Pre-Toddler D Lead Teacher – Victoria Smith

unnamed (12) (1)From New York with a bachelor’s degree in childhood education, Ms. Victoria believes that education should be exciting to children. “We should learn together. At Children’s Discovery Center, I learned the child is the first teacher, the teacher is the second teacher and the third teacher is the environment. I think that philosophy is beautiful.

“Children’s Discovery Center’s Reggio Emilia philosophy and approach resonated with me from day one and I knew I wanted to be a part of it,” she says.

An important part of her work is teaching students to identify, name and imitate different things. “I love showing them a picture and watching their expressions as they try to figure it out, point to the picture and name it. It’s a priceless moment that I cherish.”

During project time, children take on the role of being the teacher as she stands back and observes. “I feel like the student because I’m learning from them. I watch as they use their minds to develop fundamental concepts of how things happen.” While the children are exploring, she brings up questions to further their curiosity. “I am there to guide them as they develop the meaning of the project they’re doing.”

Born and raised in the Bronx, Ms. Victoria has a dog, “Mr. Bentley,” and is engaged to her boyfriend, Luke, who is also a teacher. She enjoys shopping with her mother, writing poetry, spending time with family and the outdoors.

“I love to dance as if no one is watching, and sing as if no one is listening!”

Mount Pleasant Premiere Child Care Center Hires Education Director

Betsy_WebMount Pleasant, SC – Betsy McArdle has joined Children’s Discovery Center, a Mount Pleasant child care provider, as education director. A public school educator for 12 years, McArdle has worked in general and special education and administration in four different states.

As the education director for both the South Carolina and Ohio centers, McArdle will oversee classrooms to support lesson plans and collaborate with teachers in their planning of the Reggio-inspired projects.

The Mount Pleasant center, located off Venning Road and Highway 17, tailors its learning environment to the world-renowned Reggio Emilia philosophy. From the infant child care program to the fully certified kindergarten, Children’s Discovery Center serves children ages 6 weeks to 5 years.

“I have had the blessing to have had my daughter enrolled at Children’s Discovery Center since opening day and have seen the center grow and evolve,” says McArdle. “The environment is always so welcoming, and when the opportunity presented itself for me to become a part of the team, I jumped on it!”

McArdle earned her bachelor’s degree in special education and a master’s degree in educational administration from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She later earned an additional certification in early childhood education.