Angie Deaver is closing in on seven years at Altoona 8th Street Child Care. She started to work at the child care because she enjoyed being around children, and after spending several years in retail she decided it was time for a change.
She started at the center in the infant room as a part-time employee before going full-time in the 3-year-old room. She has spent the last four and a half years in the Pre-K Stars room.
“I like teaching the kids what they need to know before they go to school,” she says. “They learn a lot.”
That includes math, shapes, opposites, socialization, writing and “a little bit of everything.”
“I just enjoying being with these kids,” she says. “They’re like my kids, and I treat them like that.”
One of her favorite aspects of her job is when kids who have outgrown the center come back to visit, and she gets to see how much they’ve grown.
“They’re all special,” she adds with a big smile.
Deaver loves working, but when not at the child care center she enjoys reading. Her preference is romance, but she will read whatever else keeps her interested. She also spends a lot of time with her granddaughter, Lily. They enjoy reading and coloring. Deaver says Lily is a real girly-girl, so they also have a lot of fun shopping together.
She also has a white German shepherd named Sophie and two cats, Fluffy and Stripes. Deaver saved them as kittens during an ice storm several years ago after finding them abandoned in a field near her home.
Deaver says she is currently considering going back to school to earn her associate degree in early childhood education. Parents shouldn’t be concerned, however; she says she plans on staying at 8th Street Child Care for a long time.
“This is it,” she says of her career. “This is where I want to be for the rest of my life.”