Little Explorers Early Learning Academy knows that it takes a special kind of person to provide the care and education that young children need and deserve. We take the time and effort to ensure that our team understands, believes in, and encompasses the ideals on which the Little Explorers philosophy, mission, and vision are based. We hold ourselves and each other to the highest standards in order to ensure that your child has only the best daycare and preschool experience possible.
Meet Our Team:
Meet Ms. Katie
Ms. Katie is our Lead Teacher and Program Director. She has earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from NJCU, as well as a BA in Media Communications with a Theatre Arts Minor from Penn State University. She is certified as a NJ Teacher of Preschool through Grade 3, Elementary Teacher in Grades K-5, and Teacher of Students with Disabilities. Ms. Katie also is CPR, First Aid, and AED Certified. She has taught and managed early education programs as both a Teacher and Program Specialist for many years, working in private, public, charter, and corporate-owned schools and centers. Throughout these experiences, she has learned to excel in the areas of maintaining a clean and safe classroom, maintaining standards set by NAEYC, following State regulations and guidelines, and engaging children in developmentally appropriate and fun activities across all domains of early learning.
Meet Ms. Gwen
Ms. Gwen has been with Little Explorers Early Learning Academy since the beginning. She attended The Art Institute of Philadelphia, where she studied Photography. Ms. Gwen spent many years as a proud stay-at-home mom to her three girls - ages 14, 11, and 6. She volunteered as their Girl Scouts Troop Leader for many years, acted as "Class Mom," and is a very active member of the PTA. Ms. Gwen is very well-read and knowledgeable in the area of child psychology. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, baking, and reading.
Meet Ms. Gina
Ms. Gina has worked with children since high school, when she worked at Suburban Hills Preschool with children ranging from 2-and-a-half through 6 years of age. She also has been a nanny for a family beginning when the children were ages 2 and 3 until they were 9 and 10 years of age. One of these children was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, giving Ms. Gina the opportunity to be trained in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). She worked with other families as an ABA Therapist part-time while attending The College of Saint Elizabeth for Marketing, with a Public Relations Concentration and a Minor in Psychology. On weekends, Gina volunteers as a Sunday School Teacher with fourth grade children. In her free time Gina enjoys spending time with friends and family, especially her beautiful children Luna and Dante.
Meet Ms. Andrea
Ms. Andrea has been working with children for the past 20 years. She has worked with and enjoys working with children of all ages. She worked with preschool as well as aftercare children in elementary schools. She has also worked as a camp counselor for elementary school aged children. While working at a local child care center, Ms. Andrea received countless hours of professional development in the areas of High Scope, Cultural Awareness, Phonics, Health and Wellness, and Ages and Stages of Development, just to name a few. Ms. Andrea is currently going to school to obtain her bachelors in early childhood education. She has also taken a CDA course to further her knowledge of working with children.
Meet Ms. Stephanie
Ms. Stephanie has always had a passion for teaching and caring for young children. She started out with babysitting jobs as a teenager. She later became an infant /toddler teacher and has been teaching for 5 years and counting at corporate and privately owned learning centers. She also volunteers at her church nursery. Ms. Stephanie has her CDA for infants and toddlers. She is CPR and first aid certified. She has recently became mother to a beautiful baby girl named Evelyn. In her spare time Ms. Stephanie enjoys spending time with family and friends, painting, knitting, and bike riding.
Meet Ms. Valerie
Ms.Valerie is currently a sophomore at Montclair State University, majoring in Early Childhood Education, with a minor in Psychology. Ms. Valerie has always felt that she has a unique and very special connection with children which has given her the drive to pursue a teaching career. She has been working with children throughout her whole middle school and high school career as a volunteer Sunday School Teacher at her church, working with children from the ages 2-4. She spends lots of time with her toddler nephew, who is her pride and joy. During her free time, Ms. Valerie enjoys swimming, spending time with her family and friends, and traveling.
*We are always looking for responsible, caring individuals to join our team. If interested in making a difference in the lives of young children and their families, please submit your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.*
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