are New Philly alumni.

Toni B.– Toni has been with NPP for fourteen years, and she has taught ages two through four. Toni is currently an assistant in our two’s program. She finds two year olds very entertaining! In her spare time, Toni enjoys refinishing furniture.

Dorothy Smith– Dorothy originally hails from England, and she is currently our lead in our twos program. She has been with NPP for more than twenty years.

Sara Reich– Sara is a lead teacher in our two year old class. She has been with NPP for ten years, and she has taught for nineteen years. Both of her girls are New Philly graduates!

Andrea Harrelson– Andrea is in her fifth year here at NPP, and she previously worked with our local school system. She has taught 1st grade, and she has taught reading in grades K-5. Andrea earned a B.A. in Elementary Education from UNC Chapel Hill. Andrea is also a proud NPP parent.

Jennifer Kushmick: Jennifer is our art teacher. She has more than ten years with New Philly, and she sent her two kids to school here as well. She is a graduate of Eastern Florida State, and she enjoys sewing, painting, and reading. Jennifer loves seeing how excited the kids get when creating art.

Elizabeth Johnson

Veryan Derrickson

Jane Langfitt

Jessica Casstevens

Lena Davis

Sarah Huddleston

Meggie Winburn

Dee Alligood