Meet Our Staff
I am Valerie Murphy, the Recreation Program Coordinator. I have been an employee with Cranberry Township for ten plus 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. I am currently working on my MBA at Slippery Rock University.
Before coming to Cranberry Township, I taught part-time for two private schools and was involved in various roles at the local YMCAs. 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!
My name is Jen Augustine, and I am the Preschool Support Specialist. I have a degree in Elementary Education from Slippery Rock University and a degree in Finance from Bowling Green State University. I have over 20 years’ experience teaching elementary and preschool age children. My husband and I have lived in Cranberry for 20 plus years. We have 3 grown children, Zane, Vince, and Toni. In my spare time I enjoy water Zumba, watching sports, and spending time with our 2 dogs.
I am Laura Wise, and I teach Pre-Kindergarten as well as 2 ½ year old preschool. I have been teaching 10 plus years at the Early Learning Center. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech/Language Pathology and a Masters 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. I am the Head Varsity Coach for the Seneca Valley Cheer and Dance teams. A Cranberry Township resident for over 18 years, my husband Bob and I have three children, Megan, Sean, and Katie. In addition to teaching and coaching, I enjoy running, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
I am Carol Crunick, and I teach 3 and 4-year-old Preschool at the Early Learning Center. This is my seventh 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 18 years. Our son Jack is at IUP, studying to be a teacher. Our daughter Olivia is also at IUP, studying to be a nurse. In my free time I enjoy swimming, traveling with my family, and playing with our four cats!
I am Megan Wise, and I teach the 4-day Pre-K program. This is my first-year teaching for the Early Learning Center. I have been a member of the Cranberry Township organization for 7 years now, and I have over 7 years of experience working with children. I went to Clarion University and studied Early Childhood Education. I am a Seneca Valley alumnus and still currently reside in Cranberry. I am the Head Coach for Middle School Cheer at S.V. In my free time I enjoy kayaking with my family, visiting my college friends, and spending time with my two dogs! I look forward to getting to know your children this school year!
I am Jenn Steele, a lead teacher in my fourth 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, son Matthew, and daughter Delaney. In my free time, I enjoy teaching art classes, hiking, camping, and going to amusement parks.
I am Debbie Lucci, an assistant teacher in my thirteenth-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 28 years with my husband and three daughters - Kailey, a nurse at Children's Hospital; Meghan, a nurse in Virginia; and Emma, a Junior at Kent State University. In my free time I enjoy reading and spending time with family.
Hello, my name is Pam Kuhn. I have lived in Cranberry Township for nearly 30 years. Prior to having my family, I worked as a registered nurse at a hospital in Pittsburgh. After taking time off from my nursing career to raise my family, I realized how much I missed having little ones around. At that time, I was fortunate to join the Cranberry Township Playcenter to care for our community’s children. I have been there for 18+ years. I am excited to join the Early Learning Center to be with the children in a more formal educational setting. I have also been an active volunteer at The Caring Place, a center for grieving children, for the last 15+ years. My husband Rick and I love spending time with our 3 adult children, their spouses and our eight grandchildren. I also love animals, reading and traveling. I’m looking forward to a wonderful year with your children.
Hello, my name is Cathy Dowler. This is my fourth year with The Early Learning Center. 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. In my spare time I enjoy walking, cooking, reading and ice cream! I am thrilled to be part of such a wonderful preschool program!
I am Megan Rybak and am an assistant teacher for the Early Learning Center. I attended Slippery Rock University and received my bachelor’s degree in Communications. Previously, I worked at Highmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield as a Trainer for new hires. I have worked at the Cranberry Municipal Building for several years in the Playcenter where I supervised children.
I have lived in Cranberry Township for 15 years with my husband and 3 children. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and sitting poolside in the summer.
I am Lisa Borland. It is my 5th year working in the Early Learning Center. It is amazing to watch children grow, learn and mature throughout the school year. My husband and I have been living and raising our 3 children in Cranberry Township for 20 years. My children are currently enrolled in the Seneca Valley School District and enjoy playing soccer. When I am not teaching or driving the carpool, I enjoy reading, movies, and dinner with friends. Some of my current favorites are author: Kristin Hannah, vacation spot: Hilton Head Island, restaurant: Panera Bread and my favorite activity is Go Ape Tree Tops course in North Park.