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Paxson Lane KinderCare

Irene Kerrigan,
Center Director

100 Paxson Dr. Newark DE 19702
Ph: (302) 834-6931
Ages:
6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
Open:
6:30 AM to 6:30 PM, M-F

SPECIAL DIRECTIONS: old 896 near Glasgow Medical center Near Hogson Vo-Tech Highschool

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS BUSED TO: Now serving Christ the Teacher for after care. Cedar Lane Early Childhood Center and Cedar Lane Elementary School. Olive B Loss, (Brader and Newark Charter, buses to the Center)

Teachers & Staff

The minute you walk into our center you will see and feel the difference. Our dedicated staff and management is friendly and knowledgeable and strive to make your child’s experience a positive one. You will see evidence of learning throughout our center, starting in our infant program. We display pictures of children enjoying activities and developing skills to challenge them to next level as well as informing the parents of the objectives for the activity.

Irene Kerrigan, Center Director

""My role is to lead and manage all aspects of our KinderCare center. My focus is on providing quality programming and exceptional service to you and your children, leading a staff of great people and ensuring overall that we provide the highest quality of education for the families enrolled in our center.""

Ms. Irene started her career with KinderCare in August 1986 as the Preschool Teacher and soon became the Assistant Director. After a few years, she accepted the role as a Director. She has two children who also attended KinderCare from infancy through their school age years. She attributes their success in school to the quality of early childhood education that they received from KinderCare. When she is not working, Ms. Irene loves traveling and spending time with her family and their dog, Scooter.

Previous Experience:

Irene started her career with KinderCare in August 1986 as the Preschool Teacher and soon became the Assistant Director. After a few years she accepted the role as a Director. She has two children who attended KinderCare as infants all the way through their School Age years. Irene attributes their success in school to the quality Early Educational environment that each received from the beginning during their years at KinderCare. Irene enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and their dog, Scooter.

Year Started:
8/1/1986
Tenure:
28 Years
Years in ECE industry:
27 Years
Education:
Delaware Department of Education Certified

Ms. Susan Kane, Assistant Director

""I work closely with Irene and our teachers to ensure we provide the best educational experiences for every child who attends our center. I support the center in both the operation and educational aspects daily. My role is to implement and enhance quality educational programs and curriculum in our center to help children learn and grow.""

Ms. Susan started her career with KinderCare in November 1992 as the Toddler Teacher and became the Assistant Director in 2001. She lives in Middletown with her husband and three children. Her children attended KinderCare as infants and are currently still attending for summer camp. In her spare time, Ms. Susan enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

Previous Experience:

Susan started her career with KinderCare in November 1992 as the Toddler Teacher and became the Assistant Director in 2001. She lives in Middletown with her husband and three children. Susan's children attended KinderCare as infants and currently still attend for summer camp. In her spare time Susan enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

Year Started:
11/1/1992
Tenure:
22 Years
Years in ECE industry:
22 Years
Education:
Child Development Associate's Credential specializing in Infants & Toddlers

Ms. Callie, Infant Classroom

""It inspires me knowing that when I come to work each day and I get the big smiles and the cheerful hellos. I have an impact on helping each child in the center to grow and develop. During my years with KinderCare I have worked with all the different ages. I enjoy being with the infants and providing them with their first learning experience.""

Year Started:
1/1/2009
Tenure:
5 Years
Years in ECE industry:
5 Years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education

Ms. Leigh, Infant Classroom

""The smiles on the children's faces when I enter the room each day is rewarding. I have most of my experience working with Infants and Toddlers. When I see the enthusiasm from the children when they learn something new and recall what I have already taught them is the best accomplished feeling for a teacher.""

Previous Experience:

Ms. Leigh has previous experience working for two years at a Before and After School program.

Year Started:
3/1/2003
Tenure:
11 Years
Years in ECE industry:
10 Years
Education:
Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Sociology, Early Childhood Education Credits

Ms. Kris, Toddler Classroom

""I enjoy watching the children progress each day. During my years with KinderCare I have worked with all the different ages. I enjoy being with the Infants and providing them with their first learning experience.""

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Kris worked for a family education center in Maryland for a few years.

Year Started:
4/1/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
5 Years
Education:
Associate's Degree in Social Work

Ms. Kristi, Toddler Classroom

"I enjoy helping the children develop independent life skills. Working with one and two-year-old children is an adventure everyday. We play all day long. We read many books and build on our vocabulary learning new words each day."

Year Started:
2/1/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Education:
90 Units of Maryland State Child Care

Ms. Meghan, Toddler Classroom

""Everyday there is a daily adventure. I enjoy seeing the excitement from a child while they accomplish new activities. My experience is with Toddlers and Two year old children. In my class we enjoy painting and dancing to music.""

Previous Experience:

Ms. Meghan has previous experience working with children from Infant to Two-years-old.

Year Started:
12/1/2012
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
7 Years
Education:
Associate's Degree in Early Care and Education

Ms. Debbie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

""I love the unexpected, impulsive, movements of teaching two-year-old kids.""

Previous Experience:

Ms. Debbie has previous experience working with two and three-year-old children.

Year Started:
8/1/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
6 Years
Education:
Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts, Early Childhood Education Certificate 1 & 2

Ms. Jill, Discovery Preschool Classroom

""Everything happens for a reason."
"I enjoy interacting with all ages.""

Year Started:
10/1/2008
Tenure:
6 Years
Years in ECE industry:
13 Years
Education:
Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education

Ms. Pilleriin, Discovery Preschool Classroom

""It inspires me knowing that when I walk through the door each day the children get excited.""

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Pilleriin worked at a family childcare center and with a program for children at risk.

Year Started:
9/1/2009
Tenure:
5 Years
Years in ECE industry:
4 Years
Education:
Training for Early Care & Education I & II (TECE)

Ms. Aida, Preschool Classroom

""I love to see the learning accomplishment on the children's faces and to see that I as a teacher made a difference.""

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Aida worked at a Navy Child Care center for seven years.

Year Started:
8/1/1984
Tenure:
30 Years
Years in ECE industry:
19 Years

Ms. Carrie, Preschool Classroom

""I love working with children! It is very rewarding to see that moment when you know the children you are working with have learned something new or have mastered a skill.""

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Carrie worked in a daycare center in Maryland for eight years. In her time there she worked in all age groups, however a large portion of her time was spent as a Toddler and Two-year-old classroom teacher. She also volunteered in intercity schools proctoring Kindergarten assessments.

Year Started:
5/1/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
8 Years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education - Birth to Kindergarten

Ms. Sarah, Preschool Classroom

""I love working with children because I am able to watch their excitement as they learn and grow.""

Ms. Sarah recently graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Eucation. She joined KinderCare in May 2013 and has been assisting in the Preschool and School Age classrooms. Ms. Sarah enjoys working with children on their writing and literacy.

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Sarah student taught in a third grade inclusion class and a sixth grade reading enrichment classroom. She participated in a number of research studies on elementary writing curriculum in various elementary schools. She also volunteered at the College school and Early Learning Center to assist with their after school programs and tutoring.

Year Started:
5/1/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Education:
Bachelor's of Science Degree in Education, Delaware Teaching Certification for Elementary Grades K-6, Special Education and Middle School English

Ms. Carolyn, Prekindergarten Classroom

"“Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand.” - Chinese Proverb"

Year Started:
1/1/2001
Tenure:
13 Years
Years in ECE industry:
12 Years

Ms. Tiana, Prekindergarten Classroom

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Tiana worked as an assistant teacher at Panda Early Education Center.

Year Started:
10/1/2011
Tenure:
3 Years
Years in ECE industry:
6 Years

Ms. Kim, Private Kindergarten Classroom

""Knowing that I have something to do with children learning something new each day inspires me.""

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Kim student taught while attending Holy Family University and worked with elementary school age students.

Year Started:
4/1/2012
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
1 Year
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Elementary and Special Education

Ms. Jordan, School Age Classroom

""Teamwork makes the dream work!""

Previous Experience:

While attending Neumann University, Ms. Jordan student taught in third and fourth grade reading support classroom and also in a Kindergarten class.

Year Started:
6/1/2012
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
1 Year
Education:
Bachelor's of Science Degree in Early Childhood & Elementary Education with a concentration in Special Education

Ms. Barbara, Learning Adventures Classroom

""I love to work with children. They are sponges for learning and their honesty is awe-inspiring!""

Previous Experience:

Ms. Barbara has previous experience working as a Kindergarten and Prekindergarten teacher, an Assistant Director and Director.

Year Started:
11/1/1990
Tenure:
24 Years
Years in ECE industry:
25 Years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Sociology, 90-Hour Early Childhood Education Credential

Ms. Jane, Cook

""I love the fact that when you work with children no two days are the same. Everyday brings a new adventure!""

Year Started:
8/1/2005
Tenure:
9 Years
Years in ECE industry:
2 Years

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