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Madison County Community Learning Centers


HISTORY

Founded in 2008, MCCLC began in Hot Springs, NC serving children ages 3 – 12 years old with Preschool, Transitional Kindergarten, After School, Home School Support, and Summer Camps. The non-profit became an NC state licensed child care facility, securing and maintaining the state approval as five star rated in all programs. It went from serving 10 students per year in 2008, to serving an average of 50 students per year currently. Students come from all over the county and across the state line from Tennessee. All staff are certified in early childhood and/or elementary education from the state of NC and are engaged in on-going professional development. They have co-created the curriculum structure and behavior management system, managing an extensive community visitor base and field trip program. Together the learning community (families, local businesses, staff, students, and community volunteers) have built a children’s garden, equipment shed, carport, treehouse, stage, and climbing structure for the yard.

Most recently, the organization was given a generous gift from the Cato Foundation to expand its services. In January of 2016, it purchased 30 acres in Marshall, NC conveniently located on US 25, just outside of Hot Springs. The nonprofit officially changed its name (from Hot Springs Community Learning Center) to Madison County Community Learning Centers and in addition to its exceptional quality preschool program in Hot Springs, it now offers an elementary and middle school grades full curriculum nature school, after school enrichment programs, summer camps, and Community Arts Program with all-ages workshops. The participants in our programs have access to abundant acreage in rural Madison County, complete with rolling hills, a well-established blueberry orchard, apple trees, pasture, two indoor classrooms, an 1800 sq. ft. 2-story tobacco barn, pristine forest with trails, three creeks, and multiple waterfalls that serve as the property border to the National Forest.


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OUR MISSION

  Nurturing the whole person by cultivating the ART of living through experiential learning modalities
 that promote an ethic of personal, social, and environmental stewardship  

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OUR INCREDIBLE STAFF

JENIFER WOODRUFF
WBNS HANDWORK TEACHER

Ms. Jenifer came to us just after the start of our first year of WBNS offering her vast skills as a gift, which we graciously accepted as her Handwork class philosophy fits perfect with our mission! Born and raised right here in beautiful Madison...

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Ms. Jenifer came to us just after the start of our first year of WBNS offering her vast skills as a gift, which we graciously accepted as her Handwork class philosophy fits perfect with our mission! Born and raised right here in beautiful Madison County where she also currently resides. She is well educated and well-rounded having earned various degrees in a variety of subjects including: Visual Art, World Religion, Business, Finance, Marketing, Accounting, Environmental Studies and Political Science. She has been an active member of this community for years teaching at Arts Camp and serving on the Community Housing Coalition Board. What a blessing she is to ALL of us! When asked what she loves most about children, she said: "Their sense of wonder, their aliveness and ability to be in the present moment."

Hobbies - journaling (I've written 54 journals in my life), cooking, gardening, knitting, sewing, painting, traveling.

Special Tricks - I am OCD so I can organize anything, I can definitely speak kitty cat language, and I can make a box out of paper.

Heroes-- Erin Brockovich, Martin Luther King, Ani Difranco, Bernie Sanders, Oprah, and my mother, Libby, who taught me all my handwork skills.

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PETE DIXON
WOODSON BRANCH NATURE SCHOOL SCIENCE TEACHER

Anyone who knows Mr. Pete knows he LOVES science! And we LOVEour Mr.Pete!! Born and raised in Yellow Springs, OH he now resides in lovely Hot Springs, NC, where he operates Broadwing farm and Natural Bath Cabins with his stellar wife and business...

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Anyone who knows Mr. Pete knows he LOVES science! And we LOVEour Mr.Pete!! Born and raised in Yellow Springs, OH he now resides in lovely Hot Springs, NC, where he operates Broadwing farm and Natural Bath Cabins with his stellar wife and business partner, Mary. He comes to us well educated and experienced holding a BA in Biology from Earlham College. He home-schooled his own children through high school and has volunteered at Hot Springs Elementary in the Math Lab for several years before becoming our (all grade levels) Science Teacher at Woodson Branch. He's our go-to guy when it comes to bird or snakes in the house, and he's great in an emergency! What he loves most about children is simply their curiosity. His hobbies include: Fishing, Hunting, Birdwatching, and Chasing Butterflies

Special Tricks- "I can catch falling babies with one hand under many different circumstances."

His Heroes-- his Mom and Dad

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JOSIE MUNDY
HSCLC TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN TEACHER, OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

Ms. Josie has been with HSCLC since it's very first years and has steadily made herself more and more valuable every single year! Born and raised in Asheville, NC she now resides in lovely Hot Springs, NC, where she is the mother to three very lucky ...

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Ms. Josie has been with HSCLC since it's very first years and has steadily made herself more and more valuable every single year! Born and raised in Asheville, NC she now resides in lovely Hot Springs, NC, where she is the mother to three very lucky children. She has earned her Early Childhood Crudential and Certificate from AB Technical Community College, holds her Level 1 Adminstrator Crudential, and is currently working towards her Associate of Science, in Early Childhood. She also runs her own side business selling JAMS! > ask her about that... Before coming to us at HSCLC she worked for Head Start. She's a super multi-tasker, always well prepared, and a loyal worker bee. When asked what she loves most about children, she said: "their big hearts, the excitement in their eyes when they accomplish something, the funny things they say and their lack of attitude. Lol This is such an important developmental age and I'm so blessed to be a part of it." When asked she said her hobbies included: Camping, my kids sports events, Jamberry, singing, crafting, concerts and hanging out with friends. I am a concert Junkie and have seen over 150 artists.

Special Tricks- I know how to throw an Awesome party!!

Heroes-- God is my inspiration in all I do. My grandmother is my best friend and I really look up to her.

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DEBORAH DELISLE
HEAD OF SCHOOL

Deborah DeLisle, founder of Madison County Learning Centers, comes to this Head of School postion with a strong educational background. She studied Organizational Leadership, holds an Associate of Science Art & Engineering, a Bachelor of Science in...

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Deborah DeLisle, founder of Madison County Learning Centers, comes to this Head of School postion with a strong educational background. She studied Organizational Leadership, holds an Associate of Science Art & Engineering, a Bachelor of Science in Birth - Kindergarten, plus K-6th Grade licensure, and is currently enrolled in the Masters Graduate Program at UNC-Greensboro for Early Childhood Administration

Her teaching experience spans from homeschooling her own children through the elementary grades to teaching in the classroom as Lead Teacher in Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten, to teaching adults a wide variety of topics including: Classroom Management, Cross Curriculum Collaborative Planning, Lesson Planning in the Experiential Classroom, Community Building in Rural Areas, Parent Relations, and Emergency Preparedness.

Her adminstrative experience is rooted in small business ownership to serving as the Adminstrator of Hot Springs Community Learning Center since 2008. She is a member of the Board of Directors for MCCLC. She naturally transitioned into the additional role as Head of School for Woodson Branch Nature School.

When asked her favorite thing about kids she said, their fearless avenues of expression and the way they dress." Her hobbies include journaling, dancing, watching her kids play soccer, singing, and crafting. Special tricks of hers includes: re-assembling gummie bears in all kinds of interesting ways, having a knack for being first in line more often than not, and making up songs on the fly to fit most any occasion.

Her Heroes -- Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and her mother.

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Lisa Mandle
WBNS Art, Movement & Theater Teacher

Ms. Lisa first began her time with us as our Music & Movement Teacher at HSCLC. She has since joined us for Summer Camps and naturally became 1st choice for our Art and Theater Teacher at WBNS. Born and raised in Cleavland, OH she now resides in...

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Ms. Lisa first began her time with us as our Music & Movement Teacher at HSCLC. She has since joined us for Summer Camps and naturally became 1st choice for our Art and Theater Teacher at WBNS. Born and raised in Cleavland, OH she now resides in lovely Marshall, NC, where she co-founded Flow (adornments for body & home) and the Magictown Movement Studio space on the island at the Marshall High Studios. She has earned her BA in General Fine Art and has studied at the Exchange Program in Theater Design with Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham UK, Montgomery College Art Program, School of Dance Rockville, Maryland and New York University Theater Program, Circle in the Square. She is an amazing nia teacher > ask her about her class schedule... She comes to us with over a decade of various forms of theater and production work for stage and film, including performance art, directing, stage and costume design, dance and movement arts. When asked what she loves most about children, she said: "I love the way kids are willing to play, to be impulsive and to forget about time. I love the way you can really see the person and personality of each and every kid; growing up and becoming an older, more mature version of themselves."

Hobbies- Dancing, designing, drawing, sewing, gardening, singing and cooking and talking about my food when I am eating.

Special Tricks- making really delicious soup from scratch, singing to my windshield wipers and harmonizing to anything.

Heroes-- All the courageous people on the front lines of the social justice movement in the U.S. and throughout the world. All the environmental activists on the front lines here and around the world. My hard working and creative family, friends, and colleagues.

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Marcus Meskil
WBNS Middle Grades Teacher

Mr. Marcus comes to us from Buncombe County Schools where he specialized in teaching math inclusion. His trainings span the axis including: Behavior Interventions, Math Foundations, Employability, Autism, Tracking (with Tom Brown) and Sign Language, ...

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Mr. Marcus comes to us from Buncombe County Schools where he specialized in teaching math inclusion. His trainings span the axis including: Behavior Interventions, Math Foundations, Employability, Autism, Tracking (with Tom Brown) and Sign Language, graduating suma sum laude with his K-12 teaching license. Born and raised in Kalamazoo, MI he currently resides in lovely Marshall, NC. He is an avid outdoor enthusiast, which translates into his everyday work with children. When asked what he loves most about children, he said: “An unjaded and unique perspective of the world and its wonder.”

Hobbies:

• Biking, telemark skiing, soccer, running, hiking and pretty much anything that involves going outdoors.

Special Tricks:

• I have an unusual obsession with cleaning and cooking. I find these things to be therapeutic and I enjoy getting to do them on a regular basis.

Heroes:

• My family that are my friends and my friends that are my family. I gathered inspiration from many people in my life and I know that without them I would not be the person I am now. This would be especially true of my parents and my wife!

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