Tamara Hammer, Executive Director/Owner
I have cherished my work in this industry. My journey in Early Childhood began in 1997 when I started a Family Child Care Center in my home along with my two children, (Tamara’s Tiny Tots). During this time in my home I was able to complete my Degree in Early Childhood Education. After many requests to grow, I expanded to a Group Child Care Center in my home. My Center was very successful. In 2003, my children were getting older than daycare age so I decided it was time to move my Center out of my home. I opened Creative Learning Center in September 2003. My dream is to guide and educate all the children in my care. We have many different programs going on during the day. We have partnered with many agencies in the Early Intervention Field which will help us help your child reach their highest potential in early childhood development and learning. Thank you for your interest in our Center.
Big Mike, Co-Owner
Big Mike worked along with Miss Tamara in their home daycare “Tamara’s Tiny Tots”. He volunteered his time at the Center on his days off from his primary job. Big Mike also assisted Miss Tamara when “Tamara’s Tiny Tots” moved out of their home to Creative Learning Center of the Lehigh Valley Inc. Big Mike wears many hats at CLCLV from Maintenance, to helping in the classroom when needed. He is cherished by the children, parents and staff.
Assistant Director Palmer
Miss Kayla has been employed by Creative Learning Center of the Lehigh Valley since August 2010, while she was attending Nazareth Area High School. In 2014, she attended Millersville University for Early Childhood Education. During that time, she worked as a lead teacher in an infant room in a daycare in Lancaster. She moved home in 2015 to finish her BS Degree in Early Childhood Education at ESU. She was also the Lead Teacher in our PREK 3 classroom. Miss Kayla has worked in all the rooms in our Palmer location to some degree. Miss Kayla has many more years’ experience in this field because she has been by her mother’s side, Miss Tamara since she started her business in 1997. Miss Kayla has gained valuable experience and knowledge throughout all the years her parents have been running CLCLV. Miss Kayla had a baby in December 2016. When she returned to work, in our Palmer facility, Miss Kayla became Assistant Director, assisting Miss Gabriela, our Palmer Director. She is responsible for meeting and greeting all new students and parents, creating curriculum and theme based decisions that enhance the well-being of all our students. She observes our teachers very closely, and conducts evaluations of each teacher and their classrooms regularly. She is responsible for making sure all teachers have their yearly training hours completed and that they are current with CPR, Fire and FIRST Aid training and certifications. Kayla is very diligent in following all the Keystone Stars rules and regulations, ensuring all classrooms are more than just compliant. Because your children deserve the best enriching, loving, safe and fun environment when you’re not able.
Educational Director Palmer
Miss Gabriela has been employed at Creative Learning Center of The Lehigh Valley since January 2014. Miss Gabriela graduated from East Stroudsburg University majoring in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. Starting in our Preschool 3 classroom Miss. Gabriela worked on getting children ready for Kindergarten and helped with homework with the after care school agers. When we expanded the center Miss. Gabriela moved to our school age room where she worked with the before and after care children as well as the Easton Kindergarteners. Recently Miss Gabriela went back to school for her Director Credential Certification. With the opening of our new center in Forks Township, Miss Gabriela got promoted to Educational Director of our Palmer facility, assisting Miss Tamara in the everyday operations of the center. Miss Gabriella will oversee the Full Day Kindergarten and its curriculum along with being the Director of the Palmer Facility. Her responsibilities will involve giving tours to new families, maintaining all important documents for students and staff. Creating curriculum and theme based decisions that will enhance the well-being of our students. She will observe staff and students daily and conduct evaluations of each teacher and their classrooms regularly. She is responsible for making sure all teachers have their yearly training hours completed and that they are current with CPR, Fire and FIRST Aid training and certifications. Gabriela is very diligent in following all the Keystone Stars rules and regulations, ensuring all classrooms are more than just compliant. Because your children deserve the best enriching, loving, safe and fun environment when you’re not able.
Director Forks Location
Miss Megan has been employed with Creative Learning Center of the Lehigh Valley since February of 2006. Miss Megan started working with children in 2001 when she became a certified lifeguard through the American Red Cross, during this time she became a lifeguard at a local youth center and Pennsylvania state park; she also became a coordinator for a Fun Time Free Time program for children in grades Kindergarten through 6th grade. She has her degree in Early Childhood Education and her Director’s Credentials. Her responsibilities will involve meeting and greeting new families, giving tours to families when needed to. She will complete observations of children, staff and classrooms regularly. Miss Megan will be responsible for keeping staff up to date with CPR, First Aid, Fire Safety and annual training hours, along with all other Director responsibilities. She will also be taking over the CACFP, PA Food Program for both facilities. Megan is very diligent in following all the Keystone Stars rules and regulations, ensuring all classrooms are more than just compliant. Because your children deserve the best enriching, loving, safe and fun environment when you’re not able.