~ Andrea Bennett ~ Explorers Progressive Educational Programs Director/Creator
I have been employed at the YMCA for 32 years. The first 20 years I acted as fitness director while developing the Explorers program. What began as a multi-level program that had a hands-on teaching concept centered around art and science eventually evolved into a four level creative-teaching program for children ages 2 - 12. Having credentials in the fitness area only I returned to college to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education. During my years at the Y, I have received several Program Development Awards in both the fitness and early childhood areas. Being able to make a difference in a child's life is a privilige and a blessing.
My husband and I were high school sweethearts and have been together ever since. We have a daughter who teaches first grade at Kiski Area and a standard schnauzer named Huckleberry.
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Kindergarten Explorers assistant > Miss Danielle
Danielle Hoch joins our Explorers' staff as our Kindergarten assistant. She has two children, a ten year old daughter and a 6 year old son. Danielle has lived in the area all of her life and has a degree in nursing. She has assisted in various children's programs and is very interested in learning about and studying children this age.