Discovery offers families a supportive, knowledgeable staff that is educated, experienced, and committed to developing relationships with the children and families in their care. Classroom teachers have backgrounds and degrees in Education, Child Development, Family Relations and/or Special Education. They offer a developmentally appropriate and child-centered program focused on helping children gain social and emotional competence, in a hands-on, play-based setting. Low student to staff ratios ensure that everyone receives special attention and quality services. Individualized programming based on observation and documentation is provided for all children in the program. Discovery's staff includes:
Collette Box - Director
Collette has been part of Discovery since its beginnings in 1992, working with the two and three year olds and developing what is now known as the Playgroup. She added the responsibilities of Assistant Director shortly thereafter, and became the Director in 1995. She has an associates degree in Child Development and is currently working on a bachelor of science degree. Collette advocates for children and families at the local and state level through professional organizations and advisory boards, striving to raise awareness about the importance of environments and relationships for children birth to five.
Becky Madison - Pre-Kindergarten Classroom Teacher
Becky has been part of Discovery since 1993, working with both the Pre-School and Pre-Kindergarten aged children in a variety of positions before permanently taking responsibility for the Pre-Kindergarten classroom in 1999. Becky has a bachelor of arts degree in Child Development and Family Relations. Becky has served on the board of local professional organizations. She works closely with her team teacher and families to prepare the Pre-Kindergarten children for full day kindergarten. She loves kids, celebrating their successes and hearing their stories! In her free time, Becky enjoys volunteering with her church Awana program, gardening, reading, scrapbooking, camping and playing with her grandkids!
Kathy Smith - Pre-Kindergarten Classroom Teacher
Kathy joined the Discovery staff in February 2001 as a support staff, then began working with both the Pre-School and Pre-Kindergarten classrooms as a Classroom Assistant. Since 2007 she has taken on additional responsibility as a Classroom Co-Coordinator, first with the Pre-School then the Pre-Kindergarten classrooms. Kathy has been involved with early childhood education since 1988. Her recent volunteerism includes the Read to Rover program. Outside of work, Kathy enjoys her grandchildren, traveling, camping & gardening.
Debbie Moon - Pre-School Classroom Teacher
Debbie joined the Discovery staff in August 2001 as a support staff and Substitute, before taking on the Pre-School classroom in 2002. She has a bachelor of liberal arts degree with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education and Child Development. She has worked in the early childhood education field for over 40 years in a variety of settings and positions, including Teacher/Director of both a parent cooperative preschool and a Head Start. Debbie likes to fill non-working time with kayaking, hiking, skiing, traveling abroad, and spending time with her family here and in Oregon.
Meredith Mikkola - Playgroup Classroom Teacher
Meredith is new to the valley and just started working with Discovery summer of 2015. She has worked and cared for children for over 10 years. She earned bachelors degrees in Early Childhood Education and Psychology from Salem State University in June 2014. She volunteered during college years with an after-school program and with Girls, Inc.. She has also worked in a Kindergarten classroom as a 1:2 instructional assistant. Meredith enjoys spending time with her family, exploring Glacier Park, reading and playing with her two dogs! She is thrilled to be working at Discovery!
Tamara Allery - Preschool Classroom Assistant
Tamara joined the Discovery staff in December 2010. She assists the Preschool Classroom teacher. She enjoys playing with the children and watching them grow and explore. Tamara has a AAS Degree in Early Childhood Education from FVCC. She has been working in the early childhood education field since 2007. Tamara volunteers with Kalispell Ski Club, and was with Girl Scouts for 13 years earning a gold award. In her free time, Tamara enjoys skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, camping, traveling, bicycling, swimming, going to the movies, playing with her son & dogs, and spending time with her husband.
Jennifer Sevier - Pre-K Classroom Assistant
Jennifer began working at Discovery in 2012. She is currently working on her Early Education Degree at FVCC. She enjoys pilates and volunteer work and would like to have more time to do both. Jennifer is a positive influence at Discovery and keeps people smiling through-out the day. She enjoys her work, her co-workers & the kids, and takes pleasure in the thought of making a difference in the lives of the children.
Tammi Walters - Playgroup Classroom Assistant
Tammi joined the Discovery staff in June 2007. Before coming to Discovery, she worked with both young children and senior citizens in a variety of settings. She is a Child Care Development Specialist through the Montana Apprenticeship and Training Program. Tammi enjoys plastic canvas crafting, camping, reading, and spending time with her family.
Mary Siarkowski - Playgroup Classroom Assistant
Mary started working at Discovery in January 2010 as a Classroom Assistant in the Playgroup. She is a Flathead Valley native. Mary enjoys spending time with her large family (she and her husband have five children ages 7 to 20), stamp collecting, photography, scrapbooking, beading, and a variety of outdoor activities.
Connita "Connie" Stanton - Classroom Assistant
Connie joined the Discovery team in September 2012. She works in all of the classrooms caring for, teaching and enriching the lives of the young children. She has a BA from Southern Utah University in Psychology with an emphasis on Child & Adolescent Development & Behavior. She also works as the Head Coach of the WMR Freestyle Ski & Snowboard Team. She has been working with children for over 15 years teaching swimming, dance, snowboarding/skiing, wakeboarding, surfing & science education. In her free time, she likes to snowboard, hike with dogs, spend time with fiance, camp & kayak all around this beautiful valley. Her favorite part of working for Discovery is the staff, atmosphere & the kids!
Sheryl Izzi - Classroom Assistant
Sheryl started working wth Discovery in 2012. She works in all of the classrooms as needed. She attended Everett Community College for 2 years in Everett, Washington. She previously owned and managed a childcare center in Washington for 16 years, and also worked at a doctor's office for 7 years. She volunteers doing Home Bible Studies for her church and in her free time, she loves to be with family & friends, knitting, crocheting, reading & showshoeing. Her favorite part of working at Discovery is the interactions with the kids.
Josh Schreiner - Cook
Josh joined the Discovery staff as Cook and Food Program Manager in June 2014. He holds an associate of applied science degree in Culinary Arts from FVCC. At Discovery, he enjoys creating healthy, balanced meals to keep kids happy. In his free time, Josh likes to practice Jiv Jitsu, go camping and cross-country ski.