teacher bios

Karen Werme

Karen Werme (owner/director)

My eighth grade yearbook has a picture of me and underneath, my life goal: To Own my own Daycare.  Owning Book Worms has been a life goal for me and I’m proud of myself for obtaining that goal.  I now spend my time as the owner and director.  Caring for children was a natural talent that started when I was 11 years old.  The first children who were left in my care were three brothers all under three years of age.  They were a handful and they taught me everything I know!  I went to college and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education.  I moved to Philadelphia from Connecticut in 2002 and that September started working at a prestigious Center City private preschool.  I was there for ten years and the last four I spent as Director.  I should also mention that I owned a successful eBay selling business, which was featured in the Wall Street Journal. Luckily for me, I also have my own child, Mayson, whom I get to enjoy everyday.  She is currently in sixth grade and is twelve years old.  When I’m not working or hanging out with my daughter I like to eat out, run, exercise, visit family and rest.

image1Heather Jo 

I feel blessed to be part of the Book Worms community, and i enjoy my job every day! I have over 15 years of experience working professionally with children, and am a resource parent (foster mom) in Delaware county. I have training and education in early childhood development, art education, child psychology, and behavioral development among other areas.  I earned a BFA in Painting/Drawing and an MA in Museum Education from the University of the Arts. Previously, I worked for the University of the Arts as the Pre-College Programs Director, Delaware Art Museum as an art program manager, and Beginnings Learning Center as an art teacher. I have volunteered at several local Museums, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Please Touch Museum. After working as a director and administrator for several years, I decided to return to a day care/ PreKindergarten environment where I can do what I love most- taking young learners on a wonderful journey to discover their creative self!

In my free time I enjoy being a foster mom, hiking, traveling, painting, dancing and spending time with my awesome family

  UntitledRachel O. Hello, my name is Rachel! I graduated from Rutgers University (New Brunswick) with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and minor in Cultural Anthropology. Over the course of my time spent there I conducted fieldwork with the Foster Care Counseling Project, interned at the Douglass Psychology Child Study Center, and was a teacher’s assistant at the Nutritional Sciences Preschool. In the Spring of 2018 I will be entering a Master’s program for Clinical and Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Children and Adolescents. For as long as I can remember I have been drawn to working with children. Aiding in the development of children as they grow intellectually, emotionally, and physically has been a lifelong passion. I am excited to be embark on my next endeavor with Book Worms, and hope I will be able to teach the children as much as I know they will teach me. In my free time, I enjoy taking my dogs on adventures (Elliot and Maggie), painting, reading, traveling, going out to eat, and spending time with friends and family. Also, I am new to the Philadelphia area, so I will be spending a great deal of time exploring my new home—I am welcoming all suggestions for things to do and places to see. I look forward to getting to know every child, family, and co-worker!

 

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My love for childcare began at a very young age. My mom is an at home childcare provider and I began babysitting at twelve years old. I worked as a private nanny for four years before I finally decided to try teaching.

I began as a teachers assistant at Book Worms in August of 2015 and soon after became a co lead teacher. In June 2016 I left to work for a school closer to home only to realize that Book Worms was where I truly wanted to be! I was grateful to come back to the families and staff that make up the close knit community surrounding Book Worms.

When I’m not teaching or babysitting I enjoy traveling, hiking, cross stitching, and spending time with friends and family.

IMG_1753 Rachael L. 

Hello everyone, my name is Rachael and I am so happy to be teaching at Bookworms! I am originally from Broomall but I recently moved to the South Philly area. I recently graduated from Penn State University in May and received a Bachelors of Science in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Psychology. I hope to achieve my masters within the next 5 years!

I have been working with children since I started babysitting in the 8th grade and I recently held a position as a Child Care Intern at the YMCA in State College. I have known since a young age that I wanted to work with children and I definitely believe that it is my calling. I am very excited to help your children grow and to form lasting relationships with all of our students and parents!

 Danielle

Hello my name is Danielle and I am excited to be joining the Book Worms family. I attended Community College  of Philadelphia and obtained my associates degree in Behavioral Health  and Human Services. I have a six-year-old son Shane. He was born premature and needed a lot of therapy and early intervention. Working closely with his doctors and therapists made me realize that I wanted to work with children. I really enjoy molding young minds and helping children grow to be independent individuals

In my free time I like to go to festivals and community-based events. My son has a love for animals so we spent a lot of time at Linvilla Orchards and other local farms feeding the goats and sheep.

IMG_0043 Emily R. 

Hello! My name is Emily and I am so excited to be a part of the Book Worms family! I have always loved taking care of children and started babysitting at age 12. I grew up in Philadelphia and moved to Colorado in 2011 to attend Fort Lewis College where I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology. During my time in school, I worked as an Assistant Teacher at a preschool for children ages 1-3 while also working as a part-time nanny for three amazing children ages 2, 6 & 10. Both experiences brought me huge amounts of joy and fulfillment as well as solidified in my mind that working with children is my true passion. I am grateful to have the chance to learn and grow with the kids here! When I’m not working I love being outside, hiking, skiing, dancing, and spending time with my family and pets.

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My name is Siobhan, and I am super excited to be a part of the Book Worms community! I moved from Orlando, FL in August of 2014 to go to university here in Philadelphia. I am currently attending Temple University to obtain my Bachelor’s degree in Biology. I previously worked as a babysitter for many of the children within my neighborhood and I also worked as a Spanish tutor for my local high school. It was during my years of high school that I discovered my love for working with children. I volunteered for a program called Bambino Buddy Ball that coordinates baseball leagues for children from ages 5 to 20 with mental and physical challenges. Seeing the excitement on the children’s faces as I helped them hit the ball really inspired me to continue to work with children. Looking back on it, helping those children will forever put a smile on my face and will be one of my top proudest moments.

I am anticipating watching the children grow and seeing how each of their personalities will allow them to be successful at whatever they choose to do in the future. In my spare time, I enjoy yoga, spending time with my family, drawing, baking and playing Ultimate Frisbee with my friends. 

 

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Hello! My name is Alyssa Rudoi and I have been working with children for the past 6 years. I am from Northeast Philadelphia and currently a senior at Temple University. I am studying Human Development and Community Engagement with a concentration in Childhood Mental Health. After graduating, I hope to attain my Masters in Applied Behavioral Analysis. I have always been fascinated with children’s development, their minds, the way that they think, etc. I hope to be able to positively impact each and every child I work with. I love exploring new places, doing my make up, painting, and meeting new people. I also love sushi, and hanging out with my friends. I have already learned so much over the past two years of working at Book Worms, and I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for me! 

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Hi! My name is Noelle and I have been working with kids ever since I was in high school when I was a dance teacher for kids ages 3-10. I grew up in Connecticut and moved to Philadelphia to attend school at Saint Joseph’s University. In May of 2017, I graduated with a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education, and double minors in Psychology and Autism Studies. I worked at several different schools in the Philadelphia area as an assistant teacher for my education program requirement. I also worked at the Kinney Autism Center for four years as a teacher and the head coach for the sports program. On top of working for Bookworms, I also run an after school program for LEAP with Free Library of Philadelphia at the local Richmond Branch Library. In the spring I plan to begin grad school and acquire a masters degree in school counseling. I am so happy to be apart of the Bookworms family and to see what else I will learn on this new journey!

fullsizeoutput_14f Courtney P.

My name is Courtney and I am so excited to be joining the Book Worms family! I am originally from a small town in Northern New Jersey but I moved to Philadelphia for school. I am currently a senior in Temple University’s College of Education studying Human Development and Community Engagement with a concentration in Childhood Mental Health. After graduation I hope to get involved with an educational non-profit or an Americorp program while pursuing my Masters in Education! I have always had passion for working with children. I began volunteering as a Corp Member for the Americorp Jumpstart as a sophomore. As of today, I have served over 500 hours with the program. I am still involved with the program and am currently committed to serving over 300 hours as a Team Leader this year. I also intern with the organization helping the administration to prepare teams to go into the classroom. I love volunteering and had the opportunity to do service abroad in Guatemala last year! In my free time I enjoy exploring Philadelphia, spending time with my pets, doing arts and crafts and meeting new people. Learning and connection inspire me and I can’t wait to work with your children to help them realize their potential!

  FAD20162- Abby Hello! My name is Abby Herr and I’m so excited to be a part of the Book Worms community! I’m originally from Lancaster but moved to Philadelphia to obtain my degree from Temple University in Early Childhood Education. I knew I wanted to work with children ever since high school where I volunteered as summer camp counselor for children aged 3 to 5 at an interactive museum called Hands on House. Some of my experience includes being a full time nanny for 8 months to a 4 year old and a one year old. I currently work with an AmeriCorps program called Jumpstart, where we teach in low-income area pre-schools to help close the kindergarten readiness gap. Previous to Book Worms, I worked as a partner teacher at a daycare. I loved my babies there and worked with children 6 weeks up to two years. I’m involved at my school in clubs such as Camp Kesem, where we raise money to provide a free summer camp to children who have a parent that has been effected by cancer. In my free time I enjoy hiking, being at the beach and most importantly spending time with those I care about!

IMG_5149 Elena

Hey all! My name is Elena M Torres I’m so happy to be a new member of the Book Worms community! My home town is Lancaster PA but I moved to Philadelphia for college. I currently attend Temple University, where I major in Tourism & Hospitality management. Even though my major does not allow me to have much involvement with children, I knew I wanted to work in child care as much as I could ever since my freshman year of college. Being away from home made me realize how much I like to be around children. I come from a huge family. I’m the oldest grandchild in my family both on my mom and dad’s side. Therefore, I was constantly taking care of my cousins. However, attending college I’m not able to be around children without being a member of the Book Worm community. Some of my experience comes from babysitting my cousins and also being a full time camp counselor for two summers, and babysitting kids around the Philadelphia community. I play for the Temple Women’s rugby team and I am the historian for my service fraternity called Alpha Phi Omega.  In my free time I enjoy hanging out with friends, taking dance classes, hiking, shopping and hanging out with my baby brother Lil Phil. 

Stephanie

Hi! My name is Stephanie and I am so excited to be a part of the Book Worms community! I am from New York but I live and study in Philadelphia at Temple University. I am studying Secondary Education and History and through my studies I have had many opportunities to work with students of varying ages and abilities. I have previously volunteered as a tutor for high school students and I have also been babysitting since 14 years old. Working with children has always been my passion and I am so grateful to have this opportunity to continue doing so with the amazing children at Book Worms. In my free time, I love photography and exploring new places, I am always looking for my next adventure! I can’t wait to help the children have fun while learning all the while!