Meet our Staff Family
Our trained and experienced staff will provide a compassionate and nurturing child care experience for you and your children while guiding young learners through classroom and life experiences. Our teachers meet mandatory state and licensing requirements for screening and background checks to ensure your little one’s safety and your peace of mind.
All staff are required to have Early Childhood Credentials, CPR, First Aid, and Blood Borne Pathogens training as well as a minimum of an additional 20 hours per year of training in areas such as Child Growth and Development, Curriculum, Health and Safety. Our staff members serve as role models for Early Childhood students in the area from Coastal Carolina University, Horry Georgetown Technical College, and the Academy for Arts and Sciences. We work hand and hand with the colleges to allow their students to experience high quality care first hand. Traditionally our staff attends the S.C. Early Childhood Conference each year with approximately 1200 other Early Childhood Professionals!
Donna Jensen-Owner/Director- Donna Jensen is our owner and director. Born and raised in Colonia, New Jersey, she attended Kean College majoring in Elementary Education in 1981. She relocated to Conway, SC with her husband Jeff in 1987. Mrs. Jensen is the proud mother of four sons, Jeffrey who is married to Lauren , Jason who is married to Stephanie, Jacob & Jordan. She is a grandmother to Levi born in October 2016 to Jeffrey and Lauren. She is an active member of Newspring Church volunteering in many areas. Her career working with children began in high school. She was an in home family childcare provider from 1987- 1993. In 1993 she founded St. James Child Development Center in Conway where she was the director until April, 2000. In May of 2000 she opened Gymboree Play & Music in Carolina Forest and began a small preschool program, which quickly outgrew the facility and moved to Waccamaw Blvd. where The Learning Station was born! After outgrowing the Waccamaw Blvd. location The Learning Station moved to Singleton Ridge Rd in April of 2006. With over 30 years in the early childhood field, making a difference in a child or parent’s life is one of the most rewarding experience she has had.
Jeff Jensen-Owner/Facility Manager- Jeff was born and raised in NJ, relocating to SC in 1987. He is married to Donna Jensen and has four sons, Jeffrey, Jason. Jacob and Jordan and 2 daughters in law Lauren and Stephanie. He became a grandfather for the first time in October 2016 to Levi. After working for the US Postal Service for over 20 years, he began working at Carolina Forest Community Church as their Facility Manager. He worked there for 7 years, before venturing out and starting The House Dr. Handyman Business. He joined The Learning Station Staff in March of 2011 Full time as our Facility Manager. Mr Jeff loves to make the children laugh with his vast array of voice impersonations!
Brandi Duncan- Director- Brandi has an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and Liberal Arts, with 110 credits towards her BA in Elementary Education & Psychology. She owned and operated Peace of Mind Child Care in NY, before moving to SC and working as the director at Kindercare and Gateway Academy. She has been with The Learning Station since July of 2009 first as a teacher and now as our Preschool and School Age coordinator and curriculum specialist. In her spare time Brandi enjoys running, reading and spending free time with her family-husband Randy and children Dean, Bailey and Dylan
Jennifer Bowen – Director
Donna Rooks-Front Desk Reception
Modesty Brantley- Training Coordinator – Modesty has a B.S. in Child Development and over 12 years of experience working with young children. She began teaching at Bright Horizons Family Solutions immediately after graduating from Western Carolina University and quickly fell in love with the administrative side of Early Education. Previous positions include: classroom teacher, curriculum specialist, center director, and children’s ministry director. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, decorating, reading, and traveling.
Infant and Toddler Department
Rhenan Harvey-Infant Teacher- Rhenan is originally from Maryland and has lived in Myrtle Beach since 2003. She has been married for 22 years and has 3 sons, Kyle (19), and twins, Bryce and Jacob (14). Her favorite part about working with children is watching them reach new milestones and make new discoveries. She has the Early Childhood Credential, is CPR certified, and receives over 20 hours per year in Early Childhood Training. In her spare time she loves spending time with her family, animals, cooking, and the beach.
Jacki Wagner- Infant Teacher
Christine Bookhultz- Explorers Teacher
Kim Hope-Explorers Teacher
Codi North-Discoverers Teacher(SCPITC Teacher Mentor)- Codi has been working with young children for more than 10 years. She graduated with Honors and received an Associates in Early Care and Education. She is currently working towards her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood. It’s important to Codi that the children and families in her care feel loved and supported. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and going to the beach.
Jessi Swihart-Discoverers Teacher- Jessi has been with The Learning Station for many years. She teaches in our Discoverers classroom with 18-24 month olds. She creates a classroom that is an extension of home and ensures a warm and welcoming environment for each of the children in her care Each child holds a special place in her classroom and in her heart. In her free time she spends days at the river with her family, and loves to read and crochet.
Kayla Green-Adventurers Teacher (SCPITC Teacher Mentor)- Kayla came to The Learning Station during her year of student teaching with the Academy in Myrtle Beach. After graduating she began working full time and has grown with The Learning Station since then becoming one of our SCPITC Teacher Mentors. Kayla’s hobbies include dancing and swimming and she enjoys music, dance, and fashion. Her mission is to always be her best self, to keep an open mind, heart, and ears to everyone that she encounters and to always put God first.
Melinda Pate- Adventurers Teacher
Twos and Threes Department
Gabi Rivera- Preschool 2 Teacher- Gabi has an Associates in Early Childhood and a BS in Sociology. She loves working with children and her favorite part is knowing she’s made a difference in a child’s life and taught them something they will take with them. In her free time she enjoys watching Netflix, motorcycle rides, and her puppies.
Sara Frost- Preschool 2 Teacher/Facilities- Sara is originally from New York and has lived in the Grand Strand area for over 13 years. She is a part of our team at The Learning Station and helps ensure a clean and safe environment for all of our growing children. She is married and has six children and loves being a part of children’s lives as they grow and learn.
Allison Bratcher- Preschool 2 Teacher
Nikki Rush-Preschool 3 Teacher
Natasha Sulton- Preschool 3 Teacher- Natasha has worked with young children for four years and has a degree in Computer Technology. Her favorite part about Early Childhood is having a role in the growth and development of children. She most enjoys watching them build upon their strengths and make new discoveries about the world around them. She is a mother of three and nurtures the children in her care as one of her own.
PreK and School Age Department
Keshia Bellamy-Jones-Preschool 4 Teacher- Mrs. Keshia has worked with young children for over 7 years, 4 of those at TLS. She is also a VBS teacher, Sunday school teacher, and youth supervisor at her church. She gives her time to the sick and shut in by preparing baskets for them. She also enjoys reading and baking and spending time with her family. Her motto in life is to “be the change in the world that you want to see.”
Nancy Hernandez-Preschool 4 Teacher
CeCe Soltis-First Steps 4K Summer Teacher- CeCe is originally from Connecticut and moved to Myrtle Beach in 2015. She received her Associates in Early Childhood Education in May 2017. She continues to pursue her degree and is studying Special Education at CCU. I will be continuing my studies of ECE-Family Studies at Southern Wesleyan University. She firmly believes that all children have a gift and it takes an open mind and heart to help shape the children of tomorrow. She teaches from the heart with compassion, kindness and respect. She strives to be the kind of teacher that will live on in the hearts of her students and parents for years to come.
Ashia Harrison- Summer Camp Teacher
Nicole Bazewick-Infants and Explorers Floater- Nicole is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Coastal Carolina University. She is originally from New York and has a 2 year old daughter. In her free time she enjoys reading, walks on the beach, and spending time with her daughter.
Ashley Simmons- All ages Floater
Tatiana Coleman- All ages Floater-Tatiana is a Senior at CCU studying Public Health. She has worked with children for over 6 years and in her free time she enjoys cooking and spending time with her puppy. Her dream is to work with children and she values any time she gets to be with them!
Erica McGrath- All ages Floater- Erica is originally from New York and joined our team upon moving to Myrtle Beach. She holds a Bachelor’s in Child and Family Studies and has several years of experience teaching in the Early Childhood Classroom. She enjoys reading and arts and crafts. Her favorite children’s books are anything by Dr. Suess or Shel Silverstein.
Savannah Pavelchak-All ages Floater- Savannah is from Long Island, NY and and has several years of experience teaching young children. Her philosophy includes learning through play and making school fun for the children in her care. Savannah includes positive reinforcement and lots of love in every interaction! She is also a mother and has an 18 month old son that attends TLS.
Ariana Solis- All ages Floater- Ariana is currently attending HGTC to complete her Early Childhood Education degree and has worked with children most of her life both personally and professionally. She loves to watch children grow and learn and loves each of her students like her own. She is married and enjoys photography, walking, and spending time with her family.
LaDonna Stewart- Kitchen Coordinator
Amanda Darden-Physical Education Teacher- Amanda received her M. Ed. in curriculum instruction and her B.S. in health and physical education from Radford University. Amanda currently teaches instructional leagues for Horry County Parks and Recreation and physical education classes here at The Learning Station.