Our School

Quality Learning + Convenient Location

Discovery School House is conveniently located on Route 9 in Cherry Valley, MA (on the West side of Worcester – See Map) and is committed to providing the best child care programs in the area. We are licensed by the state of Massachusetts and have caring and experienced teachers who make teaching their classroom their number one priority each and every day.

Our philosophy is simple – Create a safe, healthy and positive atmosphere for your child to learn and grow. We foster situations that help build self esteem, promote physical fitness, encourage creative thinking, and develop socially in a quality child care setting.

Free Gymnastics and Much More

We are owned and operated by Giguere Gymnastics, which gives us the unique opportunity to provide free gymnastics classes to every child who attends, and in the summer we additionally provide free swim lessons. Fitness is a vital part of a child’s development and we are proud to be the only child care facility in the area that can offer this benefit to our children.

We don’t just stop at being a top-notch child care facility, we also offer a Summer Program, an after school program next door at Gigueres, and special events throughout the year. A great location, top-notch learning, free gymnastics and swimming – Discovery School House is truly special, schedule a visit and find out for yourself.

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Accreditation

Fully Licensed

Discovery School House prides itself on being a leading child care provider in Worcester county and surrounding communities. It is licensed by the State of Massachusetts – Executive Office of Education as an Early Education & Care (EEC) Program. What does an EEC license mean?

  • Programs must be healthy, be safe and offer activities that help your child develop and grow.
  • Providers have training in first aid and are CPR certified.
  • Providers have specialized training in child development and curriculum implementation.
  • Programs must maintain appropriate ratios of teachers to children.
  • All employees are required to undergo a criminal background check.

You can learn more about the Massachusetts ECC license, and read about The Five Key Quality Components to Look For in a Child Care Facility.

Comprehensive Curriculums

Our curriculum is created using The Massachusetts Early Learning Standards and Guidelines set forth by The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. This curriculum provides activities which teach responsibility and leadership skills, provides education through hands on “fun” experiences, creates an appreciation of the environment and incorporates information about the content in literacy, math, science, social studies, the arts and technology that preschool children can learn. Our home-like setting creates a comforting atmosphere that contributes to a better learning experience.

Discovery School House services children fifteen months through 5 years of age. Discovery is open fifty two weeks a year from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. We welcome parent input in the development of our program. We have an open door policy.

New Forever Lawn at Discovery

Our Teachers

Headshot of Owner Operator David Giguere.

David Giguere – Owner, Operator

David has been involved with Gigueres since its conception. Established by his parents in 1973, he coached through his young adult years, and took over the business in the 1988. Over the years, he spearheaded several expansions, building the facility into the twelve program sport facility is it today; easily one of the premier children sports facilities in the New England area.

In 2016 Dave launched a new endeavor with his daughter, Caraline Giguere and good friend Eric Matta: Ultimate Obstacles in West Boylston, Ma. UO has quickly developed into one of the largest and highest quality Indoor Ninja Warrior and OCR training centers in New England. Together, they are working on franchising UO.

Headshot of Owner Operator Paul McCarthy.

Paul McCarthy – Boys Team Coach

After a rather lackluster career as a high school gymnast, Paul started part-time at Gigueres in 1979 while attending UMass/Amherst, and went directly into coaching full-time upon graduation with his BS in P.E. Serving as Team
Director, Head Coach, and Preschool Program Director, David Giguere and he purchased the gym in 1988; subsequently tripling the size of the facility and opening Discovery Schoolhouse. He has received recognition for helping coach hundreds of athletes to State, Regional, National, and Collegiate prominence in the Women’s, Men’s, and Trampoline disciplines of USA Gymnastics. Since retiring as MassUSAG State and School Committee Chair, he mentors entrepreneurs, volunteers within his community, coaches the Boys Team here at Gigueres, and enjoys getting beat at golf by his adult son.

Michelle McKeen – Discovery Director

Michelle joined the Discovery team in September of 2019 as a Lead Preschool teacher. She started her career in childcare as an ABA therapist back in 1998. She took a leave of absence and continued her education in the field. She has worked with all age groups from Infants to Preschool since returning. She is certified by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education as a Director 1 qualified teacher who is First Aid and CPR certified. Michelle has recently moved from the Preschool classroom to the directors position here at Discovery School House. She has a true passion for teaching and enjoys bringing out the best in her students while helping them reach their true potential.

Kathy Boucher

Hello I’m Ms. Kathy and I have been working at Discovery School House since 2009. Teaching is one of my true passions.  I earned my associates degree from Becker College and I have been working in the education field for over 32 years.  I am First Aid and CPR certified as well as Lead Teacher and Director certified.

Kristie Prachniak

Hi my name is Ms. Kristie.  I have been working at Discovery School House since 2005.  I have worked in both of the preschool classrooms and the toddler classroom.  I am currently working in the toddler classroom.  I graduated from Becker College in 2000 with a Bachelors in Psychology/Early Childhood Education.  I have been working in the education field for over 22 years.

Andrea Laprade

My name is Ms. Andrea. I obtained my Associate Degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Early Childhood Education from Quinsigamond Community College. I am Lead Teacher Preschool qualified. I have been a Preschool Educator since 2013 and began my teaching career at Discovery School House January of 2018. I currently work directly with children ages 3-4 years within the Preschool 2 classroom as well as support all teachers and classrooms within our center from our Toddler room up to Pre-K. My education philosophy is to instill a love of life-long learning through open-ended individual expression. My passion for working with children began early in life when babysitting for family and friends. I always loved how children are full of wonder and search for knowledge at every corner. Each day within the classroom, I not only teach, I learn and grow!

Tanya Barron

Hi my name is Ms. Tanya, I have been in the early childhood field for the last 7 years. I worked in sales/marketing for 13 years prior to finding my true passion working in PreK with these bright, wonderful little learners. Helping each child progress in all areas of their development; academic, social, language, and motor is a challenge that I am honored to accept daily.  I believe in having fun while learning, and being patient while nurturing this growth in a positive and fun environment. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my wonderful children, going on adventures and making precious memories.

Grace Hakenson

Hello my name is Ms. Grace.  After attending 4 years at Worcester Technical High school I graduated in 2020 with my teacher certification. During those 4 years I was able to work in multiple different infant, toddler and preschool classrooms. I started my journey at Discovery in February of 2021. Teaching and working with children has been a passion of mine as I love to play, have fun and guide all of the students that I meet.

Lexi Pagnoni

Hello my name is Ms. Lexi.  I have been working at Discovery since 2017. I am currently enrolled in college for nursing and will graduation May 2022. I am CPR and first aid certified. My favorite thing about working at Discovery is laughing with the kids.

Katie Gallivan

Hello, I’m Ms. Katie.  I graduated from Worcester Technical High School in 2020 with 4 years of experience working in both preschool and toddler classrooms as a teaching assistant. I received my teacher certification after graduating and started at Discovery in September of 2020 as a Preschool teacher. Working with children has always been a passion of mine, as I love to play and have fun with my students while also promoting confidence and independence.

Ali Tucker

Hello my name is Ms. Ali and I have always had a passion for working with children. One of my first jobs was as a school summer camp counselor in 2009.  Then I worked for the Kids Club program at Giguere’s from 2012 – 2018. I continued my education and became a Lead preschool teacher in 2018 when I also received my bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Psychology from Worcester State University. I recently came to work for Discovery in March of 2021 when I accepted the Lead Preschool position,  Working for Discovery has been the best decision for me thus far.

Brittany Grenier-Victor

My name is Ms. Brittany and I work in the PreK classroom. I have been part of the Discovery family for 4 years. I had previously worked at Discovery for 3 years as a toddler and preschool teacher. I took a leave of absence and now have been back for a year. I graduated from Worcester State University with a bachelors in psychology in 2013. When I graduated I started working in ABA as a behavioral therapist for a year and then started as a teacher in childcare. I have been working in the early education field for 14 years, but have been a Lead teacher for 7 years. I am Lead teacher certified for infant/toddlers and preschool and I am First aid and CPR certified.

Gina Basili

Our Approach to Learning

Our Philosophy

Discovery School House strives to create a safe, healthy and positive atmosphere which will allow children to grow and learn. Our main goals are to create situations that help build self-esteem, encourage creative thinking and develop social interaction.

Giguere Gymnastics (our parent company) is excited to offer Cherry Valley and the surrounding communities one of the best early education and care programs anywhere. First, instructed gymnastics are included in the program. Gymnastics is by far one of the best gross motor activities for children.

Creative Curriculum in a Nurturing Environment

Our curriculum is created using The Massachusetts Early Learning Standards and Guidelines set forth by The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. This curriculum provides activities which teach responsibility and leadership skills, provides education through hands-on “fun” experiences, creates an appreciation of the environment and incorporates information about the content in literacy, math, science, social studies, the arts and technology that preschool children can learn. Our home-like setting creates a comforting atmosphere that contributes to a better learning experience.

Discovery School House services children fifteen months through 5 years of age. Discovery is open fifty two weeks a year 7:30-5:30. We welcome parent input in the development of our program. We have an open door policy; as much as COVID Policies allow. Please call for an appointment.