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2012 Teacher Awards Recipients

The Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation Proudly Announces the 2012 Recipients of the Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children's TYLENOL® National Child Care Teacher Awards

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Award-Winning Project

Gloria Adams Edward C. Mazique Parent Child Center, Inc. Washington DC "Enhancing Our Physical Development"
Josephine Ahmadein Employee's Center for Young Children Rahway NJ "Supporting the Concept of Island of Caregiving in Shoeless Area"
Andrea Almsted Calvary Childcare Center Golden Valley MN "Life's Little Experiments"
Michelle Amen Parent and Child Center-PaC² Hastings NE "Discovering the World of Science Through Hands-On Learning"
Tasha Amole Spring Valley YMCA Early Learning Center Royersford PA "Brain Development for Infants"
Jesseca Aqui** Perry Nursery School Ann Arbor MI "Little Chefs"
Terria Ashby Bella's Playhouse Day Care Home Ulysses KS "Music's Magical Journey"
Lorna Barbour Childspace Philadelphia PA "We Love to Read Listening Center"
Amy Barshinger* York Jewish Community Center York PA "Science as Discovery:  Exploration for Our Youngest Learners"
Kristen Berkheimer The Goddard School Denville NJ "100 Healthy Snacks"
Mita Bhattacharya The Hamony Schools Princeton NJ Natural Science Center
Vanessa Cicchelli* Mt. Kisco Child Care Center Mt. Kisco NY "Music Enhances Learning"
Amber D'Amico Educational Playcare Farmington CT "Sensory Overload"
Karen Diescher SUNY Cortland Child Care Center Cortland NY "Scientific Exploration"
Heather Dishman Apple Tree Children's Center Norwalk IA "Do Re Mi Discover Music With Me"
Joanne du Bois Sweedyk* Joanne's Tot Stop Grand Rapids MI "Natural Outdoor Environment for Learning and Exploration"
Kathryn Ferguson Offutt Child Development Center II Offutt AFB NE "Pocket Activity Mat for Infants"
Caryn Finkelstein University of Michigan: Dearborn Early Childhood Education Center Dearborn MI "Windows to Nature"
Valerie Hapke Scribbles Center for Learning Bloomington IL "Exploring the World Around Them Through Science"
James Helenski Apple Tree Children's Center Hamden CT "Weather or Not, Here We Play"
Rachel Hurd Kids Discovery Gulf Breeze FL "Cozy Corner"
Megan Jarrett* Tender Care Learning Center New Kensington PA "Music-A Universal Language"
Laura Jensen Grand Care Children's Center Johnson City NY "Strengthening Young Toddler Connections"
Rosie Jones-Clarke Little Emmanuele's Christian School & Nursery Bridgeport CT "Everything Grows"
Janice Killen Tender Care Learning Center Pittsburgh PA "Active Learning"
Kristy Kitching* York Day Nursery, Inc. York PA "Children's Culinary Cart"
Natasha Kitt Kehillah Federation Early Learning Center Wallingford PA "Child Science Library"
Kathryn Knight The Goddard School Exton PA "Don't Forget Me..Inclusion at Three"
Karma Lewis Cottonwood Enrichment Center Tucson AZ "Sounds in Nature:  Exploring Music and Movement in a Nature Explore Classroom"
Kira Marcy Montgomery Early Learning Center-Norristown Norristown PA "Where Does Our Food Come From?"
Gabriela Martinez Discovery Point Suwanee Suwanee GA "Literacy Center with Multicultural Focus"
Janiya McCray* Lassin Early Learning Center Philadelphia PA "Creating a Sensory Smart Preschool Classroom"
Michelle Medin   Mount Olivet Child Learning Center Plymouth MN "Beyond the Classroom"
Nicole Moriarty Educational Playcare Windsor CT "Sensational Senses"
Karen Panik Karen's Kidz Box Elder SD "Stimulation Center"
Wendy Patterson Wendy's Teddy Bear Day Care Vancouver WA "Sense-ational Garden"
Eddie  Portz* Kids Korner Accredited Family Child Care Home Wichita KS "Extending the Child's Learning to Home Through a Parent Activity Resource Suitcase"
Nicole Puskas Buffalo State College Child Care Center Buffalo NY "Incubator Project-Hatching Chicks"
Amber Rankin Bluegrass Academy Childcare Center Louisville KY "Life Lab Science Center"
Amy Riddlebarger Wright Field South Child Development Center Wright Patterson AFB OH "Oodles and Doodles of Movement"
Jessica Saggese Paley-Federation Early Learning Services Philadelphia PA "The Please Touch Project"
Kari Sanders Scribble Dibble Day Care LLC Colfax WI "Quiet Area Made Baby Friendly"
Kelly Seidel Montgomery Early Learning Center Pottstown PA "Project Smile"
Shelley Simpson NKU Early Childhood Center Highland Heights KY "Exploring Outdoors"
Michelle Smith Apple Tree Children's Center Middletown CT "Classroom Library"
Serena Spearman Little Angels Philadelphia PA "5 -4-3-2-1-Let's Read"
Laura Stadtfeld* Laurie's Inn Casper WY "Year Round Healthy Growing"
Cathy Stemple Calvary Baptist Childrens Learning Center Norristown PA "Music, Movement & Rhythm"
Dawn Stonehocker Dawn's Daycare and Educational Program Earlham IA "How Does Our Garden Grow?"
Denise Swindon County North Children's Center, Inc. Liverpool NY "Sensory Garden"
Jessica Tickle* Rainbow Mountain Children's School Asheville NC "Creative Dramatic Play"
Cynthia Wickens The Children's Center at Morrisville State College, Inc. Morrisville NY "Little Einsteins"

*The top ten scorers of the Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children's TYLENOL® National Child Care Teacher Awards and are eligible to apply for the Helene Marks Award and to be named the National Child Care Teacher of the Year.

** Jesseca Aqui, Perry Nursery School, Ann Arbor, MI, is the 2012 Helene Marks Award Recipent and is named the National Child Care Teacher of the Year.