Our work is about one thing above all else – the individual development of your child. Downs Preschool carefully screens and interviews teachers to ensure that they meet our high educational standards.
Our educators regularly participate in advanced training sessions and continuing education classes to ensure that they are always up-to-date with fresh ideas and sound teaching principles.
Each year our teachers complete 15 hours of Ga. Pre-K mandated training on various topics. These classes are required by Ga. Pre-K and are taught by the Early Childhood Education department at Georgia State University.
All staff and faculty members also refresh CPR, 1st Aid, Anaphylaxis and EpiPen use, Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting, and Infectious Disease Control every year during pre-planning. These courses are taught by our director Lisa Henry who is a licensed EMS level III Instructor and a Ga. Pre-K approved specialty trainer.
In addition to the mandated 15 hours, our staff has access to a school wide training subscription to the Childcare Education Institute. This is an online training program and all
classes are approved by Ga. Pre-K. Each staff/faculty member will complete 2 hours of traing each month therefore adding an additional 20 hours of training over the school year. This is a
great opportunity as teachers can choose from over 100 courses (with new ones being added all the time) in topics such as curriculum, assessment, behavior management, special needs, brain
development, health and safety, stress management and playground safety just to name a few. The courses are classified as either beginner, intermediate and advanced competency levels.
We're proud of our staff members and all that they do! This is who we are:
Lisa Downs Henry, Owner, Program Director. 2005
AS Business Administration, BA Organizational Management,
licensed Ga. Paramedic
Tiffany Bannister, Assistant Director and Finance. 2011
AA Early Childhood Education
Stephanie Morse, MA Early Childhood Education. 2016
Kelly Goodwin, Certified Para-professional. 2017
Mary Jane Broussard, MA Early Childhood Education. 2017
Kim Danner, BS Animal Science. 2016
Emily Maxey, MA Early Childhood Education. 2009
Terri Hughes, Child Development Associate. 1998
Erin Doster, MA Early Childhood Education. 2013
Ashley Ward, AA Early Childhood Education. 2016
Tammie Dudley, MA Early Childhood Education. 2011
Elizabeth Palomino, Certified Para-Professional. 2011
Ricki Walls, MA Early Childhood Education. 2002
Patricia Scott, BA Socialogy. 2015
Brandi Thompson, BA Early Childhood Education. 2013
Dana Johns, BA Early Childhood Education. 2019