Castle Academy Staff Selection & Training

We believe the key to guiding a child through a successful daycare/preschool experience is having dedicated, caring and qualified teachers. The education team is chosen based on educational levels and prior early childhood teaching experiences. Our teachers are degreed educators, certified in First Aid & CPR and are required to attend professional development training throughout the year to maintain their position.

Most of our staff have been with us since we opened our doors in October 2008. Most of the additional teachers have been with us for at least 2 plus years. This is an important feature for any childcare setting. In an industry where turnover is so high, we at Castle Academy do our very best at maintain our teaching staff and to provide consistency for the children.

 

Meet Our Directors & Teachers

 

  • Ms. Wendy Bohannon, is the Director of Castle Academy and has had many years serving as a Director. She really enjoys the challenges and rewards the childcare industry has to offer. She truly cares about each and every child that enters our school. In addition to her Director experience, Ms. Wendy has previously been a Kindergarten teacher in the public school system. Ms. Wendy is married with one son, and is heavily involved with her home & school duties and enjoys watching her son’s active participation in his traveling baseball team.

 

  • Ms. Carrie Huffman, is our Assitant Director. Ms. Carrie has an Associate degree in Early Childhood Development and has had a number of years experience an early childhood learning environment and has been with Castle Academy since 2008. She has previously worked in many of our rooms and is a nice asset to any classroom envirnment at Castle Academy when needed to fill in for an absent teacher. Ms. Carrie conducts our school tours and is heavily involved with parent communication. She is married and has three children.

 

  • Ms. Michele Patti, our facilities Manager, contributes to the front office with multiple administrative duties on a daily basis. Ms. Michele opens and closes the school and is the laison between staff, parents and the management team . Ms. Michele joined our management team in 2017.

Our opening staff care for the children in the early hours of the morning for an easy and smooth drop off.  The morning staff open the school, care for the children while they are eating breakfast, and conduct enrichment activities until the lead teachers arrive. Early morning hours may have mixed groups until their teachers come in to move them accordingly to their assigned classroom.

We have a number of full & part-time staff that float from room to room as needed. Some simply assist and others fill in as a substitute for the day. The beauty of a floating staff is that the children get familiar with each teacher. This provides a smooth transition for the children when a substitute teacher is required.

     Storks Landing, The Roley Poley, Caterpillar & Butterfly Rooms

    • Our Storks Landing room teachers are very patient and easy going. These girls love working with babies and it is really demonstrated in the care they deliver to their classes. Ms. Beth and Ms. Brenda come to Castle Academy with years of experience working with Infants. Ms.Karyn is the closing teacher for the infant room and she is always eager to tell you about your babies day.
    • Our teaching staff in the next level in te Roley Poley room  is lead by Ms.Alex. Ms. Alex has been the lead teacher in this room since 2015 and previously was the assistant since 2011. Ms. Alex brings this class to life with art, music, outside time, gross motor activities, story time and a fun circle time routine on a daily basis. Ms. Victoria is our assistant teacher in the Roley Poley room. She enjoys the excitement each new day brings working with this age.
    • Our Caterpillar room teachers are energetic and fun loving. Ms. Kayla enjoys watching the children get to explore in art and sensory. “The mess is always worth it, knowing they are developing their fine motor skills”. Ms. Sally and Ms. Lori are the assists teachers and contirbute their teaching experience with daily activities.
    • Ms. Donna, is the  lead teacher in the Butterfly Room.  Ms. Donna is  very positive, caring and dedicated to the children. She enjoys teaching through art and encourages all of her students to exercise their senses. Ms. Camille, & Ms. Lenee are the assisting teachers.  Our teachers do a wonderful job with potty training and preparing these little ones for an exciting transition to the next room.

     

    The Ladybug & Bumblebee Rooms

     

    Our preschool program has grown and we have multiplied to two. Our lead teacher, Ms. Jessica, a degreed teacher in early childhood learning, says “she enjoys watching the children master simple skills at this age”. The children enjoy her class and she always completes your day with a thorough daily report of your child. Ms. Meleinda and Ms. Amelia are the assistant teachers in the room and both enjoy this age and their developmental abilities.

    Ms. Bettina, is the lead teacher of the Ladybug room. Ms. Bettina, has her Bachelors degree in Elementary Education and early childhood. Ms. Bettina enjoys teaching these young children and watching their progression as they learn developmentally and socially. Ms. Erin is the assistant teacher with Ms. Bettina. Ms. Erin enjoys the younger children and watching their development grow. Ms. Erin has worked in childcare for multiple years and has two young children.

    The Grasshopper Room &  Dragonfly Rooms

    Pre-Kindergarten

    • Pre-Kindergarten, our most sought after classes. As each year comes our Pre-Kindergarten class fills up quickly and a waiting list begins. Ms. Joan has been dedicated to Castle Academy not long after we opened our doors in 2008. She is known for her firm, but very caring and warm hand that the children bond to effortlessly. Ms. Joan understands each child and their unique ways quickly. She teaches with guidance in such a fun and creative way that the children consistently ask for more. Ms. April is the assistant in the room and helps with all the daily activities. The children adore Ms. April for her fun interactive teaching style. Ms. April has been with Castle Academy since 2016.
    • Ms. Aundrea another lead teacher who has her CDA in childhood development and Ms. Gina, her assistant, are the teachers in a second Pre-kindergarten classroom. Both teachers enjoy teaching through play and conduct center based activities on a daily basis. These teachers are caring and loving towards the children and both have creative styles which keep the children stimulated while learning..

     

    Kindergarten Corner

    Kindergarten & After School Programs

    Mrs. Zimmerman is our Kindergarten teacher. She learns the skills of each child and works independently to guide them to master the lessons being taught. Mrs. Zimmerman conducts her room very similar to the public school, so when these children leave our Kindergarten program they are fully ready for what’s in store for 1st grade.  The children love Mrs. Zimmerman for her creative and hands on teaching style.
    Mrs. Bishop is the lead teacher of the Kindergarten Enrichment program at Castle Academy. Mrs. Bishop conducts a morning and afternoon session with the children that attend both Castle Academy and the local public schools. Mrs. Bishop lessons include enrichment activities that are based on the public school curriculum, creative arts, social studies and science activities that reinforce their current school’s lessons.

    School Age Street

    • The after school program… may be the best part of the day for these children… Ms. Lauren, loves caring for the after school children. She helps with their homework assignments and gives guidance when needed. You can always find Ms. Lauren in a fun board game or art activity with the kids.  Ms. Lauren is a full-time teacher in the North Penn school district and makes her way to Castle Academy in the afternoon to finish her day of teaching with our school age children.
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