Early Childhood graduate recognized for work at PARC

Early childhood teacher Shontrell Thomas
Shontrell Thomas

We would like to recognize and congratulate our recent A.S. Early Childhood graduate, Shontrell Thomas, from PARC Discovery Learning Center.  St. Petersburg College co-sponsored with Seminole Chamber of Commerce to pay tribute to 20 Seminole area teachers. Teachers received gifts and were applauded from the sponsors at the April breakfast event.

Shontrell earned both the Infant/Toddler Specialization Certificate and the Preschool Specialization Certificate. In May, she graduated, Magna Cum Laude with her Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood Education.

Shontrell works with a special group of children at Discovery Learning Center at PARC. It is  based in Saint Petersburg and offers early intervention services. They  provide comprehensive and specialized programs to children who are at risk of developmental delays, and children who are mentally and physically challenged. They also provide preschool and voluntary pre-kindergarten programs to children ages 3 years old and up. Their program implements individualized learning plans to ensure children are ready to learn and develop life skills.

PARC’s Discovery Learning Center provides:

  • Early Intervention Curriculum with  trained and experienced teachers working with children of all abilities
  • Nursing available to assist families with preventive health care, to dispense medication and to act as a liaison between a child’s physician and the school
  • Transportation*
  • The Thoresen Foundation Rainforest Therapy Center, an independent, on-site physical, occupational and speech/language therapy group providing prescribed therapy to children as recommended by the child’s physician
  • Early Invention Art and Music Therapy and Education
  • R’Club Child Care Inc. Healthy Foundations Food Program Site provides breakfast, lunch and two healthy snacks every day to each child.
Local early childhood teachers honored for work at PARC
Seminole Chamber of Commerce & SPC honor 20 area teachers

Congratulations to all the special teachers in the photo above chosen to be honored: William Black, Anona Elementary; Jennifer Connolly, Bardmoor Elementary; Sybil Lotz, Bauder Elementary; Vincent Volpe,  Career Academies of Seminole; Ashley Senka, Indian Rocks Christian School; Amy Withee, Keswick Christian; Dan Grigg, LIFT Academy;  Marilyn Gars, Oakhurst Elementary; Jan Hale, Orange Gove Elementary; Craig Sidorowicz, Osceola Middle; Jerry Righter, Osceola Fundamental; Shontrell Thomas, PARC Discovery; Lourdes Pickart, Ridgecrest Elementary; Deborah Fugate, Seminole Elementary; Lynda Burdette; Seminole Middle; Bill Scales, Seminole High, Debra Taylor, Starkey Elementary; and Jennifer Lechner, St. Petersburg College, Seminole Campus. Two teachers not pictured above, Shelley Urban, Blessed Sacrament; and Angela Wolfenden, Madeira Beach Fundamental.

For more info on the Early Childhood AS degree, Educational Studies and Community Leadership or the other Education programs at SPC: call 727-712-5410 or attend College of Education Open House on June 8th, Clearwater Campus from 4-7pm in ES 104.

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