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Ten Teachers Surprised With $10,000 Knowledge Universe® Early Childhood Educator Awards

Awards Recognize Outstanding Teachers at KinderCare® Learning Centers and CCLC® (Childrens Creative Learning Centers) Who Demonstrate Excellence in Early Childhood Education

Portland, Ore. (Oct 31, 2013) – Knowledge Universe, a leader in early childhood education for more than 40 years, today surprised a preschool teacher at West Linn KinderCare in West Linn, Oregon with a $10,000 check and the company’s coveted Early Childhood Educator Award. Ms. Tena Christianson, the tenth and final award winner for 2013, was presented with the award in front of students, teaching colleagues and executive leaders who value her teaching abilities and dedication to her classroom.

The Knowledge Universe Early Childhood Educator Awards annually recognizes teachers who demonstrate exceptional skills in teaching young children. Recipients are nominated and chosen without their knowledge from nearly 25,000 early childhood educators within the CCLC, KinderCare and Knowledge Beginnings family of companies.

“We are extremely proud of our teachers, and are thrilled to recognize some of the finest educators in the country with the Knowledge Universe Early Childhood Educator Awards,” said Dr. Elanna Yalow, CEO of Knowledge Universe Early Learning Programs. “These talented and passionate educators have dedicated their professional careers to giving children the best start in life, and they deliver the highest quality of education and care that every young child deserves.”

This fall, Knowledge Universe recognized ten outstanding educators at KinderCare Learning Centers and CCLC centers with the Knowledge Universe Early Childhood Educator Awards. The teachers were surprised by Knowledge Universe leaders in their classrooms with the awards and $10,000 checks. The winners included:

Cheryl Silvia, Program Specialist, South Easton KinderCare, South Easton, Mass.
Jaime Roshon, Discovery Preschool Teacher, Pottstown KinderCare, Pottstown, Pa.
Myra Arbuckle, Preschool Teacher, Park Road KinderCare, Charlotte, N.C.
LuAnn Cline, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher, Scripps Ranch KinderCare, San Diego, Calif.
Tra’shell Reese, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher, CCLC in Downtown Palo Alto, Palo Alto, Calif.
Joy Semelka, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher, Sylvania KinderCare, Sylvania, Ohio
Simon Chung, School Age Teacher, Lone Tree Way KinderCare, Antioch, Calif.
Bonnie Seefeldt, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher, Brown Deer KinderCare, Brown Deer, Wis.
Maryella Bifano, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher, Woodbridge KinderCare, Woodridge, Ill.
Tena Christianson, Discovery Preschool Teacher, West Linn KinderCare, West Linn, Ore.

Knowledge Universe is the only early childhood education company to offer an award of such significance. The award program is intended to raise awareness of the important impact made by these early childhood educators. The program reflects the company’s commitment to shining the spotlight on the many outstanding teachers who dedicate themselves to children and families in thousands of communities across the country by recognizing and rewarding some of the best and brightest within the company.

About Knowledge Universe
Knowledge Universe believes that the power of education changes lives. Every day more than 130,000 of children take their first steps, learn to read and prepare for school through our early childhood and school-age programs. The Knowledge Universe® family of companies includes KinderCare® Learning Centers, CCLC®, Champions®, Cambridge Schools®, Knowledge Beginnings®, and the Grove School™ where more than 31,000 people help children discover books, music, science, sports, cooking, and language in a nurturing and safe environment. To learn more, visit us online at and on Twitter.