Meet Our Teachers
The dedication and focus of our staff in caring for and educating the children in their care is such a vital part of what makes Discovery Point so special.
Ms. Peyton Mills has been working with children since 2011. She received her Bachelor Degree from East Carolina University in Psychology with a minor in Child Development. She enjoys working with the toddlers. Ms. Peyton does a great job with providing activities that develop and strengthen a variety of skills. The kids are engaged and happy when they are with her and she finds joy in seeing their individual growth each day!
I enjoy outdoor activities, traveling and giving my 80 lb. Husky lots of love. Working in childcare has given me a lot of satisfaction. I’m passionate about working with children because I believe every child should experience a fun and loving environment and that is what I enjoy doing daily. I enjoy seeing them smile and the excitement from children keeps me humble and wanting to continue my career as an Early Childhood Educator.
Ms. Charlene Walker achieved her Master’s in Business Education from Ashford University. She is now working on her 2nd Master’s in Education for Family and Consumer Science. She has successfully earned her Associate’s in Early Childhood Education from Kaplan University. She is a level 11 in the Early Childhood Education Credential. Why I choose to work in Early Childhood Education is because I have a passion for working with children. I want to see all children successfully achieve their goals. The main reason and most important reason I choose this field is because my daughter was my motivation. I want my daughter to have a successfully and bright future by mastering all her goals and dreams. I want to be an inspiration and motivation for all children. I want to make a difference mostly importantly in my daughter’s life.
Jecinta Kemunto Gwaro
Ms. Jecinta Kemunto Gwaro is a professional Kindergarten teacher. She has been teaching since 2007 and worked in different schools both locally and internationally — she has worked in different countries in Africa for 10 years. Ms. Jecinta Kemunto Gwaro has earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and certificate in Kindergarten headmistress association in Kenya Africa. Ms. Jecinta Gwaro re-located to America to join her husband in 2015 and later joined the Discovery Point.
Ms. Jennifer Russell has completed Childhood Education class 119, which means she has her NC Credentials to work in a licensed child care center. She also has fifty credit hours of Early childhood coursework, and she has only seven more classes to take until she earns her associates degree in Early Childhood Education. Jennifer has three years of experience with working with children other than her own. She has two children, a seven years old and a three years old. She has worked with children from birth to seven years of age. I have always loved being around and working with children. As a teenager, I did a lot of babysitting for family and friends, but I realized that I wanted to go into this profession after my first child was born. I gain satisfaction out of teaching children new things and watching the results in action. I love watching them learn and grow in general, and I believe that one should love what they do in order to succeed at their job. I feel like I have found what I was meant to do. Being a good role model is important to me, and I want to make a difference in the lives of the children I care for. It is a priority of mine to create positive relationships with children and always do my best to boost their self-confidence and make them feel important. I’m so happy to have this wonderful opportunity to do what I love for a living.
Jharai Mychelle Lopes
Ms. Mychelle comes from a large family. She moved to Wake Forest in June of 2007 from Rhode Island. She has been working with children for over 10 years, starting out babysitting and being a nanny. She took Early Childhood classes in high school and is attending Wake Tech to further her education in Early Childhood. “Children have always captured my heart and seeing them learn and grow makes me love what I do!” I live in Rolesville with my spunky two years old daughter, Gia and our two fish. In our spare time, we travel, attend dance, do crafts, cooking, and spending time with daddy and the family. Having Gia at an early age has grown my appreciation for Early Childhood teachers. I love working with children of all ages and I am very excited to be welcomed into the Discovery Point family.
Mrs. Linda Britton has lived in Wake Forest since 1984 and has been working in childcare since 1998. Mrs. Linda has been working for Discovery Point since 2015. She has her Child Development credentials 1 and 2, successfully completed a Child Guidance and also a Special Needs Course.
I live in Wake Forest with my husband and we have 2 dogs, and 1 cat. I chose to be a childcare educator because I enjoy watching the children explore the world around them and their laughter makes me smile.
Ms. Lavern Mason is originally from Fort Washington, Maryland. She has been an educator for over 35 years with the rewarding yet amazing experience of teaching and directing the staff and students. She has been instrumental in assisting with the opening of three Christian Academies in Washington DC Maryland and in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.
My passion is my purpose and that is to be an instrument to inspire and assist in the growth of children’s development. My granddaughters Taliyah and Chloe are my greatest sunshine and joy.
Miss Emily earned her Bachelor Degree in Psychology from Florida Gulf Coast University. She moved to North Carolina in the beginning of April 2018. She has been babysitting since she was eleven years old and has been working professionally in child care for a year.
I grew up with a big family of seven siblings. I have always been around children and knew working with them was my passion. I love having the opportunity to be a role model and teach. Being apart of their growth and development is so special and rewarding to me.
Miss Brittany has been working in the Education field since 2012. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, with a concentration in English and Communications from UNC Charlotte. Through the years Miss Brittany also obtained her Early Childhood teaching credentials.
Ever since my college student-teaching experience with a Kindergarten class, I found my passion teaching young children. My goal is to use the tools I generated from college to prepare my students, not only for Kindergarten, but for life. A child’s first years of life are the most fundamental for their development and I feel fortunate to be a part of their growth.
I am originally from Brockport, NY and have been in North Carolina since 2004. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, traveling, and spending time with loved ones.
Mrs. Ellis has over twenty years career in early childhood education. That experience encompasses teaching Elementary through caring for infants and toddlers. She attended technical school for her early childhood credentials and continues to take continuing education classes to broaden her knowledge in caring for and teaching children.
I knew from a very young age that shaping the lives of children would be a big part of my life. I always thought that I was the one teaching the children but after many years I realize they have taught me so much. It has been a blessing for my family and I to be here at Discovery Point.
Mrs. Tracey Woodard was born and raised in Snow Hill, NC. She has been working with children of all age groups for over 20 years! Ms. Tracey started working with children in church, preschool, and now daycare. Ms. Tracey has been at Discovery Point since 2016.
I am married and have 2 wonderful adult sons and a grandson whom I adore. I enjoy every aspect of teaching and have come to the realization that children can teach us just as much, if not more than we can teach them.
Ms. Toiresa Hart has her bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Science with a concentration in child development and family relations. Before getting her degree, she volunteered at her church daycare, where she later became an infant teacher. She has years of experience being in classrooms with all ages from 6 weeks to 12-year-old.
I chose to become an early childhood educator because of the love I have for young children. I enjoy watching a child doing something for the first time knowing I had a part to play in it. Also, I love building positive relationships with the families and answering questions they may have about their child and the development of the child. Helping children grow, learn and have fun is a true passion for me.