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Discovery Kidzone Staff
(Lead Pre-K and Kindergarten Teacher)
Rachel has been in the early childhood field for over 20 years. She went to college in Springfield, Mo and San Diego California for a degree in Early Childhood education. Rachel became Montessori certified in 2010 and has since developed a unique, progressive educational system that combines the best of all early childhood methods. Rachel has written articles for several magazines and online publications discussing early childhood and Montessori methods. Her unique early childhood methods have been featured on many popular early childhood websites and are well known throughout the country. Through careful observations and assessments the staff at Discovery Kidzone has seen great success with this method of education. Rachel is continuing her education to eventually obtain her master’s degree in Early Childhood Administration and Curriculum Development. When she is not working the education field she is at home with her husband and high school sweetheart, Eric. She has been happily married for 15 years and is the proud mother of 4 children Abigail, Allison, Zackary and Trenton. She has recently begun writing and blogging. Developing and sharing new teaching methods is her passion! Rachel enjoys being in the outdoors, water skiing, 4 wheeling, horseback riding, traveling with her family, gourmet cooking, baking, decorating and anything creative.
Melissa is working to finish her Child Development Associates this year. She has over 11 years of experience in the Early Childhood field. Melissa owned a licensed child care program in Las Vegas and worked with the state to develop a menu and food plan for her program. She is a wonderful cook and baker. Melissa is our food program coordinator. She is always coming up with creative and yummy meals for our kids to eat. She is a married military wife and mom to two boys and two girls. Melissa is a creative and fun-loving person and a great member of our team!
Lead 3’s and 4’s preschool Teacher
Jaymie has her Bachelor’s degree in Education. She has been in the education field for over 20 years. Jaymie has been a teacher at Discovery Kidzone for 4 years along with extensively serving her church, community and Montana City School. Jaymie was voted PTA president of the year for Montana City school and is an extremely helpful and giving person. She is an enthusiastic teacher that thrives on organizing the perfect classroom setting. She is a creative teacher that comes up with exciting thematic and movement activities to teach to her class. You will often see Jaymie doing a silly dance in the morning and all the children are engaged. Jaymie is happily married and has 2 children Samantha and Dalton who both attend Montana City School. When she isn’t at Discovery Kidzone you can find Jaymie volunteering somewhere or making some of her fabulous Baklava to sell.
Lead Toddler Teacher
Chelsea has her degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been in the field for over 6 years. She recently moved back to Helena from White Sulfur Springs where she owned a home daycare and preschool. Chelsea is married and has two children. She is very creative and thrives on making her classroom a fun and interesting place for toddlers and twos.
Lead Infant Teacher
Aurora is Montessori Certified and has her degree in Early Childhood education. Aurora has over 12 years of experience in the Early Childhood field. She has ran her own licensed daycare, was the director of an accredited Child Development Center on base in San Diego and was the assistant director and lead teacher at a Montessori School in Colorado. Aurora just recently moved to Helena, Montana to be closer to her grandkids. We are excited to have Aurora as our infant lead and next year she will be our lead Pre-K teacher and Montessori specialist.
Eric has over 13 years experience as a project manager and has extensive experience with computers and office management. Eric is also in the process of obtaining his Child Development Associates and becoming an infant/toddler specialist. Eric is our pro-care expert. You will see him anywhere from the office to the preschool to the infant room rocking babies. He is a Jack of all trades and a huge asset to our school.
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