While attending Auburn University, Mandy Palmer took a part time job at a daycare center and almost immediately knew that that was what she wanted to do with her life—nurture and support the very youngest people in our world. She believes it is a person’s childhood that shapes who they are and that one of the most important factors in a child’s life is their family dynamic. For this reason Mandy chose to get her degree in Family and Child Development.
The summer after Mandy graduated, she moved to Atlanta in search of a school that gave more respect to children and their families. At Clifton Child Care Center she was introduced to the Reggio Emilia Approach. She was so excited to find this approach that embraced children as they did and understood their capabilities. Mandy also enjoyed the camaraderie and collaboration involved in this approach—getting different perspectives from each other and working together towards a common goal.
A couple of years later Mandy discovered the Grant Park Cooperative Preschool and worked there for ten years. During this time she had the opportunity to take on many different leadership roles and attend three study tours in Reggio Emilia, Italy.
When Mandy is not working she enjoys being with her husband James and her eleven year old son Leo. She also loves camping, traveling, reading and gathering with friends and family.