Team 1-3yo

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.


Hi, my name is Kimberly Cosenza. I graduated from Western Carolina University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. I worked as a foster care social worker in the Charlotte area for 2.5 years and quickly realized two things: 1) I was crazy to have ever left the mountains, and 2) I wanted a job that allows me to have a more positive and supportive relationship with children and families. I moved to Asheville in July 2020 and was lucky to receive the opportunity to work at Discovery. In my free time I enjoy roller skating, painting, watching movies, hiking, and spending time with my husband and two fur babies.



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.


Hello, my name is Lauren Carter. I have worked in Early Childhood Education since 2016, but have worked with children since 2010. I received my Bachelors Degree in Developmental Psychology in 2014 and I am currently pursuing my Masters Degree in Social Work. I have always had a passion for helping children grow and learn new things.

I moved to Asheville in May of 2015 from Vermont. I love Asheville and thought the mountains here reminded me of home. I love taking my dog on hikes, reading, and traveling!


Hello, my name is Camree and I have been working with children since 2016.  I started working with children in high school.  I enjoyed working and interacting with them and making fun art projects!  I joined the Discovery team in February of 2018.  My years of working at Discovery have been nothing but amazing!  I’m a floater, filling in where needed day to day, working mostly with the one and two year olds.  I love it!!