Our commitment to the care, education and safety of your children is reflected in our team. We hire teachers and assistants who are well versed in the best practices of early childhood education. Each member of our team nurtures each child in their care in a safe, supportive learning environment. Team members receive ongoing training to continue their education and are evaluated throughout the year. Our team excels at stimulating children to learn and preparing them for future education. Our team is devoted to making each day fun and educational. Their dedication makes all the difference for your children.

Ashley Francis

Business Owner


My name is Ashley Francis and I am originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma.  After graduating from high school I moved to Tempe, Arizona to attend Arizona State University, where I graduated with a BS in Business, Marketing.  Following my graduation from ASU, I pursued a career in sales within several different industries including: advertising sales, pharmaceuticals sales and medical device sales.  I also spent time living in Los Angeles, California before moving to Houston.


I met my husband, Ryan, after moving to Houston twelve years ago.  We have two little girls named Maddy and McKinley who are both current, full time students at Kiddie Academy of Richmond!  Helping manage Kiddie Academy with our management team is my full time job!



Being a working mom myself, I hope to strongly identify with the wants and needs of all the families who are part of our Kiddie Academy community!!

Ryan Francis

Business Owner


I am a native of Houston; in 2001, I graduated from the University of Texas with a BA in Political Science.  I began my career in May of that year working on the energy desk, as a registered associate, for Prudential Securities and continued to become a junior broker for Wachovia Securities. In this role, I identified hedging opportunities for energy companies; and gave fundamental and technical advice for institutional, commercial and private client accounts.  It offered me a wonderful experience. 


Following my five years on the banking side, I took a sales manager position for a midlevel private chemical company.  Since 2006, I have been responsible for growing and managing many commercial chemical accounts for Gulf Chemical International, from a sales, purchasing and inventory management position.


I bring this experience and enthusiasm to the exciting field of child development and education.  Along with my wife Ashley, we look forward to the wonderful opportunity ahead.


Chrissy Johnson

Academy Director
My name is Chrissy Johnson. I am originally from Beaumont, but moved to the Katy area in 2006. I have been working in the childcare industry for 18 years now, holding every position there is within a school. I love working in childcare because I have a passion for developing young minds. I also really enjoy building relationships with every child and family that walks through our doors. I am so excited to be here at Kiddie Academy because it allows me the opportunity to truly have an impact on the children in our school by establishing best practices and providing optimal learning environments for every age. I am a mother of 1, he is 14 years old and into sports. He is my inspiration and my joy. My husband is my rock and support system. For fun, I love to fish and play at the beach. My favorite room in my house is my kitchen. I love to cook, bake and play video games with my son. When I have the time, I also enjoy crafts and sewing.

Miracle Wigfall

Assistant Director


My name is Miracle Wigfall. I am from Houston, TX. I have a beautiful American Staffordshire Terrier named Boaz who I love dearly.


I graduated from Katy High School in 2009. I continued my education at Prairie View A&M University where I studied Nursing for 2 years. I found my passion for early childhood education when I took a job at a preschool one summer.  That summer changed my life. I switched my major to ECE and I have been working towards building my career in this field since then. I have earned my Childhood Development Credentials and have been in childcare for 6 years now. What I love most about working with children is seeing them move through different stages of development and overcome new challenges. I take pride in knowing that I am helping to shape the minds of the future.


I am excited to be working at Kiddie Academy. I look forward to sharing my experiences with the amazing teachers as well as learning from them.


In my free time, I enjoy reading urban literature and going on long walks with my dog. I also enjoy traveling, sightseeing, and learning new things about history.

Courtney Rudy

Administrative Assistant
Courtney is from Oxnard, California and has lived in Texas for the past five years. She became a part of the Kiddie Academy of Richmond team in March 2017 as a toddler teacher. Courtney's immense love and passion for children is visible to everyone who can see her in action with the children! Courtney has been an integral part of our team at Kiddie Academy and was promoted to the Administrative Assistant position in the beginning of 2019.

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