Christine VanDerslice, Director
My name is Christine VanDerslice. I have been teaching in different settings for over 20 years. I graduated from Eastern Washington University with a Bachelor in Arts. I moved to the East Coast and taught preschool for twelve years in Connecticut. In 2003 I moved to New Hampshire with my husband and three children. I worked as a Health Educator at Exeter Hospital and became the Christian Education Director for Stratham Community Church. In July of 2016 I decided to return to the preschool setting and joined the SCLC team as the Director. When I am not working, or attending one of my children’s activities I enjoy running and reading.
My name is Mona Stephenson. I received my degree in Early Childhood Education from UNH in 1979 and have been teaching for over 35 years. I became Director of SCLC in 2008 and I am passionate about my profession. I have been a member of NAEYC (The National Association for the Education of Young Children) for several years. While teaching at preschools in both Maryland and New Hampshire, I helped these schools gain NAEYC accreditation. I am also a member of the Stratham Community Church and taught Sunday School for many years. It was during this time that I envisioned a school at the church, which eventually became the Stratham Circle Learning Center. When I am not at work I enjoy reading, cooking, and spending time with my husband Roger, and our two grown daughters Jacqueline and Olivia.
My name is Bev David. I bring many years of experience in teaching, working with youth, administration, and program oversight. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare. I was a core member of the preschool development committee that planned the opening of SCLC. I chaired and have actively participated in the school’s advisory board since it began in 2006. I joined the school’s staff full time in the spring of 2010 as the Assistant Director and preschool teacher. I live in Exeter with my husband Rob and have two grown children, Leah and Drew. I too am a member of the Stratham Community Church and also enjoy playing tennis, biking, gardening, and spending time with friends and family.
My name is Paula Rowe. I am married and have three grown children and three wonderful grandchildren. For over 20 years I taught young children at a Montessori School. After taking some time off, I realized that I missed teaching and I joined the SCLC team in the spring of 2009. Playing guitar, reading, and going to the gym keeps me busy when I am not in your child’s company.
My name is Keri O’Shea. While studying at UNH to receive a Master’s Degree in Art Education, I had also been working with children for several years. As a college student, I began interning at SCLC in 2009 and after graduating in 2011, I ran the after-school program for many years. I am now head teacher in the Honeybee classroom. I enjoy incorporating as much art and creativity as possible into my work with the children. I was also a member of SCLC’s advisory board from 2011 – 2018. When I’m not in the classroom, I enjoy spending time with my husband JJ, our dog Sedona, and the rest of my family.
My name is Martha Myers. I am a retired sales professional, and now a teacher’s assistant at SCLC. As a mother of five and grandmother of 11 (and counting!), my love of children has brought me to this wonderful second career. Helping the children learn and grow is the most satisfying experience and every day is filled with excitement. The joy that they bring to me is beyond description. I am proud and happy to be a part of Stratham Circle Learning Center.
My name is Olivia Ireland. I have lived in the Seacoast area for many years, and attended Phillips Exeter Academy before earning a Bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College in 2010. I joined the SCLC family in January 2018, and I aim to foster creativity and inspire imagination in the classroom. Helping children to learn and explore through play is the most joyful experience, and I love every minute! When I am not at the school, I spend my free time reading, crafting, baking, and hiking with my boyfriend Jeff and our dog Dylan.