TRICIA BASSINGTHWAIGHTE, center director, pre-K
I am married and have two grown children. I have worked in Early Childhood since 1979. I have an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood from Butler Community College. Caring for children is my passion and gift from God.
PAM FORD, lead teacher, nursery
I have one 16-year-old daughter and have worked in the medical field as a certified nurse aide and medical aide for 25 years. For the past five years, I've worked as a pool monitor and lifeguard.
My classroom philosophy is to spread love with everything you do. I absolutely love my job and know I am loved here too.
MADISON HARRIS, toddler 1
MELINDA SLAUGHTER, young toddler teacher
I have two grown daughters and two beautiful grandchildren. I studied early child education and had a licensed daycare in my home for years. I also have a background in children's ministry.
My classroom philosophy revolves around providing a fun, safe and exciting environment for children to learn, be themselves and build relationships with others. I have a passion for children, and I love teaching children about Jesus.
DESIREE HERRON, pre-k teacher
I am married to my high school sweetheart, and we have two children. I have worked at the Andover YMCA in the KidZone, at Mom's Day Out and Parents' Night Out programs. I also worked at Lincoln Elementary as a paraprofessional.
I believe it is key to start each day with a smile, even on the rainy days. The children make it worth coming in each day.
SHAWNEE MILLWARD, toddler teacher