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Discovery Kidzone is a local family-based business that was founded in 2009. We are the preschool of choice in the Helena, Montana area with 3 convenient locations during the school year and 4 in the summer. Our infant/toddler, preschool and school age programs encourage positive nurturing relationships which we believe are the foundation of healthy growth and development for early childhood. We work hard to promote social, emotional, physical and cognitive development based on the work of Maria Montessori. We create hands on environments that are safe, innovative and encourage academic learning through play and exploration. Our unique philosophy created by our founder uses a combination of Montessori and the project approach inspired by Reggio Emilia, which results in developing the whole child through creativity and cooperation. We believe that children thrive in nature and have developed outdoor classrooms as an extension to enrichen their learning experiences.
Our Founder and Educational Specialist
Rachel Supalla is married to her high school sweetheart, Mr. Eric and has 4 children. When she isn’t busy at one of our schools she is coaching as the head cheer coach at Jefferson High school. Rachel began her career in Early Childhood 23 years ago in California where she taught preschool, Kindergarten and was an Infant/Toddler Coordinator.
Early Childhood Background:
Rachel was Montessori certified in 2010 and Reggio trained in 2016. Rachel is a professional development specialist and consultant. She has a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood, P-3 education and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Administration. Rachel has presented at local, state, head start and national conferences. She is a published writer for Early Childhood publications and a highly sought after specialist in the early childhood field. Her specialties include: Creative approaches to curriculum and environments, Inspiring positive leadership and staff.
In 2009, Rachel founded Discovery Kidzone in her home, at that time the school was only a half day preschool for 5 children. The community need for high quality care and education was evident as Discovery Kidzone grew very fast. In 2011, we moved into our first location (DKZ 1), we added infant and toddler care in 2013 and our 2nd location (DKZ 2) in 2014. In 2016 we added our 3rd location (DKZ 3). Our Brand new building will be completed in the winter of 2020! Discovery Kidzone serves 250 plus children and has 48 educational professionals on staff.