Meet Our Staff

Administration

Joyce Goodwin, Owner/Director

Mrs. Goodwin has over 25 years of experience working in the field of early childhood education. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Education and credits towards a Masters degree in School Administration. Her professional experience includes teaching Prekindergarten and Kindergarten, as well as being Director at numerous Early Childhood Centers for 11 years. Other experiences working with children include Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and teaching Babysitting and First Aide/CPR classes for the American Red Cross.

Ms. Kalie, Toddlers

Ms. Kalie has 9 Early Childhood Education Credits, and has been working with children for the past 12 years. She has been teaching at Granite Start since our opening in August 2011. Ms. Kalie says that “Granite Start is like one large family; the children and the teachers inspire growth in each other”. She “loves working with a creative and outgoing group of children and staff”.

Philosophy

At Granite Start, we believe that children cannot be truly prepared to learn unless they have strong self-esteem. The development of strong self-esteem and confidence begin with a child’s earliest experiences. As early childhood educators we must build a strong foundation that allows an infant to learn how to problem-solve; a toddler to learn how to self-regulate; and a preschooler to learn how to resolve conflicts. Children are growing and learning at a phenomenal rate. It is important for them to have an environment that is consistent and secure.
We believe that to promote each child’s uniqueness and varied abilities we must create a program that incorporates physical, cognitive, social, emotional, language, self-help and aesthetic areas. Our goal is to ensure that each child has a sense of belonging, being valued and having choices. We must appreciate and respect each family we serve. In no way should we discriminate on the basis of age, sex, marital status, sexual preference, race, national origin, heritage, cultural background, disability, political or religious beliefs in regards to families and / or children. On the contrary, we value and welcome the positive differences among us all. We must recognize that parents are a child’s first teacher and when parents are involved in their child’s education they learn best.

Mission Statement

To create a nurturing and safe environment that develops a solid learning foundation for each child by creating experiences for children where they can learn about themselves and explore the world they live.

Our staff had been carefully selected for their love of children. A combination of education and work experience helps to create an inclusive and nurturing learning environment They have a desire to teach young children, develop independence, encourage continued exploration of the world around them, and help prepare each child for the years of learning ahead of them. These are just a few of the aspects that our wonderful teaching staff has to offer.