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McDowell Mtn Ranch KinderCare

Dee McSween, Center Director
10409 E McDowell Mountain Ranch, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

  • Ph: (480) 538-0411
  • Open: 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM, M-F
  • Fax: (480) 538-0414
  • Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

Teachers & Staff

Our staff is passionate about educating and supporting your children as they develop and grow. Our teachers are both educated and qualified and have a true passion for the learning of children. Our team participates in biannual company professional development trainings in order to provide the best possible care and continue our education and training.

Dee McSween, Center Director

Bio:

Dee has been with KinderCare since 2003.  She started out as a discovery preschool teacher, transitioned to becoming the learning adventures coordinatopr for her center, and then in 2009 she was promoted to Assistant School Director.  In 2013 she was promoted to School Director of the McDowell Mtn Ranch KinderCare. 

Previous Experience:

Dee has previously been a discovery preschool teacher, learning adventures coordinator and an Assistant School Director for KinderCare.

Quote:

I love being able to provide children with a safe, nurturing, and educational environment.  I love that we play an integral role in the learning and development of all of our children, and that we are a positive resource and support  for all of our parents, families, and the surrounding community. 

  • Year Started: 2/1/2003
  • Tenure: 11 Years
  • Years in ECE Industry: 10 years
  • Education:

    Bachelors Degree in Communication Studies

Kathy Hartman, Assistant Director

Bio:

Kathy transferred to our center from a center in Cincinnati Ohio in 2012. She has been with the company for seven years. Working at centers in both Ohio and Arizona, she has experienced many different ways to enhance the child's experience and learning environment. In her free time she loves to travel and spend time with her family.  

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Kathy ran a church daycare for six years and worked for another preschool for two years. She also has three children of her own.

Quote:

I love knowing that I am making a positive impact in the life of a child and making a difference in their future. 

  • Year Started: 6/1/2006
  • Tenure: 7 Years
  • Years in ECE Industry: 12 years
  • Education:

    Child Development Associates Credential, Degree in Education

Ms. Amanda, Infant Classroom

Bio:

Ms. Amanda graduated high school in 2002 and shorthly thereafter began working to obtain certification in Early Childhood Education.  Ms. Amanda enjoys working in our infant program and having the opportunity to watch them learn something new and exciting everyday.  Ms. Amanda also enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, riding dirt bikes, camping, and fishing. 

Previous Experience:

Ms. Amanda has previously worked for KinderCare, and in other childcare facilities throughout the valley. She has also worked as a personal nanny.

Quote:

"The best part about my job is watching children grow and learn.  They also teach me so much everyday".

  • Year Started: 12/1/2013
  • Years in ECE Industry: 10 years
  • Education:

    Certification in Early Childhood Development

Ms. Kathy, Infant Classroom

Bio:

Ms. Kathy transferred to our center from a KinderCare in Cincinnati Ohio in August of 2012.

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Kathy ran a church daycare for six years and worked for another preschool for two years. She also raised three of her own children.

Quote:

"I love seeing how each child grows on a daily basis"

  • Year Started: 6/1/2006
  • Tenure: 7 Years
  • Years in ECE Industry: 7 Years
  • Education:

    Child Development Associate's Credential

  • Other Languages Spoken:

    Some Sign Language

Ms. Alyssa, Toddler Classroom

Bio:

Ms. Alyssa studied Early Childhood Education at Scottsdale Community College and has worked in a preschool setting for the past seven years. She loves to travel and spend time with her family.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Alyssa worked at other preschools prior to joining KinderCare.

Quote:

"I love having the opportunity to teach and watch my class learn and grow everyday. I also love knowing that I can make a difference in my children's futures."

  • Year Started: 4/1/2013
  • Tenure: 1 Year
  • Years in ECE Industry: 7 Years

Ms. Amanda, Discovery Preschool Classroom

Bio:

Ms. Amanda has a beautiful two year old daughter of her own. One of her favorite hobbies outside of work is learning how to country line dance.

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Amanda worked for other preschools over the past few years.

Quote:

"I am passionate about my job and being able to provide care and knowledge to a parents most loved possession, their child."

  • Year Started: 4/1/2013
  • Tenure: 1 Year
  • Years in ECE Industry: 2 Years
  • Education:

    Associate's Degree in Elementary Education

Ms. Connie, Preschool Classroom

Bio:

Ms. Connie is passionate about Early Childhood Education , knowing that the very first few years of a child's life are the most formative.  Ms. Connie is very hands-on in the classroom, enjoys reading books to her class, sharing stories, and most of all, doing arts and crafts projects that are child centered every day.  She loves to sing and dance with her students, ensuring that their brains and bodies remain active throughout the day!  In Ms. Connie's free time she loves to travel, cook, and bake with her family. 

Previous Experience:

Ms. Connie has six years of experience with the Scottsdale Unified School District as an assistant teacher for kindergarten and first grade, as well as a substitute teacher for kindergarten through grade 12.

Quote:

"Everyday is an opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child!"  "I firmly believe that a good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning". 

  • Year Started: 8/1/2013
  • Years in ECE Industry: 6 years
  • Education:

    Bachelors Degree in Business Administration

  • Other Languages Spoken:

    Italian

Ms. Robyn, Prekindergarten Teacher

Bio:

Ms. Robyn loves to be outdoors and truly enjoys nature, but equally enjoys the city, and all it has to offer including the arts, theater, concerts and shows.  Ms. Robyn also enjoys traveling, and spending time with her family.  She has a daughter who is expecting and she is looking forward to becoming a grandmother. 

Previous Experience:

Ms. Robyn has previously managed her own licensed in home day care, and has also worked in a school with focus on teaching deaf students. Ms. Robyn also enjoyed her time as a home school teacher and volunteering for a community library on the weekends.

Quote:

"Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime! This is one of my many approaches with teaching children."

  • Year Started: 3/1/2013
  • Tenure: 1 Year
  • Years in ECE Industry: 9 years
  • Education:

    Early Childhood Education Courses, currently working to obtain Associates Degree in Childhood Development

Ms. Ellen, School Age Classroom

Bio:

Ms. Ellen began working with students at an after-school program for immigrant Mexican children. She loves teaching students about the world around them and showing them how they can learn from one another.

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Ellen worked as a teacher's assistant at another child development center, as well as a third grade teacher.

Quote:

"Watching the students learn from your example. Their smiles and laughter are the most rewarding part of my job."

  • Year Started: 6/1/2013
  • Years in ECE Industry: 5 Years
  • Education:

    Degree in Elementary Education

  • Other Languages Spoken:

    Spanish

Ms. Rita, Floating Teacher

Bio:

Ms. Rita loves to cook, bake, garden and read. She also loves animals and has three dogs of her own.

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Rita worked as a Christian Education Director at a former church, a camp counselor at a church summer camp and a para-educator for Scottsdale Unified School District.

Quote:

"Children are full of joy and have a love for life. I feel as though I can touch their lives by teaching them to be the best that they can be. I'm lucky to be able to help in all of the different classrooms from the nursery to the School Age. It's wonderful to see what each grade level is learning."

  • Year Started: 1/1/2013
  • Tenure: 1 Year
  • Years in ECE Industry: 15 Years
  • Education:

    Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts

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