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Team 1-3yo

TEACHERS (1-3 year olds)


 

Jenna

Jenna

Jenna

Hello families! My name is Jenna Atwood and I am teaching in one of the 2 year old classrooms here at Discovery Montessori! I have my degree in School Age Education, and I have several years experience working with children from infants through 5th grade. I most recently worked at Fairview Elementary School in the Title 1 program helping struggling readers. I am originally from Michigan but moved to North Carolina about 6 years ago. I enjoy spending time with my husband and our two dogs exploring Asheville and experiencing new things. I also enjoy physical fitness and healthful cooking, and think that these are important skills to pass on to children.

I love that I have the opportunity to be here in a Montessori school because I believe it helps children to become more independent and it gives them the tools to understand and be prosperous in the real world. I know that each day will provide a new opportunity for the kids to learn and grow, and I will be learning right along with them!

 

Shaketia

Shaketia

Shaketia

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.

 

Caridad

Caridad

Caridad

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.

 

 

Petra

Petra

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.