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Office Staff

HEW-1-2Hi, my name is Ms. Pam. I am the Director here at Creative Wonders Learning Center. I started my career in childcare over twenty-five years ago. I have managed and ran as many as five daycares, at one time, over the course of my career. I have also owned several daycares, of my own. I have consulted with many facilities and helped them become strong centers. I am very excited to be the Director of the Best Daycare in the Valley. I look forward to watching your children grow and learn under the guidance of all of our amazing teachers.

HEW-1-17Hi, my name is Ms. Ginia, and I have worked at Creative Wonders since 2004. I started working in childcare centers in 1998, and babysat for family and friends for many years before that. I have worked in every classroom within Creative Wonders, but the majority of my time here was spent as the lead teacher in the Two’s room. I have also been a Supervisor and in 2014 I took the position to be our center’s Assistant Director. I am CPR and First Aid certified and I’m also working towards getting my CDA certification from James Madison University. I love being able to see every child, in every class, throughout the day now, even though I miss spending my daily interactions with the 2yr. olds.  I’m a big kid at heart, so I always enjoy getting on a child’s level and talking to them. I enjoy hearing what they have to say, no matter how big or small it is- the things children say never cease to amaze me or make me smile, and my goal is to make a positive difference in every child’s life that attends our amazing center.  Art is a passion of mine, I love to draw and paint in my free time.  I love listening to music, dancing and watching movies as well.  I try to spend as much time with my family as I can, and I enjoy being outdoors, doing just about anything!!

Betty_CHello, my name is Ms. Betty.  I am the Office Manager here at Creative Wonders and have been with the center since 2011. I have lived in Stuarts Draft since 1988 with my husband Russell and my two beautiful daughters, Stacey and Chelsey.  I am also the proud Nan of two beautiful grandchildren, Natalie and Coley.  I am the resident grandma here at Creative Wonders Learning Center and love helping to spoil your children! I enjoy spending my down time with my family and I try to be outdoors as much as possible. I enjoy traveling and getting to know new people. I treat all of our wonderful families as if they are my own, and I enjoy getting to interact with all our children and families on a daily basis.

 

Infant Room

APPLES-5[1]Hi, my name is Mrs. Catherine, and I am a Teacher in the Infant Room. I started working at Creative Wonders in 2013, but I have been working in the childcare profession since 1981. I have studied early childhood education at Blue Ridge Community College and provided childcare in my home for over 20 years. I have also been a coach with the Special Olympics, taught Sunday school and been a youth leader at my church. I am a minister’s wife and enjoy spending time with our 2 sons. The babies fascinate me, and I love watching them grow and learn. Infants seem to grow so quickly and each child is different, so it’s fun to form that unique bond with each individual child.  I also enjoy reading, spending time in my flower garden, and knitting in my free time.

APPLES-7[1]Hi, my name is Ms. Sarah.  I am a Teacher in the Infant Room at Creative Wonders and have worked here since 2013.  I have worked with the school-age children, the 2 year olds, and the infants. Working with children is something I have always wanted to do and I am excited about the opportunity to work here.  I fell in love with the kids when I was a teacher’s aide at Stuarts Draft Elementary School and knew I wanted to make teaching my career. I enjoy interacting with all the children, and I hope to spread a little sunshine and smiles throughout every child’s day.

Toddler Room

Trena_CHi, my name is Mrs. Trena. I am a Teacher in the Toddler Room and have worked here at Creative Wonders since 2012. I am CPR and First Aid Certified and I have spent the last 20 years home schooling my seven children. I have enjoyed the transition of teaching my children to caring for the younger children here.  I have always been a caregiver and I can’t see myself doing anything else. I love watching the children in my class grow and learn everyday. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and playing with my grandbabies.

Doris_CHi, my name is Mrs. Doris and I am a Teacher in the Toddler Room. I have been a caregiver for most of my life.  I worked as a CNA for many years caring for elderly people in need and now I am enjoying being able to work with the young ones here at Creative Wonders.  I have been here since 2012 and absolutely love all the children I have met.  As I stated above, I have my CNA License, but I also have my Bachelor’s Degree.  I am First aid and CPR Certified as well. I am an animal lover, and enjoy spending my free time with my husband.

Two’s Room

HEW-1-3Hi, my name is Ms. Ashley. I am a Teacher in our Two’s Room. I received an educational degree in 2007. I have enjoyed working in childcare for many years. I am the proud mother of two sweet little girls. My daughters and I enjoy participating in pageants. I look forward to helping educate your children here at Creative Wonders Learning Center.

Two Pre-K

HEW-1-22Hi, my name is Ms. Reneda, I am a Teacher in the Two Pre-K Room. I have worked in childcare since 2007 and have been with Creative Wonders since 2014. I am CPR and First Aid certified. I’m originally from Lexington, VA but now live in Waynesboro, VA with my son Caleb. I began teaching children in Sunday school and loved it. In 2007 I decided that I would make childcare my career and have loved it ever since. I’m here to be a positive influence in the lives of the children under my care, and I enjoy watching them grow and learn new things every day. In my free time, I enjoy reading, especially historical fiction stories, and doing puzzles. I also like to knit and make crafts. Cooking and baking are also passions of mine.

Kristen_CHi, my name is Ms. Kristen. I am a Teacher in the Two Pre-K Room. I absolutely adore kids and being able to help them grow and learn. I have been in childcare for two and a half years. I have always known I wanted to be a teacher. I enjoy golf, walking my dog and hanging out with friends.

Pre-K

Kyrstin_CHi, my name is Mrs. Kyrstin. I a Teacher in our Preschool program, as well as a Supervisor and the schedule coordinator for our staff. I have worked in a childcare setting since 2000, and have been with Creative Wonders since 2006. I am happily married, and have 3 beautiful children. I grew up around a big family, and started out my career just babysitting. Once I had my daughter, and saw all the joy and excitement she had whenever she learned something new, I knew I had to expand my gift for teaching and help other children grow. I am CPR and First Aid certified and I love each of my students as if they were my own.  I’m a very energetic and outgoing person and in my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and cooking- mainly yummy treats. I love doing outdoor activities, and I’m a huge animal lover.

Nicole_CHi, my name is Ms. Nicole. I am a Teacher in the Preschool Room and I have worked at Creative Wonders since 2012. I am CPR and First Aid certified, along with having my black belt in Karate. I am currently in college and plan on finishing school soon so that I can become an LPN. I started out my career babysitting in 2007, and have always loved working with children. Kids always know how to bring a smile to my face, and I enjoy getting to know all my students here.  In my free time, I enjoy being active. I like hiking, camping and of course Karate. I also enjoy singing, making arts and crafts, and spending time with my family.

Jr. K

Britnei_C2Hi, my name is Ms. Britnei and I am a Teacher in our Jr. Kindergarten program. I have been working with children since 1996 and have been with Creative Wonders since 2010. I am CPR, First Aid, and MAT certified. I am a mother to 3 perfect little angels and I love Jesus. I feel like teaching children is an incredibly rewarding career and being able to watch them grow and learn is one of the best gifts God could have blessed me with. I know how much of an impact a great teacher can have on a child’s life, and my only hope is that I can be there to provide a positive and enthusiastic environment for each child in my care. In my free time, I raise my 3 children to be the best people they can be and work on getting to know our Heavenly Father more. I enjoy spending my days at Creative Wonders and plan on adding even more sunshine to a center that’s already glowing.

School Age

HEW-1-12Hi, my name is Ms. Ann. I am the Director of our Summer Camp. I have been working with children of all ages in various capacities for the last 11 years. During college, I worked as a lead teacher in a daycare, a tutor and mentor for People Places, the arts programmer at The Boys and Girls Club of Harrisonburg, and as a company member at the JMU Children’s Playshop.  In 2007, I graduated from James Madison University with a B.A. in theatre. Shortly thereafter I moved to the great Northwest in search of excellent children’s programming, and landed at The Moonpaper Tent in Seattle, where I proceeded to learn all I could about the art of playing pretend. While at this auspicious establishment, I had the chance write, direct, design, stage manage, and perform in children’s and adults’ productions. I also spearheaded, designed, and taught workshops and classes for several Seattle residential education centers that housed low-income and at-risk kids. In 2012 I left Seattle to train with Double Edge Theatre in Massachusetts and after three months, felt Shenandoah tugging. Since returning to Staunton two years ago, I have established a freelance arts-education and storytelling business called Grimmcrackery, erected an overly-ambitious public arts project with kids from the McSwain Elementary HEART program, conducted workshops for adults,  and led a pots and pans parade. I am currently working towards a teaching license at Mary Baldwin and learning to fly.

APPLES-6[1]Hi, my name is Ms. Jessica.  I am a Teacher in the School Age Program, and have been here at Creative Wonders since 2014. I am currently enrolled in college to get my Elementary Education Certificate.  I started my career as a teacher’s aide at a local school, and fell in love with teaching. I am happy to be a part of the School Age Program here, and I’ve enjoyed building a bond with all of my students.  I am thankful for the opportunity to work with these children from all over the area, and I’m grateful to the parents who have allowed me a chance to make a positive difference in each of their child’s lives.

Substitute Teachers 

HEW-1-5Hi, my name is Mr. Jonathan, I am a Substitute Teacher here at Creative Wonders. I have worked in the nursery at my church, since 2010, in fact that’s what helped me decide that I wanted to work with children as my profession. I’ve been working in childcare centers since 2012 and started working at Creative Wonders in 2014. Children give me joy, and I truly love coming to work every day. I have fun interacting with our older kids and watching them grow into the amazing young adults I know they can be. I also love being able to spend time with the variety of age groups we have here, and getting to know all the kids.

HEW-1-7Hi, my name is Ms. Natalya and I am an Substitute Teacher who works within every classroom here at Creative Wonders. I am also a certified Lifeguard and participate with the field trips during our School Age Program’s Summer Camp. I have been working in childcare since 2013 and have been with Creative Wonders since 2014. I am CPR and First Aid certified, along with being a licensed swim instructor and can provide emergency oxygen if it was needed in a life threating situation. I graduated from SDHS in 2014 and live with my parents and 2 younger brothers. I started out working with children as a swim instructor and simply fell in love with teaching. I love being able to teach children something new every day and seeing the excitement in their eyes when they conquer something they’ve worked on so hard.  I enjoy all different types of sports in my free time. I also enjoy doing art projects. I’m excited to get to know all the kids and families here at Creative Wonders.

HEW-1-8Hi, my name is Ms. Jennifer. I have worked in childcare for over five years. I am the oldest of seven children and have worked with kids since I was 13. I have always loved children and knew I would enjoy working with and teaching them. I’ve worked in youth camps, three childcare centers and cared for children in their homes. I love music, singing, playing violin, shopping and spending time with family and friends.

HEW-1-10Hi, my name is Ms. Beverly. I am a Substitute Teacher and have enjoyed working in all the classrooms here at Creative Wonders Learning Center getting to know the Teachers and Children. I have been working in childcare for over six years. I am MAT certified and licensed in First Aid and CPR. I love the outdoors and I love to read. My favorite place in the USA is Hilton Head, GA. It is the most laid back place to vacation.

Kitchen

Wayne_CHi, my name is Mr. Wayne.  I have 17 years of experience with child care and have been with Creative Wonders since 2013.  I was born and raised in Keswick,  VA.  I am married to Doresa Howard and we have four amazing children, Jazmin, Jo’el, Austen and Keith.  I am a U. S. Army Vietnam Veteran.  I have always been passionate about childcare.  We currently foster two children and are in the process of adopting them. I am a very proud husband and father.  I am also a member of the Destiny Family Center Church.  I love camping and sightseeing.  I am a foster parent with People Places, and I love original recipe cooking. I spend a lot of my free time in the kitchen creating new meal ideas to share with all the children here at Creative Wonders.