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Staff

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When selecting staff members for our school, we look for individuals who are passionate about education! We also look at the amount of experience and education they have had. All Kids Advancing Academy teachers receive a FBI & BCI Background check prior to working at our school and are required to take at least ten hours of training per year as well as several health and safety courses

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Tamika Wells, Director

Tamika was born, raised and currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. She started this journey of working with children 22 years ago working as an educational aide in a HeadStart program. She has since worked with all age groups in a variety of Cleveland area childcare centers and beyond, including being a director of a few. She continues this journey because there is nothing that she is more passionate about than working with children and families. She currently has an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education. In addition, she is currently working to obtain her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of Cincinnati. When not working with children she enjoys spending time with family, reading, listening to music, and writing both poetry and books. She is also a published author.

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Madeline Albrecht, Substitute Teacher

 

Madeline grew up in Lakewood and now resides in Cleveland Ohio. Before working at KAA, she worked at Leah’s CLC,  She worked with older kids, did potty training, etc: Madeline now works with toddlers 18 months - 2-1/2 years old. She loves watching them pick up things from one another and learn how to talk more each day. Watching them learn through playing together and sharing is one main reason she loves her job, She also loves being able to bring her kids to work with her and that’s one of the main reasons why she decided to get into child care. Her desire is to ensure that she gets to see her kids and students at the same time.

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Alyssa Whiteman, Lead Preschool 1 Teacher

 

 Alyssa has been a part of the KAA team for five years. She grew up in Lakewood but currently resides in Parma. KAA was Alyssa's first job, before, she babysat since the age of 13. She has worked with a variety of ages, but mostly with toddlers! Her favorite thing to witness as a teacher is when her students implement what she taught them. She loves helping them grow, learn, and explore, and seeing that is only part of why she loves her job!

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Emily Horton, Lead Preschool 2 Teacher, Site Supervisor

 

 Emily graduated High School in 2017 and has been employed with Kids Advancing Academy since then. She worked with children since her Junior year in High School, She participated in an Early Childhood Education program that prepared her for college. She has an Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Cuyahoga Community College. Emily enjoys working with children and helping their minds grow. She delights in seeing the excitement on a child’s face when they learn something new or finally conquer a challenge that they worked hard to learn. She is preparing her students to go onto pre-k, so she is helping them with learning their ABC’s, Numbers 1-20, days of the week, months of the year, shapes and colors. She also helps them learn about themselves, such as name, birthdate, age, where they live, etc.  She helps them learn how to identify and spell their names as well! Her class tries to work on handwriting before pre-k as well! She believes children learn best through play and association with other children, so they do have structured play as well, after our morning circle time! She cannot wait to meet your children and get to learn about them and be able to help them grow!

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Jameel Patrick, School-Age Director

Jameel was born and raised in Cleveland. Before working at KAA, he was a youth advisor at Scranton Road Ministries CDC. There he assisted with running an after-school program for middle schoolers. There he also worked in the local middle school as a leader of character groups and lunchroom monitor. He worked two summers for Youth Opportunities Unlimited as a supervisor for teenagers working summer jobs, worked in two elementary schools for Americorps, and volunteered as a camp counselor for Camp Cedarbrook for ten years, He worked at Global Ambassador’s Language Academy as a teacher's assistant and paraprofessional. He has career certificates in religious studies, and child psychology, a career diploma for teacher's aid, a School Age III endorsement through Ohio Childcare Resource & Referral Association, and an associate's degree in early childhood education. He is currently working on obtaining his bachelor's in elementary and special education studies. Jameel enjoys working in the school-age room and enjoys working on media projects with his students (which can be found on the media page).

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Sheri Lea Shell, Preschool Teacher

Ms. Sheri was born and raised in Cleveland. She has been in the

childcare industry for just over five years here in Cuyahoga County. Before that, she had her own in-home facility in Summit County. She has a CDA (Child Development Associate) in Infant and Toddler. She also has a School Age II Endorsement as well as additional autism training. She was a Toddler Teacher for the greater part of her child development career. She is very grateful to be the Preschool 2 teacher here at Kids Advancing Academy. She has a twenty-year-old daughter who is her whole world . She has four amazing stepchildren whom she thanks God for. She loves being outdoors, crafts, and sewing. Spending time joking and playing games with her family is always top on her list of fun things to do. She can’t wait to have fun and learn new things with my Preschoolers here at Kids Advancing Academy!! She looks forward to meeting you and making learning fun, 

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Adria Moss, Infant Teacher

Andria was born in Cleveland and raised in Akron. For the last few years, she has resided in Cuyahoga County. She has been in the childcare industry for over two years, but she is so happy to be the infant teacher at Kids Advancing Academy.  She has a CDA (Child Development Associate) in Infants and Toddlers, as well as a School-Age Endorsement II. She is currently in college to obtain her Bachelors degree in Psychology Child Adolescent and Development. When she has free time, she is outdoors, with family, or writing. One of her greatest feelings is when a child grasps what they have been working on, and they realize it with the biggest smile on their faces. She looks forward to meet your little ones and helping them grow!

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Rashownna Ratliff, Lead Toddler Teacher 

Rashownna was born and raised in Cleveland and goes by Ms.Rayy. She has worked with kids for years now and decided to work in the childcare industry in 2022. She started at Child Care Careers and found a permanent position at En Loving Care Inc. working with Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers. She came to KAA for a better opportunity and to learn more than she could at the other center. Ms.Rayy loves putting smiles on kid's faces and doing arts and crafts. She will attempt to send a project home every day. She also loves seeing growth with the children as they learn more and more from her. She graduated from design lab early college high school in 2020. Cooking is her passion, and she has an LLC for her cooking business, which is called “RJs Eatery” She also just started a podcast channel on YouTube “UnJudgemental Thoughts”. She has a very motivational mindset and wants to be successful in life. Ms.Rayy can’t wait to meet your children, help them grow, and see their fun little personalities! 

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