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West Lawn United Methodist Church Appoints Preschool Director

by West Lawn United Methodist Church

Mar 04, 2021

West Lawn United Methodist Church recently appointed Mrs. Elise Coakley as its new Preschool Director, starting March 15, 2021. Mrs. Coakley has a bachelor’s degree in both Early Childhood and Elementary Education from West Chester University, and brings years of teaching and leadership experience to West Lawn UMC Preschool.

For many years, Mrs. Coakley taught in the Children’s Center of West Chester United Methodist Church. She also worked as a substitute teacher in various school districts, and most recently taught nutrition and cooking education programs for pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade children in the Reading and William Penn School Districts, as an employee of The Food Trust.

She’s well known by the West Lawn UMC congregation as the Director of Children’s Music Ministry and is a member of West Lawn’s adult choir and brass ensemble. Preschool families will come to love Mrs. Coakley’s caring and kind personality, as well as her strong organizational and communication skills. As a classroom teacher, the preschool children will flock to this gifted leader who excels in classroom management and creating positive learning environments.

Mrs. Coakley resides in Exeter with her husband, John, and two elementary-aged children, Jordan and Jenna.

West Lawn UMC Preschool will open in September 2021. Its opening is an intentional strategy by West Lawn UMC to embrace and nurture the community and offer radical hospitality beyond Sunday morning worship services and discipleship. The new preschool, which will be located in the Reiner Education Building of the West Lawn campus, will have morning classes and afternoon programming for children age 3, 4 and 5, as well as a morning class for age 2 children along with a guardian.

West Lawn church has a passion for ministering to families with children in its community. One way this church can be community-focused and extend its mission for child-centered Christian discipleship, is by offering preschool classes in its buildings. This preschool allows an opportunity for West Lawn to not only educate kids at the youngest level, but also share God’s love to the community through forming authentic relationships with God’s children, the little ones and their parents alike.

West Lawn United Methodist Church is located at 15 Woodside Avenue, West Lawn, PA 19609.

Preschool registration is now open to the public, and special discounted pricing is available for our first-year charter students. More details are available on the West Lawn UMC website and social media platforms. (

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