Pam Watts, Director of Creative Bridges and Discovery Tree, has a BA in English Literature and a Masters degree in Education from Grand Canyon University. She has taught parenting and divorced parenting classes through Gateway Community College and was a parenting instructor through the North Central Scottsdale and Ahwatukee Parenting Groups. Pam was also an evaluator for upgrading preschool programs for 5 years. She has many years of experience as a preschool teacher and has been the Founder/Director/Owner of Creative Bridges and Discovery Tree Learning Center (DTLC) for more than 25 years.
Pam has two daughters, Dulcinea and Brianna. Dulci practices educational law in California and lives with her husband Mike and three of Pam’s grandchildren, Quintessa, Dylan, and Finn. Brianna, her youngest daughter, is married to Jim and has two children, Easton and Emma. Pam’s greatest accomplishment (besides her two beautiful daughters) is founding the school and guiding its philosophy to make an environment for all children in which they can learn and thrive. She is very proud of the children and their acceptance of each others’ strengths and weaknesses. Pam has spent many years developing a full inclusion program that integrates typical children and children with special needs. All children learn from each other about responsibility, helpfulness, empathy and acceptance of individual learning styles. Pam’s goal for the school is to give each child the opportunity to learn in a loving, secure environment. She wants each child to have a core knowledge and a lifelong love of learning.
Brianna Smith graduated from Arizona State University in 2003 with a dual degree in Special Education and Elementary Education. She has been teaching for over a decade in both the Pre-K and Kindergarten-1st grade classrooms. This year she is teaching in the 2 year old program to have a shorter day in order to spend more time with her new baby, Emma.
Brianna is married and has two beautiful children, a son who is 3 years old and a daughter who was born in May of 2015. Brianna prides herself on her versatility in teaching and her ability to reach the children on their varying levels.
Our staff provide an atmosphere that encourages independent thinking and creative ideas—facilitating the process of open discovery with students, parents, and teachers working together as a team. The teachers offer a balance of quiet and active times and individual and group activities. The assistants work hand-in-hand with our teachers to ensure that each classroom runs smoothly and each child is given personalized attention. All members of our staff are committed to both professional and personal growth and to perfecting their craft as early childhood educators.
At CBCP and DTLC, our staff recognizes parents as the primary teachers of children at home and values parents’ interaction and participation, comments and concerns.