Janice Whitley has held the position of Director since our center opened in 2006, but her tenure in childcare is more than 30 years. While looking for a job in the late 1970’s, she wandered into a childcare center and “that was it,” Janice says. “I knew from that moment, childcare was going to be my profession. I love children; they make me happy. I respect their feelings and appreciate their honesty.” Ms. Janice is more than just a valuable employee; her dedication extends not only to the children but to their families as well.
Ms. Tina first came to work at Discovery Point in 2009. She was the lead teacher in the one-year old room but found her place to be in the infant room where she taught for many years before becoming the Assistant Director. Her journey in childcare began long before coming to Discovery Point as she has been in this industry for over 25 years. She is currently the director and one of the bus drivers. Ms Tina says, “I love driving the kids to school each morning.”
Ms. Basti – or Mrs. B, as the kids call her – has been with Discovery Point since 2011. She is the lead teacher in Pre-K Blue. Ms. Basti has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Brenau University and has been in education for nearly 20 years. “I feel that it is important for my students to have a positive school experience since this is the beginning of their academic career. My goal is to foster a desire for learning from the start in hopes of creating lifelong learners.” Mrs. Basti has a true passion for education and hopes she can pass that along to all of her students.
Ms. Kaylee is a lead teacher in our Toddler Room. She has worked with us at Discovery Point since 2010. She recently completed the process of earning her Child Development Associate to meet the new state requirements. When asked what she likes about her job, she responded, “I love being greeted every morning with hugs and smiles. The children I work with are such a blessing to see every day. I feel blessed to get to watch them learn and grow!” In the afternoon, Ms. Kaylee is our front desk assistant where she greets parents, answers the phone, and gives tours.
Mrs. Valentino is the lead teacher for Pre-K Red. She started with Discovery Point in 2006 but her work with children has spanned nearly 20 years. Mrs. Valentino has a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Mrs. Valentino feels one of the most important lessons she can impart to her students is that school is fun! “As a pre-k teacher, I know my students have a long way to go in their educational careers. If I can teach them to enjoy learning now, that will help lay a positive foundation for their academic success.”
Mrs. Kendra Holmes came to work at Discovery Point in 2007 as an assistant teacher in our Pre-K Blue class. What she likes most about her job is “directing and participating in learning activities and games with the children. The children love it when we are interacting with them.” Ms. Holmes’ patient and nurturing spirit are a great contribution to the pre-k class environment.
Mr. Lynn is one of our Bus Drivers for our school children and field trips. Mr. Lynn also assists with afternoons in our after-school programs, when necessary. Mr. Lynn was born and raised in Waverly, NY and worked in the flooring industry for the same employer for 28 years. He then retired and moved to North Carolina to be near his grandchildren. Along with many experiences, Mr. Lynn drove for Ft. Bragg, NC, driving a bus for the school-age transportation for the daycare center and all extracurricular activities. Mr. Lynn is married and has two daughters, 3 granddaughters, and one great grandson. His hobbies and interests include woodworking, yard work, sailing, and spending time with the grandchildren. Mr. Lynn said, “I thoroughly enjoy my part time job with Discovery Point child care center."
Discovery Point provides service to the following Walton County Schools:
- Atha Road Elementary
- Bay Creek Elementary
- Loganville Elementary
- Sharon Elementary
- Walker Park Elementary
- Walnut Grove Elementary
- Loganville Christian School
Discovery Point provides service to the following Gwinnett County School:
- Cooper Elementary