Hello, my name is Dawn Shunk and I am the Co-Owner and Administrator of the Heritage Christian Childcare Center. I have worked in the Childcare industry for 20 years; I have been a Preschool Teacher, Toddler Teacher, School Age Teacher, an Administrator and am now an Owner. I have a CDA (Early Childhood Credential) in Preschool and a School-Age Endorsement 2 (Lead Teacher), I also hold a Career Pathway Certificate level 4 and well over 200 hours of Child Development Trainings. I also have training in First Aid, Child Abuse and Communicable Disease.
My love of teaching started when I was asked to be a 4th grade catechism teacher, where I taught for 4 years. That experience is what lead me to further my career in Early Childcare. Now that I own a Christian Childcare Center, I truly believe that I have found my calling, which is my love of children and Christ. I believe that this is how we can make a difference in the world- by teaching the children about the Scriptures and Jesus while in a Childcare Center that promotes learning and child development standards that meet quality program standards.
I enjoyed being a stay-at-home mother of my four now-grown children prior to starting a career in Early Childhood and now enjoy spending time with my five grandchildren. I also love to travel and see new places. I lived in Germany and have been to more places overseas than in the United States, which I am hoping to change. The world is a beautiful place with so much to see and enjoy.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Hello! My name is Nichole Marsh. I am the Assistant Administrator at Heritage Christian Childcare Center. I have a wonderful husband named Cody, a handsome little boy named Joseph, as well as beautiful little girl named Invidia. I am so excited to be a part of the Heritage Christian Child Care Center Family! Ever since High-School, I knew I wanted to work in child care. I got my first taste of the child-care setting my Senior year of school. I had taken Child-Development 1 and 2. During Child-Development 2, I was given the opportunity to help teach and run a working pre-school. I did not look back after that!
I am currently enrolled with The University of Arizona Global Campus. In fall of 2022, I will hold my BA for Early-Childhood Education. I have been involved in child care since 2008. From babysitting for families, to taking high-school classes centered around child-development, to continuing early-childhood education after graduating. I was also a lead younger toddler teacher and a designee for my previous employment in a childcare-center.
My hopes and goals are to create a loving safe environment for all of our families here at HCCC.
“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
Isaiah (KJV) 40:31
Hi my name is Tracy Smalley-Finney I am the teacher in the infant classroom. My life has been centered around children for 30+ years in a variety of ways. I operated an in-home care center , worked at other centers (private and public) and even owned a gently used children’s clothing store. I am also a mother of 3 adult daughters and have 3 grandchildren .
Hi, I’m Adriana and Lead Aide in the toddler room at Heritage Christian Childcare Center. I am am excited to be a part of the Heritage Christian Childcare Center Team!
Hi, I’m Tiffany Hoffman the lead teacher in the older toddler room at Heritage Christian Childcare Center. I am passionate about watching my students progress, grow, and learn. I hope to further my college education in early childhood education and psychology in the fall of 2021.
Hello, my name is Miss Caitlyn. I will be your child’s Pre-K teacher. I love being around children and their education is important to me. I graduated from Belmont College with my Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. This is my fourth year of teaching and I absolutely love my job. It’s so rewarding to watch each child as they grow and learn throughout the year. It’s going to be a great year full of lots of learning and fun! I am really excited to be a part of the Heritage Christian Childcare Center family!
Hello, my name is Miss Rose. I am the Lead Teacher for School Aged Children Before and After Care. I am excited to bring a creative and structured experience to your school aged child by adding crafts, nature, science & exploration to our curriculum!
Hello, we are Rezin & Christi Howes. We have two wonderful children, Mercy & Cort, in which Christi homeschools full time. We own a local Insurance Company, Integrity Insurance. We are also the founders of a local Non-Profit, Mercy Community Foundation which aims to push GOOD forward in our community. Rezin holds a bachelors in Industrial Technologies and a License in Risk Management. Christi’s love for children spans back 25 years where she has been involved in Children’s ministry since a young age. She went to Bible College and held a Ministry License in which she was a Youth Pastor for nearly 8 years. Christi currently holds a license in Risk Management. Previously, she was the Administrator of a Licensed Childcare facility from 2009-2011, until our family opened our first Early Learning Center together in 2011. We sold the business in 2015 so that Christi could homeschool our children full time. We love spending time with our children and volunteering at Faith Ranch, where both of our children are involved in the equestrian programs. We also LOVE to travel! We have been all over the USA, the Caribbean, Canada, Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Thailand & desire to go to all the world one day!
We are excited to partner with Dawn in this new endeavor as Co-owners of Heritage Christian Childcare Center and be back involved in childcare. We believe this is not only a business our community needs, but also one that shares the philosophies of our life mission…Investing into the children of our community showing them the love of Christ.
Our heart is to have an early learning program that creates a culture of KINDNESS and CREATIVITY in a CARING & CLEAN environment. That is our KC3 Culture that WE strive to ensure we uphold as a TEAM at Heritage Christian Childcare Center. We welcome you to explore our facility and inquire about our programs we offer. We look forward to having your child be involved in one of the greatest early learning programs in the Valley. This includes an amazing School-Aged program for Before/After Care & the absolute best School Aged Summer Day Camp in the Ohio Valley.