School Director, Teachers and Staff

Director – Susan Hills

Susan Hills

Susan Hills began as director on July 27, 2020 bringing over 30 years of early childhood education experience to our preschool. Hills began her career as a preschool teacher and then director of different daycare centers, served as a pre K specialist/grant coordinator, and was a lead teacher at the Penn State Developmental Lab for 14 years. Most recently Hills was the assistant program director at the Family Guidance Center of Alabama for 3 ½ years. Susan’s compassionate and intuitive strength based approach to understanding and supporting families will be a strong asset as she leads and builds the programming for our children and families.

Teachers and Staff

Sara Bordack –  Lead Teacher Sun Room

Sara Bordack

My name is Sara Hartswick. I have been a lead preschool teacher at Park Forest Preschool since 2015. I graduated from Penn State with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies in 2014. I live in Penns Valley with my husband, German Shepherd, cats and bunny! I enjoy watercolor painting as a hobby. I center my preschool classroom around a learning through play approach as well as a strong focus on social and emotional skills to prepare the children for kindergarten. I strive to make connections with each child and spend individual time with them throughout the day. I love getting to know each child personally. My favorite classroom activities include sensory play, imaginative play, and art. We love to make messes! I love to see the children’s imagination shine through their artwork.

Crystal Srebalus – Assistant Teacher Sun Room

Crystal started as a classroom assistant in 2021. She has two bachelor degrees from Penn State in Sociology and Criminology. She has developed an appreciation for early childhood education. She loves spending time with the children.

 

Marcia Perdew – Co-Teacher Garden Room

Marcia Perdew

Marcia has been the two-year-old teacher since 2019. She has a BS in Biology, MS in Food Science, and spent many years conducting research in University labs before quitting to stay home full time to raise her three children. She has a long history with our school including volunteering as a driver and working as an assistant teacher. She loves working with two-year-olds and believes one of her most important jobs is to be their social/emotional coach as they learn to recognize and verbalize their feelings, and how to be part of a group—both critical skills for learning. She enjoys connecting with and loves each child, knowing that loving connection will enhance their preschool learning experience.

 

Brianna Lamey –  Co-Teacher Garden Room

 

Chrissy Campbell – Lead Teacher Penguin Room

Chrissy Campbell has worked at Park Forest Preschool since September 2018. She recently received her CDA from Ashworth College. She lives in State College with her husband and two sons, who both attended the preschool when they were younger. “What I enjoy about working at Park Forest Preschool is getting to know all the children and helping them to grow and learn at many different stages of their development, and seeing them reach goals is so rewarding! And I can’t forget all the hugs, laughs and smiles along the way!”

Jess Gore – Assistant Teacher Penguin Room

Jess has four daughters, one was a student at Park Forest Preschool. She joined the preschool as a classroom assistant teacher in 2021. Jess brings her parenting experience and a calm and nurturing presence to the classroom. The one thing she has definitely learned from her daughters and the children at preschool is that no two days are ever the same and you just have to go with the flow.

 

Bobby Weaver – Kitchen Manager