Our Staff at Academy of Knowledge
Meet the talented staff at Academy of Knowledge. Each and every one of our warm nurturing trained professionals bring something different and special to our center.
My name is Gaye Capers and I have a degree in Early Childhood Education with over 29 years experience. I have been blessed to hold many positions in the child care field and have enjoyed every one of them. For 26 years I worked for a large child care company and enjoyed it, but I wanted to be a part of a center that was small and more personable, one that made everyone feel that they are at a home away from home receiving an education. It was for that reason that I became a part of Academy of Knowledge, formerly Open Arms. As a director I enjoy meeting new families and having the chance to form special bonds with each of them. I am also able to help the teachers give the children an early start in early education and that by far is the most rewarding part of my job. It is a blessing to love what you do and I don't take that blessing for granted. I believe that all children deserve an early start in education.
My name is Yasmeen Muhammad. I was born and raised in Charleston S.C. I have a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Columbia College. My passion is to teach and watch children grow and learn. I strongly believe in the motto, "It takes a village to raise a child". I am always trying to find ways to help children and their parents find ways for each child to succeed.
If I am not working with children then I am either reading or relaxing.
My name is Karissa Smalls. I graduated from South Carolina State University with a Bachelors of Science in Child Development. I started working at Open Arms Child Care in February 2015. I enjoy working here. It's a very warm and welcoming environment.
My name is Nicole Campbell and I have a son that is the joy of my life. I have worked in the child care field for three years. I enjoy working with the different ages in the center but my favorite room would be the infant room. I get nothing but joy from being able to love and guide the children.
I love building a solid foundation in children. Whenever I teach the kids something new it gives me the greatest feeling. Making a positive difference in the life of a child makes my day!
I enjoy watching TV (suspense & oldies), singing and occasionally curling up with a good book. I am married to my high school sweetheart Henry "Beau" King and am a 1981 University of South Carolina graduate.
My name is LeRonna Drayton and I have a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in Early Childhood Education. I have two children, a boy and a girl. I have been in child care for a year now but have worked with children in other areas. I work in the two year old room and have found that not only do I teach the children but they teach me something new every day. We learn together. The children are a joy to work with every day and they all hold a special place in my heart.
My name is Karen Patterson. I am married and we have three children, two girls and one boy. I have been in child care for over sixteen years and have my Early Childhood Certification in Early Education. I love working with children and I am certified to work with any age group but my heart is with the Two year olds. In this room I am able to help guide the children in all their areas of domain which will take them to their next level of development. We play and grow together and that's what I love about my profession.
I am a wife and mother of three girls and one boy.
I was born in Charleston SC and raised in Rantowels SC. I have always had a passion for caring for others. I started my career with helping and caring for others at the young age of 12. Child care has been my home for over seventeen years and I have my Early Childhood Certification in Education. I am very happy to be in the infant room nurturing the little ones in my care.