Staff

 


                                     Melissa Weaver

 

Melissa Weaver

Program Director, Instructor
Lead Teacher Four-Year-Olds

Philosophy of Educating Young Children:  Children develop and establish brain functions throughout their early years.  Teachers must create and utilize a learning environment that scaffolds children through their developmental milestones.  A learning environment that focuses on developing the whole child is essential and necessary.

Education

  • Specialists, Adult Learning, Walden University
  • Masters, Early Childhood Studies, Walden University
  • B.A., Early Childhood Education, University of Cincinnati
  • Associates, Early Childhood Education, University of Cincinnati

Experience

  • 23 years experience working with children from 6 weeks to age 5
  • Instructional courses taught at USM Gulf Park Campus:

    • CD-455 Supervised Practicum

    • CD 351 Advanced Child Development

    • CD-452 Methods and Materials

    • CD 352 Behavior & Guidance Young Children

    • CD 350 Child Development

Professional Goal

  • Attaining a Doctorate in Early Childhood Education and teaching more adult courses in the field of Early Childhood

Chelsea Hill

 

Chelsea Hill
Lead Infant Teacher

Education

  • Master's degree (anticipated) in Child and Family Studies
  • Bachelor's Degree in Child and Family Studies, The University of Southern Mississippi

Experience

  • 5 years experience working with children in the pre-school environment

Organizations

  • Mississippi Early Childhood Association (MsECA)
  • Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA)

Certifications

  • First Aid and CPR
  • Infant/Toddler Early Learning Guidelines Series

 


Katie Womble

 

Katie Womble
Lead One-Year-Old Teacher

Education

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Studies, University of Southern Mississippi
  • Master's degree in Child Development (anticipated), University of Southern Mississippi

Experience

  • 600 hours of practicum work at the Center for Child Development
  • Lead Teacher, Team Lead Management at La Petite Academy

Organizations

  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Southern Early Childhood Association
  • Mississippi Early Childhood Association

Certifications

  • Early Learning Guidelines
  • Medication Administration Training
  • Director Designee Training

 Amanda Moran

  

Amanda Moran
Lead Three-Year-Old Teacher

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis in Child Studies from Mississippi State University

Experience

  • 180 classroom lab hours; 600 practicum hours in a classroom setting; 1 year as an assistant teacher

Professional Goal

  • Enroll in the Master's program at The University of Southern Mississippi

 Sage Sowell

 

Sage Sowell

Lead Two-Year-Old Teacher

Education

  • Bachelor of Science degrees in Child and Family Studies and Psychology from The University of Southern Mississippi
  • Experience -- more than two years experience working in early childhood education.
  • Professional Goal -- to be a lifelong learner.