The teaching staff at Imagination Station are a dedicated professional group of educators. All the classrooms have teaching teams that spend their days presenting the lesson plans that they have prepared based on the needs and interests of the children in each group. Our teaching staff is a wonderful mix of veteran teachers, current students pursuing a degree in education and those with years of classroom experience, the majority of our staff also work four 10 hour days affording you the opportunity to see your teacher at both ends of the day.
The floater covering the 5th day is consistent each week. We have a 78% retention rate for our teachers. All teachers are require to achieve 24 hours of continuing education each calendar year. When you see our teachers in the classroom you will find them at the children’s level engaged in stories, a cooking project ( great math/science activity), building with blocks or just in the middle of a conversation. The teachers at Imagination Station are chosen based on their knowledge of early childhood education, love of children and passion for teaching.
The administrative team at Imagination Station consists of teachers. Our first love is being in the classroom and we have all found ways to do this consistently along with our office duties.
Owner/Executive Director: Donna has been in the field of Early Childhood for over 25 years. Her education background is Early Childhood Education and she has worked in numerous areas within the profession including classroom teacher, consultant, trainer and administration. “Being able to spend my days offering these children a high quality early education program that lays the groundwork for their future educational experiences makes me proud to come to work everyday.” Click here to view a message from Donna.
Director of Imagination Station at OneWorld: Nikki has been with Imagination Station for over 10 years. She has taught in both the Toddler and Preschool classrooms, participated in the TEACH scholarship program and has been a leader among her peers for many years . Nikki started at our OneWorld Community Health Centers program when we opened in 2013.
Preschool Director — Education Station: Lisa is our part-time preschool program. Lisa started with Imagination Station in 2001 as a mixed age teacher then suggested we offer a part day preschool program. Education Station has grown from one group of 12 students to over 100. Lisa’s educational background is in Elementary/Early Childhood education.
Child Care Director: Theresa started with IS in 2001 while still in High School, she earned her ECE degree, left the program while her husband was stationed overseas, returned in 2007 as a teacher in our Mixed Age Classroom. She moved into the Director position in December of 2012. Theresa handles all the day-day details of the program and enrollment.
“It is amazing to see the High/Scope philosophy at work with the children here. We want to encourage them to become creative, independent thinkers. We also want to allow the children more choices when it comes to what they are interested in learning about what they are doing throughout the day. This makes our lesson plans more meaningful and relevant to the children.”
Michelle B: Teacher of 16 years