1. Hello! It’s so great to have you on the blog! I want start by asking you to introduce yourself, what sorts of things do you enjoy doing with your leisure time?
I love spending time with my three kids and husband Mark. Whether it’s playing at the park, making creations at home, or reading to them! Mark is the Director of Bands at Laurel Highlands, so I love going to concerts and enjoying the high school’s ensembles. I am also part of the school board, trying to make a difference for our district and community. Finally, I love to cook, bake and exercise in all my free time 😉 !
2. So tell us a little bit about what you do, the services you offer and where your located.
We are a daycare and preschool center, housing children aged 6 weeks old all the way up to school aged. We provide care and early education for these little ones, and my amazing staff works so hard to make sure they are so very loved and learn through play, social interaction and our curriculum that prepares them for the big leap to kindergarten! We also are along the Marshall School bus route through Laurel Highlands School District, so we provide before and after school care for school aged children. We are located on North Gallatin Avenue Extension in Uniontown.
3. Aside from purposes of income, why do you do what you do? What do you enjoy most about your work?
I just love working with the children! Every part of my life involves the youth of the community, as I feel they’re the most valuable asset we have! I love seeing them grow through the center–tiny babies that blossom into beautiful little young people that spread their wings out into the big world when they leave us. I want to provide the best foundation possible, and I firmly believe we do that here. I love meeting new families and making those community connections nurturing some of the youth of the county.
4. Do you have a mission statement, or to put it more simply, do you have a mission in general when you think about completing your work?
Imagine Academy exists to enhance and develop the emotional well-being and social development of our children, with a particular focus on the encouragement of a child’s natural imagination. Through our classrooms, we hope to develop social, ethical and intellectual skills, offering a variety of useful education explorations, while maintaining a safe and nurturing environment for children to thrive to their fullest potential.
5. Is there any ways in which your business gives back to the community?
Imagine Academy has various community service projects each month. We did our angel tree in December for a local nursing home and also had a toy drive. Our preschool students colore pictures for children at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. We aim for a service project each month and our families rise to the occasion every time. We believe there is so much value in teaching our youth to give back.
7. What is the best way for people to contact you?
If you are looking for experienced, loving teachers and caregivers, come visit us at Imagine Academy. The value of good quality childcare with women you can trust and witnessing that love of learning at these early stages cannot be understated.