In our work, we put great focus on one thing - the welfare and education of your child. In order to properly encourage your child's personal and academic development, we employ people who are mature, warm and nurturing, who understand child development and can apply their knowledge in the classroom. We seek employees who, first of all, love children but also who possess integrity, honesty, and who value working as a team with parents, colleagues, and volunteers.
Our teachers are selected for their commitment to children's learning and possess a level of expertise to fulfill that commitment. Every lead teacher is in possession of degrees or working toward that degree, CDA's, and/or has taken advanced coursework in early childhood education. Each staff person has references, has had a background check with the State Police and the Dept. of Human Services for felonies and child abuse/neglect, and has had proper medical examinations to ensure they are healthy and ready to work with children.
Our staff is trained in infant, child, and adult CPR and First Aid and has completed blood borne pathogen training. Our infant and toddler caregivers receive training about shaken baby syndrome and safe sleep practices. Every staff person also attends 16 hours or more of annual training in continuing educational and professional development.
Mrs. Connie Hendershot
Owner/Center Director at New Wonders Discover Center
Connie knew from an early age that God had placed in her a love for children and a passion for teaching. While raising her own children, she worked in special education classrooms in preschool thru middle school grades for 15 years. She also homeschooled her 2 youngest daughters through high-school, served as lead teacher to young 5's - school age children and served as interim director in a non-profit childcare center. She is now nearing completion of her Early Childhood Education Degree. After taking a year off from working in the field to organize and develop this new center, she is excited to welcome children and their families to New Wonders!!
Connie is happily married to Larry who is a pastor. She enjoys being mom to four, and Nana to eight grandchildren, along with several more she has "adopted" along the way !!! She loves spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys reading, learning new things, traveling, playing piano, listening to music, and the family's yellow lab.
Miss Heather Hendershot
Program Supervisor at New Wonders Discovery Center
Heather possesses a unique understanding of children. She loves them and they love her! She has worked in early childhood education for over 20 years, including over 5 years experience directing in a non-profit preschool center, prior to opening NWDC. She has a special interest in preschool development and creating curriculum and environments that are best suited for them. Heather will share in the overall center's operations as well as teaching the Prepper class.
Heather loves spending time with her nieces and nephews, family and friends. She also enjoys music, dancing, photography, and anything where she can be creative!! Heather is "mom" to her yellow lab, Baylee!
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6:30 am to 6:00 pm
7000 Stadium Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Located in Village Place at the intersection of 8th and Stadium
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