Amazing Teachers Make an Amazing School!

First Discoveries was founded in June 2008, with the goal of creating a high-quality early learning program that enhances children's development, supports families, and partners with the local community.  Our first summer, we offered a play-based summer camp program to a dozen enthusiastic preschoolers.  Over the course of our first year, we expanded our program to serve 90 children, from infants through school age children.  Since our humble beginnings, we have always recognized that the quality of our program depends on caring, dedicated staff members who are knowledgeable about early childhood education. We are proud to introduce our staff!

Our Management Team

Ms. Cindy, M.Ed. in Early Childhood (University of South Florida)

National Board Certified Teacher, Early Childhood

Florida Teacher Certificate (Early Childhood, Exceptional Student)


Ms. Kelly, Director 
Child Development Specialist; Enrolled in AA in ECE (State College of Florida)

Ms. Keeli, Curriculum Specialist and Young Preschool Teacher
AA in Early Childhood Education


Ms. Jessica, Preschool Specialist & VPK Teacher

Child Development Specialist; Enrolled in AA in ECE (St Petersburg College)

Have a question?  Need help?  Our management team is here to serve you and your family!  Our combined experience includes teaching children of all ages, from infants through elementary school.


VPK and PreKindergarten

Our PreK/VPK program is taught by experienced, dedicated early childhood professionals.  Our teaching team is led by experienced early childhood professionals.  With over twenty years combined experience, Ms. Jessica, Ms. Keeli and Ms. Ashley work together as a team to plan amazing experiences for our prekindergarten and VPK students!

Ms. Jessica, Child Development Specialist and CDA

A.A. in Early Childhood, Currently Enrolled (St. Petersburg College)


Ms. Krystal, M.A. in Early Childhood Education

 

Ms. Debbie, Currently Enrolled: Child Development Specialist


Ms. Anajia, Assistant Teacher


Preschool Teachers (Two and Three Year Olds)

Ms. Kara, Three Year Old Teacher

Currently Enrolled: Child Development Specialist


Ms. Keeli, Two Year Old Teacher

AA in Early Childhood Education


Ms. Jenna, Assistant Teacher (Toddler & Preschool Classes)




Our young preschoolers love singing, dancing and learning with Ms. Debbie and Ms. Kara.  Their classrooms are busy and engaging, with art, music, and play-based experiences integrated throughout the day.  Our teachers understand that young children learn by touching, tasting, talking and moving their bodies.  


Infant/ Toddler Teachers (8 Weeks - 12 Months)

Ms. Maria, Infant Teacher

Ms. Lissete  Assistant Teacher/ Acting Head Teacher

Ms. Miriam, Assistant Teacher

Our toddler teachers understand how important brain development and language development are for one year olds, and they plan daily opportunities for songs, stories and hands-on experiences.  Our one year old curriculum focuses on communication and language development.  Each week the teachers select books and songs that help our little ones learn new ways to communicate, including lots of sign language.  Did you know that teaching sign language reduces frustration for one year olds and actually helps support their verbal communication? 


Discovery Club (After School Program and Summer Camp)

Ms. Krystal, M.A. in Early Childhood Education

Teacher, Discovery Club


Ms. Krystal plans and implements our school age program, including a healthy snack, lots of outdoor experiences and games, homework assistance, and creative art experiences. She also plans field trips and special activities for school holidays and during summer camp.

Food Service Management

Ms. Melody

Food Service Manager


Thanks to Ms. Melody's hard work and dedication, the children and staff enjoy nutritious meals and snacks every day with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables!  Ms. Melody also helps teachers directly in the classroom, and frequently subs in the classroom when teachers need additional help.

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