Founder:

My name is Allene Thomas.  I am the founder of Thomas Home Child Care.  I opened up my home for child care in 1992.  I have been in the childcare industry now for  over 20 years, as founder of Thomas Home Child Care, My initial experience and leadership was formed by many years of experience in the corporate world as an associate for a fortune 500 company.

My passion for children and realization of the need for care in my local neighborhood has been my motivation to begin my childcare education and grow myr business. I have earned the necessary requirements to obtain my CDA  and also numerous PD hours and college credits related to Early Childhood Education.  As of now, I work part-time in helping my family to grow Thomas Child Care and Learning Academy.

Owner/Director

My name is Valisa Thomas-Dutrieuille.  I am the owner of Thomas Child Care and Learning Academy.  I began my Child Care experience by working at Thomas Home Child Care for 2 years along side my mother before deciding to expand into Thomas Child Care and Learning Academy.  

I have many years of management experience also with a fortune 500 company. My Bachelor's degree is in Communications and Computer Technology from Duquesne University and I also hold a Master's degree in Organizational Leadership from Robert Morris University.  I have also earned my CDA from Point Park University. I am responsible for the management of the company, including the implementation of financial policies and procedures and the development of flexible quality and growth for our center.

Along with my educational background, I have a passion for children and those who care for them. My highest priority is to help children from all socioeconomic backgrounds gain the skills they need to succeed while fostering the shared community values of cooperation and respect for one another.  I make sure I meet the families that attend our center and hold a personal relationship with  each of them.  

Administrative

My name is Gemini Thoms.  I am the Staff/Parent Liaison for Thomas Childcare & Learning Academy. I am responsible for all administrative planning, oversight, and execution for the staff, parents, as well as the director of the facility. I am currently in the process of obtaining my CDA (Child Development Associate) and other certificates needed to ensure I has the best knowledge of caring for children. I have worked at the original Thomas Home Childcare on and off for 10 years. I absolutely love children and my position with this company.

Infants

My name is Nastasja Thompson. I work with the infant classroom at Thomas Childcare Learning Academy. I currently am enrolled, and working on my Bachelor’s Degree at Carlow University. Also, I am in process of earning my CDA. I have been working in childcare for almost 3 years. I enjoy working with infants, and watching them grow. I enjoy traveling, camping, and reading. I look forward to meeting any, and all new students! 

Toddlers

 My name is Janel Ganaway.  I am the Lead Teacher of our Older Toddler Classroom. I have been working with our children at TCLA for 2 years now.

I am proud to help every child in our program learn, grow & succeed. I love helping our infants & toddlers develop their Literacy, Cognitive, STEAM and Fine & Gross Motor Skills. I am currently enrolled in courses to acquire my Child Development Accreditation credentials and plan to obtain my Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology in the near future.  Aside from my professional goals, my goal for every child I teach and serve is to be kind, patient & independent. 

My name is Sharon Atkinson.  I am a teacher at Thomas Childcare and Learning Academy.   I am currently working towards getting my CDA.  I primarily work with our toddlers, but occasionally  with the infants. I have been working in the child care industry for three years.  I am very proud and honored to be a part of such a great center and to be given the opportunity to watch the children grow.

Hi, my name is Kelly Lemme and ive been working for Thomas Childcare & learning academy on and off for a little over 2 years! I am currently working towards my CDA for infants and toddlers & I plan on going back to school in the fall to continue working on my degree in American Sign Language. I am a mother of two children, 8 & 1, who i love very much! Being a mother has given me first hand experience & taught me patience. I truly enjoy teaching children and watching them learn and grow. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with your children and i can’t wait to see what the future has in store! 

 

Preschool:

Hello! My name is Aneia Dutrieuille. I am the Lead Pre-school teacher of Thomas Child Care Learning Academy.  I graduated from Point Park University with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education in 2018. I am currently working on my Directors Credential from Carlow University as well as my Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. I knew from a young age that I wanted to work with children. My grandmother had a group home for 20 years and I worked part time and summers until I was able to attend college. My grandmother then retired and my mother took the business over and expanded it to a Center. She opened TCLA in 2017. I work alongside my mother assisting with director responsibilities, and will soon be promoted to director.  As an Early Childhood Educator, my goal is to provide a safe and happy environment for each child. Our team of amazing teachers and I are committed to providing our families with an environment for children that will help them grow socially, emotionally and academically. We strive to keep our environment clean, safe and secure. I appreciate the opportunity that I’ve been giving to watch these little people grow. 

Afterschool

My name is Adrian Dutrieuille Jr.  I am an after school teacher at Thomas Child Care and Learning Academy.  I am the son of Mrs Valisa Dutrieuille.  I earned my CDA in 2018 and currently attend Carlow University to complete my Bachelor degree in Early Education.  I have been working with children for 5 years. I look forward to seeing these children grow to chase their dreams and live the way they envision. I enjoy taking our dogs for a walk , swimming , dirt bike riding , and making music.   

I, Catherine Whitely, am a newer staff member. I have been married to my wonderful husband for 45 years. We have a son, 9 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. I have a Bachelor Degree in Social Work and an Associate Degree in Child Development. I worked 22 years at a domestic violence shelter as the Children's Program Coordinator and 18 years in Early Childcare as a Director. I retired but missed working with the children and their parents. So I'm back. I truly enjoy working with the After School Children.  Lastly, I am one of the Ministers at Petra Intl. Ministries and I also manage a smooth jazz, blues and funk band.

Hello, my name is Michael Smith and I am very honored and excited to be apart of the Thomas Childcare Learning Academy. I have worked with children for about 2 years now and all my experience has been with TCLA. I have worked in other jobs as well but they were more with troubled youth or individuals with physical or mental illnesses. I am currently 24 years old, and I earned a Bachelor's Degree from Robert Morris University in May 2018. I will be receiving my Masters in Criminal Justice Administration in August of 2020. I enjoy working and helping people and that is my passion. As I make my transition, I will be entering law school next year to pursue my dream of becoming a corporate defense attorney. My hobbies include video games, Netflix, and just having a good time socializing with my friends. As a school age teacher, I like interacting with the children and enjoy helping them learn and build knowledge on an every day basis. Hopefully my guidance will help them excel in any aspect they choose!  

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