About South Windermere Kids Garden
As the demand for drop in creative arts learning for children grows, so has our “garden”! Our 2nd Kids Garden opened in 2015 and is located just West of The Charleston Peninsula over the Ashley River in the South Windermere Shopping Center. We are positioned amongst great retail shopping, antique stores, yoga studio, wellness center and Earth Fare, natural grocery store. The trailhead to the West Ashley Greenway is steps away, so parents can drop their children off and go biking or running on this 7.8 mile scenic trail through wetlands and low country beauty! With just a short drive to Folly Beach, this adds another level of experiences for locals and tourists to enjoy while we engage their children in creative play, music, dance and art!!
Meet our team
Originally from San Diego, Ms. Carol had recently moved to Charleston and was applying to jobs that dealt with children when Kids Garden found her. She loves everything about working here and seeing so many of the children grow and create their own personalities, and hearing the funny things they have to say. It’s hard to pick just one favorite memory, but the moment children started asking other staff where Ms. Carol was when she was home visiting her family made her feel like she was really making an impact on these children. You would be surprised to learn that Ms. Carol is an Irish twin! When she was younger, she always wanted to be a teacher and a mom when she grew up.
Ms. Cory grew up in a very small town called Churchville, Virginia. She has worked with children since the age of seventeen and always knew it’s what she wanted to do. When Maren reached out to her about Kids Garden, she was so excited to check it out and knew from the moment she walked in that she wanted to join the team! “I think the best memory so far is a few weeks after I started working at KG, the kids started shouting my name and getting excited to see me when I would walk in! I also love when parents tell me their child talks about me at home. It makes me so happy knowing they think about me outside of Kids Garden and that I am impacting their lives.” Ms. Cory has a really strong singing voice for a tiny woman. She can sing any Adele song! She always wanted to be a teacher when she was younger. She used to use her mom’s ironing board as her “desk” and set up her “classroom.” “My baby dolls were such great students!”
Ms. Thea grew up in Wyoming, Ohio and has worked with children for most of her life, making the transition to Kids Garden in 2013 easy. She loves seeing the interactions between siblings in the center as they look out for each other and make new friends. She and her husband have a handmade cutting board business, and she is proud to have made it through natural childbirth.
Afternoon Class Instructor
With a big bright smile and a love for crafting, Ms. Rashida keeps the art classes rolling and the kids creating. Expecting her own bundle of joy soon, she brings the motherly feel to our afternoons.
Afternoon class instructor
A recent marketing graduate, Ms. Sonya helps spread the word about our incredible programs and classes. You will see her at our local community events engaging in process art as well as teaching afternoon classes in the center, where her love for projects grows with her students.
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