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McDowell Mtn Ranch KinderCare

Dee McSween,
Center Director

10409 E McDowell Mountain Ranch Scottsdale AZ 85255
Ph: (480) 538-0411
Ages:
6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
Open:
6:30 AM to 6:30 PM, M-F

SPECIAL DIRECTIONS: In McDowell Mountain

NEIGHBORHOOD: Thompson Peak Blvd. & Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS BUSED TO: Scottsdale Unified School District, other surrounding schools

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

"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. "

Dee has been with KinderCare since 2003.  She started out as a Discovery Preschool Teacher, transitioned to becoming the Learning Adventures Program 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 Program Coordinator and an Assistant School Director for KinderCare.

Year Started:
2/1/2003
Tenure:
11 Years
Years in ECE industry:
10 years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies

Devon Jantz, Assistant Director

"Being able to teach a child something new and having fun in the process is the most rewarding to me!"

Working with children has always been Devon's passion.  Devon loves watching each child grow and develop everyday.  She is very excited to be working towards her Degree in Early Childhood Education.

Previous Experience:

Devon has previous experience working in other licensed childcare facilities.

Year Started:
3/1/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
11 Years
Education:
Child Development Associate's Credential, Degree in Early Childhood and Development and Education, Pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education

Ms. Emily, Infant Classroom

"I love working with kids because the majority of brain development occurs between birth and age five. Seeing that light bulb turn on is so rewarding to witness and be a part of!"

Though Ms. Emily is a new edition to our McDowell Mtn Ranch family, she has many years of education and experience in the field of Early Childhood Education.  In the infant room, Ms. Emily has a knack of acknowledging each infant throughout the day and on a regular basis.  Ms. Emily is consistently encouraging growth with all of our infants through engagement, art, books, and songs.  Outside of work Ms. Emily enjoys music, art, writing poetry, reading comics/ books, the movies and spending time with her friends.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Emily has experience doing volunteer work at a Child Crisis Center, as well as four years experience working in other licensed childcare facilities.

Year Started:
7/16/2014
Years in ECE industry:
6 Years
Education:
Pursuing Bachelor's Degree in Human and Family Development (Coursework in Early Childhood Education)

Ms. Danielle, Toddler Classroom

"Being able to watch the children learn and discover new things everyday is so rewarding and makes me really love my job!"

Ms. Danielle loves being around children. She also enjoys being able to create a fun, colorful, and creative environment for the children in her care. Outside of work Ms. Danielle enjoys spending time with her family and friends, as well as traveling and baking.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Danielle has over six years of experience as an in home nanny, and also has a year of experience working in other childcare facilities.

Year Started:
4/21/2014
Years in ECE industry:
1 Year
Education:
Degree in General Studies, Certificate in Early Childhood Education

Ms. Samantha, Toddler Classroom

"I love watching children grow and learn, and I enjoy coming into work to see their smiling faces! My favorite thing about being a toddler teacher is seeing the excitement on the children's faces when they experience something new and throughout the process of learning new concepts."

Ms. Samantha has worked at KinderCare for over a year and absolutely loves it.  Ms. Samantha is from Washington and relocated to Arizona to enroll in a graduate program with Arizona State University to obtain her Master's Degree in Elementary Education.  Her favorite color is lime green and she loves the Seattle Seahawks and the Cougars, her college football team!  Ms. Samantha believes that self expression through creative art projects is important for children.  Ms. Samantha also enjoys integrating various sensory activities, child process art and games that motivate sharing in the classroom, believing that these are essential practices for toddlers.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Samantha has previously worked for KinderCare in Washington as a lead toddler program teacher, and also has experience working in customer service at a grocery store and as a receptionist throughout high school and college.

Year Started:
4/1/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
1 Year
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology (minor in Psychology), Child Development Associate's Credential, Pursuing Master's Degree in Elementary Education

Ms. Amanda, Discovery Preschool Classroom

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

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.

Year Started:
4/1/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
2 Years
Education:
Associate's Degree in Elementary Education

Ms. Trina, Preschool & Prekindergarten Classrooms

"Knowing that the first few years of a child's life are critical to their emotional and intellectual development, it makes me proud to be able to be a part of their first educational experience."

Ms. Trina has spent time teaching as a nanny, as an orphanage preschool volunteer, and international school volunteer.  Ms. Trina has also taken several courses in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Development.  In her spare time Ms. Trina enjoys tennis, antiquing and iced tea!  Ms. Trina's top priority is to get to know each child individually and understand how to adapt lessons to their individual levels and interests.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Trina has previous experience as a lead teacher in a two's classroom and preschool program in Dallas, Texas. Also previous experience as a personal nanny for over three years.

Year Started:
8/1/2014
Years in ECE industry:
9 Years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Political Science (Coursework in Early Childhood Development and Education)

Ms. Amy, Floating Teacher

" Children are like a box of crayons. They are a variety of different colors, which makes each crayon unique. The purpose for crayons is to create something beautiful, and children learning new things and seeing how their minds works, is very beautiful."

Ms. Amy's passion and ambition gravitate toward working with children, which is also where her heart is. One of Ms. Amy's favorite aspects of teaching is child process art projects and watching them use their creativity and imagination.  Ms. Amy believes that through arts and crafts, children are able to grow and develop their individuality.  Ms. Amy would like to play an active role in helping children in her care achieve and reach their maximum potential and enjoy life at any circumstance.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Amy has cared for children for many years and has also worked with special needs children. Ms. Amy supported and played an active role with her cousin who has special needs, and from this experience learned that as a care giver you have to be a great listener, very supportive and understanding. Ms. Amy has also previously worked for other licensed childcare facilities, and also has experience providing respite care for the elderly.

Year Started:
4/13/2014
Years in ECE industry:
15 Years
Education:
Bachelor of Science Degree in Human and Family Development (with Special Education Training)

Ms. Rita, Floating Teacher

""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.""

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.

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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