Kath Houlahan – Director (hired 2019)
I am pleased and excited to become Oak Lane’s Director and to join this lovely community. As a psychology major at Immaculata, I fell in love with early childhood education, which became my minor. An internship in an infant/toddler program led to my first teaching job and eventually to my first director position. I’ve worked as a teacher with all ages, from infants through school-age, and have directed daycare centers both here in the States and in Ireland. Oak Lane’s Quaker mission and goals are in line with my personal goals at this point in my life and I’m enjoying the opportunity to learn new ways to engage with children on a deeper level. As a life-long musician, I am enthusiastic about incorporating music into our program and my ukulele now lives at Oak Lane!
Lauren Mullin – Office Manager (hired 2019)
After graduating West Chester University with a Bachelors of Science in education, Lauren pursued a teaching career for 10 years. During this time, she earned her Masters of Education from Cabrini College and became a wife and a mother of 2 girls, Ava and Audrey. Lauren then decided to take time off to stay at home with her daughters. After 4 years of being home, she was excited to seek new opportunities in the world of education. Lauren started in September 2019 as the Office Manager of Oak Lane but enjoys getting to spend time in the classrooms as well.
Teacher Zara – Infant/Young Toddler Teacher (hired 2016)
I am a graduate of West Chester University with a degree in social work. I worked for Chester County Department of Children, Youth and Families (Adoption/Foster care) for many years before moving on to the field of Early Childhood Education in 2008. I am a firm believer that a child’s early years lay the foundation for all that is to come. I have always loved working and being with children, so I feel that I have chosen the right occupation! On the personal side, I’m a mother of one — my daughter, Parissa, is 28-years-old and lives in NYC. I am originally from Iran and came to the U.S. in 1985. I am a resident of West Chester and have lived here for the last 30+ years!
Teacher Rachel – Older Toddler Teacher (hired 1995)
Rachel has been working at Oak Lane since 1995. She started out in the Infant / Young Toddler room and then moved on to the Older Toddler room. Over the past few years she has been taking turns teaching the Older Toddlers and Preschoolers. She enjoys both age groups and welcomes the change from year to year. Her creativity becomes evident when she involves the children in a range of art projects. She believes in the importance of spending as much time outdoors as possible and doesn’t shy away from dressing all the children in their winter gear to go play in the snow. Born in Syracuse, NY, she now lives in West Chester with her 4 children. Jacob, Alula, Zane and Chloe have all attended Oak Lane.
Teacher Christa – Older Toddler Teacher (hired 2021)
Hello, my name is Christa and I am the new teacher at Oak Lane. I am returning to Early Childhood education after a break to be stay-home Mom to my daughter. I have spent the last four years studying Mindfulness and Meditation and I am finding it to be a wonderful complement not only to Quaker ways but to working with children as they are the most Mindful people in the world. When I am not spending time with my daughter or conducting a session I am most likely hiking, quilting or reading. It is a pleasure to be back in the classroom again. Every day is different and filled with laughter. I have been very happy to see that masks do not interfere with positive, loving interaction. I look forward to meeting you all when the world opens up more.
Teacher Kerry – 3-Year-Old Preschool Teacher (hired 2019)
I am a Westtown Alumna, Class of 1986. It’s so wonderful to be back and in the company of our children, the littlest friends on campus. I’m a married mother of five with two of my daughters in Westtown’s Upper School. I’ve spent most of the time from 2013-2018 as a substitute PCA/teaching assistant in special education for West Chester Area School District. I am a believer that our children are special gifts, given to us to love and teach. In that spirit, Westtown helped me fine-tune the qualities of empathy, kindness, and friendship and I hope to share those gifts with our children.
Teacher Megan – 4-Year-Old Preschool Teacher (hired 2020)
Hi everyone! I am so excited to join the Oak Lane family as the newest Owl teacher! I grew up in Downingtown and still live there with my husband Sean and my new son, Everett. It has been my goal in the past couple of years to get back into the classroom! I previously worked in a daycare as Pre-K teacher for 3 years and then nannied for over 4 years until my son was born. I am a graduate of Penn State with a degree in Rehabilitation Services and also hold a degree in elementary education from Immaculata. I am so incredibly grateful for the opportunity to get back into the classroom and Oak Lane is already starting to feel like a wonderful fit for me and my family!