Our caring staff; dedicated, thoughtful and supportive

NHELC's Administration and Staff Gallery 

 


Our staff truly enjoy teaching your kids every day, creating security in stable 
and consistent routines, providing supportive care that develops trust. 

 

Meet our staff members...  

Scroll through our staff bio-briefs below and discover your child’s teacher 
or care-giver; learn how their experience has prepared them to help children
accept differences in themselves and in others and become proficient in the
social skills of respect, empathy and tolerance - abilities that last a lifetime. 

 

Each teacher or care-giver helps kids understand how to share with others, 

solve practical and relational problems, get along with and make new friends, 
and while they learn exciting “grownup” skills, they are also having fun!

 

Don't forget to scroll through our gallery above to view our staff having fun with the children!!!  

 

 

Dawn Ranck Hower
New Holland Mennonite Church Pastor

Pastor Dawn lives in New Holland with her husband Bryan, a rescue dog Molly, and three cats. She loves to visit classrooms and chat with children and staff. She enjoys hosting Coffee-to-Go on Wednesdays for parents and staff from 6:15-8:30 a.m. Stop by her office any time to say hi, chat, or for prayer.

Wanda Gonzalez-Bortzel
New Holland Early Learning Center Director

Wanda grew up in Brooklyn, NY and spent her teenage years in Carraizo, PR.  She graduated from Goshen College with a BA in Hispanic Ministries and lives in New Holland with her daughter Katrina.  Wanda loves to spend time with her grandchildren and believes children are a blessing because they teach us how to love unconditionally.

Jen Morales
Behavior and Academic Coordinator

Jen grew up in East Earl and graduated from Garden Spot High School.  She earned her Child Development Associate Credential through PA State at Harrisburg Area Community College.  She has worked at the center for over 20 years and lives in New Holland with her husband Everardo and their three children Karina, Kylah and Evan.  Her favorite thing about working with the children is that every day she is touching a life for Christ.

Tina Hanson
Program Coordinator
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Chayo Ambriz
Menu Planning and Meal Preparation

Rosario, fondly known as “Chayo”, grew up in Mexico and lives in New Holland with her husband Froylan and two children Jair and Miryam.  She enjoys providing healthy nutritional diets filled with a wide variety of foods and flavors.  Her favorite thing about working with children is teaching them about diversity of cultures thorough the foods enjoyed by different cultures.

Dottie Leisey
Grasshoppers Lead Teacher

Dottie grew up in New Holland and graduated from Garden Spot High School.  She has worked at the center for more than 20 years.  Dottie lives in New Holland with her husband Brad and one of her favorite things about working with infants is rocking and cuddling them.  She enjoys watching them grow into friendly, outgoing young adults.

Tracy Messner
Grasshoppers Teacher

Tracy was born and raised in New Holland where she attended Garden Spot High School.  She brings over 5 years of experience in the childcare field to NHELC’s infant class.  Tracy’s favorite thing about working with the children is seeying the children’s excitement when learning new things.

Liliana Carvajal
BumbleBees Lead Teacher

Lialiana grew up in Cali, Columbia and is currently pursuing her associates degree in Early Childhood Education at Penn Foster.  She lives in New Holland with her husband Freddy and two sons Juan and Santiago.  Her favorite thing about working with children is learning from them, laughing with them and watching them grow.

Karen Nolt
BumbleBees Teacher

Karen grew up in New York, Florida, Arizona and New Holland.  She graduated from Garden Spot High School and from Northampton Community College.  She has worked at the center for over 15 years and lives in Paradise with her husband Andrew and her two boys, Austin and Bailey.  Her favorite thing about working with children is having fun with them and knowing that every day is different.

Iliana Martin
Ladybugs Lead Teacher

Iliana grew up in Guatemala and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education.  She lives in New Holland with her husband Lynn, daughter Marjory and dog Snowball.  Iliana's favorite thing about working with children is seeing them learn and show kindness.

Tammy Snader
Ladybugs Teacher
Gwen Stoltzfus
Dragonflies Lead Teacher

Gwen was born and raised in Gap where she attended Faith Mennonite High School.  She earned her Child Development Associates Credential with a Pre-School Endorsement and has served in the center for over nineteen years.

Brittany 
Dragonflies Co-Teacher

Brittany grew up in Terre Hill and New Holland.  She attended Garden Spot High School and earned her Degree in Early Childhood Education from Harrisburg Area Community College.  She enjoys spending quality time with all age groups and enjoys helping them in their development.

Lisa Good 
Fireflies Teacher
Butterflies Lead Teacher
Cindy Stauffer

Cindy grew up in Akron and graduated from Lancaster Mennonite High School.  She attended Reading Area Community College where she received her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education.  She taught two years at a Headstart in Huntingdon County when she first was married and has worked in various sectors of childcare over the years since then.  Cindy lives in Denver with her husband, Todd, and 3 sons.  Cindy also has a daughter, son-in-law and 3 wonderful grandsons. Her favorite part of working with children is when their faces light up with pride and confidence as they discover their own new found capabilities.

Audrian Weaver
Katydids & Cicadas Teacher ; Chapel Coordinator

Audrian Weaver is 21 years old and lives in Brownsville Pa. She went to Hinkletown Mennonite School, Brecknock Elementary, then to Garden Spot High  School. She enjoys working with children. This past year she lived in Jamaica and Africa as a Missionary working with all age groups, from infants to teenagers, to adults. She is beyond excited to be getting married in April of 2020! She is currently going to school for Early Childhood Education; working with the children at the center since June 2019 has really sparked her interest even more. She looks forward to growing and building relationships with each and every single one of the kids and their parents. 

Lydia Stoltzfus
On Call Teacher and Office Assistant

Lydia grew up in New Holland and graduated from Garden Spot High School. She lives with her husband and loves working with children. She loves helping them reach their potential. 

Karina Morales
Butterflies & Grasshoppers Teacher

Karina was born and raised in New Holland and is currently attending Harrisburg Area Community College majoring in Biology. She lives with her parents Everardo and Jen and her siblings, Kylah and Evan.