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  • A curriculum that exceeds state standards
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  • Kellie Walsh, Academy Director

    Kellie Walsh, Academy Director

  • Chelsey Mcnees, Academy Staff Manager

      Chelsey has earned her Bachelor’s in Business and Music and is currently working on a degree in Early Childhood Education.  Chelsey...   Read More

    Chelsey Mcnees, Academy Staff Manager

      Chelsey has earned her Bachelor’s in Business and Music and is currently working on a degree in Early Childhood Education.  Chelsey has been employed with Kiddie Academy since 2016 and has flourished as a teacher, coach, and curricular advisor. Kiddie Academy was her first working experience in a childcare facility, but Chelsey has been babysitting for ten years. She has shown a consistent passion for creating a nuturing environment conducive to learning , not only for our students but for our staff and families. She is an esteemed member of our team and we are so proud of her growth and commitment to our academy and all of our families, students, and staff.   Her favorite thing about working at Kiddie Academy is the fact that it’s never boring. There is always something new to learn and her outgoing personality is a direct reflection of this.Chelsey is also an animal lover! She has a dog named Charlie and a cat named Greyson.  Her favorite color is green and her favorite food is burgers, pizza, and chocolate.  Something you may not know about her is she is from Kalamazoo, MI.  

  • Tyera Black-Davis, Academy Enrollment Specialist

    Tyera Black-Davis, Academy Enrollment Specialist

      Chelsey has earned her Bachelor’s in Business and Music and is currently working on a degree in Early Childhood Education.  Chelsey has been employed with Kiddie Academy since 2016 and has flourished as a teacher, coach, and curricular advisor. Kiddie Academy was her first working experience in a childcare facility, but Chelsey has been babysitting for ten years. She has shown a consistent passion for creating a nuturing environment conducive to learning , not only for our students but for our staff and families. She is an esteemed member of our team and we are so proud of her growth and commitment to our academy and all of our families, students, and staff.   Her favorite thing about working at Kiddie Academy is the fact that it’s never boring. There is always something new to learn and her outgoing personality is a direct reflection of this.Chelsey is also an animal lover! She has a dog named Charlie and a cat named Greyson.  Her favorite color is green and her favorite food is burgers, pizza, and chocolate.  Something you may not know about her is she is from Kalamazoo, MI.  

  • Aisha Washington, Classroom Coordinator

    Aisha Washington, Classroom Coordinator

      Chelsey has earned her Bachelor’s in Business and Music and is currently working on a degree in Early Childhood Education.  Chelsey has been employed with Kiddie Academy since 2016 and has flourished as a teacher, coach, and curricular advisor. Kiddie Academy was her first working experience in a childcare facility, but Chelsey has been babysitting for ten years. She has shown a consistent passion for creating a nuturing environment conducive to learning , not only for our students but for our staff and families. She is an esteemed member of our team and we are so proud of her growth and commitment to our academy and all of our families, students, and staff.   Her favorite thing about working at Kiddie Academy is the fact that it’s never boring. There is always something new to learn and her outgoing personality is a direct reflection of this.Chelsey is also an animal lover! She has a dog named Charlie and a cat named Greyson.  Her favorite color is green and her favorite food is burgers, pizza, and chocolate.  Something you may not know about her is she is from Kalamazoo, MI.  

  • Nicole Jones, Lead Teacher (Bobcats)

    Nicole Jones, Lead Teacher (Bobcats)

      Chelsey has earned her Bachelor’s in Business and Music and is currently working on a degree in Early Childhood Education.  Chelsey has been employed with Kiddie Academy since 2016 and has flourished as a teacher, coach, and curricular advisor. Kiddie Academy was her first working experience in a childcare facility, but Chelsey has been babysitting for ten years. She has shown a consistent passion for creating a nuturing environment conducive to learning , not only for our students but for our staff and families. She is an esteemed member of our team and we are so proud of her growth and commitment to our academy and all of our families, students, and staff.   Her favorite thing about working at Kiddie Academy is the fact that it’s never boring. There is always something new to learn and her outgoing personality is a direct reflection of this.Chelsey is also an animal lover! She has a dog named Charlie and a cat named Greyson.  Her favorite color is green and her favorite food is burgers, pizza, and chocolate.  Something you may not know about her is she is from Kalamazoo, MI.  

  • Josie McLaughlin, Office Assistant

    Josie McLaughlin, Office Assistant

      Chelsey has earned her Bachelor’s in Business and Music and is currently working on a degree in Early Childhood Education.  Chelsey has been employed with Kiddie Academy since 2016 and has flourished as a teacher, coach, and curricular advisor. Kiddie Academy was her first working experience in a childcare facility, but Chelsey has been babysitting for ten years. She has shown a consistent passion for creating a nuturing environment conducive to learning , not only for our students but for our staff and families. She is an esteemed member of our team and we are so proud of her growth and commitment to our academy and all of our families, students, and staff.   Her favorite thing about working at Kiddie Academy is the fact that it’s never boring. There is always something new to learn and her outgoing personality is a direct reflection of this.Chelsey is also an animal lover! She has a dog named Charlie and a cat named Greyson.  Her favorite color is green and her favorite food is burgers, pizza, and chocolate.  Something you may not know about her is she is from Kalamazoo, MI.  

  • Cecelia Brennen, Culinary Expert

      Cecilia has been working in a kitchen for childcare facilities for twenty years.  Her favorite thing about working for Kiddie Academy...   Read More

    Cecelia Brennen, Culinary Expert

      Cecilia has been working in a kitchen for childcare facilities for twenty years.  Her favorite thing about working for Kiddie Academy is cooking for the children and hearing that the children are excited to eat when she walks in with the prepared meals. She also loves to hear each of the children tell her stories.  Cecilia loves to spend her free time with her two children, Richard and Adrianna.  Her favorite color is red and loves to eat shrimp cocktails, Chinese food, pizza, Mexican food, and Filipino food.  

  • Adrienne Wheelock, Wolves Teacher

    Adrienne Wheelock, Wolves Teacher

      Cecilia has been working in a kitchen for childcare facilities for twenty years.  Her favorite thing about working for Kiddie Academy is cooking for the children and hearing that the children are excited to eat when she walks in with the prepared meals. She also loves to hear each of the children tell her stories.  Cecilia loves to spend her free time with her two children, Richard and Adrianna.  Her favorite color is red and loves to eat shrimp cocktails, Chinese food, pizza, Mexican food, and Filipino food.  

  • Fariba "Riba" Afiat, PreK Assistant Teacher

    Fariba "Riba" Afiat, PreK Assistant Teacher

      Cecilia has been working in a kitchen for childcare facilities for twenty years.  Her favorite thing about working for Kiddie Academy is cooking for the children and hearing that the children are excited to eat when she walks in with the prepared meals. She also loves to hear each of the children tell her stories.  Cecilia loves to spend her free time with her two children, Richard and Adrianna.  Her favorite color is red and loves to eat shrimp cocktails, Chinese food, pizza, Mexican food, and Filipino food.  

  • Alelie "Lily" Eligio, Koalas Teacher

    Alelie "Lily" Eligio, Koalas Teacher

      Cecilia has been working in a kitchen for childcare facilities for twenty years.  Her favorite thing about working for Kiddie Academy is cooking for the children and hearing that the children are excited to eat when she walks in with the prepared meals. She also loves to hear each of the children tell her stories.  Cecilia loves to spend her free time with her two children, Richard and Adrianna.  Her favorite color is red and loves to eat shrimp cocktails, Chinese food, pizza, Mexican food, and Filipino food.  

  • Brittney Semana, Monkeys Classroom

      Ms. Brittney has four years of experience working in childcare and is pursuing a degree in psychology. She loves to implement...   Read More

    Brittney Semana, Monkeys Classroom

      Ms. Brittney has four years of experience working in childcare and is pursuing a degree in psychology. She loves to implement curriculum and takes pride in guiding children to success. She always goes above and beyond to connect to her students on an individual level. Her passion and commitment to making each student feel safe and loved has set the standard for our strongest value of community. The connections that she has made throughout her tenure at Kiddie Acadmy inspire us all to go the extra mile to create a welcoming atmosphere where everyone can feel like family. For fun Brittney loves photography, walking her two dogs, and also enjoys reading and writing.  Her favorite color is turquoise and loves Italian food.  Something you may not know about her is she is learning ASL.  

  • Pamela Donohue, Lions Teacher

    Pamela Donohue, Lions Teacher

      Ms. Brittney has four years of experience working in childcare and is pursuing a degree in psychology. She loves to implement curriculum and takes pride in guiding children to success. She always goes above and beyond to connect to her students on an individual level. Her passion and commitment to making each student feel safe and loved has set the standard for our strongest value of community. The connections that she has made throughout her tenure at Kiddie Acadmy inspire us all to go the extra mile to create a welcoming atmosphere where everyone can feel like family. For fun Brittney loves photography, walking her two dogs, and also enjoys reading and writing.  Her favorite color is turquoise and loves Italian food.  Something you may not know about her is she is learning ASL.  

  • Nannette “Nettie” Barba, Kangaroos Teacher

      Nettie has worked in childcare for over twenty years from home daycare to center based learning facility.  She loves teaching toddlers...   Read More

    Nannette “Nettie” Barba, Kangaroos Teacher

      Nettie has worked in childcare for over twenty years from home daycare to center based learning facility.  She loves teaching toddlers and watching them learn new things, and watching their eyes light up.  Nettie enjoys working for Kiddie Academy because of the awesome teamwork and positive work environment.  On her own time, she enjoys hiking, crafts, baking, and spending time with her family. Nettie has three sons of her own, and one black lab named Luke. She likes to eat salads, Mexican, Asian, and Italian food.  Something you may not know about her is she is a patient, passionate, and caring person. She also has a very big family on her mom’s side. (Over 80 plus cousins and counting).  

  • Nathali Rodriguez-Gonzalez, Assistant Teacher (Infants)

    Nathali Rodriguez-Gonzalez, Assistant Teacher (Infants)

      Nettie has worked in childcare for over twenty years from home daycare to center based learning facility.  She loves teaching toddlers and watching them learn new things, and watching their eyes light up.  Nettie enjoys working for Kiddie Academy because of the awesome teamwork and positive work environment.  On her own time, she enjoys hiking, crafts, baking, and spending time with her family. Nettie has three sons of her own, and one black lab named Luke. She likes to eat salads, Mexican, Asian, and Italian food.  Something you may not know about her is she is a patient, passionate, and caring person. She also has a very big family on her mom’s side. (Over 80 plus cousins and counting).  

  • Morgan Willinger, Academy Support

    Morgan Willinger, Academy Support

      Nettie has worked in childcare for over twenty years from home daycare to center based learning facility.  She loves teaching toddlers and watching them learn new things, and watching their eyes light up.  Nettie enjoys working for Kiddie Academy because of the awesome teamwork and positive work environment.  On her own time, she enjoys hiking, crafts, baking, and spending time with her family. Nettie has three sons of her own, and one black lab named Luke. She likes to eat salads, Mexican, Asian, and Italian food.  Something you may not know about her is she is a patient, passionate, and caring person. She also has a very big family on her mom’s side. (Over 80 plus cousins and counting).  

  • Juliann Pupa, Assistant Teacher (Zoo)

    Juliann Pupa, Assistant Teacher (Zoo)

      Nettie has worked in childcare for over twenty years from home daycare to center based learning facility.  She loves teaching toddlers and watching them learn new things, and watching their eyes light up.  Nettie enjoys working for Kiddie Academy because of the awesome teamwork and positive work environment.  On her own time, she enjoys hiking, crafts, baking, and spending time with her family. Nettie has three sons of her own, and one black lab named Luke. She likes to eat salads, Mexican, Asian, and Italian food.  Something you may not know about her is she is a patient, passionate, and caring person. She also has a very big family on her mom’s side. (Over 80 plus cousins and counting).  

  • Anne Sipes, Penguins Teacher

    Anne Sipes, Penguins Teacher

      Nettie has worked in childcare for over twenty years from home daycare to center based learning facility.  She loves teaching toddlers and watching them learn new things, and watching their eyes light up.  Nettie enjoys working for Kiddie Academy because of the awesome teamwork and positive work environment.  On her own time, she enjoys hiking, crafts, baking, and spending time with her family. Nettie has three sons of her own, and one black lab named Luke. She likes to eat salads, Mexican, Asian, and Italian food.  Something you may not know about her is she is a patient, passionate, and caring person. She also has a very big family on her mom’s side. (Over 80 plus cousins and counting).  

  • Melissa Duran-Galdo, Lead Teacher (Infants)

    Melissa Duran-Galdo, Lead Teacher (Infants)

      Nettie has worked in childcare for over twenty years from home daycare to center based learning facility.  She loves teaching toddlers and watching them learn new things, and watching their eyes light up.  Nettie enjoys working for Kiddie Academy because of the awesome teamwork and positive work environment.  On her own time, she enjoys hiking, crafts, baking, and spending time with her family. Nettie has three sons of her own, and one black lab named Luke. She likes to eat salads, Mexican, Asian, and Italian food.  Something you may not know about her is she is a patient, passionate, and caring person. She also has a very big family on her mom’s side. (Over 80 plus cousins and counting).  

  • Sadie Quiroga, Penguins Teacher

    Sadie Quiroga, Penguins Teacher

      Nettie has worked in childcare for over twenty years from home daycare to center based learning facility.  She loves teaching toddlers and watching them learn new things, and watching their eyes light up.  Nettie enjoys working for Kiddie Academy because of the awesome teamwork and positive work environment.  On her own time, she enjoys hiking, crafts, baking, and spending time with her family. Nettie has three sons of her own, and one black lab named Luke. She likes to eat salads, Mexican, Asian, and Italian food.  Something you may not know about her is she is a patient, passionate, and caring person. She also has a very big family on her mom’s side. (Over 80 plus cousins and counting).  

  • Lara Manadero, Assistant Teacher (Penguins)

    Lara Manadero, Assistant Teacher (Penguins)

      Nettie has worked in childcare for over twenty years from home daycare to center based learning facility.  She loves teaching toddlers and watching them learn new things, and watching their eyes light up.  Nettie enjoys working for Kiddie Academy because of the awesome teamwork and positive work environment.  On her own time, she enjoys hiking, crafts, baking, and spending time with her family. Nettie has three sons of her own, and one black lab named Luke. She likes to eat salads, Mexican, Asian, and Italian food.  Something you may not know about her is she is a patient, passionate, and caring person. She also has a very big family on her mom’s side. (Over 80 plus cousins and counting).  

Hear from our parents

The teachers are great, we love and Sophia, Jennifer and Keirra they are so amazing with the kids
Brittni B., Henderson

Since Kelli started, KA has been wonderful. I love the staff so much and my son loves going to school. I feel heard when I have a concern and my concerns (though minimal) have always been addressed (at least in the last months since Kelli has been there). I really like the new class situation…
Annie B., Henderson

The children are loved and the staff is amazing.
Faith G., Henderson

Wet interactive for the kids and the staff is great
Debra L., Henderson

Very warm and kind staff! Strongly recommend for everyone!
Alin M., Henderson

Teachers
Eleeja S., Henderson

The communication, I love the fact that I am able to communicate with the teacher if needed. Another thing I really like is the cameras, as a first time mom its very difficult for me to leave my little one with anyone but the cameras give me piece of mind knowing I can keep an…
Dulce S., Henderson

I like the daily reports I receive and that I am able to view the cameras to check in on my child.
Christi N., Henderson

Absolutely amazing, I work full time and am secure in knowing my child is in excellent hands.
Katelyn M., Henderson

I love how your staff cares for my children. I appreciate how KA offers extracurricular activities during school hours to not only allow for children to participate but to ease parents after school burden and stress.
Samantha P., Henderson

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