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Duke Street KinderCare

Diaa El Aridi,
Center Director

3106 North Duke St. Durham NC 27704
Ph: (919) 471-1150
Ages:
6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
Open:
6:30 AM to 6:30 PM, M-F

SPECIAL DIRECTIONS: at Carver St & N Duke St

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS BUSED TO: Holt, Hillendale, Easly, Eno Valley, Drop Off in front: George Watts, Club Blvd

Teachers & Staff

Diaa El Aridi, Center Director

"I love my job because it gives me an opportunity to make an impact on a child's life and to give advice to parents about ways in which their child(ren) can develop and grow. My passion is to uplift, inspire, and encourage parents, as well as my team to create endless learning experiences for children here at my center."

Previous Experience:

Translator in the United States Army

Year Started:
1/1/1996
Tenure:
18 Years
Years in ECE industry:
22 Years
Education:
Masters in Education, Bachelor of Science in Pychology

Jennifer Hodge, Assistant Director

"Motivating others is my passion."

Year Started:
7/2/2014
Years in ECE industry:
18 Years
Education:
Bachelor of Arts in Economics & Master of Science in Family & Consumer Science

Ms. LaToya, Infant B Classroom

Ms. LaToya loves her job because she is able to play a part in developing our future (the children). She takes pride in making her classroom a loving and fun learning environment for the Infants as well as safe.

Year Started:
4/7/2014
Years in ECE industry:
11 Years
Education:
Early Childhood Education Credential

Ms. Samara, Infant B Classroom

"Childcare providers do the most important job in the world. We influence children's entire lives and I love it!"

Ms. Samara enjoys working with the Infant age group because they are so much fun! They are teaching her as she teaches them!

Previous Experience:

Learning Tree of Durham

Year Started:
3/26/2014
Years in ECE industry:
4 Years
Education:
Early Childhood Credentials I & II

Ms. Lisa, Infant Classroom

Ms. Lisa likes seeing all of the friendly staff and the smiling face that comes from the children and watching the children learn and grow!

Year Started:
6/1/2002
Tenure:
12 Years
Education:
Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education

Ms. Brittney, Discovery Preschool Classroom

"I love making every moment a teachable one."

Ms. Brittney enjoys coming to work each day and seeing the children's faces light up while running to give her leg hugs. Ms. Brittney feels it is definitely an honor to be a positive role model for each and every child and to see how she impacts their lives on a daily basis. From the smiles, the hugs, and even the tears, every day in the classroom is a memorable one.

Previous Experience:

Prince George's County Public School System- Middle School Special Education

Year Started:
3/28/2014
Education:
Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology

Ms. Kier, Two's Classroom

Ms. Kier considers loves the children that are in her classroom. She loves to come in every day to see their bright faces!

Year Started:
6/1/2010
Tenure:
4 Years

Ms. Tammy, Preschool Classroom

Ms. Tammy loves seeing her kids smiling faces when she comes in. When her kids move on to public school, they always come back to visit!

Year Started:
9/1/1997
Tenure:
17 Years
Education:
Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education

Ms. Candice, Prekindergarten Classroom

"If you love what you do, it's not work and I love what I do."

Ms. Candice tries to find the teachable moments in everything we do, and love witnessing the "Aha" moments when a child finally grasps the concept of something they've learned.

Year Started:
10/14/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
20 Years
Education:
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology

Ms. Janai, School Age Classroom

Ms. Janai loves to see the smiles on the children's faces when she walks into the classroom. She enjoys teaching and watching the children learn something new every day and the looks of joy when they have finally understood something. Ms. Janai likes to challenge herself to do new things with the children in her classroom. She also likes to encourage her children because they are the future.

Year Started:
8/27/2014
Years in ECE industry:
8 Years
Education:
Education Credential, Pursuing College Degree

Ms. Kisha, Learning Adventures Classroom and Before and After School

Ms. Kisha loves the teachable moments that she experiences daily with every age group that she works with and the different learning experience that she receives with the children in the Learning Adventures program! The overall joyful experience she feels when she walks into the building everyday inspires her to come to work.

Year Started:
6/1/2010
Tenure:
4 Years

Ms. Aliah, Floating Teacher

Ms. Aliah has been with KinderCare for 10 months and it's been an amazing journey. She is currently in  a Senior at North Carolina Central University, majoring in Psychology with a concentration in Child Development. Ms. Aliah loves being a Floating Teacher because she gets the chance to interact with children of all ages. Watching children grow and develop, makes her want to grow and develop to be an awesome educator.

Year Started:
11/1/2013
Tenure:
1 Year

Ms. Barbara, Floating Teacher

Being in the Early Childhood Education field brings Ms. Barbara so much satisfaction. Knowing that she is serving her community by helping and provide a safe and loving place for children.

Year Started:
3/11/2014
Years in ECE industry:
18 Years
Education:
North Carolina Credentials I & II

Ms. Kendyl, Floating Teacher

Ms. Kendyl is currently a Junior at North Carolina Central University studying Early Childhood Middle School Education. She enjoys teaching because the children always bring a smile to her face no matter how she is feeling. She also loves seeing their faces light up when they are learning and finally understand.

Year Started:
5/1/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
1.5 Years
Education:
Pursuing Degree in Middle School Education

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