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Infants have individual personalities. We help bring them to light.
Toddlers are extremely active. We keep them actively learning.
At two years old, children need to explore. We give them every opportunity.
At three years old, children discover and create. We encourage them to do it all.
At four years old, children are preparing for school. We get them ready to go.
Between ages 4 and 5, children are about to take on the world. We give them the tools to do it.
School-age children are curious about the world. We help them decipher it.
Each Academy is a little different. Here's what makes us unique:
Michelle Craig, Center Director
I am Michelle Craig, the Center Director at Kiddie Academy of Stonebridge, McKinney. I was born and educated in England. I went... Read More
I am Michelle Craig, the Center Director at Kiddie Academy of Stonebridge, McKinney. I was born and educated in England. I went to an all-girls school and after graduation I studied Art and Design at a local college. In my early twenties I got the bug to travel. I took a live-in nanny role near Houston, Texas. 30 years later I’m still here, working with children and married to a Texan. We have two fabulous sons. When my boys were young, I worked as the infant room lead teacher at a local weekday children’s program. I earned my Child Development Associate credential and helped the school achieve their NAEYC Accreditation. I took my first Center Director role several years later. More recently, my family and I spent 4 years in Devon, England reconnecting with family, before relocating back to the Dallas area. When I’m not working, I enjoy organizing and decorating around my home. I love to cook my favorite vegetarian dishes and the occasional cake or dessert. I also really enjoy watching a good movie or TV show at the end of a busy day. When I’m at work I aim to provide an environment that is conducive to learning, that increases students' attention and focus, promotes meaningful learning experiences, encourages higher levels of student performance, and motivates students to practice higher-level critical thinking skills. Most importantly I want them to feel safe and loved. As my favorite nanny once said … “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and SNAP the job’s a game!” — Mary Poppins.
Taylor Flores, Academy Assistant Director
My name is Taylor Flores and I am the Assistant Director of Kiddie Academy of Stonebridge McKinney. I have been with... Read More
My name is Taylor Flores and I am the Assistant Director of Kiddie Academy of Stonebridge McKinney. I have been with Kiddie Academy Since August of 2020. I have been in the childcare industry for 8 years. Both in childcare center and Public School. I am currently working on my Child Development Associate Credential. Growing up I always knew I wanted to work with children. I have always enjoyed getting to help children learn and grow. Seeing their smiling faces and being able to see them use the tools you have taught them is a great feeling. A little fun information about me, I am born and raised in Texas. I’m the oldest of 5 children. I have 3 Brothers and 1 Sister. When I’m not working, you can find me at home with my English Bulldog Sonnie and my Cat Luna. I enjoy being outside with friends and family. I love watching movies and listening to music. During the summertime, you can catch me outside in my pool swimming or sitting by the bonfire. My goal for Kiddie Academy is to ensure each child is Happy, Healthy & learning. I’m excited to see what the new year has to bring to our families at Kiddie Academy.
Brittany Peterson, Office Manager
Hello! My name is Brittany Peterson. I am the office manager at Kiddie Academy Stonebridge McKinney. I have been working with Kiddie... Read More
Hello! My name is Brittany Peterson. I am the office manager at Kiddie Academy Stonebridge McKinney. I have been working with Kiddie Academy since 2018. I am a firm believer in the fundamental approach Kiddie Academy has in child learning and development. Throughout my years at Kiddie Academy, I have seen first-hand the impact and benefits that learning through play has on children. I have a daughter named Rebecca that is almost 2 who has been enrolled since she was 4 months old, and I am so proud of the progress she’s made. In my spare time I love to spend quality time with family and friends and to try new things in DFW such as restaurants and events! I am looking forward to getting to interact with your little ones and watching them grow. Being a mother; I understand the importance of education as well as a safe learning environment. I’m so excited to be a part of a team whose goal is just that and I’m looking forward to not only building relationships with the students but with the families as well!
Ara Sheikh, Academy Owner
As parents of two young children, we understand the needs for having education based pre-k along with safety, security and fun learning environment;... Read More
As parents of two young children, we understand the needs for having education based pre-k along with safety, security and fun learning environment; where young minds can be shaped to become leaders and model citizens to make positive impact in our societies. I am Ara Sheikh, the onsite owner of the Kiddie Academy of Stonebridge McKinney. As a mother and a parent, I am fully dedicated in providing service, education and safety by fostering positive behaviors, play-fullness and redirecting. Our Life Essentials curriculum is registered with the library of congress and we are as a team dedicated to bring the best out of your child by utilizing our curriculum as a tool. I am a graduate of University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, combined with Management Information System. My husband Nader will also be onsite as time permits. Nader is a graduate of The University of Texas at Dallas, with a Bachelor’s of science degree in Electrical Engineering. Nader has been in the wireless communications industry for over twenty years, in various management and Engineering roles. We live in Frisco, Texas with our two wonderful children.
“We love Kiddie Academy of Stonebridge! Our kids have a great time and learn so much from these teachers. They show love and kindness and really spend time with each child!! We think of them as our extended family! ”
Becky D., Stonebridge-McKinney
“I love working for KA with owners and management that really care about their staff. ”
Melissa D., Stonebridge-McKinney
“Great team ”
Suman A., Stonebridge-McKinney
“I like the weekly goals and targeted activities. I appreciate the updates throughout the day on what my child is doing. My experience with the teachers has been largely positive. I would certainly recommend this school to friends and family. ”
Cheryl C., Stonebridge-McKinney
“I love the fact that I don't have to worry about leaving my little one at your school everyday. He is well cared for, he is always happy to come to school and he asks me to read for him at night which is something he picked up from school. I love the educational activities… ”
Sonia L., Stonebridge-McKinney
“We love the welcoming atmosphere, kind teachers with low turnover, and the amount of educational things our daughter does throughout the day. She is thriving at Kiddie Academy! ”
Erika B., Stonebridge-McKinney
“Flexibility and customer service ”
Lyda I., Stonebridge-McKinney
“Kiddie Academy of McKinney is wonderful, I am so happy that we found them! Their staff is amazing from the teachers to the administration. My child has excelled at this school and loves going to school each morning. I would highly recommend them to anyone seeking child care! ”
Jeni F., Stonebridge-McKinney
“Great facility. I always know My children are well cared for! ”
Jennifer V., Stonebridge-McKinney
“Very well rounded. All teachers and staff are warm and really seem to know and care about my child. My child is visibly happy when brought to school and is hitting huge milestones. I feel very informed and in the loop regarding my child and his classroom. ”
Shelby M., Stonebridge-McKinney
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