Hello, from all of us!


Karen Werme (owner/director)

My eighth grade yearbook has a picture of me and underneath, my life goal: To Own my own Daycare. Owning Book Worms has been a life goal for me and I’m proud of myself for obtaining that goal. I now spend my time as the owner and director. Caring for children was a natural talent that started when I was 11 years old. The first children who were left in my care were three brothers all under three years of age. They were a handful and they taught me everything I know! I went to college and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education. I moved to Philadelphia from Connecticut in 2002 and that September started working at a prestigious Center City private preschool. I was there for ten years and the last four I spent as Director. I should also mention that I owned a successful eBay selling business, which was featured in the Wall Street Journal. Luckily for me, I also have my own child, Mayson, whom I get to enjoy everyday. She is currently in sixth grade and is twelve years old. When I’m not working or hanging out with my daughter I like to eat out, run, exercise, visit family and rest.

Heather Jo

Heather Jo

I feel blessed to be part of the Book Worms community, and i enjoy my job every day! I have over 15 years of experience working professionally with children, and am a resource parent (foster mom) in Delaware county. I have training and education in early childhood development, art education, child psychology, and behavioral development among other areas. I earned a BFA in Painting/Drawing and an MA in Museum Education from the University of the Arts. Previously, I worked for the University of the Arts as the Pre-College Programs Director, Delaware Art Museum as an art program manager, and Beginnings Learning Center as an art teacher. I have volunteered at several local Museums, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Please Touch Museum. After working as a director and administrator for several years, I decided to return to a day care/ PreKindergarten environment where I can do what I love most- taking young learners on a wonderful journey to discover their creative self!

In my free time I enjoy being a foster mom, hiking, traveling, painting, dancing and spending time with my awesome family

Rachel O.

Rachel O.

I spend my days teaching tiny humans math, science, and literacy—but also to be kind and respectful to one another. For as long as I can remember I have been drawn to working with children. Aiding in the development of children as they grow intellectually, emotionally, and physically has been a lifelong passion. Being a part of the Book Worms family has been an absolute dream, I have never been in a learning environment filled with so much love!

I received my Bachelors in Psychology with a minor in Cultural Anthropology from Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Over the course of my time spent there, I conducted fieldwork with the Foster Care Counseling Project, interned at the Douglass Psychology Child Study Center, and was a teacher’s assistant at the Nutritional Sciences Preschool. I am currently in a Master’s program in Clinical Counseling Psychology with a concentration in children and adolescents.

In my free time, I enjoy taking my dogs to the park, going out to eat, painting, reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.”



My love for childcare began at a very young age. My mom is an at home childcare provider and I began babysitting at twelve years old. I worked as a private nanny for four years before I finally decided to try teaching.

I began as a teachers assistant at Book Worms in August of 2015 and soon after became a co lead teacher. In June 2016 I left to work for a school closer to home only to realize that Book Worms was where I truly wanted to be! I was grateful to come back to the families and staff that make up the close knit community surrounding Book Worms.

When I’m not teaching or babysitting I enjoy traveling, hiking, cross stitching, and spending time with friends and family.


Rachael L.

Hello everyone, my name is Rachael and I am so happy to be teaching at Bookworms! I am originally from Broomall but I recently moved to the South Philly area. I recently graduated from Penn State University in May and received a Bachelors of Science in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Psychology. I hope to achieve my masters within the next 5 years!

I have been working with children since I started babysitting in the 8th grade and I recently held a position as a Child Care Intern at the YMCA in State College. I have known since a young age that I wanted to work with children and I definitely believe that it is my calling. I am very excited to help your children grow and to form lasting relationships with all of our students and parents!

Emily R.

Emily R.

Hello! My name is Emily and I am so excited to be a part of the Book Worms family! I have always loved taking care of children and started babysitting at age 12. I grew up in Philadelphia and moved to Colorado in 2011 to attend Fort Lewis College where I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology. During my time in school, I worked as an Assistant Teacher at a preschool for children ages 1-3 while also working as a part-time nanny for three amazing children ages 2, 6 & 10. Both experiences brought me huge amounts of joy and fulfillment as well as solidified in my mind that working with children is my true passion. I am grateful to have the chance to learn and grow with the kids here! When I’m not working I love being outside, hiking, skiing, dancing, and spending time with my family and pets.



My name is Siobhan, and I am super excited to be a part of the Book Worms community! I moved from Orlando, FL in August of 2014 to go to university here in Philadelphia. I am currently attending Temple University to obtain my Bachelor’s degree in Biology. I previously worked as a babysitter for many of the children within my neighborhood and I also worked as a Spanish tutor for my local high school. It was during my years of high school that I discovered my love for working with children. I volunteered for a program called Bambino Buddy Ball that coordinates baseball leagues for children from ages 5 to 20 with mental and physical challenges. Seeing the excitement on the children’s faces as I helped them hit the ball really inspired me to continue to work with children. Looking back on it, helping those children will forever put a smile on my face and will be one of my top proudest moments.

I am anticipating watching the children grow and seeing how each of their personalities will allow them to be successful at whatever they choose to do in the future. In my spare time, I enjoy yoga, spending time with my family, drawing, baking and playing Ultimate Frisbee with my friends.



Hello! My name is Alyssa Rudoi and I have been working with children for the past 6 years. I am from Northeast Philadelphia and currently a senior at Temple University. I am studying Human Development and Community Engagement with a concentration in Childhood Mental Health. After graduating, I hope to attain my Masters in Applied Behavioral Analysis. I have always been fascinated with children’s development, their minds, the way that they think, etc. I hope to be able to positively impact each and every child I work with. I love exploring new places, doing my make up, painting, and meeting new people. I also love sushi, and hanging out with my friends. I have already learned so much over the past two years of working at Book Worms, and I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for me!



Hi! My name is Noelle and I have been working with kids ever since I was in high school when I was a dance teacher for kids ages 3-10. I grew up in Connecticut and moved to Philadelphia to attend school at Saint Joseph’s University. In May of 2017, I graduated with a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education, and double minors in Psychology and Autism Studies. I worked at several different schools in the Philadelphia area as an assistant teacher for my education program requirement. I also worked at the Kinney Autism Center for four years as a teacher and the head coach for the sports program. On top of working for Bookworms, I also run an after school program for LEAP with Free Library of Philadelphia at the local Richmond Branch Library. In the spring I plan to begin grad school and acquire a masters degree in school counseling. I am so happy to be apart of the Bookworms family and to see what else I will learn on this new journey!



Hello! My name is Abby Herr and I’m so excited to be a part of the Book Worms community! I’m originally from Lancaster but moved to Philadelphia to obtain my degree from Temple University in Early Childhood Education. I knew I wanted to work with children ever since high school where I volunteered as summer camp counselor for children aged 3 to 5 at an interactive museum called Hands on House. Some of my experience includes being a full time nanny for 8 months to a 4 year old and a one year old. I currently work with an AmeriCorps program called Jumpstart, where we teach in low-income area pre-schools to help close the kindergarten readiness gap. Previous to Book Worms, I worked as a partner teacher at a daycare. I loved my babies there and worked with children 6 weeks up to two years. I’m involved at my school in clubs such as Camp Kesem, where we raise money to provide a free summer camp to children who have a parent that has been effected by cancer. In my free time I enjoy hiking, being at the beach and most importantly spending time with those I care about!



Hi! My name is Stephanie and I am so excited to be a part of the Book Worms community! I am from New York but I live and study in Philadelphia at Temple University. I am studying Secondary Education and History and through my studies I have had many opportunities to work with students of varying ages and abilities. I have previously volunteered as a tutor for high school students and I have also been babysitting since 14 years old. Working with children has always been my passion and I am so grateful to have this opportunity to continue doing so with the amazing children at Book Worms. In my free time, I love photography and exploring new places, I am always looking for my next adventure! I can’t wait to help the children have fun while learning all the while!



Hi! My name is Standish Hicks and I am thrilled to be working at Book Worms! I graduated from Denison University in 2015 with BA in Developmental Psychology and a minor in English literature. After graduating I moved back home to the Upper West Side of New York City, where I followed in my Mother’s footsteps and became a preschool teacher. I was an assistant teacher working with four to five year olds, preparing them for exmissions into kindergarten. Then I moved to an ongoing school where I worked for two years with the nursery children, ages three to four. Before officially moving into the adult world I always worked summer jobs with children, whether I was an au pair in France teaching English or working at day camps as a counselor in Rhode Island and New York City. I have always been drawn to working with children and I am so grateful I have gotten so many opportunities to do so. Now I am a new transport to Philadelphia and feel very lucky to get the chance to be a part of Book Worms wonderful and nurturing community, with friendly staff and adorable kiddos!

When I am not working I love to explore my new city, eat out with friends, watch football and cozy up on the couch with a great book.



Hello Everyone! My name is Missy Williams and I am from Wallingford PA, a suburb right outside of Philadelphia. I am a freshman at Temple University receiving a degree in early childhood education. I am very excited to begin my new adventure at Book Worms!

I have loved working with children since a young age. I began babysitting at 12 years old. Previous to Book Worms, I enjoyed a summer as a lead camp counselor for first graders. I have worked as a full-time summer nanny and part-time after school nanny. Currently, I also work for an Americorps organization called Jumpstart, a non-profit that promotes quality early childhood education in under-resourced communities. Jumpstart has given me the opportunity to serve and teach in low-income communities. I also volunteer after school at a free after-school and mentorship program called DREAM, where I mentor an adorable six-year-old girl.

In my free time, you can find me at the beach, watching a football game, or spending quality time with friends and family.


Courtney H.

Hello! My name is Courtney. I was born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia and now currently live in South Philadelphia. Before starting at Bookworms, I worked at a previous daycare for over 8 years and nannied for 2 years while studying Early Childhood Education at Penn State Abington. From there, I spontaneously began working as a paralegal at an attorneys office. It took me working there less then a year for me to realize that my true calling really was to work with children. So now here I am at Bookworms and couldn’t be happier! I can truly say that I am genuinely happy to wake up and come to work each and every day. Being a part of the Bookworms community for the past few years has been such a unique and amazing experience. I look forward to continue forming amazing bonds with the children, families and staff here!

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, hanging out with my puppy and cat, running, reading, traveling as much as possible and sometimes just simply being lazy!


Alexis P.

Hello, I’m Alexis! I am currently attending Neumann University as a nursing major. I am a Freshman now, but soon to be Sophomore. Past summers I spent working at summer camps with kids ranging from 3-13 years old. In my spare time I really enjoy spending time with friends and family, but in reality I spend most of my time studying since nursing school is very rigorous!


Abbie K.

I’ve known Karen since I was in preschool myself - way back before Book Worms, she and Heather were my preschool teachers. After five years of work as a camp counselor, starting when I was thirteen, I began as an intern at Book Worms in 2014. Shortly after, I became an employee and I’ve been working there ever since! I am also currently studying at Hampshire College in Massachusetts, now in my sophomore year. I plan to study Early Childhood Education from a social theory perspective. I believe that young children are creative, capable, and autonomous people and I feel so lucky to get to work with them! I’m grateful to the Book Worms parents for giving me the opportunity to get to know how amazing each of their kids are.