Pre-K Plus Teachers

Pre-K A, FT Teacher

Mrs. Darleen Croucher 

Joined JLU: January 2011
Degree: Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Sociology from Roberts Wesleyan College
Experience prior to JLU: over 25 years of experience teaching in child care centers, elementary schools and acted as director and assistant director at her previous center 
Personal life: married, attends Pearce Memorial Church.

Pre-K A, FT Teacher

Mrs. Nicole Esten

Joined JLU: September 2016
Degree: Currently pursuing a Child Development Associate’s; Associates in Visual Communication from MCC
Experience prior to JLU: customer service experience at Sears Portrait Studio, Babies-R-Us, is a Thirty-One consultant, has volunteered for six years in the children’s church and nursery at Gates Wesleyan Church
Personal life: married mother of one; loves graphic design and art

Pre-K A, PT Teacher

Miss Alexis Waite

Joined JLU: August 2017

Degree: Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education with a Theater concentration from SUNY Geneseo

Experience prior to JLU:  student teaching, counselor at Ogden Recreation for five summers; classroom volunteer at Canal View; preschool dance instructor for four years; over seven years of experience working in children's theater

Personal life: enjoys dancing and all aspects of theater including choreography and costuming

Pre-K B, FT Teacher

Mrs. Nancy Getbehead


Joined JLU: September 2010

Degree: Master's in Education, Bachelor's in Elementary Education

Experience prior to JLU: 11 years of classroom experience teaching in preschool, first and second grades

Personal life: mother of two, enjoys knitting, reading and sewing bibs for JLU infants, member of St. Paul Lutheran Church


Pre-K B, FT Teacher

Miss Dale Shonk


Joined JLU: January 2018

Degree: Associate's in Business Administration; Associate's in Liberal Arts with focus in Adolescent Education; enrolled in master's program in Theology and Social Work at Roberts Wesleyan

Experience prior to JLU: Two years of experience as Director of Children's Ministry at Ogden Baptist Church where she also teaches Sunday school, leads Children's Bible study, directs a Kid's Cooking Camp and heads the preschool VBS program; five years of professional experience at Target

Personal life: enjoys spending time reading, analyzing television shows and movies, and spending time with loved ones and her kitty

Pre-K B, PT Teacher

Mrs. Clara Durkin


Joined JLU: February 2019

Degree: High school diploma

Experience prior to JLU: worked in dining services at The Aquinas Institute; stay at home mother

Personal life: married with two sons, enjoys going on walks and reading


Pre-K B, PT Teacher

Miss Emma Fish

Joined JLU: February 2018

Degree: High school diploma; attending MCC for Health Studies; holds a Certified Nursing Assistant certification

Experience prior to JLU: one year as a teacher's assistant in childcare; one year as a CNA at Monroe Community Hospital; over ten years of volunteer experience with Animal Rescue of Rochester

Personal life: enjoys showing horses


Enrollment for SEPTEMBER 2019

is now open!

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Fax: 585-352-6744

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