Nest of Wonder

Meet the Nest of Wonder classroom. We are a wonderful mix of infants, toddlers, and teachers who are looking forward to getting to know you and your family. When planning activities we take full advantage of our beautiful location in the woods and bring the outside in as often as possible. We also enjoy exploring our campus and community. Some of our favorite places to visit are the H.O. Smith Arboretum and the fountain by the Music Building.

Staff Listing

Nancy Smoyer
Supervising Lead Teacher
Nancy has over 25 years experience working with infants and toddlers. She has spent the past 20 years at Penn State first at the Child Development... Read Full Bio
Alexis Pino
Alexis has been teaching young children in a child care setting and also in elementary schools. At the Hort Woods Child Care Center, she is actively... Read Full Bio
Cassie Vomero
Cassie has worked at Hort Woods since the center opened in 2011, and has enjoyed everyday spent there. She graduated from Penn State with a degree in... Read Full Bio
Andrea Gardner
Andrea graduated from Penn State with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies in May 2014. She has always had a passion for... Read Full Bio
Ariel Rachau
Ariel is a Penn State Alumni with a BS  degree in Human Development and Family studies. She is a State College native has lived there her entire... Read Full Bio