The Community School of the Park Cities has two toddler rooms with children ranging in age from 18 months to three years old. The toddlers follow a group schedule which includes circle time, center play time, creative art, and other seasonal projects. The toddlers also have a monthly lesson plan which follows a theme created to help the children learn more about topics that they are interested in, as well as helping them to build more skills. 

Toddlers are still babies in many ways, but they want very much to "do it myself". Age appropriate activities utilizing thematic units are offered to encourage development of basic skills including letter, number, and shape recognition. The toddlers also have plenty of time to choose activities both inside and outside. 

Throughout their time in the toddler room, the toddler teachers structure activities to help them meet the specific developmental milestones for their age group.

Adriana Hernandez

From: Dallas, TX
Education: Dallas Community College
Teaching:  Four years at CSPC.  "Being able to share my passion and knowledge for certain subjects and encouraging kids to find their love for learning."
Teaching Favorite: Seeing a child grasp what's being taught and making sure all our kids are lovingly cared for.

Meet Our Toddler Teachers
Quita Jackson

From:  Dallas, Tx
Education: CDA certified in Infants and Toddlers and currently working on obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education.
Teaching:  Working on her second year at CSPC

Teaching Favorite: Different personalities of each child. The warm and loving greeting the students give when you walk in the classroom in the morning.

Classroom Highlights:

  • Low ratios of 1:6
  • Two toddler rooms
  • Caregivers with degrees in child development or a related field with additional training and education in early childhood education.
  • Daily report provided by teachers to summarize the events of the day including eating, sleeping, diapering and potty training progress.
  • Twice yearly assessments to make sure that the children are meeting age level expectations.
  • Regular communication with parents to let them know how their child is progressing.
  • Individual activities planned to help each child reach his/her full potential.
  • Transition to the next class is dependent upon age, development and space.
Brenda Kneip

From: Arkansas
Education: University of Arkansas, BSE and MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching). Additional study in Special Education, English as a second Language, Elementary Education, and Early Childhood Education.
Teaching:  Fourteen years total teaching, and thirteen years at CSPC.
Teaching Favorite:  "I love being with children. I love sharing in the excitement with children when they lean new concepts"

Leslie Wanic

From: Stirling, New Jersey
Education: B.A. in Sales Marketing from East Carolina University and certification in group teaching.
Teaching:  10 years teaching at Valley Brook Country Day School in New Jersey, and has worked with Toddlers, Preshcool, and Pre-K. She has been at the Community School for 2 years.
Teaching Favorite:  Leslie's favorite thing about teaching is how small children are so intrigued with learning new thing- from listing, following, repeating- as they develop into big kids.

Candy Luna

From: Mexico
Education: Associates degree in Social Work and a Generalist Associates Degree in Applied Sciences
Teaching:  Working on her second year at CSPC. Taught as an after school lead teacher for KinderCare at East Grand Prep.
Teaching Favorite:  Watching our toddlers learn new things everyday, as well as watching them grow.