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Valerie Murphy

Valerie Murphy

I am Valerie Murphy, the Recreation Program Coordinator.  I have been an employee with Cranberry Township for five years, working in a variety of roles with the Parks and Recreation Department, including the Before and After School Kid’s Club program as well as the Community Waterpark. I graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in K-12 Health and Physical Education from Slippery Rock University. Our goal is to help children to become independent, self-confident, curious learners who can work well with others. We do this by creating purposeful and productive play experiences that help children grow in all areas. We are looking forward to another great year full of learning!

Laura Wise

Lead Teacher: Laura Wise

Class: Pre-K and 2 ½ year olds

I am Laura Wise, and I teach Pre-Kindergarten as well as 2 ½ year old preschool. This is my sixth year teaching for the Early Learning Center. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech/Language Pathology and a Master’s Degree in Deaf Education. Before becoming a pre-school teacher, I was an interpreter for the deaf; a Speech/Language Pathologist; a substitute teacher with the Seneca Valley School District; a private speech tutor; and a Mom. Currently, I am the Head Varsity Coach for the S.V. Cheer and Dance teams. A Township resident for 11 years, my husband Bob and I have three children, Megan, Sean, and Katie.  Megan is a sophomore at Clarion University, and Sean and Katie are seniors at Seneca Valley. My children are very active in S.V. sports and community activities. In addition to teaching and coaching, I enjoy running, reading, and spending time with family and friends. 

carol crunick

Lead Teacher: Carol Crunick

Class: 3-4 year old Preschool

I am Carol Crunick, and I teach 3 and 4 year old Preschool at the Early Learning Center. This is my second year with the Center, where I have worked as a preschool aide in the past. I have a degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and prior teaching experiences in preschool, elementary, and middle school levels, as well as directing after school programs. My family has lived in Cranberry for 13 years. Our son Jack is a senior at Seneca Valley, and Olivia is an 8th grader. In my free time I enjoy swimming, traveling with my family, and playing with our three cats!

Susan Dluohy

Lead Teacher: Susan Dlouhy

Class: Pre-K

My name is Susan Dlouhy. My husband and I have recently moved to Cranberry Township. I have over 25 years of experience working with children, in a variety of roles. I have 2 children of my own ages 21, and 23. In my free time I love reading, the ocean, chocolate, as well as taking my two dogs on walks! I grew up on the beaches of Massachusetts, but have lived all over. I look forward to getting to know your children!
Jenn Steele 

Lead Teacher: Jenn Steele

Class: Friday, 2 ½ year olds
I am Jenn Steele, an assistant teacher in my second year with the Early Learning Center. I have a degree in Elementary/Special Education from Slippery Rock University as well as a Master’s in Educational Leadership from George Mason University. I taught elementary school in Virginia for seven years before returning to Cranberry with my husband Ryan, my 3-year old son Matthew, and our dog Holly. In my free time, I enjoy teaching art classes, hiking, camping, and going to amusement parks.

debbie lucci

Assistant Teacher: Debbie Lucci

I am Debbie Lucci, an assistant teacher in my eighth year teaching for the Early Learning Center. I have a management degree from West Virginia University. Previously, I worked as an instructor for various programs in the Parks and Recreation Department for four years. I have lived in Cranberry Township for 22 years with my husband and  three daughters - Kailey, a senior at Duquesne; Meghan, a freshman at Edinboro; and Emma, a sophomore at Seneca Valley. In my free time I enjoy reading and spending time with family.  


Kristin Watt
Assistant Teacher: Kristin Watt

My name is Kristin Watt and I am an aide for the 3 and 4 year old preschool class. I have a degree in Psychology from Kent State University and have spent the last 3 years working as a preschool teacher's aide in Erie, Pennsylvania. My family and I just moved to Cranberry this past June. My husband, Eric and I have been married for 9 years and we have an awesome 8 year old son, named Kian, who is a third grader at Haine Elementary. In my free time, I enjoy baking and crafting things I find on Pinterest and exploring Pittsburgh with my family. I'm so very excited to be a part of the Early Learning Center Team!!
Danielle Iaquinta
   Assistant Teacher: Danielle Iaquinta

My name is Danielle Iaquinta; you may call me “Mrs. I”.  It is an absolute joy to be joining the Cranberry Early Learning Center as an aide.  I have lived in Cranberry Township for 12 years with my husband John, spending the past 8 years being a loving mother and wife.  I am an active volunteer in the community, as well as with my children's school and their activities. Together we have our son Johnny, a 2nd grader at Seneca Valley, and our daughter Anna, a first grader at Seneca Valley.  Our children are our life! We enjoy playing hockey, ice skating, skiing, swimming, soccer, and enjoying the outdoors.   When I have some free time you can usually find me running in one of our parks.  I'm extremely excited to meet everyone!

Cathy Dowler

Assistant Teacher: Cathy Dowler

Hello my name is Cathy Dowler.  I am so excited to join the Early Learning Center Team as an aide this year.  My husband and I have lived in Cranberry Township for 2 ½ years.  I have a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood education.  My husband and I grew up in West Virginia and attended WVU.  I have had several years of teaching experience in a variety of situations. We have three great children and a daughter-in-law that we love to go visit.  In my spare time I enjoy walking, cooking, reading and ice cream!  It is a joy to watch and guide these sweet children as they grow and learn.  I am thrilled to be part of such a wonderful preschool program!
Melissa Pindroh
Assistant Teacher: Melissa Pindroh
Hello, my name is Melissa Pindroh and I am so very excited to be part of such a wonderful preschool program! This is my first year as an assistant teacher with the Early Learning Center. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education (K-6) and a Middle Level Reading and Language Arts Degree from Edinboro University of PA. I have taught students in preschool, elementary, and middle school levels within the greater Pittsburgh area. I also am a substitute teacher in several area school districts in my spare time. I have lived in Cranberry Township for forty years and graduated from Seneca Valley High School as well as all of our grown children. In my spare time, I teach skiing and snowboarding at the Community College. I love the ocean, reading, camping, swimming, skiing, cheering on Pittsburgh sport teams and travelling with my husband, Gerry, and family. I am truly looking forward to getting to know you and your children this year!