How It All Began
Why did I, a former High School foreign language teacher, decide to start my school for young children 25 years ago? Every time I would visit Dallas, my hometown, I would go directly to Cornerstone, my sister’s preschool, and marvel at what was going on. I could not believe what those children were doing and what those teachers were teaching. It was so much fun to watch!
With great family support, I took over the First Step Child Development Center on July 14, 1983, a small, lovely building a few streets away, four months after my first child was born. In May 1986, we finished construction and moved into the first phase of The Towne Creek School. It encompassed nine classrooms surrounding a sizeable Multi-Purpose Room, a kitchen, a small library, and one giant playground. In 1993, we completed phase 2, which added an extension of the library, five classrooms, an indoor gym, a play “field” area, an infant-toddler play area, and a swimming pool.
My goal was to provide the very best child development program possible. The only way I knew to do that was to find the very best teachers I could find. The only way I knew to do that was to seek a teaching degree in early childhood education so that every activity planned for the children would have an educational and developmental purpose.
I wanted to make sure that the children had a day full of learning and enrichment and that we were promoting all skills – social, emotional, physical, and cognitive. Our academic program must complement our creative arts, as we have always emphasized drama, music, art, cultural and environmental awareness, science, and Spanish from the earliest days of our program.
What greater joy can there be than having former students in their teens or twenties come to apply for a job because they want to share their love of learning and positive experiences that they derived from Towne Creek with the young children of today?