Meet Our Staff

Christine Hooker, Director: Christine is in her second 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 two current students.

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 fifteen 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.

Kelly McMurray: Kelly is our lead babies teacher. She has been with our school for eight years and has prior work with children and as a child protective services counselor. Kelly holds a degree in social work.

Sara Smith: Sara is one of our babies assistant teachers. She has been with NPP for five years, and before joining our staff, Sara taught in a K-2 Exceptional Children program. In her spare time, Sara enjoys distance running.

Toni B.– Toni has been with NPP for twelve 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.

Melinda Spear– This is Melinda’s fourth year on our staff, and she has spent her time here working with toddlers. Melinda has two boys who were also NPPS students.

Amanda Griffin– Amanda has been with NPP for thirteen years, and she has worked with children from babies through threes. Amanda currently is a lead teacher in our younger toddler class.

Donna Drane – Donna joined the NPP staff twenty five years ago, and she has taught toddlers through threes. Donna currently works as with Sara Shields in our three’s program.T

Judy Lovelace– Judy currently leads our younger twos class. She has been on the NPP staff for 30 years, and many of those years has been as lead teacher in the threes. Judy believes that every child is special, and she spends her free time with her nine grandchildren.P

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

Sara Reich– Sara is a lead teacher in one of our four year old classes. 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 third 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.

Lori Howell: Lori is an assistant in our four year old program. She has been with NPP for 14 years, and she has taught twos, threes and fours. Lori has three children, including twins.

Jennifer Kushmick: Jennifer is our art teacher. She has nine 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.

Sara Shields– Info coming soon!

Heather Myers – Heather currently teaches in our younger twos class. She has previously worked with children from preschool age through 5th grade. Heather is a Winston-Salem native, and in her free time, she enjoys watching Premier League Football. Go Arsenal!

Stephanie Maynard: Stephanie joined our staff this year after starting with us as a substitute in 2019. Before joining our staff, she worked in public relations and in marketing, as well as working as a stay at home mom. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her family and friends.