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Chris MarinoChris Marino

Chris has spent his entire career in the field of education.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in Human Development from Vanderbilt University and his Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from St. Thomas Aquinas.  Chris has more than 10 years of hands-on classroom teaching experience.

Chris was raised in a home where education was always a priority, and his decision to serve as Director of The Children’s Center is a win-win for all involved.  As a father of three children, Chris knows first hand the kind of expectations parents have for the school environment where kids spend their days.  As a trained educator, Chris understands how critical the early years are in terms of getting children ready for elementary school, identifying trouble spots that require attention and creating a sense of community where kids can be kids, have fun and be successful.

Chris lives in Mt. Pleasant with his wife Lisa and their three children.


Kathy Sanders

Bobby Sommers
Assistant Directornance
nance Mana

Kelly Ranney
Staff AccountantFinance Manager

Ryan Pixler
Administrative Coordinator

Aimee Jones
Chef / Kitchen Manager

Lee Leland
Building Manager



Children's Center Teachers



Leslie Tarala and Pat Wicevic teach the infants in the Butterflies.

Tanya German and Assistant Teacher teach the infants in the Tadpoles.
Terri Myers and Alexis Hurwitz teach the infants in the Guppies room.
Julia Grant and Samantha Graddick teaches the Pre-Toddlers in the Seahorses room.
Mary Beth Bayne and Assistant Teacher teach the Toddlers in the Minnows room.
Shalonda Steed and Tonya Berry teach the Toddlers in the Caterpillars room.
Candice Mitchell and Chantel Lourie teach the Two Year Olds in the Junebugs room
Sophie Gawrych and Barbara Gonzales teach the Two Year Olds in the Dragonflies room
Amy Porzia and Yelka Demery teach the Three Year Olds in the Cardinals room.
Stephanie Fye teaches the Three Year Olds in the Monkeys room.
Rebecca Myer and Geana Hile teach the Four Year Olds in the Alligators room.
Tonya Singleton and Mary Kate Gloth teach the Four Year Olds in the Geckos room.
Denise Irelan and Lisa Ring teach the Half Day Two's & Three's in the Owls room.
Barb Berube and Georgette Millican assists with the Half Day Fours in the Seaturtles room.


If you have an interest in employment or volunteer opportunities, download application above. If you'd like to send your resume in addition to the inquiry form, you may send it by:
fax: (843) 849-7534
1251 Carolina Park Boulevard, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466


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