Our early childhood educators are carefully screened and evaluated by their professional credentials as well as by their warmth and sensitivity to the individual needs of young children and families. Most classes have team-teachers who have degrees in early child development or a related field. Administrators have degrees in child development as well as experience teaching young children. Staff members are active in professional organizations locally and nationally. Many present workshops and training for other professionals. All are involved in a continuing program of in-service training.
MEET OUR FOUNDER
Judy’s professional life began in 1960 (yes, before you were born!). She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education at University of Omaha and a Master’s Degree in Child Development at Ohio State University. She taught in the Omaha public schools before joining the HEADSTART program, which included teaching Child Development at Columbus State Community College. Then she realized and fulfilled her goal of creating a high quality early childhood center when she founded Smoky Row Children’s Center in 1983. Judy says, “The favorite part of my day at SRCC is getting out of the office and spending time in the classrooms. As I walk around seeing children happily involved in developmentally appropriate activities, I feel proud of our teachers and the work they are doing and the wonderful service we offer. I deeply appreciate their passion and dedication to the mission of the center.” She and husband Bob, who is a retired OB-GYN, love to travel. They also delight in spending time with family, especially their three grandchildren. Being a Grandparent is the dessert of life!
Wendy has been in the Early Childhood Education field since 1998. She came to us in 2016 with four years of administrative experience. She has a Degree in Early Childhood Education from Columbus State Community College. She can be seen throughout the school being Mrs. Fixit with her tools. She loves working with the teachers, parents and children at Smoky Row and loves being a member of the Smoky Row Family.
INFANT ROOM STAFF
Bobbie has been working in the Infant Room since 1994! She grew up in Worthington with two sisters who are still her best friends. She also enjoys hanging out with her 26 year old daughter, Carly who attended Smoky Row as a preschooler. She likes movies, reading, and camping in her old camper near Michigan. She thinks of Smoky Row as her second family and loves her co-workers and the relationships she builds with the infants and their families. She also babysits for Smoky Row families.
Jannie has been working in the Infant Room since 2008. She is a lucky grandma because her grandson Mason attends Smoky Row’s preschool! She has happy childhood memories of playing hide-and-seek and brings that playfulness to the infant room. She loves watching the babies learn, give smiles and hugs. In her spare time she likes to travel (especially to the beach), read and take walks.
Sue has been working in the Infant Room since 1992! She has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan. She enjoys spending time with her three grown sons, visiting the Open Door Art Studio in Grandview, and occasional trips to farmer’s/flea markets.
Tunde has been at Smoky Row since 2005. She has a Bachelor of Education from Hungary where she grew up. Her daughter attended through kindergarten here at Smoky Row and is now a successful second grader. In her free time, Tunde enjoys baking and trying out new recipes. She also enjoys watching British comedies.
TODDLER ROOM STAFF
Becky has worked in child care since 1999. She graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. Her baby, Tyler, is in the Infant Room at Smoky Row. Her favorite things are going to Ohio State Football games, reading and playing volleyball every chance she gets.
Amanda has been at Smoky Row since 2005. She has attended Columbus State Community College working on her Early Childhood Education degree. She loves to attend concerts, read books and watching movies.
SUPER STAR ROOM STAFF
Kim has been teaching at Smoky Row since 1990! She has her Child Development Certificate and has attended many workshops and conferences and worked on a training video with Action For Children. She lives in Grove City with her husband, Bill. She is very proud of her son Gregg who is a paramedic. She enjoys beach vacations, snorkeling and snow skiing. She also loves to cook and do fun science projects in the Super Star Room.
MONKEY ROOM STAFF
Marissa moved to the Columbus area from Chicago. She had 3 years of experience working with children babysitting, volunteering at child care centers and working in the field before joining the Smoky Row Family in 2013. She is currently working on her Childhood Development Associates Degree. She is very passionate about teaching and loves to see children discover new things and being excited to learn.
Jola has been teaching at Smoky Row since 1988! Carrie came to us in 2016 with seven years of teaching experience. She has a Music Education Degree from Ohio State. She has two daughters, Riley and Grace. She enjoys spending time traveling with her daughter and husband, Tom, to their favorite beach (Emerald Isle, NC) and to Disney.
TEDDY BEAR ROOM STAFF
Mindy has been a Teddy Bear teacher since 2013. She has a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Kent State University. During her summers home from Kent State she worked at Smoky Row! She lives in Grandview and loves spending time with her parents who live nearby. She especially enjoys spending time with her brother and niece.
TREE HOUSE CLUB STAFF
Mandy joined the Smoky Row Family in 2016. She has a Master’s of Education and has many years teaching a variety of ages in a variety of settings. She and her husband are from Chicago and their son, Ronin, attends preschool at Smoky Row. When she’s not teaching she loves working on arts and crafts projects, being outside, and spending time with her wonderful family.
SUNSHINE ROOM STAFF
Katiy joined Smoky Row in 2016. She grew up in Worthington and graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been in professional child care since 2000 in various positions including her own in-home child care. She and her husband, Nolan, have three children, Braedyn, Carrick, and Molly. When she is not working or with her children, she enjoys reading, having coffee with friends, and just taking time to enjoy the little moments.
RAINBOW ROOM STAFF
Taryn has been teaching since 2006 and at Smoky Row since 2008. She has a degree in Human Ecology focusing on Early Childhood Education from Ohio State University. She is a huge Ohio State football fan. She also loves spending time with her sons, Quintin and Landon, at the park and taking her dog, Brutus, on walks.
Erica started teaching at Smoky Row is 2016. She has a Landscape Architecture Degree from The Ohio State University. After a success design career, she spent 5 years home caring for her young children and has 3 years experience as a teacher’s assistant and substitute teacher in Dublin Schools. She lives in Powell with her husband, Adam, their two children, Rian and Coen, and their Goldendoodle, Allie. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking and gardening.