Welcome to the Deerwood Campus

Chappell Deerwood is the largest center in the Chappell system and holds more than 200 students. Deerwood takes students from six-weeks through VPK, and we take older “grader” children during school holidays and summer camp. The Deerwood location was the first planned child development center built in an office park setting in the United States and opened in 1983.
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Teacher Spotlight


VPK Teacher- Lisa Knaust

Lisa Knaust has been with Chappell since 1991! She takes great pride in her children’s learning and development and consistently her children score well on the VPK assessment tests.


VPK Assistant- Maria Guido

Maria Guido has been with Chappell since 1989! She has been a superstar 3-year old teacher working hard to prepare the children for VPK. Just this summer, she asked to branch out to learn the VPK side of the classroom and now assists Ms. Lisa in the VPK classroom.

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Kathe (Kat) Mesete- Deerwood Director

I came to Chappell Deerwood in the fall of 2016 and I have been in the childcare business as both an owner and a director for nearly 20 years.  I have a B.S. in education from the University of Pittsburg and did my Masters coursework at Temple University.  I believe that if I can provide a safe, secure and nurturing environment for children, virtually all will be successful.  A fun fact about me is that I was the previous owner/operator of an equestrian center in Palm Coast, where I currently reside with my five children.

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