Lakewood Child Care Center’s exceptional teachers and staff members teach and care for our children in a stable, nurturing environment. Meet the individuals who may guide your children for years to come.

Administration

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Holle, our Director, holds a master’s degree from the University of Dayton in early childhood administration and a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Ohio University. She has been with Lakewood Child Care Center since August 1994.

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Judy, our Educational Coordinator, has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Ohio University. She has been with Lakewood Child Care Center since June 1993.

Infant

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Danielle, the Lead Infant Teacher, has a bachelor’s degree in hearing and speech. Danielle has been with the center since August 2003.

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Beth, an Assistant teacher in the Infant room, has her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Dayton. She joined our team in July 2014.

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Ajia, an Assistant teacher in the Infant room, joined Lakewood Child Care Center in May 2019. She has her CDA and is working on her associate’s degree from University of Cincinnati.

Young Toddler

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Rasta, the Lead Young Toddler teacher, joined the center in September 2021. She is working on her associate’s degree from Cuyahoga Community College.

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Gabby, an Assistant teacher in the Young Toddler room, is working on her associate’s degree in early childhood education at Cuyahoga Community College. She joined the center in March 2021.

Older Toddler

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Brenda, our Lead Older Toddler teacher, has her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from the University of Cincinnati. She has been with the center since August 1994.

Betsy, an Assistant Older Toddler teacher is working on her Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from the University of Cincinnati. She joined LCCC November 2022.

Preschool

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Natalie, the Lead Teacher in the Pre-school room, has her Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from the University of Cincinnati. She has been with the center since March 2001.

Erica, the Assistant Teacher in Pre-school, has her bachelor’s degree in business from Bryant & Stratton, her master’s degree in social work from Capella University and is finishing up her CDA. She joined the center in November 2022.

Marissa, Assistant Teacher in Pre-School, graduated from the Westhore Early Childhood Program at Lakewood High School and is currently enrolled at Cleveland State University in Education. She started at LCCC in January 2023.

Pre-K

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Tara, the Lead Pre-K teacher, has her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati. She has been with Lakewood Child Care Center since September 1996.

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Chasity, an Assistant teacher in Pre-K, has a bachelor’s degree from Baldwin Wallace University in exercise science and athletic training and holds her CDA. She joined the center in May 2017.

Valentina, an Assistant Teacher in Pre-K, is working on her bachelor’s degree from Western Governors University. She has been with the center since November 2022.

Pre-K2 and School Age

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Michelle, the Lead Teacher in the Pre-K2 and School Age room, has a bachelor’s degree in education from Cleveland State University. She joined us in January 2021.

Additional Staff

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Katie, a substitute teacher who also spent eight years at the center as a student, is working on her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education at Xavier University. She has worked at the center since June 2021.

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Kyamba, a Kitchen Assistant, has 12 years of culinary experience. She has been with the center since July 2021.

Maddy, a substitute teacher, is working on her Bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing at Cleveland State University. She began at the center in May 2021.

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Sherry, a substitute teacher, was our Kindergarten teacher from August 2007 until retirement; since then, she’s continued on as a substitute teacher.

Toni, a substitute teacher, works for Lakewood City Schools. She has been with us since December 2016.

James, also known as “Grandpa Buzz,” has been a driver with the center since June 2022.

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Lauren, a substitute teacher, is working on her Bachelor’s degree in education at Wittenberg University. She began at the center in May 2022.


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Hula in the Coola

We have officially completed our 100 Days of School Chart!  We had a fun theme this week which was Luau.  The children participated in Hula in the Coola with the other classrooms where they learned how to do the hula dance.  They also did the limbo.  I showed the children where Hawaii was and had…

Hula Through the Week

Aloha! Pre-K has had a great time this week learning about Luaus and Hawaiian traditions. We began the week by learning about what is a luau and its significance to the Hawaiian people. Pre-k quickly became interested in going to Hawaii after learning that it is made up of a group of islands with many…

Lots of Fun with Luau Week

Lots of fun Luau themed activities and experiences in the classroom this week. Monday in art the children painted handprints on a poster and in language the children engaged in a Hawaii bingo game. For a social emotional experience, the children dictated some things about themselves and drew a picture. Tuesday the children colored the…