Hi! I am Cadence Perkins, and I am pleased to announce I am the new Owner of Discovery Learning Center. DLC is an independent private school dedicated to providing the best early childhood education experience possible to the families it serves. The Center has been in operation since 1997, and has had many successful years providing excellent child care services. From the moment I walked into DLC, I felt welcomed by the warm and friendly staff, and I am proud to be part of the DLC team. DLC has an outstanding reputation in the community because of the foundation laid by the previous owner and her child-centered views. I share in her fundamental views of what child care should be and I plan to use my extensive childcare background and education to build on that foundation.
Gentle Giraffes - Infant Class
Ms. Audrey is the Lead Teacher in our Infants classroom; she has worked at DLC since March 2018. Ms. Audrey has a BA from Stockton University and has 8 years of classroom experience with a special needs focus. She volunteers with CASA, is a court appointed specialist advocate for children and works with foster families. Ms. Audrey also volunteers with the AC Rescue Mission. She is CPR certified and has taken courses for Grow NJ Kids. In her spare time, Ms. Audrey enjoys spending time with her daughters and reading.
Ms. Shirley is the Assistant Teacher in our Infants classroom; she has worked at DLC since October 2017. Ms. Shirley attended Star Technical Institute and completed EKG and Phlebotomy Programs. She also has completed 110 classroom hours for Central Supply Tech Training and was a member of Nursing Policy and Procedure for 10 years. Ms. Shirley loves working in the Gentle Giraffes Classroom and has a true love for caring for babies. In her spare time, Ms. Shirley volunteers with both food and clothing drives.
Ms. Jenna is the Assistant Teacher in our Infants classroom; she has worked at DLC since September 2018. Ms. Jenna is a Human Services major and has taken courses in child development. She is also a mommy to two girls. In her spare time, Ms. Jenna enjoys spending time with her husband and daughers, as well as cooking, baking, watching horror movies, and playing board games. She also loves her two cats, Marty McFly and Earl.
Little Lambs - Walkers Class
Ms. Frances is the Lead Teacher in our Walkers classroom; she started with DLC in April 2015. She graduated from EHT High School in 2005, is the oldest of 5 children, and has 3 years of early childhood education experience. Ms. Frances loves spending time with her daugher, Lyla, traveling, listening to music, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.
Ms. Hailee is the Assistant Teacher in our Walkers classroom
Busy Bees - Walkers Class
Ms. Kristi is the Lead Teacher in our Toddlers classroom; she started with DLC in September 2017. Ms. Kristi has 6 years of childcare experience and enjoys spending time with her three children. She also enjoys going to the beach and taking her kids to the boardwalk to enjoy the rides. Ms. Kristi also loves watching her daughter cheer. Her favorite time of year is Autumn; she loves doing fall activities with her children!
Ms. Keri is the Assistant Teacher in our Toddlers classroom
Dazzling Ducks - Trainers Class
Ms. Marissa is the Lead Teacher in our Trainers classroom; she began working at DLC in August 2017 and has previous experience in both a childcare setting as well as babysitting. Ms. Marissa has a BA in Liberal Studies from Rowan University. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the beach, going to the gym, spending time with her friends and cooking/baking.
Ms. Taylor is the Assistant Teacher in our Trainers classroom
Awesome Alligators - Preschool Class
Ms. Haley is the Lead Teacher in our Preschool classroom
Ms. Bradley is the Assistant Teacher in our Preschool classroom
Lucky Lions - Pre-K
Ms. Emily started working at DLC in August 2015 and takes great pride in being the Pre-K Lead Teacher. She has ten years of experience working in early childhood educaion and earned her CDA in June 2015. When she's not working, she loves spending time with her daugher and husband. Ms. Emily also enjoys shopping with her mom on the weekends and taking trips to visit her brother in Chicago and sister and niece in North Carolina.
Friendly Frogs - After School
Ms. Jessica is the Lead Teacher of our After School Program; she began working at DLC in November 2018. Ms. Jess has six years of childcare experience and enjoys gymnastics, coloring, swimming and spending time with her friends.
Floaters & Substitutes
Ms. Brianna is one of our Floaters
Ms. Taylor is one of our Substitutes
Ms. Janai is one of our Substitutes
Ms. Tiffany is one of our Substitutes
Ms. Ashley is one of our Substitutes
Ms. Cadence joined DLC as the new Owner/Director as of January 15, 2010. She relocated here from the Woodbridge area of NJ, where she was born and raised. She graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in psychology. She has four years of classroom experience including one year as an Assistant Teacher in the Infant classroom, and three years as a Lead Teacher in a Pre-K classroom. She also has five years of administrative experience as an Assistant Director in a center serving over two hundred students. She plans to use her education, valuable work experience, and experience as a mother of four to provide the ultimate child care experience to the families of Discovery Learning Center. Outside of work, Ms. Cadence's passions still include pursuit of learning through writing, reading, and martial arts.
Ms. Kelsey is our Head Teacher here at Discovery. She began working at DLC in August 2015 and has a BA in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education and Child and Family Studies. Ms. Kelsey also has her Preschool to Third Grade Teaching Certification through Montclair. She has 10 years of exprience in preschools and private schools and enjoys traveling, watching her two sons play sports (especially basketball), and cooking.