Little Explorers Early Learning Academy knows that it takes a special kind of person to provide the care and education that young children need and deserve. We take the time and effort to ensure that our team understands, believes in, and encompasses the ideals on which the Little Explorers philosophy, mission, and vision are based. We hold ourselves and each other to the highest standards in order to ensure that your child has only the best daycare and preschool experience possible.
Meet Our Team:
Meet Ms. Katie - Founder and Director
Ms. Katie is our Lead Teacher and Program Director. She has earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from NJCU, as well as a BA in Media Communications with a Theatre Arts Minor from Penn State University. She is certified as a NJ Teacher of Preschool through Grade 3, Elementary Teacher in Grades K-5, and Teacher of Students with Disabilities. Ms. Katie also is CPR, First Aid, and AED Certified. She has taught and managed early education programs as both a Teacher and Program Specialist for many years, working in private, public, charter, and corporate-owned schools and centers. Throughout these experiences, she has learned to excel in the areas of maintaining a clean and safe classroom, maintaining standards set by NAEYC, following State regulations and guidelines, and engaging children in developmentally appropriate and fun activities across all domains of early learning.
Meet Ms. Andrea
Ms. Andrea has been working with children for the past 20+ years. She has worked with and enjoys working with children of all ages. She worked with preschool as well as aftercare children in elementary schools. She has also worked as a camp counselor for elementary school aged children. While working at a local child care center, Ms. Andrea received countless hours of professional development in the areas of High Scope, Cultural Awareness, Phonics, Health and Wellness, and Ages and Stages of Development, just to name a few. Ms. Andrea joined the Little Explorers team while we were still a home-based center and has had a remarkable impact on the growth of our center. Ms. Andrea is currently going to school to obtain her bachelors in early childhood education. She has also completed her CDA course to further her knowledge of working with children.
Meet Ms. Karen
Ms. Karen brings a very warm, nurturing energy to our building. She joins our team with over ten years experience in early childhood education at a daycare / preschool facility in her hometown, the Community School of Nutley. Ms. Karen’s ten years experience as a teacher in an early learning center, are in addition to her nearly ten years experience as a stay-at-home mom to her two now very successful and educated adult sons. Ms. Karen studied Early Childhood Development at Kean University and also earned her Dental Assistant Associates Degree from UMDNJ. In addition to her education experience, Ms. Karen worked for 15 years as an Assistant in Oral Surgery to put her boys through college, and is now coming back to her first love - early childhood education. Growing up in a traditional NJ Italian family, she is also a fantastic cook, and has brought her own love and flair to our kitchen.
Meet Ms. Renee
Ms. Renee joined Little Explorers with over 30 years of early childhood experience. She has two adult children of her own, and began her work as a preschool teacher at the center her son attended when he was just three years old. She earned and has consistently renewed and maintained her CDA Early Childhood Teaching Certification since the 1980s and has attended countless trainings through her work as a member of the NJEA, while working in both Head Start preschool and public school programs. Ms. Renee is always willing and able to bring her special care and love to each and every classroom. An avid reader, Ms. Renee loves reading with the children. She also loves getting down on the floor and playing with kids in order to build strong interpersonal relationships and encourage social and emotional development. When not here sharing her generous spirit with our Little Explorers children, families, and staff, Ms. Renee works with adolescent girls living in a group home environment in the evenings and on weekends.
Meet Ms. Christy
Ms. Christy came to us full-time after the center where she formerly worked at closed its doors. Ms. Christy was trained through the amazing West Orange High School preschool program, which is part of their state approved Career and Technical Education Early Childhood program. The three year Early Childhood and Families Studies courses included course work that teaches about the developmental stages of children from birth to age six. The students in the program are taught how to plan, develop and implement lessons which they deliver to the preschool children across all disciplines while supervised by certified teachers. The program is also affiliated with different colleges that give credits to the students upon completion of the program, as one of the teachers working with the high school students is an adjunct professor. After graduating, Ms. Christy began work at another local center prior to joining our team.
Meet Ms. Maggie
Information on Ms. Maggie coming soon!
Meet Ms. Danielle
Ms. Danielle joined our team during our first Autumn in our licensed facility, when she was first re-entering the workforce after having a beautiful baby girl in January 2017. Her sweet little toddler currently attends Little Explorers. Since that time, Ms. Danielle has earned her Child Development Associate (CDA) Early Childhood Teaching Credential. Danielle has worked in a corporate child care facility as well as spent countless time babysitting prior to joining our center. Ms. Danielle is the oldest of six sisters whom she helped raise, and is now raising a beautiful little girl of her own. She spends a great-deal of time with her many nieces and nephews as well. Ms. Danielle has worked with all of the different age groups here at Little Explorers. Since the infants are her first loves, Ms. Danielle has primarily worked in our infant rooms in her (almost) five years with Little Explorers, and is very happy to be back in the baby room with all of your little sweeties. She has also worked as Director of Operations, and just overall helped out with everything at the center. Ms. Danielle’s career goal is to continue to learn and grow with our center, and provide the best possible experiences for all of the Little Explorers children, families, and staff.
Meet Ms. Stephanie
Information on Ms. Stephanie coming soon!
*We are always looking for responsible, caring individuals to join our team. If interested in making a difference in the lives of young children and their families, please submit your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.*
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