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.
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.
Director of Business Operations
Living by her motto of continual education, Angela joins our program with an Associate degree in nursing, a Child Development Associate and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Kutztown University. She has worked in both corporate and independent schools as both an early childhood educator and center administrator. She is a passionate educator, proponent, and advocate for Reggio-Emilia-a pedagogy focusing on student-driven, experiential learning.
Director of Admissions
Francesca, with over 3 decades in the field of education, has served as an elementary teacher, early childhood educator and center director in non-profit, independent, franchise, and corporate settings. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with a concentration in Education and her Master’s of Education in Deaf Education from Western Maryland College, now known as McDaniel College. She is a compassionate and dedicated educator focusing on the development of the “whole” child.