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 joined the staff as director in 2016. 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 after all three of her children started school, she was ready to 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. 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 at The Bellefonte Playschool since 1998 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 Maryland and their daughter Megan lives in Pennsylvania. 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!
Erin Orr just joined the Playschool staff in 2017. She teaches both three-year-old and Pre-K classes at The Bellefonte Playschool. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education at Greenville University in Illinois and taught fourth grade and kindergarten in North Carolina upon graduating. Erin moved to Pennsylvania in 2004 and has been a stay-at-home mom to her daughter and son, who both attended the Playschool.
Erin lives in Bellefonte with her husband and two children as well as their beloved dog and cat. She enjoys spending time with her family, watching her children dance and play sports, traveling (especially to the beach and Disneyworld) and runs a successful photography business on the side.
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.