Stephanie Phipps has been with Altoona Kidsworld since 1999 and has been assistant director since October 2005. Phipps also teaches the three-year-old Butterfly class.
“I just love teaching the children and seeing when they can demonstrate something back to me that they’ve learned,” Phipps says. “It means a lot to me.”
Some of those things include opposites, colors, counting in Spanish, months and days.
She has a hard time pinning down her favorite part of the day, but it definitely includes the times when she can sit down and just play with her students. Whether that is playing games, reading, or doing hair, she enjoys every minute of her job.
“You have to have an enormous amount of patience,” she says. Her day starts the second she walks in the door where she finds several students waiting for her. She says the students are ready to talk to her before she event puts her things down.
“It’s awesome to have that,” she says.
Phipps got the bug for working with kids from her mom who did in-home daycare when Phipps was younger. When she had her son, she decided to be a stay-at-home mom, but when he started kindergarten, she found Altoona Kidsworld was hiring. She interviewed with the company and has been with them since.
She also had both her children, Nick, 19, and Lilly, 9, at the center until they outgrew it.
Phipps says when she isn’t at work, she and her family are running around. She’s been married to husband Tony for twelve years. Nick recently graduated high school and Lilly has an abundance of hobbies that keep the Phipps family busy.
The family also has one dog, Scooter, who loves going to the dog park and being pampered.
Phipps says she was inspired to flourish in the preschool by the first teacher she worked with at the company, Lisa Williams. Williams is now a teacher in a local school, but Phipps says she was a huge influence on her and made her want to stay with teaching young children.
“Everyone here is awesome,” she says. “They make it fun.”