Teacher Bios

Hows King – Owner since 2008; on site daily and very involved in operations of the center; received a Engineering Degree from Duke University and an MBA from the University of Chicago; Mr. Hows is the past President of the Georgia Childcare Association and served on the Governor's Early Education Steering Committee. He currently serves on the  Advisory Council of Georgia's Department of Early Care and Learning.  He owns another Discovery Point in Cumming.  Married for 30 years, he is the father of three.

Amanda Maziarz (Classroom Director) - Ms. Amanda earned a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Valdosta State University. She is a certified teacher and has over 10 years experience in Early Childhood Education. Amanda has a son that attends our summer camp program.

Karli Gulledge - (Administrative Director) Ms. Karli has been in the child care field since 2003 and has been working with us since February 2014. She is currently working towards a degree in Integrated Studies. Karli is a native Georgian and enjoys working out and playing with her dog Widdles.

Carolina Munoz (Events Manager/Spanish and Yoga Teacher)-Ms. Carolina is originally from Argentina.  There she studied marketing and administration for three years.  She has been in the childcare field for over 14 years and holds her CDA Certification.  She is a mother of two.

Haley Hurkmans and Tina Labrador (Infants Co-Lead Teachers) – Ms. Haley has her Paraprofessional Certification and is the mother of a young son;

-Ms. Tina attended Auburn University and is pursuing her CDA in Infant and Toddler care.  Ms. Tina is the mother of three.

Angelica Pena (Beginners Lead Teacher) – Ms. Angelica holds a CDA in preschool education and is the mother of two.

Christie Mitroi-  (Toddlers Lead Teacher)- Ms. Christie has been working with at Discovery Point since 2011. She holds a paraprofessional certification and is perusing an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has two small children.

 Michelle Bishop (Lead Explorer's Teacher) Ms. Michelle holds a Paraprofessional Certification and is currently enrolled at GGC for Special Education. She joined Discovery Point March 2017.

Brianne Johnson (Lead Early Learner's Teacher) Ms. Brianne holds an associates degree in child development. She is currently enrolled in Ashford University working towards a degree in Early Childhood Education.

Gabriela Martinez (Achievers Lead Teacher) – Ms. Gabriela has been teaching for almost 30 years in various capacities from Head Start to Pre-K to elementary aged children. She has her CDA credential. She is fluent in Spanish and is the mother to 2 grown children.  Mrs. Gabby was recently named a recipient of the Terri Lynn Lokoff National Teacher of the Year, which is an honor given to only 50 preschool teachers nationwide each year.

Maria Parry (Lead Accelerated Pre-K Teacher) – Ms. Maria holds a Bachelors Degree in Art from McDaniel College.  She has worked in the early childhood setting as a Private Pre-K teacher since 2003. Ms Maria is incredibly adept at sharing her passion for Early Literacy and STEM with her students.

Jean Plumer (Afterschool Lead Teacher and Art Enrichment) -  Ms. Jean has previous after school experience with children Kindergarten through 5th grade; She holds a Bachelor's degree and has an art studio in the Buford area.

Manju Patel – has been a child care center cook and manager for 20 years and has been at Discovery Point Suwanee for almost 15 years; very knowledgeable with regards to USDA food guidelines, and sanitary food service procedures.

Kathleen Scionti and Don Fickle (bus driver) – All of our bus drivers are class B CDL certified drivers and are CPR/First Aid certified. All are knowledgeable with regards to bus safety regulations as well as field trips safety.  They love our students and frequently help out in other areas of the school.

Our teachers at Discovery Point Suwanee are all First Aid, CPR and Fire Safety certified. They also go above and beyond the state requirements for training each year.  All classrooms, including infants incorporate lesson plans that include literacy and language development, music and movement, fine and gross motor skills, sensory stimulation and much more.