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Willow Street KinderCare

Mary Woomer,
Center Director

218 Willow Valley Lakes Dr. Willow Street PA 17584
Ph: (717) 464-2615
Ages:
6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
Open:
6:30 AM to 6:00 PM, M-F

SPECIAL DIRECTIONS: Off Peach Bottom Road in the Willow Valley Lakes Business Park

NEIGHBORHOOD: Route 222, Willow Valley Business Park; Beavery Valley Pike and Peach Bottom Road

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS BUSED TO: Pequea Elementary, Lampeter Elementary, Hans Herr Elementary, Providence Elementary, Quarryville Elementary

Teachers & Staff

Our team at Willow Street KinderCare is a team of dedicated, passionate professionals who strive to create an exceptional child and parent experience. Our teachers are dedicated to implementing a curriculum that teaches the whole child in all areas of learning. They are committed to focusing on the needs of each individual child by creating a nurturing environment that allows children to become confident learners. Our teachers are given continuous opportunities for growth including a bi-annual Professional Development Day focused on Early Childhood Education and growth. Our team has been chosen for their dedication to developing children in their emotional, social, intellectual and physical growth.

Mary Woomer, Center Director

" "Fairness is what is fair to each individual child's needs""

Mary started with KinderCare as a young child. Her mother still works for the company to this day! Mary began working for KinderCare back in 1998. She started as a teacher and worked her way into management in 2002. Mary stayed with the company until 2004, when she decided to pursue other options. In 2010, she returned to KinderCare as a director. She loves working with children and making a positive difference in their lives.

Previous Experience:

Along with being a teacher and director at KinderCare, Mary has also worked for a private childcare company in Maryland as well as taught in the public school system in Maryland.

Year Started:
3/1/2010
Tenure:
4 Years
Years in ECE industry:
15 Years
Education:
Bachelor's of Science Degree in Psychology

Kate Kilkenny, Assistant Director

""A smile is contagious.""

Kate started with our center in April of 2013. Prior to KinderCare, Kate worked in California as a teacher for a number of years before becoming a director. In August of 2012, she and her husband re-located to Pennsylvania. Along with Kate's experience, she brings her passion for teaching young children, educating staff and working together with parents so their child can receive the best experience possible.

Previous Experience:

Prior to KinderCare, Kate has worked for a private company in California as a teacher, director and headmaster.

Year Started:
4/1/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
10 Years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Child and Adolescent Development

Ms. Lisa, Infant Classroom

""Children are like seeds of a flower. You shower them with love, provide guidance for their roots and watch them grow and thrive.""

Ms. Lisa started at KinderCare in February of 2013. She has been working with children of all ages since she was eleven years old. She enjoys early childhood education and has had experience in other centers as well as in public school. Ms. Lisa has two children and loves being a mother. She is a wonderful caregiver and pours all of her experience and love into each child she works with. Ms. Lisa's goal is to help children become the best they can be.

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Lisa worked in the public school system with early child development and at other childcare facilities.

Year Started:
2/1/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
3 Years
Education:
Bachelor's of Science Degree in Education

Ms. Jill, Toddler Classroom

""While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about." - Angela Schwindt"

Ms. Jill recently became a full time teacher at KinderCare after being a part-time teacher. She became the lead Toddler teacher at the beginning of the school year and has also assisted in other classrooms as well. She is still enrolled at Millersville University where she is working on her Early Childhood Education degree. Her favorite sport is Lacrosse and she used to play for the Millersville University women's team. Ms. Jill loves to help others and she volunteers for different things throughout her community. She was born and raised in Long Island, New York and has been living in Pennsylvania for seven years with her parents and brother while her sister still lives in Manhattan. She enjoys spending time with her two-year-old Yorkie named Martin, staying active, playing sports and also watching movies.

Previous Experience:

Jill has provided childcare in various positions for families looking for help. She has also worked at her church nursery, coached lacrosse and taught at different sports clinics.

Year Started:
12/1/2012
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
2 Years
Education:
Journalism, Education & Early Education Credits

Ms. Michele, Discovery Preschool Classroom

""I am passionate in seeing children succeed on all developmental levels in a nurturing and caring environment.""

Ms. Michele has worked for KinderCare since November of 2012, after re-locating from Pittsburgh, PA. She is the lead teacher in the Discovery Preschool classroom. She is a graduate of Millerville University with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education with a specialization in Urban Education. Ms. Michele furthered her education by earning her Director's credential in 2008. She prides herself in providing an organized and nurturing classroom.

Previous Experience:

Prior to KinderCare, Ms. Michele worked in childcare throughout college. She taught summer camps in Lancaster and Pittsburgh before becoming a substitute school teacher. Ms. Michele taught in four different school districts before working as a TSS where her focus was on autism and behavioral diagnosis. Her last position prior to joining us was as a director for a private childcare facility in Pittsburgh for the last ten years.

Year Started:
11/1/2012
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
14 Years
Education:
Bachelor's of Science in Early Childhood & Elementary Education, Urban Education Certificate, Director's Credential

Ms. Heather, Discovery Preschool Classrooms

""I love my job because of the little simple things that surprise me everyday. A new word, a first step, it makes you appreciate all of the little things.""

Ms. Heather started with KinderCare in January. She came here from another child facility where she was a Preschool teacher and later became a Center Director. Ms. Heather has her Bachelor's of Science Degree in Education from Millerville University and is a Pennsylvania state certified teacher. Ms. Heather is so excited she has joined the KinderCare family and can't wait to see where her career here takes her!

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Heather worked at other Child Development Centers as well as with Public School children for over seven years.

Year Started:
1/1/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
7 Years
Education:
Bachelor's of Science Degree in Education, Pennsylvania Teaching Certification in Social Studies for grades 7-12

Ms. Lori, Preschool Classroom

""I love making a difference in children's lives. They are like little sponges soaking up information and I love being the one to provide them with the knowledge they need to grow!""

Ms. Lori started with our center back in August of 2012. Prior to working here she spent a number of years working with young and School Age children. She graduated from Millersville University with her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and is currently taking classes there for her Master's Degree. Ms. Lori loves to be outdoors. She likes to hike, camp and spending time at the beach. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her one year old daughter.

Previous Experience:

Prior to KinderCare Ms. Lori worked in a child care center for over four years, provided in-home child care for over a year and she worked at a school for one year.

Year Started:
8/1/2012
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
7 Years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Elementary & Early Childhood Education. Pursuing Master's Degree in Language and Literacy Education

Mr. Ryan, Kindergarten Classroom

""Kindergarten is the best! :)""

Mr. Ryan has been at Willow Street KinderCare for two years. He has enjoyed watching each child grow and learn everyday. He graduated from Kutztown University in 2007, with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. Mr. Ryan likes to make his classroom as fun and engaging as possible.

Year Started:
10/1/2008
Tenure:
6 Years
Years in ECE industry:
5 Years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education

Ms. Judy, Cook

""Everyday is an adventure when working with children. We are never to old to learn something.""

Ms. Judy started working at KinderCare in 2003, when the facility was still called Magic Years. She began in the two year old classroom and has been involved in the toddler and infant classrooms throughout the years. In 2004, she took over the kitchen duties of cooking, menu planning and ordering. Ms. Judy began her working career as a registered nurse and is thrilled to continue to use those skills on a day to day basis in the center.

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Judy was a nurse for over twenty years.

Year Started:
10/1/2003
Tenure:
11 Years
Years in ECE industry:
13 Years
Education:
Registered Nurse

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