Program Director / Lead Teacher
Lauren brings over 15 years of preschool classroom experience to our program. Prior to joining the Creative Clubhouse she worked with the Haverford Recreation Department to set up the Little Explorers preschool program - developing the curriculum, mentoring staff, and leading the classroom instruction. She graduated from West Chester University with a Bachelors in Education. Lauren developed a passion for progressive education during her time at the School in Rose Valley. Her teaching philosophy embraces the idea that children learn best by being active and invested in the learning process. Having developed this program and curriculum around the progressive model of education, Lauren is passionate about helping children become confident individuals. Lauren has three boys who keep her busy and help remind her that everyday is different and learning happens all the time. When she is not in the classroom, you may find her walking the local trails with her boys and, of course, her dog Finn.
Clubhouse Director / Co-Teacher
Amy brings a diverse resume of experience with her to the Clubhouse. Having worked in elementary school for years in the Philadelphia suburbs, Amy moved onto working in a private preschool in Manhattan. In NYC, Amy was awakened to the progressive play based way of education. Her employer guided and supported her in her graduate studies at Bank Street of Education, allowing her to finely tune the philosophy.
Seven years ago, Amy opened the Clubhouse looking for a venue where children could be free to explore, create and learn. The evolution of the business is that it turned from a little space of play for children and parents to navigate together into the little gem of what is now the Creative Clubhouse Play Based Enrichment Program.
When Amy is not at the Clubhouse or at Camp, she will often be found exploring nature and traveling with her family.
Preschool Precursor Teacher / Party Coordinator
Katie Powers is the fun, energetic and charismatic Head Teacher of our two-day, young three year old program. Katie's exuberance and passion for working with young children assists in the home to school transition for our youngest community members.
Katie comes to the Creative Clubhouse from Arizona. She graduated from Arizona State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. Having worked at the Creative Clubhouse since it's opening in 2011, she has also had many unique teaching experiences including being a traveling teacher sailing on a ship around the world and in an RV traveling the United States. Katie has always had a passion for the arts and working with children. Her philosophy in art education is that children should create without limitations. She honors children as they are, highlighting their strengths and supporting them as they grow and learn through their challenges. Katie spends her summers as the Head Counselor at a children's sleep away camp.
Jen is a married and proud mom of 2 children ages 10 and 12. Jen has been in the Clubhouse community for 8 years. Many of them as a parent whilst her children attended preschool and clubhouse classes. She has been a wonderful addition to our teaching staff, supporting Lauren and Amy for the last few years.
Jen studied Elementary Education at Villanova University, later receiving her Master’s Degree in Special Education from Hofstra University.
Jen's experience includes teaching both elementary and special education grades preK -3.
These days she spend most of her time with her family, enjoy friends, traveling, skiing, reading and time at the beach.
Jen enjoys working with the children at the Clubhouse and watching them learn and grow as they play and explore the world around them.