TEACHERS (1-3 year olds)
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!
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.