Meet our amazing staff.
Our staff members are pleased to provide an enriching, developmentally appropriate early education experience for the young children at Avenue Preschool.
100% of our teaching staff members hold Department of Education Certification for their position or above. We regularly attend professional development training, education conferences and in-house training sessions. All staff members are certified in CPR/First Aid.
Paula Yeich: Director
Paula Yeich began working at Avenue Preschool in 2016 as our Director, and has been involved as a preschool parent for the past three years. Paula has a B.S. degree in physical and health education, with a background in teaching and administration. Prior to working at Avenue she taught in the Caesar Rodney School district and was the Director of the Wellness Center at the Modern Maturity Center for eight years. She volunteers in the Milford community and has also been a coach. Paula and her husband live in Milford with their two children Taylor and Evan, and their dogs. In her free time she loves spending time with her family and friends. Paula values the opportunity to guide Avenue Preschool, with its established reputation as a quality early childhood education provider for our community's children.
Andrea Prettyman: Business Manager
Andrea Prettyman has been involved with Avenue Preschool since 1996 in several ways. She served as our prior Director as well as a teacher in the Beginner program, and moved into the Business Manager position in 2012. Her daughter attended and both her children were volunteers over the years. Andrea has a M.Ed. degree in Elementary Education and a B.S. degree in Business Administration and is certified to teach early childhood through grade 4. She is also an adjunct instructor with Del Tech and a professional development instructor with the Dept. of Education. Andrea and her husband have 2 grown children and a son-in-law, a sweet cocker spaniel named Jayda and a silly cat named Keebee. Andrea enjoys time at the beach, traveling and reading.
Belinda Bahder: Pre-K Teacher
Belinda M. Bahder has been part of Avenue Preschool since her children attended over 25 years ago. She started working at APS in 2001 as a teacher assistant, then began teaching in the Pre-K program in 2005. She is certified through the Delaware Department of Education as an Early Childhood Teacher. She and her husband have lived in Milford for over 25 years. They have 3 grown children, a daughter-in law and two sons-in-law, three grandchildren, and an adorable dog, Bethany. Mrs. Bahder enjoys spending as much time as possible in Bethany Beach and loves to sew, scrapbook, read and most of all spend time with her family.
Shelley Sapp: Pre-K Teacher
Shelley Sapp is a teacher in our Pre-K program and has been working at APS since 2010. She is certified through the Delaware Department of Education as an Early Childhood Teacher and holds an A.S. degree in Early Childhood Education. Mrs. Sapp and her husband Richie have four great guys: Jesse, Cody, Riley and Brodie, all of whom attended Avenue Preschool. Mrs. Sapp's hometown is Newark, but she now lives in Harrington.
Matthew French: Pre-K Teacher
Matthew French started as a parent volunteer in 2008 when children began attending. In 2010, he served as a part-time administrative assistant. and in 2012 Mr. French joined the APS teaching team. He also previously served as a member of Avenue Preschool’s board of directors. He holds a Delaware Department of Education certification as an Early Childhood Teacher. Mr French enjoys spending time with his wife, Joanna and his two children, Erin and Sean going camping, fishing and hiking.
Disa Crew: Pre-K Teacher and Curriculum Coordinator
Disa Crew has been working at Avenue Preschool since the fall of 2017 as a Pre-K Teacher. She is certified through the Delaware Department of Education as an Early Childhood Curriculum Coordinator and an Early Childhood Teacher. She previously worked at Morris Early Learning Center in the Milford School District for several years as a para-professional.
Adrienne Brozefsky: Beginners Teacher
Aridenne Brozefsky, or Mrs. B. as the children call her, has worked at Avenue Preschool since 2012 and has been in the early education field since 2004. She was born and raised in Milford, DE and is a former student of the preschool. Mrs. B. holds a Delaware Department of Education certification as an Early Childhood Teacher and Curriculum Coordinator. She has three lovely children, all of whom attended Avenue Preschool. When she is not teaching, she enjoys spending time at the beach.
Erica Dickerson: Beginners Teacher
Erica Dickerson has worked at Avenue Preschool since 2020, starting as an assistant teacher, and now as a teacher in the Beginner program. She also worked in early education in Dover prior to joining our team at Avenue. Mrs. Dickerson is certified through the Delaware Department of Education as an Early Childhood Teacher. She and her family moved to Milford in 2016. She has two children who attend Milford High School. In her spare time, Mrs. Dickerson enjoys watching her children play several sports, walking her dogs and reading.
Laura Speicher: Assistant Teacher
Laura Speicher has been a teacher assistant at Avenue Preschool since 2013 and has worked in education locally since 2002. Mrs. Speicher holds a Delaware Department of Education certification as an Early Childhood Teacher. She enjoys spending time with her family and creating crafts. She also likes to spend time at the beach with her son. Mrs. Speicher enjoys working with the children and staff at Avenue Preschool and feels truly blessed to be a part of the APS family.
Michele Engelsiepen: Assistant Teacher
Michele Engelsiepen began working at Avenue Preschool in the fall of 2018. Prior to working at Avenue, she taught kindergarten in the Milford School District for 31 years. Mrs. Engelsiepen is certified through the Delaware Department of Education as an Early Childhood Teacher and holds a Master of Education degree. She and her husband Ray live in Milford, and she loves spending time with her family and friends. Mrs. Engelsiepen enjoys stamping, reading, relaxing at her pool and working with the staff and children at Avenue Preschool.
Tara Benton: Assistant Teacher
Tara Benton has been a teacher assistant at Avenue Preschool since 2011. Mrs. Benton is certified through the Delaware Department of Education as an Early Childhood Teacher. .
Savannah Case: Assistant Teacher
Savannah Case has been a teacher assistant at Avenue Preschool since 2021. Ms. Case is certified through the Delaware Department of Education as an Early Childhood Teacher Assistant, and is finishing up the coursework toward certification as an Early Childhood Teacher. .
Joy Short: Assistant Teacher
Joy Short has been a teacher assistant at Avenue Preschool since 2022. She has worked in education locally for many years. Mrs. Short holds a Delaware Department of Education certification as an Early Childhood Teacher. She grew up in Milford but now lives in Ellendale with her husband. She has two sons, a daughter-in-law and two granddaughters. Mrs. Short loves spending time with her family and going on camping trips. She says that she is beyond blessed to be working with all of the children and staff members at Avenue Preschool.
Katabbatha Millard: Assistant Teacher
Katabbatha (Kat) MIllard joined Avenue Preschool as a teacher assistant during the 2022-23 school year. . She is finishing up coursework toward certification as an Early Childhood Teacher Assistant.