Amy Confer is the Administrative Director of The Bellefonte Playschool. Her role at the Playschool is to manage its daily operations and to assist the staff in performing their jobs. Amy recently joined the staff as director in August of this year. She is a graduate of Penn State with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies and has taught both traditional and Montessori preschool and toddler classes in the State College area. In recent years Amy has enjoyed being a stay at home Mom, but with all three of her children in school now, was ready to head back to work and start a new adventure. Amy and her family are members of Faith Church and she is excited to have found a new role to contribute to the church ministry.
Amy lives in Bellefonte with her husband and three children. She loves spending time helping with her children’s activities and volunteering at their school. When she finds some free time, Amy enjoys sewing, doing crafts and scrapbooking, reading, playing the piano and just spending time with family and friends.
Molly Corl has been employed for 19th years at The Bellefonte Playschool and is currently serving as a teacher’s aide for Laine Seibel. Molly’s main duties include prepping the classroom and materials for each day’s activities and assisting Laine and the children during the class time. She is a member of Faith Church and both of her children attended the Playschool during which time Molly served as a Parent Representative on the school’s Advisory Board. She enjoys interacting with all of the children because they teach her so much and warm her heart!
Prior to working at the Playschool, Molly was a secretary with the Centre County Government for 21 years before deciding to become a stay-at-home mom. She and her husband live in Walker Township. Their son Brian lives and works in Annapolis, Maryland and their daughter Megan is a third grade teacher in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Spending time with her family is very important to Molly and she enjoys walking, swimming, reading, and camping. She also loves the ocean and watching sunrises and sunsets.
Laine Seibel is in her eighth year as a teacher at The Bellefonte Playschool and is currently serving as our Education Director. She is a graduate of Messiah College with a degree in elementary education and taught kindergarten in Philadelphia. She also had worked as a clinical teacher for children with special needs for several years in Centre County before deciding to become a stay-at-home mom. Laine is thrilled to be back in the classroom watching the children learn and grow so much from year to year and she considers it a huge privilege to be part of a young child’s first school experience.
Laine and her husband live in Walker Township with their 2 daughters and son. They attend Watermarke Church and enjoy helping to lead worship with the worship band. Her family’s favorite things include camping, swimming, having bonfires and playing with Sadie, their chocolate Labrador. Laine also enjoys singing, doing crafts, reading, gardening, and cooking—all of the things she gets to share with the children in her classes!
Christy Witmer teaches three-year-old and Pre-K classes at The Bellefonte Playschool. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Penn State and taught many years of preschool in Pittsburgh before moving to Bellefonte. Prior to joining the staff, Christy was a stay-at-home mom to her son and daughter, who both attended the Playschool.
She is a member of Faith Church, serving in numerous roles on the Playschool Advisory Board, including Parent Representative, Secretary, and Chairperson. She also volunteers at Marion-Walker Elementary School.
Christy lives in Walker Township with her husband and children. She loves spending time with her family, including swimming and attending athletics events, and also enjoys running, yoga, and reading.
Linda Yarnell is a teacher’s aide at The Bellefonte Playschool. She has been on staff for 24 years and has worked with several teachers over the years but is currently assigned to assist Christy Witmer. Her duties include classroom preparation and helping with all of the daily activities for the three-year-old and Pre-K classes.
After working at Penn State for ten years, Linda became a stay-at-home mom raising two sons. She and her husband (and their golden retriever, Sophie) have lived in the Bellefonte area their entire lives. Linda stays busy keeping the books for the family excavating business (and working at the Playschool), but she also enjoys going to their cabin in Potter County, gardening, knitting/crocheting, needle-work, bowling, boating, and spending time with friends and family and making trips to Idaho to visit her granddaughter, Robyn.