Mendel's Munchkins: 12 mos. - 18 mos. Room

   
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Alissa Chahine

Lead Teacher
Mendel's Munchkins
Ms. Alissa hails from Dallas, TX originally. She has two dogs named Yankee and Olaf and in her free time she likes watching Netflix. Ms. Alissa has a strong background in Early Childhood Education having studied at both Johnson County Community College and KU. She has been teaching for almost 9 years. She also holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology.
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Taryn Baldridge

Assistant Teacher
Mendel's Munchkins
Ms. Taryn is a native Lawrencian with 2 dogs. She is a high school Junior who loves swimming, concerts, and hanging out with friends. She has experience in nannying, babysitting, and has taken childcare classes at school. Ms. Taryn would tell children to always have fun!
   
   

Baby Einstein's: 18 mos. - 30 mos. Room

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Tanisha Green

Lead Teacher
Baby Einstein's
Ms. Tanisha grew up in a military household but now resides in Lawrence. She has kids and grandkids to keep her busy when she’s not at Googols! She has earned a CDA in early childhood and has more than 10 years teaching experience. She enjoys movies and music when she’s not enjoying her children and grandchildren. Ms. Tanisha says, “I enjoy working with children, watching them grow into their own little personalities.”


Kathryn Sprick

Assistant Teacher
Baby Einstein's

Ms. Kathryn is a local Lawrencian and a new mother of one! She is currently in school studying Elementary Education. She has previous experience working in early childhood and in her free time enjoys hiking and paddle boarding. Ms. Kathryn's favorite quote is by William Yeats, "Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire."


Violet Wyckoff

Assistant Teacher
Baby Einstein's

Ms. Violet is a native Lawrencian. She is currently a high school senior and enjoys playing bass in the orchestra. She loves children and her 5 cats!

   

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 eight 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.

Ashleigh Ward

Administrative Assistant and Assistant Teacher
Bernoulli's Babies

Ashleigh, a lifelong resident of Lawrence, graduated from Lawrence Free State High School in 2009. Since graduating, she has spent several years working in diverse licensed childcare centers, including Waldorf-Steiner centers, in-home daycares, and with mixed age groups. She plans to return to school to earn a degree in Early Childhood Education. When Ashleigh isn't working or babysitting, she loves riding her bike, watching movies, and going on nature walks.
   
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Savanna Ray

Aide
Bernoulli's Babies
Ms. Savanna is a Lawrence native who has also lived in Eudora. She has 2 dogs named, Chevy & Chevelle. She has several years experience working in Lawrence childcare centers while she attended school. For fun and relaxation, Ms. Savanna likes to spend time with her sister and play with her dogs. Her feelings about children are that, "Seeing a smile on a child's face truly makes me happy."
   
   

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

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Ashlee Beck

Lead Teacher, 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.
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Brittany Riggs

Assistant Teacher
Bohr's Bunch
Ms. Brittany hails from Kansas City and is mom to a loving 4-year-old son. She has a Bachelor's in Rehabilitation Services and a Master's in Rehabilitation Counseling. She worked at Head Start and has also earned an Autism certificate. When she has spare time, she enjoys Saturday afternoons on Mass. Street and playing with her son.

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
Assistant Teacher
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 8 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.
   
   
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Megan Widger

Assistant Teacher
Pasteur's Playmates and Franklin's Family
Ms. Megan is from Kearney, Nebraska and is currently studying for a degree in Music Therapy with a minor in Social and Behavioral Science Methodology. She has previous experience in early childhood working with children between 2 and 4-years-old. In her free time she likes to play piano, read, and make art. Ms. Megan says, "I love having the opportunity to impact someone else's life, no matter how small. As long as I can send someone home smiling, I know I've done my job!"
   

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!

Markus Jenkins

Assistant Teacher and Building Leadership Team
Franklin's Family
Mr. Markus is originally from Topeka, Kansas. He has an 8-year-old son, a 9-year-old daughter, and one dog! He's been working in Early Childhood for 2 years and plans to further his education formally by getting a degree in Early Childhood Education. He enjoys spending his free time listening to music, playing sports, and hanging out with children. Mr. Markus believes, "We as teachers have the ability to make an impression on a child that can last a lifetime."
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Rachel Ludwick

Assistant Teacher
Franklin's Family
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!
   
   

Galileo's Group: 5-year-old Room

   
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Jasmine Johnson

Lead Teacher and Building Leadership Team
Galileo's Group
Ms. Jasmine is originally from Kansas City. She has an Associates degree in History. She is nearly finishing her Bachelor's in History/Anthropology. She also has an Associates degree in Child Development. She has 13 years of experience in early childhood! In her time off she likes to sail, spend time with friends, and do embroidery. Her favorite quote about teaching is "Today you lead the class. Tomorrow your students lead the world."
   
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Vanessa Johnson

Assistant 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


Sidney Newlin

Assistant Teacher
Galileo's Group

Sidney Newlin is a Lawrence native and currently attends KU as an Elementary Education major.  She loves the outdoors: hiking and hammocking and is the proud owner of a beta fish (Pop-Eye) and a dog (Harley).  Sidney believes, “Children are not things to be molded, but people to be unfolded”—Jess Lair.


Kelsey Chadd

Assistant Teacher and Building Leadership Team
Galileo's Group

Ms. Kelsey is from Shawnee Mission, Kansas. She is currently studying Elementary Education at KU. In her free time, Ms. Kelsey enjoys reading, running, hanging out with kids, and playing with her Golden Retriever, Gracie. Ms. Kelsey believes that "teachers who love teaching, teach children who love learning."

       

       

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