Academic Leadership

Meet the Kiddie Academy Curriculum Advisory Board

The Kiddie Academy Curriculum Advisory Board meets regularly to review the activities that are instrumental to the Life Essentials® program. The board also provides valuable insight and guidance related to current research and trends in early childhood education.

Dr. Beth Rogowsky

Beth Rogowsky, Ed.D. has more than 13 years of teaching experience in both rural and urban public schools. In 2013, Dr. Rogowsky completed postdoctoral training at the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience at Rutgers University where her research focused on improving the language and literacy skills of learners from birth to adulthood. Being a postdoctoral fellow in a neuroscience research center linked Dr. Rogowsky’s previous teaching experience with the science of how the brain learns. Currently, Dr. Rogowsky is an Assistant Professor at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in the College of Education.

Dr. Patricia Scully

Pat Scully, Ph.D., is an associate professor of education and the coordinator of the Early Childhood Education Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where she teaches courses in literacy development and curriculum. Dr. Scully received her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from The University of Maryland College Park, and has more than 35 years of experience as an early childhood educator of children from 2 to 12 years old. Her firsthand experience directing a child care center helped her establish a training and professional development institute for teachers working in a variety of early childhood settings. Dr. Scully has authored several publications focusing on topics of early childhood curriculum, teacher and child stress, and community building in early childhood classrooms including the textbook, “Families, Schools, and Communities: Building Partnerships for Educating Children, 7th Edition.”

Dr. Ocie Watson-Thompson

Ocie Watson-Thompson is Professor and Chairperson for the Department of Early Childhood Education at Towson University. Her graduate degree and undergraduate degree were earned at the University of Alabama in the areas of early childhood education, elementary education and special education with a concentration in language and literacy. She has over 30 years of experience as a teacher and teacher educator. Developmentally appropriate practices, culturally inclusive instruction for young children and quality preparation of teachers/practitioners have been the focus of her scholarly work. Dr. Watson-Thompson continues to teach, supervise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students as they deliver effective instruction and learning experiences in diverse and culturally inclusive environments.

Dr. Scott Andersen

Dr. Andersen has over 25 years of education experience that includes teaching, being a principal and leading a region of preschools in the southeastern United States. He is currently with Pearson, leading a team of educators developing virtual learning partnerships with school districts across 11 states. He has served as a superintendent of schools in three districts and as a high school principal, teacher and software developer. Dr. Andersen has been recognized as a Leader for Learning by AASA – the School Superintendent’s Association – and is a two-time recipient of the Magna Award by the National School Boards Association. He is a founding member and former board president for the ABLE school, designed using effective non-traditional, project-based learning to provide hope to students who fall through the cracks of a traditional classroom. Dr. Andersen holds a B.S. in computer science, an M.S. in educational technology, and an Ed.S. and Ed.D. in educational leadership.

Meet Kiddie Academy’s Health Advisor

Kiddie Academy’s health advisor provides guidance to Kiddie Academy’s Education and Operations Teams on best practices for pediatric health, nutrition and fitness.

Dr. Jason Goldstein, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Dr. Goldstein is currently on faculty in the department of pediatrics at both The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He earned his medical degree at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and did his residency in pediatrics at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

He is board certified in pediatrics and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Goldstein serves on the board of CASA Maryland, an advocacy group for foster children; is health advisor for several schools; and is a community pediatrics adviser for several other hospitals.

Prior to beginning his medical training, he was involved in several youth development and advocacy projects in the San Francisco Mission District.

Dr. Goldstein and his wife, Cynthia, are parents of three children and two dogs. He coaches his son’s baseball team and in his free time, enjoys cooking and is an avid runner.

Meet the Kiddie Academy Education Team

Kiddie Academy’s Education Department oversees the day-to-day implementation and updating of the Life Essentials curriculum; advises the franchise system throughout national and state accreditation processes; and provides training to corporate staff and designated trainers in the Academys.

Richard Peterson

Chief Academic Officer

Richard joined Kiddie Academy in 2013 and brings over 30 years of executive-level leadership to the organization. He served as Vice President of Education until his promotion in January 2020 to Chief Academic Officer. He works with the education team and senior leadership to maintain educational excellence throughout the Kiddie Academy system. Key areas of support include analysis of assessment data to drive future initiatives and improving education-focused leadership and innovation. He is a Certified Franchise Executive. Richard earned a B.S. in biology and biological sciences from the University of Maryland and completed post-graduate certification in franchise management at Georgetown University.

Joy Turner

Vice President of Education

Joy has been Vice President of Education since January 2020. Her team continually updates and enhances the Life Essentials® curriculum. Joy joined the Kiddie Academy Education team in 2014 as the Director of Education Quality and spent two years working with Franchisees and Directors providing trainings, establishing and maintaining best practices through visits to the Academies as they worked to achieve NAEYC accreditation. In 2017 , she joined the Operations team as a Franchise Business Consultant, where she was able to provide support and guidance for both the educational and operations functions of Academies. Prior to coming to Kiddie Academy, she spent over 20 years in the early childhood education field with a national leader in corporate child care.

Carmen Draayer

Curriculum Project Manager

Carmen is a former teacher at Kiddie Academy of Forest Hill, Maryland. In addition to previous role with Kiddie Academy, she has served as teacher and assistant director at several other child care centers. She has a Bachelor of Science in early childhood education from Towson University.

Robert Bieschke

Curriculum Project Manager

Rob is responsible for supporting ongoing development, management, training and implementation of the Life Essentials® curriculum. He joined the Kiddie Academy corporate Education Department in 2019 after having taught at Kiddie Academy of Abingdon since 2016. Rob attended McDaniel College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in history and a Master of Science in secondary education.

Sandra Graham

Director of Training

Sandra earned her Bachelor of Science in speech pathology, with a minor in elementary education, from Our Lady of the Lake University. She is also a Certified Maryland State Department of Education Trainer.

Sharon Pindell

Training Project Manager

Sharon joined the Kiddie Academy Education team in 2018 as a Curriculum Project Manager. In that role she helped develop our Character EssentialsSM curriculum. In her current role as Training Project Manager, she is responsible for supporting training and implementation of the Life Essentials® curriculum and other Academy-focusing programs. Sharon has more than 20 years of experience in early childhood education, having served as a pre-K teacher and daycare center director. She is a graduate of Slippery Rock College, where she majored in education with a minor in early childhood development.