Michelle Miller

Lead 3-year-old instructor. Teaching preschoolers has captured her heart since she started 10 years ago and has truly been a blessing from God! Michelle also works as an electrician's assistant, Usborne consultant, and crafter. She enjoys being married to her favorite farmer, Travis and enjoys building relationships with family and friends, traveling, and the outdoors. Michelle and Travis have a son, Jaxen.

Celeste Patz

3-year-old classroom assistant. Celeste has a B.S. in Music Education from Penn State University. She also has 64 Hours of Early Childhood Education at Catonsville College. She taught art and music for grades 1-8 at Kingsway Academy. She is a private piano teacher, has directed a children’s choir for 23 years, organized and operated kids’ day camps, and served in other leadership roles. She has a desire to help each child discover and use their gifts to achieve their fullest potential. She provides care for her two grandchildren.

Krystal Rhoderick

Lead 2-year-old instructor. Krystal previously worked in childcare at Tiny Hands Daycare. Krystal helped launch and was lead teacher for 2–5-year-olds in the pre-school program at Tiny Hands. She took classes in nursing at HACC and is continuing medical training through DeVry University. Krystal loves teaching children and her experience and organizational skills will be an asset to our program. Krystal and her husband Paul have three children.

Abbi Martin

Lead instructor 4-year-old Afternoon class. Abbi is a bright, energetic college student with two plus years’ experience as a pre-school assistant. Abbi has been a childcare provider and worked as a home health companion for senior citizens. She brings a pleasant and nurturing disposition to the classroom.

Tyra Cook

Co-teacher 4-year-old Afternoon class and classroom assistant for 2-year-old class. Tyra has lived in Hanover for over 10 years. Tyra had a desire to work with children when she was in high school where she took childcare classes and worked in her high school preschool during her junior and senior year. Tyra is currently pursuing a degree in Healthcare Management. She enjoys spending time with family and friends playing trivia and taking trips to Disney. Tyra and her fiancé will be married this spring.

Kiersten Avalos

Lead 4-year-old Morning class instructor. Kiersten has four years of classroom experience as well as additional educational background. Kiersten has taught pre-school, been an instructor for 3–5-year-olds with special needs, and taught summer school for hearing impaired children. Kiersten volunteered with the Special Olympics for three years. She brings her passion, patience, and energy for teaching children to the Spring-Up team! Kiersten and her husband Jimmy live in Hanover.

Riley Jackson

4-year-old Morning classroom assistant. Riley is originally from Illinois where she was heavily involved in the children’s ministry at her church. Riley and her husband Kort are expecting their first child this year.

Pastor Dawn Glatfelter

Dawn Glatfelter is the Pastor of Administration and Assimilation at Wellspring Wesleyan Church and the Director of Spring-Up Academy. She was the Commander of our Kids Clubs at Wellspring for 6 years. She has organized Vacation Bible School for 4 years and runs the GriefShare support groups at the church. Dawn and her husband have two daughters and two beautiful granddaughters.

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