Preschool Staff


Mrs. Elise Coakley, Preschool Director
Meet West Lawn Preschool Director Mrs. Elise Coakley! 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 our 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.  

In April 2021, we will be hiring more teachers and assistants for our 2021-2022 school year. If you are interested in joining our preschool staff, email
Our Preschool Director, Mrs. Coakley, is sharing weekly virtual story times and songs. Enjoy these videos, and use them as an opportunity for your family to become familiar with Mrs. Coakley.  You can access these videos each Monday by clicking here.