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The Malvern School of Upper Gwynedd

The Malvern School’s preschool in Upper Gwynedd is conveniently located across from Station Square Apartments, just down the street from the Pennbrook train station. Our qualified teachers and assistants have been part of the Malvern family for many years. Our innovative programs for children aged 6 weeks through 8 years old offer much more than traditional Upper Gwynedd daycare options. Our focus is to create an environment that allows children to learn and experience the world using all of their senses. We look forward to helping your child prepare for the future, and we encourage you to schedule a tour of our Upper Gwynedd preschool!

What Parents are saying:

My son has been at Malvern [Upper Gwynedd] for almost a year now… He loves his teachers there… and I love to read his daily personal reports on all the fun he has during his days at Malvern…

—Lena V., Upper Gwynedd


  • 2019 Assistant Teacher of the Year, Rachel Siegfried


294 Wissahickon Ave
North Wales,
Ph: 1-877-MALVERN

School Hours

Monday-Friday: 7:00am-6:00pm
Saturday-Sunday: Closed

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Meet Our Directors

Cate Dodge, Director of Education

Cate Dodge is the Director of Education at The Malvern School of Upper Gwynedd. Starting her career in the classroom, Cate has worked in early childhood education since 2004 as the lead teacher in several different classrooms, and most recently was a Director at a privately-owned program in Radnor. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University and a Master’s in Education from Cabrini College. She is also a PA-certified teacher for ages Pre-K through 3rd Grade.

Some of her proudest moments in her career came when she was a Kindergarten teacher. Watching a young child celebrate an achievement each year during graduation is a nice reminder why she pursued a career in early childhood education. It’s those moments that show the positive impact that teachers have on young children. When asked about what she likes most about The Malvern School program – she loves the creative freedom that teachers have to design their own curriculum based on the individual children in each classroom. She enjoys the monthly curriculum themes highlighting the authors and artist of the month and likes how engaged the children are during each activity.

During her free time, Cate enjoys spending time with her son, reading and spending time with friends and family. Looking to test Cate’s geography knowledge? The next time you see her, ask her what the world capital of Bulgaria is – in fact, she can name all the world capitals. Cate’s favorite children’s book is "Corduroy" by Don Freeman.

Rahisha Wright, Associate Director

Rahisha Wright is the Associate Director at The Malvern School of Upper Gwynedd. Rahisha joined The Malvern School team in 2022 with more than 20 years of experience in the early childhood education and has a Bachelor’s Degree in ECE and a Master’s in Divinity. Prior to joining The Malvern School, she was a Director of a preschool in Red Hill, Pa and an Office Manager.

Rahisha’s proudest moments of her career is always seeing a child and families many years after preschool and seeing the impact she made on their early childhood education. Rahisha believes that The Malvern School is very intentional in providing a high-quality program for young learners which is equally important to her as an educator and a parent.

During her free time, she enjoys shopping, date nights with her husband and spending time with their three children. Fun Fact! She can double-dutch jump rope and hula hoop – really well! And guess what? She is always up for a challenge! As a child, she always wanted to be a doctor until the realization that she would have to give needles to children. Then, she wanted to be a teacher. Her favorite children’s book is “You Are Special” by Max Lucado.

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