Mrs. Judith Kercovich, Director/Teacher Telephone: 724-774-5746
The teacher of our 3 year old class, Judy Kercovich, is both experienced and inspirational. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Slippery Rock University. She taught Kindergarten in North Gate School District for ten years. She also gained experience assisting the Head Start program in Pittsburgh, and teaching part-time in a Montessori school. Then, she focused her experience and talents on preschool. She taught at the Cranberry Community Presbyterian Church and Seneca Valley preschools before becoming a teacher at our school. She has taught at the Zelienople Preschool since 1982.
Mrs. Kercovich is a true inspiration to her students through her dedication and innovation. She has now taught multiple generations of families here in the Zelienople area. Truly, she is the best kind of celebrity in the community. She cannot walk down the street without a “hello” from a current of former student. We are truly blessed to have her teach our children.
Michelle O’Shea is a former student of our preschool. She is a life-long resident of the Zelienople-Harmony area and a graduate of Seneca Valley High School. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. She also previously taught at the Cranberry Community Presbyterian Church Preschool, as well as serving as a substitute teacher in several public school districts, before coming to the Zelienople Preschool. Mrs. O’Shea had been a substitute teacher at Zelienople Preschool for 7 years before joining us as a permanent teacher. She is currently our 4 year-olds teacher. She has also experienced ZP as a parent, with all 7 of her own children having attended our school. She is honored to be part of our solid, reputable program and enjoys the process of continuing some of the long-standing traditions and philosophies of the Zelienople Preschool while bringing in new ideas and modern methods.
Mrs. Karen Launer, Teacher’s Aide Telephone: 724-452-8188
Mrs. Launer has been with the Zelienople Preschool almost since its beginning, including when it was named Zelienople Nursery School. She has seen hundreds of children start their educational experiences and welcomed back many of their children as multi-generational families continue to return to ZP. Our school truly would not be the same without her influence, nurture, smiling face and silly slippers!