Home History Philosophy & Curriculum Teachers
One of the many things that make Pooh Corner so special is the continuity of care we are able to provide by maintaining the same fabulous teachers for many years, (which, in some cases means several decades). The ability to engender this level of loyalty is evidence of our family-centric philosophy and shapes our environment as an extension of the home atmosphere.

Kim Selman, Director
 Kim Selman, Assistant Director- Kim joined the Pooh Corner in 1988 and her family has continued to join ours ever since! Four of Kim’s six children and her granddaughter have attended Pooh Corner over the past two (plus) decades. Kim holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education Administration from Ashford University and a Pennsylvania Director’s Certification.

Halimah Halimah AbdulHaqq,
Preschool & Pre-K Program Director & Co-Head Teacher of Preschool

Halimah started at Pooh Corner in 1998 as a substitute, left when she became pregnant and returned with baby Raiyanah in tow to become an assistant teacher in the Transition Group. Her son Zakariya also attended Pooh Corner. She completed her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education in 2011. Halimah has been a teacher in every group in the center, as well as, an outstanding trainer of new staff.

Jasmine Ross – Co-Head Teacher of Preschool
Jasmine began at Pooh Corner in 2017 after hearing glowing reports about the center from her step mom, who worked as a teacher in our infant/toddler room for over 5 years and her younger brother, who attended Pooh for his preschool and pre-k years. Jasmine has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Hampton University. She brings her science background to her teaching and is always helping the children to make predictions and hypothesize about the world around them. She has a daughter, Jamie, who is currently a student at Pooh Corner.

Loretta Stevenson Loretta Stevenson – Co-head Teacher of Pre-K
Loretta has been a member of the Pooh Corner team for 14 years, leaving after 7 years to start her own catering business and then returned in 2010 to her other love; teaching young children. Loretta brings her marvelous sense of humor, her culinary talents and her love of art to her teaching. Loretta is in the process of getting her Bachelor’s degree from Ashford University in Education.

Asia Lambert Asia Lambert – Co-head Teacher of Pre-K
Asia is a Pooh Corner lifer. She attended Pooh Corner as a child for 5 years. Her mom was a teacher at Pooh for over 20 years. Asia returned in 2012 after her first year of college and has been working both part-time and full time while working toward her Bachelor’s Degree from Temple University, which she will earn in December 2018. Having grown up at Pooh, Asia gets the mission and approach of Pooh Corner because she was raised with it.

Rose Rose O'Neill, Head Teacher of the Infant Group
Rose O'Neill began her Pooh Career in 2008 as an assistant teacher in the Infant/Toddler Group. Rose recently took over the reins as head teacher of the Infant group. Rose has a Bachelor's Degree from Penn State in the social sciences. She has 3 children of her own.

Denise Heckstall, Infant/Toddler Program Manager
We welcomed Denise to Pooh Corner in 2000 as a floater after 8 years with the Philadelphia Head Start program. It didn’t take long to see that Denise was a good fit with the toddlers. She became an assistant teacher in the Transition program and held that position for 13 years. In 2013, Denise joined the Infant/toddler program as an assistant teacher. In her four years in the infant/Toddler program, she continued to show such love and caring for the toddlers and her understanding and knowledge of their development grew immensely. “In addition to her knowledge of children, Denise is adept at group management and staff relations and keeps all the balls up in a busy program of 18 infants and toddlers and 6 staff”.

Taylor Evans – Toddler Head Teacher
Taylor is another Pooh Corner Lifer. Taylor attended Pooh Corner for 5 years from birth till kindergarten. Her mom, Kim Selman, is the center director. Taylor always had a passion for working with small children. She did lots of babysitting for Pooh Corner families during her high school years. She has been working at Pooh Corner since 2012 while she studies Early Childhood Education at Community College. She will earn her Associates degree in the spring of 2019.

Justine Eastwood, Transition Head Teacher
Justine came to Pooh Corner in 2016 as an assistant in the Transition program. Her calm demeanor and her understanding and caring for young children quickly earned her a position as the lead teacher in the Transition program. Justine started earning her Bachelor’s degree at Hofstra University and is planning to continue her studies at Temple U to complete her Bachelor’s, after which she is planning to earn a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.

  Assistant Teachers
Many of our Assistant Teachers have also been with us for many years (4 of them for ten and counting). Several are currently pursuing relevant degrees in higher education, and all have chosen Pooh Corner for their children’s preschool education.

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Assistant Teachers
Many of our Assistant Teachers have also been with us for many years (4 of them for ten and counting). Several are currently pursuing relevant degrees in higher education, and all have chosen Pooh Corner for their children’s preschool education.