Our child centered approach to learning, focusing on nurturing and stable relationships, begins in our Infant classrooms and continues through Kindergarten. Our developmentally appropriate curriculum is aligned with the Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards and is designed to meet each child’s individual needs.

Meet the Team

Check out the Bio's of our Administrative Team
Kellieann Collins Sullivan
Kellieann knew from an early age that she wanted to be a teacher. She is a graduate of Moore College of Art & Design where she earned a BFA in Art Education. Kellieann is dual-certified in the state of Pennsylvania, holding certification in Art Education K-12 and Mathematics 7-9. She has over 12 years experience in the education field that spans a wide rage of positions. She started as a tutor and substitute teacher for multiple districts, moved on to be the Assistant Director of Education at a well-known tutoring center, then became a teacher at an alternative high school for at risk youth. Soon after she advanced to become the principal.
Director
Cuthbert Center
Kellieann believes that it is important to foster independence, self-confidence and problem solving skills at a very young age. She believes that these qualities will give children the courage and skills to challenge themselves, to take risks and to be free thinkers. Kellieann feels every classroom should have a good balance of structure and nurture, all while making children feel safe, secure and free to explore and take risks.
Kellieann joined the Olde City Day School family in May of 2011 as an assistant teacher, advanced to the lead teacher of the Pre-K program and is now humbled and excited to be the Director at the Cuthbert Street location. When Kellieann is not at Olde City Day School she enjoys creating art with her husband, listening to music and playing with her two dogs Balki & Larry.
Shanyka is very excited about her position at Olde City Day School. As Director here in Germantown her passion and interest for the field of early childhood has grown. She will strive for perfection, will ensure that the needs of the parents are met and that the children are learning in accordance with the PA standards of early childhood. She will also provide a warm, safe, encouraging, fun and educational environment for your child.
She has extensive work and volunteer history with autistic and brain injured children as well as dual diagnosis adults and adolescents.
Shanyka Holmes Ferrell
Director
Germantown Center
She is currently a senior at Rutgers University pursuing a BA in Psychology with a minor in Childhood Studies. She  earned an Associate’s degree from Harcum College in Psychology.
She's been married for five years and has 3 beautiful children. She is also the founder of a community service organization and enjoys riding horses and traveling. She loves to watch children grow as they strengthen their emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills while understanding the importance of creating meaningful experiences.
Anita Preacher graduated from Temple University in 2007 with a Bachelors in Elementary and Special Education. She obtained teaching certificates from the State of Pennsylvania in both of her areas of specialty. Growing up, Anita always knew she wanted to work with young children. Starting with babysitting, teaching swim lessons, and volunteering at a local Elementary School, she quickly knew that she wanted to pursue an career in education. After graduating from Temple, she cared for and taught children (infant to 5 years old) in different settings for 6 years, before joining Olde City Day School in 2013.
Anita
Preacher
Director
Newbold Center

Anita started as the Lead Teacher of the Dragonfly classroom, but in Fall of 2014 moved up to the position of Assistant Director of the Cuthbert Street location. The following April, Anita took the position of Director of the Newbold location in South Philadelphia. She is thrilled to be able to use her years in the classroom to help grow and develop the center, and provide quality care and education to children.
In her free time, Anita enjoys spending time and traveling with her husband, Aaron their son Alexander, and their dog Brunswick.

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Mission

Our child centered approach to learning, focusing on nurturing and stable relationships, begins in our Infant classrooms and continues through Kindergarten. Our developmentally appropriate curriculum is aligned with the Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards and is designed to meet each child’s individual needs. The curriculum includes: Language Arts, Creative Expression, Science, Technology, Math, Social Studies, Literacy, Physical Activities and Music. We strongly support children’s social and emotional development.
All of our curricular planning and implementation respects each child’s unique style of learning, using developmentally appropriate materials and equipment, and alternates between child-initiated and teacher-directed activities. Our teaching themes introduce ideas and concepts that invite the children to explore our world, and provide the foundations for scaffolding children’s learning. Our goal is future school success.
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