Tammy Sharp - Preschool Director  

Tammy joined the preschool as the director in September of 2003 .  She holds her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina, and has 20 years experience in the field of Early Childhood Education. Tammy first became a part of the NMP community when her children attended. Additionally, she volunteers at her church and in other areas of her community.


Debbie Knight - Preschool Office  

Debbie Knight began working at Newark Methodist Preschool in 1993.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Delaware.  Her three children are all alumni of Newark Methodist Preschool.  Debbie started out as an assistant teacher and long-term substitute and since 1995 has held the position of Administrative Assistant.  She was active in her children’s sports and school activities while they were growing up and now is enjoying her three grandchildren.  Her love of children, flexibility, and willingness to help out wherever needed make her a valuable asset to the preschool.



69 East Main Street

Newark, DE 19711


Preschool Office   302-368-1754


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Jessica Robinson

Jessica Robinson started working at Newark Methodist Preschool in January of 2018 as a substitute teacher.  In September of 2018 she joined the staff as an assistant 3-year-old teacher, and she is currently the lead 3-day teacher in room 215. Jes graduated from Delaware Tech in 2010 with her associates degree in Early Childhood Education. Before joining the NMP staff, she was a nanny for multiple families and taught 2-year-old and 3-year-old preschool.

Jes is married to her high school sweetheart. They have two children, Jack who is 6 and Adelyn who is 4.  Jack is an alumnus of NMP and is in kindergarten at Downes Elementary School. Adelyn currently attends NMP and is in PreK.

In her spare time, Jes loves spending time with her family and traveling all over the world, especially to the beach and to Walt Disney World.  She also enjoys baking, photography and sports.

Patricia Shaw 

Patricia Shaw has been an assistant teacher in the two-year-old program since 2005. In addition, she is the lead teacher of the Friday Parents' Day Out Program. Tricia graduated from Hodgson Vocational - Technical High School with a Certificate of Exemplary Performance in Early Childhood Education. She has twenty years of experience working in the field of Early Childhood Education and has even had experience managing an in-Home Daycare. She has three daughters Ashlyn, Brenna and Kelsey, who are all alumni of Newark Methodist Preschool. While her children were here Tricia was a frequent substitute and Friday Kids' Day Out staff member. It was then that she was so impressed with the loving and nurturing staff that she decided to become a permanent member.

Anne Spoor

I began teaching at NMP in the Fall of 1999.   I graduated from the University of Delaware in 1983 with a BA in English, completed TECE 1 in 2007 and TECE 2 in June 2008.  I have two daughters. Sam teaches sixth grade English and Abby is a paraprofessional and is beginning grad school.  In my free time I enjoy reading, antiquing, and decorating.  I began teaching at NMP because my youngest daughter, Abby was enrolled in the 4's program at the time.  The schedule allowed me to be available for my daughters and allowed me the time to volunteer at their schools.  NMP always had an excellent reputation and I was proud to be a part of it.  Teaching was not my original intention but has turned out to very fulfilling. I have amazing co-workers and I feel very blessed to do what I do.

Patti Brooks

I moved to Newark in 1965 and graduated from Glasgow High School and the University of Delaware.  I have a BS in Consumer Economics and previously worked in the Admissions Office at UD and in a law office in Dover.


I started working at Newark Methodist Preschool in 1997.  I started off in the 2-year-old program and Kid's Day Out.  Over the years I have also worked with the 3's and the 4's as well as Lunch Bunch.  I have enjoyed working with all different ages at the preschool.  I love reading books with the children, doing puzzles with them and playing with them on the playground.


I have been married for over 30 years and have two awesome sons who attended NMP in the 90's.  My boys have now graduated from college - Jeff works at a bank in New Orleans and Brad is the head swim coach at Penn State - Altoona.  I also have a beautiful daughter-in-law, Shannon, who is getting her PhD at Penn State and the cutest grandpuppy in the whole world!  I love spending time with friends and family especially when it involves traveling to cool new places.  I love all sports and especially enjoy watching my boys compete in swimming, running and triathlons.   

Mandy Manzella

Joining the NMP staff in 2019, Mandy has been working with young children since her first job in high school as an Extended Day/Camp Counselor for 3 & 4-year olds at Ursuline Academy.  She went on to study Early Childhood Education and Development at the University of Delaware, where she also worked as an undergraduate assistant for New Directions Early Head Start.  After college she spent 6 years as Pre-K teacher at Our Lady of Fatima School until deciding to stay home with her son once he was born.  

Mandy has now been a part of the NMP family as a parent and volunteer since her children started attending in 2015, and both her son and daughter have loved their time at Newark Methodist.  She is very excited to now be returning to the classroom as an assistant teacher! Her favorite part of teaching young children is watching just how much the students learn, grow and change in such a short time. Some of her other favorite things include music, being crafty, photography, reading, and spending time with her family.  

Nancie Turner

Nancie Turner joined the NMP staff as a lead teacher with 3- and 4-year olds in September 1986. She holds her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood from the University of Delaware. She has been married for forty-three years, with two grown sons, a teenage granddaughter and two dogs. Nancie is also a longtime professional seamstress who loves gardening and growing butterflies, especially black swallowtails and monarchs. She’s also a Flyers fan. Nancie has said that, ”NMP is a second family to me. I love watching my three and four year olds grow and get ready for kindergarten.”

Katie Hughes

Katie recently joined the Newark Methodist Preschool the Summer of 2015. Her Bachelor of Science degree comes from the University of Delaware. The Spring of 2015 she attended Delaware Technical Community College to obtain her TECE I & II Certification (Training in Early Childhood and Education). She currently works as a School Age Teacher for the University of Delaware Early Learning Center for their After School Program.  Katie’s two daughter’s are Newark Methodist Preschool alumni! She enjoys gardening, traveling and spending time at the beach.  She is inspired by the warm and caring hearts of the little people who come into her life.

Robin Finnegan

Robin Finnegan has been a part of Newark Methodist Preschool since 1990 when her oldest son was enrolled in the two-day three’s class. The journey continued through three-day four’s, PreK and the enrollment of her second son in 1995. It was then that Robin joined our teaching staff.  Before accepting the position as lead teacher, Robin worked with the three’s and four’s as an assistant for ten years. Over the past ten years Robin has been the lead teacher working first with three’s and now with PreK. Robin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hearing and Speech Science from the University of Maryland. Prior to joining the teaching staff at Newark Methodist Preschool Robin gained ten years of experience working in early childhood education.  Robin’s dedication, sense of humor, positive outlook and patience are only a few of the qualities that make her a wonderful asset to the preschool.  

Suzy Moyer

Suzy Moyer has taught at Newark Methodist Preschool since the fall of 2011, first as a substitute teacher and currently as an assistant teacher in the PreK program. She also works at Newark Day Nursery in the afternoon.


She decided to pursue her TECE 1 and TECE 2 (Training for Early Care and Education) when her children were in the last years of high school. Before this she was a stay-at-home mother and felt that she would like to continue helping children grow and learn.


She has three boys, Josh, Ian, and Eric that are her pride and joy. During the years she was raising them, she took part in their school activities and supported their school PTA. Suzy was also on the Board at her Swim Club. While raising her children she supported family and friends with childcare in times of need.


She chose to leave her previous teaching position and make the move to Newark Methodist Preschool for many reasons. Suzy says she feels accepted and has the utmost awe of the staff. Newark Methodist Preschool provides her the opportunity to be closely involved with the education and care of each student.

Suzy Phillips

Suzy Phillips has been working in the field of Early Childhood Education for 28 years. She earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Nursery/Kindergarten Education from the University of Delaware. She has been a Lead PreK teacher at Newark Methodist Preschool since 2003. She is married and has a daughter who is an alumna of Newark Methodist Preschool. She enjoys animals, especially cats. She likes spending time relaxing with her family, doing crafts and reading. Her commitment to the preschool goes beyond being a teacher. Suzy served on the Newark Methodist Preschool Board for over 10 years. She chose Newark Methodist Preschool as a parent and educator, because it embodies her philosophy of education, that children learn best through hands on experiences in an environment where they can explore and learn through their play. Suzy prides herself on giving her students a positive, safe and enjoyable early education. She provides children with an experience that will help them grow into successful, happy and confident individuals. Her loving nature, thoughtful planning and communication skills make her a wonderful teacher for our program.

Irina Petka

Irina has recently joined the Newark Methodist Preschool as a substitute assistant teacher.  She currently holds the position of assistant teacher in one of the Pre-k classes while pursuing her TECE 1 and 2.

She is a Bachelor of Arts Graduate from Romanian University with English and Romanian majors. She has a teaching degree and multiple teaching certificates and was an English teacher in Romania for seven years (2003-2010). 

Irina moved to the United States in 2010 and after a couple of short-term jobs resumed her teaching as an ESL substitute in Virginia for one year.

She currently lives in Newark, Delaware with her husband and her two children. She likes reading (volunteered for the Newark Free Library), loves baking and traveling with her family.

Christina Doughty

Christina began working at NMP in 2010 and is currently the lead teacher in the 2-year old program. . In addition to substitute teaching in all classrooms, she has worked in the Friday Parents' Day Out Program as well as with the 2-day 3's. Christina has her Bachelor of Science in Human Services from the University of DE. Her three children are all NMP alumni, and she is very active in the outreach programs related to their school and extracurricular activities.  Christina's gentleness, patience and kindness, as well as the many years’ experience with children make her a wonderful addition to this team.

Mary Pat Barton

Mary Pat has recently joined the Newark Methodist Preschool as an aide in the 2’s classroom after substituting here during the 2018-2019 school year. She is very much looking forward to spending happy times with the 2-year olds and encouraging them to love everything about their new school.


Mary Pat holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The Pennsylvania State University. She worked in the banking industry for 11 years before choosing to stay home and raise her son who is an alumnus of NMP and now a freshman at Penn State.  During her time home, she held many leadership roles in scouting, the school parent’s association, and a variety of volunteer activities during high school including band and theatre.  She feels very lucky to have a son who happily allowed her to be a part of his many endeavors throughout the years.


Originally from Pennsylvania, Mary Pat has enjoyed living in Newark, Delaware with her husband, son, and dog, Charlie over the years. She loves to travel with her family and friends to new and interesting places but especially loves to head to the Jersey Shore and Walt Disney World – just about every year.  She loves reading, trying new recipes, and beating her husband in Scrabble!

Call Us: 1-302-368-1754 / Fax: 1-302-368-8705  /  tsharp@newark-umc.org  /  Newark United Methodist Church  69 East Main Street  Newark, DE 19711

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