My name is Miss Melissa and I have worked at Children Central for the past 19 years, having started in December, 2001. I am Lead Teacher in the Preschool classroom and am also Senior Staff Supervisor.
I currently have earned the equivalent of a CDA (Child Development Associates) credential. I have also been a certified medical home health aide for the past 8 years.
I previously taught the two year olds in our Twaddler classroom for 16 years. This experience was great preparation and helped contribute to my knowing how to effectively teach our 3 year olds in Preschool. I have found much happiness and humility working with children. My goal as a teacher is to make sure the children in my care gain a sense of compassion, confidence and a love for learning! I like to incorporate a variety of art and music in my class daily to help the children’s creativity to flow naturally. I also make sure each child is celebrated when they reach their goals in the classroom to give them a sense of accomplishment and confidence. I have found the keys to success in my classroom are good leadership, working very closely as a team of teachers, and continuing to be very creative with the curriculum.
My strong family connection has been a big part of who I am today. We are an active family who love to travel, gather once a week for family dinner and game night, and enjoy our annual traditional gatherings and family sports events.
I feel very confident that my education coupled with my personal experiences can continue to be a positive asset to Children Central, as I help prepare the class for our Pre-Kindergarten program.
Meet Miss Jackie!
Hello! My name is Miss Jackie. I am super excited to be your child’s teacher in the Preschool classroom. I have been the Pre-kindergarten teacher for the past 3 years, and am looking forward to bringing all of my fun ideas to Preschool. I have earned an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education, Pre-K to 4th. I also have taken classes and did fieldwork at the Tawanka Learning Center for autistic children. I love working with children and watching them complete new milestones from tracing their name to actually writing their full name!
After working with children for almost 10 years now, I have gained good experience in doing what I love. I love bringing all the ideas I have generated over the years to the classroom. I enjoy doing fun art projects and getting super messy with the children! I feel the messier it is, the more fun we are having together. My favorite thing about being a teacher is building the relationship with my students and seeing their smiling face each day. When I hear a child say ‘I am having so much fun’, ‘this is awesome’, ‘you’re the best’ – that is what being a teacher all is about!
My goal by the end of the year is to have each child writing their name, and knowing most of their letters and numbers. Since I have been a Pre-K teacher, I know what it takes to be well prepared for the next class. I want to make sure each child is ready both academically and socially for Pre-K.
I enjoy spending free time at home with my family. I have a 4 year old son who will soon turn 5. He currently attends the Pre-K program at Children Central and has been going here since the Toddler Room, as he loves coming to school every day!
Some of my hobbies are making decals, signs, t-shirts, and dancing around with my family. I am super excited for the new school year in Preschool and to get to know your children even better than I have this summer. I also look forward to meeting all of the new students and their families!
Meet Miss Madison!
Hello! My name is Miss Madison, or as the children may call me ‘Miss Madi.’ I joined Children Central in January, 2021. As you may know, I have been assisting in the Twaddler Room, and helping out in the other classrooms throughout the school. I am so happy for the opportunity to be a Preschool teacher. This is a very fun age group, as the children are eager to learn and so full of curiosity. I love how excited a child gets when learning a new concept – no matter how large or small.
I knew I wanted to work with children after years of babysitting my cousins and the children of other families. In addition to being a teacher, I am also a college student at Bucks County Community College studying Psychology. I plan to incorporate aspects of psychology into the Preschool classroom, since these years for ages 3 to 4 are very important for their emotional development. For example, teaching the children how to identify and verbalize their emotions helps them to better express themselves and avoid frustration. My goal is to ensure the classroom is a safe space and happy environment where learning is fun for all of the children. I plan to teach the skills necessary for a successful transition to the Pre-K classroom. Together with my fellow teachers, we will teach a broad range of topics including the alphabet, animals, colors, months, shapes, and songs all in a very fun way!
Outside of work, I love spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy being outdoors, especially at the beach or at the park with my pets. I have two dogs, one who is a newly adopted puppy and a kitten. I look forward to teaching at Children Central and working closely with your child!