Baby Einstein's: 12 mos. - 30 mos. Room


Ashleigh Ward

Lead Teacher, Administrative Assistant

Baby Einsteins

Ms. Ashleigh is originally from Lawrence. She has one cat and four guinea pigs! She has most of her CDA and plans to return to school in January for an Associates in early childhood. In addition to Googols, she has worked in preschool centers, in-home facilities, and a Waldorf-Steiner center over the last seven years. In her free time she enjoys cross stitching, hiking, and spending time with her family. Ms. Ashleigh can be found in Bernoulli's Babies, but also frequently in the front office. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask Ms. Ashleigh!


Sally Rife

Assistant Teacher
Baby Einstein's

Ms. Sally is originally from St. Louis, MO. While there she nearly completed an Associates degree in Elementary Education from St. Louis Community College. She is currently looking to continue her education in Kansas. Ms. Sally enjoys spending her free time babysitting and scrapbooking and her belief about teaching children is that, children are like sponges and we are the water! Ms. Sally can be found working in the toddler room.


Kim Kiosow

Assistant Teacher
Baby Einstein's

Ms. Kim is a Lawrence native and is mom to one adult son. Ms. Kim has a B.A. in Child Psychology and ran her own in-home child care program in the 90’s. She enjoys family, cooking, and anything outdoors, especially water! She believes children are like a blank sheet of paper and it’s up to us what is written. You can find Ms. Kim in the toddler room most afternoons.

   

Bernoulli's Babies: 2 - 2.5-year-old Room

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Beth Baldridge

Lead Teacher, PBS Lead Team, and PBS Coach
Bernoulli's Babies
Beth's background has been mostly in special education. She began in the early 70’s at KNI in Topeka, KS. After getting married and starting a family, she went back to special education with early education in Indiana. Her family relocated back to Kansas in 1993, and choose Lawrence to be its home. She began working with Lawrence Public Schools in the special education vocational program, developing jobs, and ensuring employment. In 1999 she was lucky enough to become a stay at home nana for her grandchildren. As of January 2010 she has worked and played at Googols of Learning in the two year old room as the lead teacher. She says, “I am still happily married to my husband Larry, have three of the greatest adult children, and I am nana to nine of the most amazing grandchildren." She continues to thoroughly enjoy spending her work days as play dates with the wonderful two-year-olds at Googols of Learning. Ms. Beth also serves on our PBS Lead Team.
   
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Rachael Ludwick

Lead Qualified Assistant Teacher
Bernoulli's Babies
Rachael was born and raised in Paola, Kansas. She is now going to KU and majoring in music therapy. She enjoys working in child development because it gives her a chance to help children grow and learn in a safe environment. She thinks it's wonderful to watch children discover new things and learn about the world!
   
   

Bohr's Bunch: 2.5 - 3-year-old Room

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Ashlee Beck

Lead Teacher, Curriculum Specialist PBS Lead Team, and Building Leadership Team
Bohr's Bunch
Ms. Ashlee holds a CDA and is currently finishing her Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education. Ashlee has been working in early childhood for more than 5 years. She lives in Lawrence and is a mom of two boys. Her 5-year-old son is attending Googols and the other one is an infant. She is driven to make her classroom engaging and fun for all children. Ms. Ashlee serves on our PBS Lead Team and the Building Leadership Team.
 


Georgiane Boss

Co-Lead, Community Involvement Specialist
Bohr's Bunch
Ms. Georgie was raised in Junction City, KS. She recently graduated from KU with her BA in Unified Early Childhood Education. She was a childcare aide at Flint Hills Church for 5 years before coming to Googols. She lives with her cat, her gecko, and her turtle and in her free time enjoys sleeping and watching Netflix! Ms. Georgie has strong beliefs about her obligations to children:

“I will protect those who cannot protect themselves.
I will act in the moment of need.
I will stand for the rights of children.
I will because I care.”

 
 

Pasteur's Playmates: 3-year-old Room

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Kelly Greene
Lead Teacher, PBS Lead Team, and PBS Coach
Pasteur's Playmates
Kelly moved to McLouth, KS, from Albany, MO, where she lived for 19 years. She grew up in Shawnee and graduated from DeSoto, so she’s feeling ‘home’ again. While in Albany she worked for the Albany R-III school district for 10 years in their preschool programs. Prior to that she stayed home to raise her two children. When she’s not at work you can usually find her at her son’s school events or her daughter’s softball games!  She says, “I’m a big kid at heart and love just sitting and talking to the kids at Googols, coloring and playing with play-doh.”
   
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Katy Kolman
Co-Lead Teacher
Family Engagement Specialist

Pasteur's Playmates
Katy Kolman started at Googols in early May, 2014. She is from Tonganoxie, KS and has worked with children in a variety of settings over the past 11 years including, nanny/babysitting, school age programs, and preschool centers.  She has worked with school agers off and on for 7 years starting in high school and has been a nanny for a special needs child with downs syndrome. Katy is has attended Kansas City Kansas Community College & University of Kansas and is currently studying Music Therapy.  She enjoys spending her free time with her dog Lucy. Katy’s favorite quote is, "Today you are you, that is truer than true.  There is no one alive who is you-er than you." -Dr. Seuss.
   
   
   

Franklin's Family: 4-year-old Room


Anita Martin

Lead Teacher
Franklin's Family
Ms. Martin is the Fours lead at Googols. Who doesn't know Ms. Martin? A school teacher in the Lawrence Public School district for 19 years, she taught children from kindergarten through 6th grade. She's worked mostly in Lawrence, but a few years in Topeka as well. After retiring she continued to sub in the district before joining us here at Googols of Learning in August of 2008. A teacher with seemingly endless energy, Ms. Martin knows how to encourage the children to learn. In the classroom she is the teacher as well as a playmate, just as likely to get up and dance and play kickball with the children! Maybe it's those 4 boys she raised!


Ashli Clements

Lead Qualified Assistant Teacher
Franklin's Family

Ms. Ashli is a native Lawrencian. She has 5 cats and 1 dog. She plans to return to school in the near future, and in the meantime, spends her free time bike riding, walking the dog and taking him to the dog park, and re-finishing wood furniture. Ms. Ashli can be found in Franklin’s Family and Baby Einstein’s

   
   

Galileo's Group: 5-year-old Room

   




Vanessa Johnson
Co-Lead Teacher
Galileo's Group
Ms. Vanessa is from Ramah, New Mexico. She is mom to one son and they have 2 cats, Milo and Sitka. Ms. Vanessa holds a Masters in Curriculum and Teacher Education. She has been teaching for 7 years, both as a 2nd grade and 6th grade teacher and including working in early childhood where she has experience with infants through preschoolers. For fun, Ms. Vanessa likes reading, sewing, running, hiking, volunteering, and watching movies with her family. One of Ms. Vanessa's favorite quotes is "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." –Nelson Mandela
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Pamela King-Smith

Co-Lead Teacher
Galileo's Group
Ms. Pamela originally hails from North Carolina. She has 3 children, a KU grad, and KU sophomore, and a middle schooler. Prior to coming to Googols she worked as a substitute teacher, two years as a preschool teachers and as an academic para-educator. Ms. Pamela was an Art major at KSU and received a Bachelor’s in History with a minor in Art from North Carolina State Univ. She enjoys spending time on her art portfolio, going to concerts and cultural events and visiting museums. Ms. Pamela favors Albert Einstein’s quote, “Play is the highest form of research.”


       

       

Other Teachers and Staff

   
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Cheryl Howard

Teacher Float and Office Assistant
Ms. Cheryl is a native of Ottawa and has lived in Lawrence for 10 years. She has a bachelors in elementary education and taught for 20 years, kindergarten through 4th grade. She has 2 adult children and 3 beautiful granddaughters. When not spending time with them, she loves taking pictures and is learning to play the ukulele.


Samantha Moore

Kitchen Manager

Ms. Sam is a native Lawrencian and the mom to 2 kids and 2 pets (a cat & a dog). She was a preschool teacher for 15 years before coming to Googols to be our kitchen manager. She loves spending her free time with her kids or reading. Ms. Sam’s favorite quote is “For even the wisest can learn incalculably much from children.” – Rudolf Steiner.

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