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Mentor Teacher Network

Mentor Teacher Network

A network of highly effective SCPITC-trained child care teachers are standing by to provide support and advice from their first-hand experiences in the classroom. All are active in infant/toddler child care settings and have completed the Quality Assist Mentor Course. They are skilled in active listening, creating respectful and supportive environments, and fostering relationships of mutual learning.

 
 

 

To learn more, please contact SCPITC at 888-811-2018 or scpitc@musc.edu.

Meet Our Mentor Teachers

Colleen Adams

Honey Bears Child Care & Learning Center in Summerville (Dorchester County)
Colleen Adams joined Honey Bears in 2011 after serving at Head Start for the prior three years. Today she is Infant/Toddler Supervisor. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Early Care and Education from Trident Technical College and is a member of the Alpha Epsilon Omicron Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

After participating in the SCPITC service plan in 2014, the one main change Colleen has made is to implement SCPITC’s 6 essential policies of relationship-based care throughout the infant and toddler area at Honey Bears. In 2015, she completed the Quality Assist Mentor course, and has dedicated herself to becoming an understanding and compassionate support for other teachers at Honey Bears. Colleen enjoys singing in her church choir and teaching youth Sunday school class.

Uduak B. Asuquo

Cutler Jewish Day School, Columbia (Richland County)
Uduak B. Asuquo has been a Lead Teacher in the infant room at the Day School since 2012. As a result of her 2013-2014 experience with SCPITC service plan trainings, Ms. Ud has been intentional about establishing a close relationship of love, trust and respect with the children in her care and their families. In addition to her natural instincts as a nurturer and good communicator, Ms. Ud has pursued a rigorous course of formal education with a focus on early childhood education. She holds multiple degrees including a BS in Home Economics, an MA in mental health counseling, an EdS in Early Childhood Education, and her work towards an EdD degree is ongoing. She completed the Quality Assist Mentor course in 2013.

When mentoring other teachers she and the teacher first set time-specific goals and objectives in areas such as communication with parents, planning age appropriate activities to meet the interest and needs of the children, providing responsive and respectful care, and using daily routines as learning opportunities for the children. She follows-up with observation and respectful feedback. Teachers have said that working with Ms. Ud is a “growing experience”.

Ms. Ud is married with three grown children in their 20s. She is a born again Christian and loves to sing.


Heather Cyr

This is My Child at Middle Tyger Community Center (Spartanburg County)
Heather Cyr is a Lead teacher in the Toddlers room and has been at This is My Child since 2010. She completed the Quality Assist Mentor course in 2014. Her past experience includes working in foster care and also in respite care for families with special needs children. She holds an AAS in Human Services, a Certificate in Mental Health, and a Certificate in Substance Abuse.

Heather’s key takeaway from her 2013 experience with SCPITC service plan training is the importance of understanding various child temperaments. “They are as individual as each child/family. The temperament of a child may lead you to think that the child does not like you or that you’re doing things wrong. Take the time to observe the child, ask questions of the primary caregiver in the home, and reflect on ways to teach in a manner that fits the child. Remember that the child is not trying to give you a hard time, but perhaps is just having a hard time him/herself.”

One way she has used her mentor training has been working with classroom co-teachers to improve their communication and feedback skills with each other, resulting in a more positive and collaborative relationship.

Heather is married with 5 grown children and now a grandmother to 5 amazing grandchildren. She enjoys camping, kayaking, quilting, volunteering for community events, and most of all time with family.

Cathy Harris

Greenville Technical College Child Development Center (Greenville County)
Cathy Harris is a Lead Teacher for the 1-2 year olds at the Greenville Tech CDC with more than 20 years of experience working with children. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and completed the SCPITC Service Plan and the Quality Assist Mentor course in 2014. One change she made after her experience with SCPITC training, is “to write down new goals and objectives to enhance successful learning in the classroom.”

When working with other infant/toddler teachers, Cathy first listens to their purpose and plans. From there she helps them find ways to dig a little deeper with observations and note taking so they can incorporate what they are learning into the program implementation.

Cathy is a nurturer and a good listener who is married with one daughter and two grandsons.

Renee Mize

Greenville Technical College Child Development Center (Greenville County)
Renee Mize is a teacher in the infant room, caring for babies from 6 weeks to 1 year old. She has more than 30 years working with children, serving the past 15 years at the Greenville Technical College Child Development Center, a place she calls her “home away from home.” She holds an Associate’s degree in Early Care & Education and completed the Quality Assist Mentor course in 2014, and has earned the designation of Mentor-Coach.

Renee’s philosophy about children is simple and straightforward: “I believe that all children are teachable and want to learn. We, as teachers, must pay attention to each child and learn what makes them “tick” and provide experiences that teach accordingly. I also believe it’s our jobs as teachers to give children what they need to maximize their potential.” She is the proud mother of 3 and the grandmother of 4, and is expecting a 5th grandchild in late July 2017.

Lindsay Peeler

This is My Child at Middle Tyger Community Center (Spartanburg County)
Lindsay Peeler has served for the past 11 years as a toddler teacher for This is My Child in Spartanburg County. She holds a B.S. Early Childhood Education from Lander University and completed SCPITC service plan trainings in 2013. One major change she implemented in her care practice is putting a stronger importance on individualized care. “Each child that comes through my classroom is an individual whose needs are unique to them. I feel that it is very important to be in tune to each child and their needs”.

In 2014, Lindsay completed the Quality Assist Mentor course and earned the designation of Mentor Coach. She has used her training to mentor newly hired toddler teachers, by demonstrating high-quality teaching techniques and then discussing various additional scenarios. Lindsay is also trained to administer and score the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ), the Peabody Developmental Motor Scales (PDMS-2) and the ITERS and ECERS.

Lindsay and her husband Jason have two fabulous children, Easton (8) and Sadie (3), and she is also a mother to a rambunctious 4-legged child named Raven! She is very involved in her church choir, and in her free time she enjoys reading and jewelry making.

Felicia Spurgeon-Norris

Creative Learning Kids Child Development Center (Spartanburg County)
Ms. Spurgeon-Norris earned a BA in Elementary Education and currently is Director of the ABC Quality A+ rated Creative Learning Kids CDC, where she has been working since 2002. Before becoming the director, Ms. Spurgeon-Norris was the lead teacher in the 2-year old class. She completed the Partners in Quality Mentor course in 2013.

In March of 2017 the program began the process of earning the Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care designation. In addition, the program also holds a 5-star rating with Spartanburg County Quality Counts.

Ms. Spurgeon-Norris is married to her soul mate, Erskine, and they have three children, Darius (DJ), Tavarius (TJ) and Carrlisa.