Our highly qualified head teachers bring a wealth of experience in Early Childhood Education to the classroom. Each head teacher holds a degree in Early Childhood Education and a Vermont educator’s license with endorsements in Early Childhood Education. Additionally, the Voyager head teacher has an endorsement in Early Childhood Special Education. Our assistant teachers are equally well qualified. Together, they hold a Bachelor’s degree in secondary teaching, an Associate’s degree in early education, a Bachelor’s degree in a field outside of education and a CDA credential. All teachers participate in continuing education yearly. In order to uphold the highest standards of quality and care, all teachers are members of NAEYC. Our Director/Voyager head teacher (Miss Dawn) has been with the school since 1998. Miss Amanda, Explorer head teacher is in her 4th year of teaching preschool aged children. Our assistant teachers (Miss Susan, Miss Cyndi and Miss Erin) have over 30 years of combined experience teaching.
A Message from Miss Dawn
“I came to Discovery Preschool as a parent and stayed because I strongly believe in the program. The parent cooperative model enriches the learning environment. The investment of time is repaid tenfold! Working with young children is a unique experience – I learn something new every day. Each child’s journey of self-discovery stretches my teaching practice. I feel lucky to be a part of this wondrous experience.”
A Message from Miss Susan
“At Discovery Preschool, I enjoy building new relationships with families each year. As a teacher, I support the children in developing positive self-esteem, cooperation skills, independence, and the ability to problem solve. There is a strong sense of community within our parent co-operative framework, and our play-based program is the ideal setting for preschoolers to learn and grow. I love being a part of the Discovery family!”
A Message from Miss Amanda
“I came to Discovery Preschool because I have always believed that a strong home to school connection is the most beneficial part of a child’s education. The program allows teachers and families to build a sense of community in the classroom where children can feel comfortable and safe to be able to learn and play. I love working with families to learn more about their child to be able to teach each child to their greatest potential. Every day is full of new discoveries and fun!”
A Message from Miss Cyndi
“There are so many benefits of working in a parent cooperative preschool. Families truly care about their children’s education.
There are strong bonds formed between parents, children, and teachers. I learn something new every day from the children, they teach me. I get to see life thru their eyes.”
A Message from Miss Erin
“I first came to Discovery preschool as a parent when my daughter started school here. I loved everything about the school, from the amazing teachers and engaging classroom to the wonderful family connections and community involvement. When an opening for an assistant teacher became available, I jumped at the chance to remain involved in this outstanding school program. My daughter was ready to move on to kindergarten, at a new school, with new teachers, but I was not ready to say goodbye to Discovery Preschool. I decided to stay on board as an assistant teacher and I have loved every minute working here this first year as a preschool teacher. Even though my formal education and teaching experience are at the middle school and high school levels, the preschool-aged students have stolen my heart.”
As part of a parent cooperative, you and your family become partners in your child’s educational experience. Parents and teachers work together to nurture and affirm the individual strengths of each child. Parents gain first-hand knowledge of the school routine and become familiar with your child’s peers by volunteering in the classroom. Additionally, as part of a parent cooperative, you have a voice in the decisions made concerning the school. Of course there are certain expectations that come with being a partner in your child’s education. These time requirements are outlined below.
- One general clean-up day per year (2-4 hours)
- Participate on Board or committee (see list below)
- Be an active participant in the cooperative spirit of the school
- Chairperson (one per class)
- Volunteer Coordinator (one per class)
- Fundraising Coordinator (one per class)
- Church Liaison
- Space and Equipment
Accreditations and Ratings
Discovery Preschool is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC administers the nation’s largest and most widely recognized voluntary accreditation system for high-quality childhood programs. It’s purpose is to improve quality of care and education provided for young children and to recognize early childhood programs that function in accordance with the criteria for high-quality early childhood programs. Visit www.naeyc.org to learn more about their accreditation standards and criteria.
Discovery Preschool has also earned 5 STARS – the highest designation – through the Vermont Step Ahead Recognition System.
Partnerships have been formed and are maintained with five school districts in Chittenden county.