Our Staff

 

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!

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Lora has been at Smoky Row since 2000.  She has a degree in Elementary Education from Bowling Green State University and a Master’s in Early Childhood Administration from National Louis University.  She loves giving tours to new families and getting to know those families and children as they attend Smoky Row.  In her free time she likes to read, exercise, travel and spend time with her daughter, Bailey, and son, Thomas.

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.

Lisa has 28 years of classroom experience and moved to administration in 2010.  She has a degree in Child Development from Ohio State University.  She and her husband are empty-nesters and love to travel, go to concerts, and work in her yard.  She also loves her Buckeyes!  She likes being the first person you see at Smoky Row and letting you in the door with a smile!

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.

Jola has been teaching at Smoky Row since 1988!  She has a degree in Education from Capital University and continues to attend conferences and workshops related to Early Childhood Education.  She has lots of great childhood memories of dressing up and playing pretend.  She has always loved books.  A favorite idea was pretending to be the teacher for all of her stuffed animals.  She comes from a family of educators including her brother and her son recently earned his Master’s Degree in higher education.

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.

Megan has been at Smoky Row since April 2012.  She is currently attending Columbus State Community College studying Early Childhood Education. She has lots of experience working with children through babysitting and volunteering at elementary schools.  In her free time she enjoys playing sports, riding bikes, traveling, going to concerts, watching plays/musicals, and being with her family.

TREE HOUSE CLUB STAFF

Denise has been at Smoky Row since 2008.  She has her Child Development Certificate from Columbus State Community College.  She has been married for 28 years and has two sons.  She enjoys her class very much because they remind her of her boys when they were young and made her laugh!  She also loves to garden, cook, and spend special time with her family.

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

Emily has been teaching at Smoky Row since 2008.  She has a degree in Human Development and Family Science from Ohio State University.  Her favorite activity outside of school is ice hockey as both a player and a coach.  She is at the rink almost every night and on the weekends.  She also attended Smoky Row as a preschooler!

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

Bethann has been working at Smoky Row since 1993! She has a Music Education Degree from Ohio University.   She is very proud of her two grown children, Heather and Abram.  She just welcomed her second grandchild into the world.  She is so excited to be a grandma!  She loves singing and playing the guitar.  She always looks forward to seeing generations return to Smoky Row.

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.

BUTTERFLY ROOM STAFF

Ashley has been teaching at Smoky Row since 2009.  She has a degree in Human Ecology from Ohio State University.  She loves to go for walks with her husband, daughter and dog, Pippi.  Her favorite part of the day at Smoky Row is playground time.  She loves to play games with the Butterfly friends!
Denise started at Smoky Row in 2007 and came to us with seven years of experience teaching preschool.  She has a degree is Early Childhood Education and Mild-Moderate Intervention.  She is very proud of her two grown sons.  Her favorite part of the day is when she can do messy art and science projects with the kids.

KINDERGARTEN ROOM STAFF

Missy has been teaching Kindergarten at Smoky Row since 1993.  She has a degree in Elementary Education from Ashland University.  In her free time, she loves coaching her twin boys in soccer, watching her daughter’s basketball and soccer games, and shopping.  She has wanted to be a kindergarten teacher ever since she was in third grade!
Bethann has been working at Smoky Row since 1993! She has a Music Education Degree from Ohio University.   She is very proud of her two grown children, Heather and Abram.  She just welcomed her second grandchild into the world.  She is so excited to be a grandma!  She loves singing and playing the guitar.  She always looks forward to seeing generations return to Smoky Row..