Our Family

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June Caldwell, Ed.S.

Owner/Director

As an educator and a mother, myself, I am aware how much every parent wants the caring, loving, and nurturing environment for their children, especially when it comes to leaving their babies at a childcare facility.  I have worked in the public education system since 2004. I attended Mississippi State University where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Educational Psychology and a Master’s degree in Counselor Education. I attended William Carey University where I earned a Master's endorsement in School Psychometry.  I also earned an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from NorthCentral University.  I have 10 years experience as a school counselor where I worked with kiddos from PreK to 8th grade.  I addressed each individual's academic, personal/social and career readiness goals and/or concerns.  I also worked as a school psychometrist for 5 years, where I evaluated kiddos turning 3 up through high school for gifted and/or special education services.  I realize the world of childcare and education is constantly evolving, so I am always attempting to learn something new to better myself and ultimately to provide better education services to the children in my care.

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Dontrae Caldwell

CFO

I am a Mississippi State Bulldog graduate where I pursued a degree in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics.  So you are asking yourself, "Why a Daycare?"  While pursuing my degree, I thought working at daycare would be something fulfilling & fun I could do.  I worked there for three years and fell in love with all of the kids. So much so, that I have 5 of my own.  It's kind of easy to light up the kids faces because I am nothing but a 6'2" kid.  I look forward to welcoming your family to ours!

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Charlene Lightfoot

Assistant Director

I have been working with children for over thirty-three years.  I’m married and we have three beautiful daughters and a three-year-old granddaughter.  Before Kiddie University, I had my own child care center in my home.  I have worked with children of varies ages, ranging from 6 weeks to 17.  I’ve also worked with children with special needs and various levels of learning disabilities.  I went to Mott Community College in Flint Michigan for Early Childhood Education.  I plan on furthering my education in the childcare field.  I love working with children, watching them grow and blossom into successful young leaders.  In my spare time, I spend time with my family.   We love to shop, travel, and watch my youngest daughter compete in dance.

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Jackie Camper, M.S.

Staff Support

I am a widower, a mother of two adult children, five grandchildren and a great grand mother.  I have two Associates Degrees, one in Early Childhood Education/CDA and the other in Social Work. I have a Bachelor's Degree from Spring Arbor University in Management Human Resources and a Masters's Degree in  Family Consumers and Science from  Western Michigan.  I am also a Certified Family Life Educator CFLE.  I have over twenty years experience working with "Little People." I started working in the late 70's while in college at a daycare.  I worked for General Motors for 30+ years with 17 of those years as the Work/Family Childcare and Resource Coordinator. I also served on the board of UAW-GM Childcare Center. After retirement we relocated to Arkansas where   worked as an Assistant Teacher at Partee Preschool in Brinkley,Arkansas for three years before relocated to Conway, Arkansas to  work at Sallie Cone Preschool as a Floater/Adviser for seven years. Before joining Kiddie U,  I subbed for Mrs. Char's Playhouse Home Care. I love reading, shopping, meeting new people and being with my family. 

"Happiness is the sound of young children's laughter."

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Sharon "Gigi" Bradley

Staff Support

I am a mother of four sons and grandmother to five amazing grandchildren. I have been in childcare since 1994 as an owner, a teacher, or as a director. I have also worked in Headstart and my biggest goal, was being Director of the Afterschool and Daycamp Program at the Cleveland Family YMCA. There we had 350+ children at 15 different school sites, and over 40 staff. I have enjoyed working with children and staff watching the faces of excitement  from achieving a new goal coming from both sides. I have gone through various TECTA trainings, I have my CDA, and I have taken the Para-Pro Assessment through the Tennessee Department of Education. I enjoy going to new trainings and feel you can never stop learning. I look forward to meeting you and your wonderful children.

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Sandee Kidd, M.Ed.

PreK Lead Teacher/The Leaders

I began my teaching career in Cleveland after graduating from Lee University where I earned my bachelors degree in Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education. Afterwards I moved to Oklahoma to pursue my Master's degree in Elementary and Special Education. Later, I took a teaching position in North Carolina where I taught for 26 years. While in NC, I adopted two beautiful girls in 2005 and 2007. Makayla and Molly are now 13 and 15 and the light of my life. We moved back to Cleveland in 2017 to help with my elderly mother. Last year I taught Pre-K and decided this is what I want to do at this time in my life. As a teacher, I strive to help little ones develop confidence, values and I hope to inspire creativity. Children teach me every day to keep my mind and heart open to all I am continuing to learn. I will never give them anything less than my best as I challenge them to be all the can be.

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Daniel Kanarski

PreK Assistant Teacher/The Leaders

I am a Cleveland High School and Cleveland State Alumni. I am recently married to my beautiful wife, Violet. We both have Slavic backgrounds and serve in our Russian-speaking church here in town. I have always had a passion for leading young minds, and gradually, the age group I’ve worked with has gotten younger and younger. I mainly have experience with Elementary School aged kids. I have been blessed in my life to have two loving parents who raised their 8 children in what I consider the best way possible. Their example of love, along with my personal teaching philosophy, is what I carry with me when working with children. I have a deeply rooted passion for what I do, I care about every child I work with as if they were my own, and I look
forward to serving you!

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Rochelle Sweet

Lead Teacher/The Researchers

I grew up in California and attended The College of the Sequoias where I studied Early Childhood Education. I have 9 years of childcare experience but I am also a wife and mother to two amazing boys! I enjoy art, books, and spending time with my family. My goals are to continue my education at Cleveland State. I’m very excited and thankful to be a part of the Kiddie University family!  I am committed to providing a safe, fun, loving environment to help the children in our center grow and learn.

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Angela VanSchoyck

Assistant Teacher/The Researchers

I am a mother of a beautiful 16 yr. old girl. I have 9 years experience working with children through Douglas Cherokee Head Start, at this time I also received many hours of state in-service training. I have always had a passion in helping children learn in a positive constructive environment. My future goal is to pursue a degree in early childhood. I like reading, the outdoors and spending time with my family. Like to learn something new everyday. I am very excited to meet you and your children.

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Kayla Lewis

Lead Teacher/The Innovators

I can not wait to meet you and your wonderful children! I was born and raised here in beautiful Cleveland, Tennessee. I’m currently engaged to be married to the man of my dreams in October. I absolutely love teaching and working with children! One of the many things I remember when I was a child was how much I loved school, my teachers, and learning. It is one of the many things that brought me to major in Early Childhood Education as I pursue my bachelor's degree. My main goal as your child’s teacher is to make sure they are happy, safe, excited to learn, and ask questions about the world around us. We are going to have so much fun being the Innovators God calls each of us to be!

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Michelle Hall

Assistant Teacher /The Innovators

Staff Bio Coming

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Laurel Jackson

Lead Teacher/The Discoverers

I am so excited to have your kiddo in my class this year. I am originally from North Carolina but have fallen in love with Cleveland. I am currently an Education student at Lee University and am over the moon to be graduating in July. I have been working with kids since I was little, but I think my favorite opportunity was this past summer when I taught in South America. The experience taught me to love teaching not only in English but in Spanish too. When I am not in a classroom, I love to spend time with my family, watch basketball and take care of my animals. I have nineteen fish and one hamster named Fulkerson who my boyfriend lovingly named after the Tennessee Vols basketball player. My main goal as your kiddo’s teacher is to create a safe environment in which they can learn to love learning. I believe learning comes in all sorts of forms and I can’t wait for us to explore that.

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Angie Harris

Assistant Teacher/The Discoverers

Staff Bio Coming Soon!

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Sallie Collins

Lead Teacher/ The Imagineers

I'm currently pursuing a bachelors degree in elementary education. I'm engaged to the love of my life. I've lived in Cleveland all of my life and have always had a passion for working with children. I feel like this is what God has called me to do and I can't wait to work with you little ones!"

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Hannah Honeycutt

Assistant Teacher/The Imagineers

My ultimate goal in life is to become, for others, who I needed when I was younger. I strive to spend every single day reflecting that. I’ve spent several years volunteering my time as a teacher’s assistant, assisting in an after-school program, and learning as much as I can about allowing kiddos to express their minds in a creative manner. I moved to Cleveland 4 years ago from a tiny town in Northeast Mississippi to be a part of a dance ministry called Remnant. I currently work for an organization called Mercy’s Door where I have the privilege of being a Relief Parent in a group home for foster girls. I am learning patience, practicing unconditional love in the tough times, and also gaining wisdom with every single good and bad experience. My willingness to learn and grow will never cease. I will do anything and everything to be the absolute best person I can be for your children. I have such a high expectancy for this experience and I cannot wait to be a part of this journey with you!

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Karen Gateley

Lead Teacher /The Creators

I am a graduate of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where I earned my bachelor's degree Psychology. I have worked with children in a various capacities over 10 years. I have two children of my own and I look forward to meeting all the new children and parents of Kiddie U.

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Alexis Fazenbaker

Lead Teacher/ The Explorers

I spend most of my free time making memories with my family, crafting, and going to Starbucks and Chili’s! I'm married to Bryce and together we have two beautiful daughters Jillian and Ava. I am super excited to start this new adventure together! For the parents who are letting their little ones go for the first time, be assured that I will love your little one and treat them like they are my very own, because at Kiddie U we are truly like a second family. I am so excited to meet everyone and love on your sweet babies.

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Angel Ingram

 Lead Teacher/The Dreamers

I am a Cleveland state community college student. I am a Bradley Central graduate. I love working with children. I am married to Chandler and currently we do not have any children. I have worked in childcare for over a year now. I will take care of your littles as if they were my own. I will make sure they are well taken care of and as happy as can be. I strive to make sure that your baby has the best quality care that they can.

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Kaitlyn Goodman

Infant/Toddler Floater

I recently graduated from Cleveland High School in May of 2019. I plan to attend Cleveland State Community College on a basketball scholarship. I am studying to earn my Associates degree in Pre-Physical Therapy. My plan is to sign a dual intent agreement with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to obtain my Bachelors in Exercise Science. Afterwards, I plan to acquire my Doctorate in Pediatric Physical Therapy. I've been working with children since I was a freshman in high school. This includes experience in the nursery at Tennova Hospital, babysitting, and coaching youth basketball and soccer teams. My goal at Kiddie U is to establish and maintain an environment that is value driven resulting in well-rounded individuals who pursue excellence presently and throughout life.

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Macy Burton

Preschool Floater

I am from a small town in Georgia. I am currently studying psychology with a minor in social work at Lee University. I plan on making a career in the area of social work in order to help kids that do not get the love and support they need. In my free time, I enjoy reading, crafting, and spending time with friends and family.

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Teacher

Floater

Staff Bio coming soon!

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Teacher

Floater

Staff Bio coming soon!

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Rhonda Shields

Kitchen Manager

Staff bio coming soon!

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