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Community Highlights: Meet Tim Carter of Discovery Tree Academy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tim Carter.

Hi Tim, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
Nearly 15 years ago my family was proud owners of a childcare business. Between 2007-2009, I had the opportunity to fill in part-time as staffing need arose. In January of 2009, after battling cancer for almost a year and told he was in remission. My father-in-law, who was also the CFO of the school was given the devastating news that his cancer had returned and he had an estimated six months to live. I made the decision to sell my current business and fill in for him while he battled.

This gave my family-in-law (who made up the majority of the staff) the opportunity to spend as much time as possible with him. Sadly later, that April he passed away and I was asked to help with his responsibilities at the school. I quickly fell in love with all things childcare and so I consumed every bit of info I could about the industry. Finally feeling fulfilled in my job and seeing daily that my efforts actually made a difference only ignited that passion and love even further. In just a few short years, I took a family business that was getting by to a thriving company that was looking to grow.

This is when life had other plans and we found out my mother-in-law (who was a business owner and CEO) was diagnosed with the same type of cancer as her spouse and given only a few months to live. It was at this time she asked if I would carry on the schools’ mission and ensure that the kids in our care had a safe and loving place to go. Honored I said yes and went to work soon all I could to make them proud and to offer the best service I could to the families that entrusted us with their children.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Besides the loss of my in-laws, we have pushed through two recessions and most recently COVID. Yes, the world pushed through COVID but we are proud to say that we never had to close our doors once to the families we serve and we were able to remain financially viable.

Each day childcare faces several challenges if it isn’t government impositions or federally funded programs that offer free care. It is local changes or even parental demands. The hold is an ever-changing fluctuating business and it takes resourcefulness to navigate it all. But I love it

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
We are a childcare/preschool that uses the latest techniques and technology to educate and care for children 2-12 years old. We foster a culture for both teachers and students that is focused on positivity synergy passion and independence.

We are known for our academics our safety measures and the amazing people we employ. We are blessed to have won several local and national awards but most importantly we are honored to receive the trust that each parent has in our team and program.

Do you have recommendations for books, apps, blogs, etc?
Tony Robbins, Mike Michalowits, Gary V TedX, and anything industry-related. I use audible podcasts or YouTube daily to help keep me motivated inspired and to grow.

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