LVHCC staff continuously learn outside of State of Indiana requirements of 12 hours a year. LVHCC has developed a Teachers Learning Institute (TLI) which provides ongoing classes provided by ILEAD. TLI, also provide trainings by professional educators outside of early childhood but effective to provide quality childcare such as branding specialist, leadership specialist, financial coach, and other child care coaches.
The Team Leads
Miriam Smith our Curriculum Specialist works closely with our teacher and owner to ensure the best educational guidelines for our children here at LVHCC. Miriam Z Smith is a mother of four as well as a SheEo (Chicago Learning Center and Chicago Girl’s Jump) and an educator. in the City of Chicago.
Ms. Smith currently possess a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice as well a Masters of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Literacy. In the process of completing my education, I’ve gained 18 plus years in a wide range of academic settings as a lead teacher, co-teacher, paraprofessional, parent liaison, resource/program coordinator, professional development facilitator, curriculum and instruction coach as well as reading intervention. I’ve dedicated a vast amount of my professional time and experience in the urban community, in which I am a product of.
One of her ethical beliefs are all children are educable. You have to meet children where they are and understand their homelife in order to effectively deliver what they need. No child should be left behind!
Ms. Denika is a fun, energetic teacher. She enjoys working with the toddlers because they love to only play and discover. She says it amazes her how curiuos and intelligent they are at such a young age. When she is not working at LVHCC, she is a PRN, Medical Health Technician at Oaklawn Children Campus. Ms. Denika loves to travel and spend much time with her son Derrion.
Pre K Rockstar
Mrs. Stuckey love working with children especially the Pre-K age group because she want to make sure they are well prepared for kindergarten. She goes above and beyond for her children working with them one on one or even assisting them outside of childcare.
LVHCC is not the only place Mrs Stuckey spread the joy and love of working with children. She has formed an Afterschool Kids Matter Program where children join basketball and mentoring with her husband or dance team named Tiny Team where they set a purpose for children and youth in South Bend through dance and music. When she is not at the child care or heavily involved in the community she is being a loving wife and mom of 5. She is now also the guardian of her niece.
After School Rockstar
Ms. Skyy Walker passion and purpose is dedicated to school age children and youth. She enjoy working with school age children because they love to have fun all day. She loves being a mentor and big sister to our school age children. She has a Bachelors is Arts, integrated new media studies and motion graphics.
When Ms. Skyy is not working with school age children at LVHCC, she is at her charge Sweet Home Ministries helping the youth there where she is in charge of summer camp, children’s church, and the praise dancers. She also love creating her jewelry pieces and since Covid has created and donated over 1,000 masks for health and safety of children, workers, and parents throughout South Bend.