When hiring staff for our center, we search for people who genuinely care about the education and well-being of the children. Working at Precious Angels is not just a job, it is a profession. We look for people who are artistically creative and are willing to do “hands-on” activities while interacting with the children to help them learn social and cognitive skills for the future.

Owner

Michelle Clark

I am a wife to a terrific man, Doug, and a mother to two wonderful children Andrew and Hannah. I graduated from Keystone Oaks High School in 1987 and attended WVU and Duquesne University. My studies were in criminal justice and psychology. While in college, I worked with children at the Auberle Home for Children caring for troubled youth. I also did work with children through the Juvenile Probation system.

After working several years in the business world, my passion for children prompted me to open a childcare center in 2006. The center is very successful and I am optimistic as to its future and mine.

Director

Marilyn Patterson

Marilyn Patterson

I have been working in the childcare field for twenty two years and have taught all ages. I have been the director of the Precious Angels Childcare and Learning Center since it opened 3 1/2 years ago and there is no place I would rather work.

I have an associates degree as a paralegal and I have also studied early childhood Education. I have four terrific daughters and TEN fantastic grandchildren! In my “spare time” I enjoy sports and cruising to the Carribean.

Baby Room

Nicole Schmitt

Nicole Schmitt

I’ve been working at Precious Angels since November 12, 2007. I graduated from Carlynton High School in June 2006.

In my free time, I like to play volleyball, football, softball, and bowling. When I’m not playing sports, I enjoy watching my niece!

Pre-Toddler Room

Toddler Room

Denise Washington

Denise Washington

I have been caring for children in various childcare centers for approximately twenty years. I have been a member of the Precious Angels’ staff for four months as a toddler teacher.

I have an associate’s degree as a childcare specialist and I am currently attending school to become a medical assistant.

I love working with children, especially the toddlers. They keep me on my toes but they are alot of fun!

Denise Washington

Jenna Dietz

Samantha Nardozzi

Hi, I am Miss Sami! I have worked on and off for Precious Angels for 7 years. During this time I earned my Associates in Science of Medical Assisting Degree and Certification. I worked at a doctors office for almost 2 years. After having my son, Joseph, my husband Dan and I decided I should do something that would allow me more time with our son. So this past summer, I accepted a position running the summer camp program. I had so much fun I decided to stay! I now work 4 days a week in the Toddler Room. I love caring for all the various ages of children and am thankful for the opportunity to watch them grow!!

Pre-School 1

Lakeyla Rochelle

Lakeyla Rochelle

I have been working in childcare for 16 years and have been a part of the Precious Angels family for 2 years as the preschool 1 teacher.

I have a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential and am currently attending the Community College of Allegheny County.

I am majoring in Early Childhood Education and I will be receiving an associate’s degree in the near future.

Linda Kalimon

Hi, my name is Miss Linda, and I am the Preschool I teacher. I started as a substitute teacher when the center opened in 2006. In 2012, I was offered a permanent position and decided to take it.

After graduating from IUP, in 1991, with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant management, I moved to Pittsburgh. Here I met my wonderful husband, Ken. We live in Crafton and I was blessed to be able to stay home and raise our 5 amazing children.

When not at Precious Angels, you can usually find me at one of my kid’s sporting events!!

 Pre-School II

Ashley Chapman

After receiving my Associate degree for Business Administration in 2003, I met my husband and moved to Crafton. We have 2 children whom I enjoy spending time with as much as possible. I began in childcare in 2007 by providing private care to local families. In May 2013, I was hired as the Preschool 2 teacher. After taking a summer to gain experience in every room of the center, I accepted a posisiton in the Pre-Toddler Room. I especially love to watch and interact with this age of children. I is great to see them grow from babies to toddlers.

Pre-K

Amber Coffy

Amber Coffy

In 2004, I graduated from Thiel College with a BA in Communication as well as an Elementary Education certification.  I was a substitute and after-school tutoring teacher for the Penn Hills school district before I joined the Precious Angels staff in October 2010 as the head pre-toddler teacher. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to now run the Pre-K program.

Teaching has always been my first love and what I’m truly passionate about.  When I am not in the the classroom, I enjoy astronomy, reading, cooking, and spending time with my family and friends.

School Age

Sami Schneiderlochner

Sami Nardozzi

I have been working with kids for 5 years. I coached a swim club team for four years kids ages 4-18. I also teach swim lessons to kids 0-7. I was a nanny for 3 years.

I have been working for Precious Angels for 2 years. I was a toddler teach for one year and am currently the pre-school teacher. I have a high school diploma and I am currently studying to be a pediatric nurse. I love kids and I love teaching. I am a creative, hands-on teacher. I love to spark the imaginations of the children and teach through experiences.