Partners in Learning
Our executive director provides overall supervision and has a master’s degree in education. Our center director and most teachers are graduates of accredited colleges and universities where they majored in early childhood, elementary education or a related field. Staff members take their responsibilities seriously and make adequate preparation for the accomplishment of their assigned duties. They view their tasks as child-centered and exhibit genuine concern for our children. South Carolina state law mandates that the following ratios be met. Our teachers are partners in learning with your child while acting as a resource, facilitator and documenter of learning in the classroom. Our team of professional educators, child care specialists and experienced administrators are passionately committed to providing the highest quality, innovative child care programs and facilities for families.
Lois Rosenberry, President and CEO
Lois Rosenberry founded Children’s Discovery Center in 1982 and serves as president and CEO. With extensive experience in early childhood development, she has served as a college professor and a child care consultant for several private and public organizations.
Recognized as an innovator in her field, Mrs. Rosenberry has been featured in Inc. Magazine
, Entrepreneur Magazine
, Executive Female
, Early Childhood News
, and others. She is a Milestone for Women recipient and Athena Award winner. In 2005, Mrs. Rosenberry received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Enterprise. In addition to leadership in her field, Mrs. Rosenberry is committed to several charitable projects. She has partnered to create a home (the Deborah Center) for abandoned and abused girls in the city of Timisoara, Romania and serves on the Advisory Board of Veritas, a non-profit organization which provides a variety of services for the families of Sighisoara, Romania.
Mrs. Rosenberry holds a bachelor's degree in behavioral science from Messiah College, Grantham, PA and a master’s degree in education from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. She is a co-author of Inspiring Spaces for Young Children and Rating Observation Scale for Inspiring Spaces
. Her three grown daughters are graduates of Children’s Discovery Center, her five grandchildren currently attend, and two of her daughters work for the company.
Betsy McArdle, Education Director
Originally from Ohio, Betsy McArdle has 12 years of experience teaching general and special education, as well as administrative duties, in public school systems within four states. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in educational administration at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
As the education director, she will oversee classrooms to support lesson plans and collaborate with teachers in their planning of the Reggio-inspired projects. Betsy is excited to share plans and ideas between the South Carolina and Ohio centers. She currently has two children enrolled at the Mount Pleasant center.
Mount Pleasant Facility Staff
Katie Carter, Venning Road Director
Katie Carter is a Charleston native with several years of experience teaching kindergarten and first grade in South Carolina’s public schools system and has been in an administrative role for the past two years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and a master’s degree in divergent learning from Columbia College.
Katie is excited to work with teachers to implement the philosophies of Reggio Emilia she is so passionate about. A mother of two, she is thrilled that her daughter will have the opportunity to experience this educational program and looks forward to serving the families and teachers in the Mount Pleasant community.
Kristen Shaffer, Park West Director
Originally from New York, Kristen received her bachelor’s degree in child social sciences from the University of Buffalo. She worked as an instructor at an early childhood research center before moving to Charlotte, NC, where she attended UNC Charlotte’s Master of Science program in school counseling, and worked full-time as a nanny. Following graduation, Kristen moved back to Buffalo, NY, where she enrolled in the Master of Science of School Psychology program at Niagara University. In 2012, her love for the South led her to Charleston, where she worked as the director of operations for Escapada Living. Kristen currently lives in West Ashley with her two crazy, but lovable, dogs. In her free time, she can be found enjoying the outdoors, cheering loudly during football Sundays and watching documentaries.
Stacey Heilman, Ateliersta
Stacey is a Columbia native, but she has lived in the Charleston area for more than 10 years. In her role as the atelierista, Stacey is responsible for creating different projects to introduce new concepts to our students, spark their curiosity and creativity and establish a new explorative way of learning. She feels most fulfilled in her role at the Children’s Discovery Center when she walks through the door and is greeted by cheerful little voices and tiny hugs. When she is not at the center, Stacey enjoys spending time with her husband, son and friends.
Derek Street, Music Teacher
Originally from Charlotte, NC, Derek has more than 12 years of experience teaching music. He currently serves as the academy director of Black Tie Music Academy: Park West Campus and the worship leader at Point Hope United Methodist Church in Park West. He earned his bachelor’s degree in music education from Western Carolina University. As the resident music teacher, Derek leads and manages music, singing, dancing and entertainment programs for our students. Music has always been such an important part of Derek’s life and he is excited to be able to share the gift of music with the children.