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Hershey KinderCare

Nakia Spigelmeyer,
Center Director

667 Cherry Dr. Hershey PA 17033
Ph: (717) 534-1839
Ages:
6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
Open:
6:30 AM to 6:00 PM, M-F

SPECIAL DIRECTIONS: next to Karns Market

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS BUSED TO: St. Joan, Dairy Township School District, Palmyra, South Hanover, Nye, and Conewago

Teachers & Staff

Our teachers are the reason our center will exceed your expectations. We want to be the best place for your children and we hold each other accountable to maintain the highest standards. We believe that it takes a very special person to choose Early Childhood Education as a career, and we have a team of very special people. Meet some of them here.

Nakia Spigelmeyer, Center Director

"A teacher effects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.     ~Henry Adams"

Nakia began her career as a substitute teacher in the public school system while working part time in an early childhood education center. Eventually she began working full time as a school age director/center assistant director, and then later as a center director at a Star 4, NAEYC accredited (National Association for the Education of Young Children) child care center. Nakia began working with KinderCare in 2013 has allowed her to learn from some of the leading experts in Early Childhood Education. Although there have been many changes and developments in the field, KinderCare provides the resources, training and support to keep Nakia and her staff ahead of the curve.
 

Previous Experience:

Nakia has worked in the early childhood education field since 1999 as a teacher, assistant director, and later center director for four years.

Favorite Children's Book:

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Year Started:
10/1/1995
Tenure:
19 Years
Years in ECE industry:
20 Years
Education:
Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education, Director's Credential

Stephanie Ricci, Assistant Director

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Ms Steph moved here from the Philadelphia area.  She went to West Chester University earning her BA in Communicative Disorders.  Most of her experience comes from working with children who have special needs in both school and home settings.  She started with KinderCare as the Learning Adventures Teacher in our Enola center.  Ms Steph currently lives in Harrisburg with her fiance and Boston Terrier Marcel.  The 3 of them love to travel and enjoy all that city living has to offer.

Previous Experience:

Steph has experience as a Para Professional & TSS

Favorite Children's Book:

The Giving Tree

Year Started:
1/19/2015
Years in ECE industry:
5
Education:
BA Communicative Disorders

Joan, Cook/Center Floater

Year Started:
8/30/1984
Tenure:
30 Years

Kim, Discovery Preschool

Year Started:
9/2/2008
Tenure:
6 Years

Megan, Discovery Preschool

""Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." -Benjamin Franklin"

I began my career at Hershey KinderCare as a teacher for the summer camp program in 2013. I believe in differentiating lessons based on the needs of each child.  I look forward to getting to know your child and seeing him or her grow.

Previous Experience:

I was a nanny for 2 years, student teacher for a 2nd grade classroom and a preschool classroom.

Year Started:
6/1/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Education:
Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education

Ashly, Infants

"I love to encourage children to learn and grow everyday."

I was born and raised in Lebanon, Pennsylvania.  I graduated from Cedar Crest High School in 2005.  My parents then moved me to Georgia where I lived for three years and I decided to move back to PA in 2008.  I now reside in Elizabethtown with my husband and love it. We have been married since February. I have my CDA in Early Childhood Education. I have been working in the field for 9 years.

Previous Experience:

Previous child care experience with Infants.

Year Started:
5/5/2014
Years in ECE industry:
9
Education:
CDA

Deb, Infants

"I consider it an honor and privilage to work with babies."

Working with newborns for the last 30 years has been a wonderful experience. Starting them off in life and helping them along the way to meeting those first goals is amazing.

Previous Experience:

20 years as an infant caregiver through Catholic Charities.

Year Started:
4/1/2004
Tenure:
11 Years
Years in ECE industry:
30
Education:
CDA

Jenn, Infants

Year Started:
5/12/2014

Christal, Infants & Toddlers

Year Started:
12/1/2014
Education:
BS Family Studies

Sarah, Kindergarten

Year Started:
10/20/2005
Tenure:
9 Years
Education:
BS Elementary Education

Audrey, Learning Adventures Enrichment Teacher

""Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."
-by Emerson"

Previous Experience:

Audrey was previously an in home care provider for several children and worked in the children's ministry at her church.

Favorite Children's Book:

Guess How Much I Love You

Year Started:
10/27/2004
Tenure:
10 Years
Years in ECE industry:
13
Education:
BS Elementary Education

Cristina, PreKindergarten

Year Started:
2/13/2003
Tenure:
12 Years

Jackie, PreKindergarten

Year Started:
12/1/2014

Stephanie, Preschool

"I love watching children learn. I live for the "AHA" moments."

I am 34 years old. I graduated from PSU in 2002 with a degree in Elementary Education. I taught 1st grade for a few years before finding myself in love with Early Childhood Education. I spent 3 1/2 years teaching Preschool before becoming a Center Director. I recently started at Kindercare in the Preschool classroom. I am excited to come to work everyday!!

Previous Experience:

Center Director - 3 1/2 years Preschool Teacher - 3 1/2 years 1st Grade Teacher - 2 years

Year Started:
10/6/2014
Years in ECE industry:
8
Education:
Bachelors in Elementary Education

Tia, Preschool

"Dedication"

I have worked in many different classrooms within our Hershey KinderCare. In the toddler room I enjoyed watching them grow and develop. In the infant room I liked getting to know the different needs of the children. In the tweenie room I was able to spend one on one time with the pre toddlers and watch them grow and develop. I am currently in the Preschool room where my imagination runs wild on the same level as the children in my classroom.

Year Started:
6/18/2012
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
2.5
Education:
CDA

Jessica H, School Age

"I love being around children and teaching them new things."

I am new to the Hershey KinderCare but I have been enjoying my time getting to know all of the students in my class. I am currently pursuing my Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education.

Year Started:
10/6/2014
Years in ECE industry:
2
Education:
Associates Degree in Elementary Education

Amber, Toddlers

I have worked at Kindercare since August 2013. I live in Palmyra with my cat Peanut. My hobbies are reading, writing, traveling and wood carving.

Previous Experience:

I worked for another child care facility for over 2 years.

Year Started:
8/1/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
3.5
Education:
Bachelors Degree in English with a teaching certificate for grades 7-12. Currently enrolled in the CDA Program.

Jessica U., Toddlers

I live in Palmyra with my husband and son.  I like to bake and be outside.

Previous Experience:

I worked for CCLC for 3 years as an Infant and Toddler teacher.

Year Started:
9/1/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
4

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