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 Amy Kabel. I was born and raised in a small coastal town in New Jersey and graduated from Warren Wilson College with a dual degree in Sociology and Anthropology in December 2013. I began my career in education as a paraprofessional in Ocean County, New Jersey working with both elementary and preschool aged children with various special needs. I happily relocated back to western North Carolina and have been working at Discovery since December 2016 where I began as a floater and now am currently a co-teacher in the Sunflower Room. I currently live in Asheville with my husband, Andrew and our rescue greyhound, Vader.
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!