I wanted to take a moment and share with you our experience with Gateway Academy. As first time parents, my husband Derek and I envisioned what we wanted to instill in our son Whalen. We want him to have a strong value system, healthy self-confidence, stability, a good education, etc …
Shortly after Whalen was born; we started to tour daycare facilities in our area. We were looking for a school that would support us in those ideals as well as understand that they would be a part of our lives for a number of years to come. Gateway Academy made an impression on us the first time we toured the facility. The cleanliness of the facility made an impact on us immediately! We were asked to place booties on our feet before we entered the infant room. This made us feel our child’s health was of the utmost importance to the staff. We noticed how open the room was and a lot of windows that allowed for natural light to come in. There was significant space for the little people to explore and an abundance of toys that help sharpen the children’s motors skills and aided in their cognitive development. The teachers in the infant room, Miss Amy and Miss Shirley, had been with the school over a decade and after talking with Amy and Shirley, you could see they were a great team and the children loved them! We were impressed to say the least! After we left that day, there was nothing to decide after our visit to Gateway Academy; we knew we had found Whalen’s new school!
Whalen is now six months old and has been at Gateway for 4 months. He is happy and thriving there! Miss Amy is exceptional in providing the structure Whalen needs as he learns to operate in a classroom of his peers. He is hitting all the recommended bench marks and excelling every day!
Miss Shirley is always there for the snuggles and hugs! What has been the biggest surprise for us as parents is, my husband and I never imagined we would have gained a second family. The teachers and the staff have been so incredibly patient, understanding and ready to share their knowledge with us as we ask all the first-time parent questions and help us navigate through the pitfalls. The Staff at Gateway Academy supports us in our quest to instill the strong values and the self-confidence we want for Whalen. Thank you does not seem to sufficiently express our gratitude! We feel truly blessed to have found a community and family in the staff at Gateway Academy and look forward to many years together.