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The Malvern School of Lionville

The Malvern School’s preschool in Lionville is conveniently located on Ruark Road off of Eagleview Boulevard in Exton. We have been a member of the Lionville/Exton community since 2001 and a NAEYC Accredited school since 2010. Our dedicated staff is enthusiastic and friendly, many with a long tenure. They work to build a strong foundation of learning for each child as well as give the utmost care to all of our families. With high teaching standards and innovative programming, our programs for children ages 6 weeks through 8 years old offer much more than traditional Lionville daycare and childcare options. Our location is also a consistent award winner for The Malvern School. We look forward to helping your child prepare for the future, and we encourage you to schedule a tour of our Lionville preschool!

What Parents are saying:

My son has been attending the Malvern School since he was three months old starting in the infant room and is currently transitioning to the one year/two year old room… I could not be any happier with how smooth the transition went and how great all the teachers are at the Malvern school. My son is very happy there and I can tell he is very well cared for.

—Kristen Q., Lionville

Awards

  • 2018 Assistant Teacher of the Year, Mona Tehrani
  • 2016 Families First - Best Customer Service
  • 2016 Teacher of the Year
  • 2015 Families First Award
  • 2014 100% Club
  • 2013 The Big “Q” Award
  • 2013 Executive Director of the Year
  • 2013 Platinum Performance
  • 2012 Platinum Performance
  • Curriculum Coordinator of the Year
  • 2011 NAEYC Mentor of the Year
  • 2010 Director of Education of the Year
  • 2010 Staff Retention Award
  • 2010 Curriculum Coordinator of the Year
  • 2009 Presidents’ Choice
  • 2009 Executive Director of the Year
  • 2009 The Rising Star Award
  • 2007 The Big “Q”

Address

101 Ruark Road
Exton,
Pennsylvania
19341
Ph: 610-524-7600

School Hours

Monday-Friday: 7:00am-6:00pm
Saturday-Sunday: Closed
*Hours may differ due to COVID-19

Accredited Since 2010

NAEYC Accredited Early Learning Program and Preschool in New Jersey and Pennsylvania

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Meet Our Directors

Eva Howski, Executive Director

Eva Howski is Executive Director at The Malvern School of Lionville. Eva joined The Malvern School team in 2020 with many years of experience in the education field. Before joining the team, she spent more than two decades working in the public school and private school systems where she gained valuable experience in supervision and curriculum. She has a Master of Education in Administration from Bowling Green State University.

One of Eva’s proudest moments throughout her career was developing and implementing a childcare service, preschool, and summer camp for a Catholic School where the service was a great need in the community at the time.
Eva believes that The Malvern School’s Core Values sets us apart from other childcare facilities. The values are practiced and modeled each day by staff throughout the building making it a welcoming environment for everyone. She also values that the teachers have flexibility in their lesson planning to adjust to the needs of every student in their class.

In her free time, Eva enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters – especially camping and watching the Cleveland Cavaliers! Eva is one of 8 children in her family and she currently has three dogs – two chihuahuas and a black lab. Her favorite children’s book is “Wonderful You” By Kate Gleeson.

Shannon Battista, Director of Education

Shannon Battista has been Director of Education at The Malvern School of Lionville since 2013. She began her career in Early Childhood Education as a teenager, working after school at a local preschool. She received her degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Neumann College in 2002. During and following her college years, Shannon worked her way up in another preschool from assistant teacher to assistant director. The dedication to providing the best experience for young children is one of the things Shannon enjoys most about working for The Malvern School. The amazing team of teachers with whom she works makes her job fun! Having three children of her own, Shannon spends much of her time with children and is thankful for every moment. She enjoys live music, trivia and the outdoors in her downtime.

Chelsey Oakley, Assistant Director

Chelsey Oakley is the Assistant Director at The Malvern School of Lionville. Chelsey holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Long Island University and a range of leadership experience in early childhood education.

Chelsey’s proudest moment of her professional career was becoming an Assistant Director and taking part in opening a brand-new childhood education center which she was able to watch flourish. The creativity teachers have when customizing their curriculum is by far Chelsey’s favorite aspect of The Malvern School’s program and is what she believes sets us apart.

Outside of school, Chelsey enjoys cheering on the Philadelphia Eagles, traveling with her husband, and spending time with her family. Fun fact! Chelsey was a Division 1 volleyball player in college- go Chelsey! Chelsey’s favorite children’s book is “Giraffes Can’t Dance” by Giles Andreae.

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