Meet the Staff

Newtown Discovery Preschool is passionate about providing excellence in early childhood education and it all begins with our dedicated team of instructors. 

Our teachers are pioneers in leading the way in early childhood education by implementing innovative practices in accordance with PA Learning Standards. Each day they contribute to the success of our program and create an environment that both challenges and nurtures young minds.

All of our Lead Teachers hold a bachelor’s degree or higher and have a wealth of experience in the education field. Together with the Assistant Teacher, they execute developmentally appropriate activities that address each child’s readiness level, interests, talents and special needs.

Every year, our teachers complete extensive training which prepares them to provide a year full of enriching educational experiences. We firmly believe that our teachers must stay current on the latest research for best instructional practices. Therefore, we provide professional development opportunities to encourage their own path to success and growth in the field. 

Amanda Sinkler

Owner

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Newtown Discovery Preschool is a dream turned reality for Founder and Newtown Athletic Club (NAC) Youth Director, Amanda Brown.

Amanda began her career as a party host & gymnastics coach at the NAC when she was just 14 years old. Since that time, she has worked hard to inspire and educate children of all ages in the community.

While in school earning her degree in Early Childhood Education from Temple University, Amanda also worked as the Director of Camp NAC. Through her hard work and dedication to the program, Camp NAC nearly quadrupled in size, growing from around 50 campers to over 400 each summer. The programs have expanded too, with over 65 options to choose from each summer.

Through her background in education, Amanda realized the importance of integrating an assortment of educational activities into the camp curriculum. One of her favorite programs, Jr. Chef camp, evolved from just having campers help cook a meal to including lessons on the science of cooking, learning measurements, and a nutrition class. The response from both parents and campers was overwhelmingly positive.

As Camp NAC grew, Amanda developed her vision for Newtown Discovery Preschool. Her idea was to create a fully licensed preschool and apply her successful approach to learning through play. The preschool would offer a curiosity-driven environment that would allow children to develop a love for exploration, wellness and relationship-building.

Now, Amanda is thrilled to have the opportunity to make her dream come true and create a nurturing learning environment for children in the community. Newtown Discovery Preschool, powered by the NAC, will officially open in September 2020.

Kelly Mulligan

Director

Kelly has over 14 years of professional experience in the field of education. She earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in 2005. In 2008, she obtained her master’s in Elementary Education from The University of Mary Washington with a concentration in Diverse Student Populations, as well as a teaching certificate in Gifted and Talented Education. She has served as an elementary teacher from 2005-2016 and for the last two years, Kelly taught preschool at A Child’s World Education Center in Doylestown.

Kelly’s passion for educating today’s youth has sparked the next step in her career as Preschool Director. Her vision for the center’s curriculum will be one that provides your child with rich learning opportunities to spark their creativity, encouraging them to explore their environment and ask questions while simultaneously inspiring a thirst for knowledge. She is excited to join a special team of talented educators to build a stellar, state of the art preschool program at the NAC.

Kelly’s philosophy on education is embedded in developing 21st century thinkers by providing a safe and engaging learning environment that promotes creative, critical, interactive and independent thinking skills through a unique combination of imaginative play and academic exploration. Her ambition is that the Newtown Discovery Preschool Center will be the beginning of your child’s love for learning and journey to a happy, healthy lifestyle.

Liz Darling

Administrative Assistant

Liz has two years of professional childcare experience as well as over a decade of experience caring for young children. She has earned her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Bucks County Community College. She is excited to get to know the families enrolled at Newtown Discovery Preschool and observe the learning and growth of each child as they reach new developmental milestones.