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
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
Rachael Cochrane
Rachael Cochrane is a 2016 graduate of Penn State, having earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Childhood and Early Adolescent Education (PreK-4... Read Full Bio
Amy Smith
Amy is an Infant and Toddler teacher in the Nest of Wonder classroom. She graduated with her Bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family... Read Full Bio