Rhonda Neal Trumbo has been the United Way Instructional Coach* at King’s Daughters for five years has over 25 years of experience in various roles affiliated with education, early childhood education, literacy and program development.
Tell us about your family. I have seven adult children: three of my own and my husband’s four. We have three grandchildren and lots of grand-pups. When I’m not at the center, I love to enjoy music, the arts, theater, cooking, reading, and especially spending time with friends and family.
Describe what you do at the center. As the Instructional Coach at King’s Daughters, I plan events like workshops. In the workshops pictured below, families were invited to experiment, measure , build, weigh, and create at our STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math night as well as make cards and ornaments at our holiday workshop)
and I coordinate learning extensions (like bringing in partners in our community such as the Nashville Public Library’s Bringing Books to Life program (read more about it at our center here!) and the Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary special event.
I manage our family lending libraries and coordinate purchasing supplies for teachers so that our classrooms are always stocked with interesting materials for children to explore and use. I serve as the liaison for the United Way in terms of communication and professional development for our Read to Succeed program. And, my favorite part of my role at King’s Daughters is mentoring teachers and engaging with our families.
What are some of your favorite things that you’ve seen teachers do with the children? I love that KDCDC has such a creative learning environment! The children are able to explore, create, get messy and learn through those processes. There are SO MANY things that I see every day that I love in our classrooms – it is hard to choose just one. All of the teachers give unique experiences to the children. A few things that come to mind recently… the children built a train village with paper towel tubes and also a huge castle with a moat and drawstring bridge. I love that the teachers are creative in their sensory areas and also the outside learning.
Why do you love King’s Daughters? The KDCDC community is one of always learning and growing. We are always being challenged to learn something new and be aware of the latest research and strategies. The center is always finding ways to help and bless the children, family and staff.
When is your favorite time of day at the center? About 9:30. By then all of the children are there, breakfast has been served and cleared away, and the action—the magic—really begins.
*King’s Daughters Child Development Center is a proud partner agency of United Way of Metropolitan Nashville through our Read to Succeed program, which we provide in concert with our Reggio Emilia (project-based, child driven)-inspired learning environment. You can learn more about the program here!