Inspiring Students

Sarah Mwaniki
Kindergarten Teacher

Welcome to Our Kindergarten World! My name is Ms. Mwaniki and I am thrilled to begin the year with you at Mountain Discovery Charter School. I am from Asheville and have lived in Sylva for the past 13 years. I am married and have a one year old daughter named Betty. She is a very happy and active child! I moved to Sylva in 2008 to attend Western Carolina University and graduated in 2012. My Bachelor’s Degree is in Sociology. During my Junior year of college, I studied abroad in Kenya and learned about the educational system,culture, and people. During my experience in Kenya, I spent some time with children who had disabilities. This inspired me to eventually get my Master’s of Art in Teaching- Special Education. I have four years of teaching experience and have taught 1st and 3rd grade Special Education. Additionally, I have taught Middle School English Language Arts.

During my teaching experiences, I have learned a lot about Blended Learning. My students have regularly used technology and taken part in Project-Based Learning. I want my students to be engaged and excited about school. It is my goal to meet each child where they are academically and address their specific needs. I am very excited that MDCS engages in outdoor learning. Given my love out of the outdoors, I can’t wait to get the Kindergartners digging in the garden! I look forward to meeting each of you!

Melissa Ellersick
Kindergarten Assistant

Melissa is excited to embark on an exciting adventure in the Kindergarten class. She has worked at the Dora Reed Child Care Center and has her Early Childhood Credential. She also graduated with a degree in Parks and Recreation Management, specializing in Outdoor Leadership. In her spare time, she loves hanging out with her family, snuggling with her four cats, and teaching her kids ages 5 and 4 about nature. She also loves hiking, cookouts, campfires, Netflix, and fostering Kittens for Catman2.


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