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CREATIVE MINDS PRESCHOOL TEAM

ELIZABETH CUTAIA

Co-Owner/Teacher

Elizabeth Cutaia has a Bachelors of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Long Island University and a Masters of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education.  She has over 20 years of experience with children which includes 15 years of teaching preschool aged children.  Elizabeth has strong classroom management skills and loves creating challenging yet fun activities that teach the whole child.  She believes in a child centered program rich in literature, art and most of all love.  Elizabeth has 3 children that range in ages from 11 to 2 which keep her busy when she is not in the classroom

CHRISTIE FINNEGAN

Co-Owner/Teacher

Christie Finnegan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Arts Management and a minor in Studio Arts from the College of Charleston.  She is an experienced childcare professional, small business owner and mother of three daughters.  Christie has a passionate understanding for children and has been a preschool teacher for 20 years as well as a skilled art instructor who loves introducing young children to a variety of media.

AIMEE BRUNO

Co-Teacher/Nutritionist

Aimee Bruno is a certified health coach in the State of South Carolina and has over 20 years of experience  working with and teaching children.  Aimee brings both loves to the table to teach children to appreciate  wholesome foods, learn healthy habits, and participate in hands-on cooking.  She is a mother of 2 boys, ages 8 and 11.

 

OUR VISITING EDUCATORS

Our visiting educators play a huge role in teaching our children and helping them explore a wide variety of activities. All of them help teach them vital skills needed for school in a fun and loving way.  Each is unique and different and bring important elements that aid in teaching the whole child.

 

MEGAN NAYLOR

Yoga Teacher

Megan is a former beach lifeguard, graduate of Penn State University and taught peace education programs in Southern California for the non profit TKF. While lifeguarding in Ocean City, Maryland in 2001, Megan took her first ever yoga class that happened to be on the beach. With such an introduction, her love of yoga grew through the years. The many different yoga classes around the world (Costa Rica, Italy, England, California, Washington to name a few) enabled her to grow at her practice and also create a beautiful symphony of techniques that she shares in her classes today. In 2018, Megan became certified in Children’s yoga and created Mt pleasant kids yoga to serve her home community. This past winter her family moved to Ireland for a work assignment and while there Megan taught children’s yoga classes at the local Belfast community center to preschoolers. She is very excited to be joining the Creative Minds family where her son Avian will be attending too.

BARBARA SHELTON

Literacy Teacher

Barbara Shelton graduated from Long Island University in 1970 with a B.A. in Elementary Education and then immediately went on the receive her Masters in Education.  She is classroom certified Pre-k - 6th and reading certified K-12.  Barbara taught second grade for 5 years, Pre-k for 7, and was a reading specialist for 18 years.

FRANCES TODD

Speech Therapist

Frances is a Speech Therapist and owner of Sunflower Speech and Language Therapy. She is originally from the UK but has lived in Mount Pleasant for over four years with her husband and four children. She is passionate about the value of effective communication in babies and toddlers and is an experienced American Sign Language instructor for Baby and Pre-school sign language classes. After majoring in Psychology at Durham University where she focused on Child Development she then spent time abroad teaching English in Latin America and Europe before completing her Masters in Speech and Language Therapy. She has since worked in a variety of educational and therapeutic settings but especially loves working with this age group and applying her teaching and communication skills in fun and interactive classes.