TEACHERS (1-3 year olds)
My name is Shaketia Simpson. I was born and raised in Asheville North Carolina. I attended and graduated from A.C. Reynolds High School and continued my education in Early Childhood at A-B Technical Community College. I have 3 children, 2 boys and 1 girl, who attend Haw Creek Elementary School. My mom had me volunteer at the age of 13 at the Boys and Girls club. From that point on I worked two jobs serving as a facility aide at Aston Park Health Care Center and from there I went to work with Asheville parks and rec. I have over 21 credit hours in childcare and have worked with kids for over 10 years. My hobbies are spending time with my kids, art, fashion and cooking.
Hello – my name is Caridad. I was born in Puerto Rico but have lived most of my life in Massachusetts. I received my associate degree in Early Childhood from Quinsigamond Community College in 1991. I have been working with children since 2007, starting from preschool all the way to high school students. I have recently received certificates from AB Tech for substitute/assistant teaching.
I have lived in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina for several years now, with my two beautiful daughters. I enjoy reading, and spending time with my family.
My name is Petra Tompkins. I have been working here at Discovery since August 2015 teaching two year olds. I was born in Czech Republic and finished a five year Business school in 1997. I worked as a Secretary for Social Services in Czech for almost three years when I decided to pursue my dreams of studying English. I left in 2001 for England where I spent almost two years learning English and also worked for the Sue Ryder Care Charity organization. After my return from England, I decided to leave for America in 2003 as an Au-Pair and that’s when my passion for children began . I obtained my Early Childhood Credentials in 2007 at AB Tech Community College and many other classes followed including Playground Safety Training, English Class, First Aid and CPR classes, etc. I have a Lead Teacher Status in the state of NC and have been working with children ages 0-5 since 2006. I am married with two beautiful children, Dillon and Delilah. My passions are children, travel ,reading, hiking, singing and music. This country is my new home now – I became an American Citizen in 2011.
I’ve been working with children since 2000, including many with special needs. I worked in a preschool from 2000-2006 while also attending UNCA. I graduated in 2003 with my Bachelor’s in Psychology. I also took some child care classes at AB-Tech so I could qualify as a lead teacher. In 2006 I started working as a nanny for twin baby boys. To this day I still pick them up from school and stay with them for a couple hours in the afternoons, and I’m there full time in the summer. I had been subbing at Discovery for the first 2 years, but now I work 3-4 mornings as a floater during the school year. The teachers and administrators here are wonderful to work with, regardless of which room I’m assigned to. I love working with children of all ages and believe in treating them as if they were my own. In my spare time I enjoy reading, spending time with family and friends, listening to music, going to concerts with my husband, and snuggling with my kitty!