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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Laurel Jackson

School Age

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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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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Kayla Lewis

Assistant Teacher/The Researchers

I can’t wait to work with your kiddos! I was born and raised in Cleveland, and just graduated with my Associates in Early Childhood Education! I just recently married my sweet husband, and we have a puppy named Millie! I love spending my everyday with children, as God has put it on my heart to minister and teach them! I’ve been around and worked with children for most of my young adult life! I’m so excited to have the blessing of working with your children!

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Michelle Hall, M.Ed.

Lead Teacher/The Innovators

I am very excited to have your kiddos in my class every day!  I grew up in Idaho, moved to Kansas for college and received a Bachelor’s in Bible from Manhattan Christian College and a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Kansas State University, then moved back to Idaho to begin my teaching career.  While teaching, I received my Master’s degree online through Concordia University as a Reading Specialist.  I taught first grade for 1 year and kindergarten for 7 years before moving to Tennessee almost 5 years ago.  Since then, I have worked as a substitute teacher and a teachers aide in Cleveland City Schools and I taught kindergarten for 1 year in Chattanooga.  I enjoy spending time with my husband, our new baby boy, and our 3 dogs.  I am excited to join Kiddie University and seeing the kiddos learn new things everyday!

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Ajah Stailey

Assistant Teacher /The Innovators

Staff Bio coming soon

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Joy Mason

Lead Teacher/The Discoverers

Staff Bio coming soon.

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Morgann McDonald

Assistant Teacher/The Discoverers

Staff Bio coming soon

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Sarah Stephens, M.Ed.

Lead Teacher/ The Imagineers

I grew up in Athens, TN and graduated from McMinn Central High School.  After high school, I attended Tennessee Wesleyan University where I earned my Bachelor's degree in Management Excellence. Afterwards, I attended Lee University and earned  my Master's in Teaching with a K-6 certification.  I also completed my Pre-K endorsement.  I have worked with kids of all ages in varying degrees as a teacher or assistant teacher in RTI, Sped, Interim and PreK. Teaching is my passion and I love helping children learn and grow into all they can become.  In my spare time I enjoy working out, kickboxing, going to church, volunteering at the shelter and taking care of my rescue pup, Elsa. Children and animals are definitely my two loves. 

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Assistant Teacher/ The Imagineers

Staff Bio Coming soon

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Angel Ingram

Lead Teacher/ The Explorers

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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Michaela Parris

 Lead Teacher/The Dreamers

Staff Bio coming soon.

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Kaitlyn Goodman

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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Sarah Pasteris

Floater

Hello! I am so excited to get to meet you and your kiddos. I am originally from Illinois and I am currently enrolled at Lee University as an Elementary Education major. I love to go for long drives, hiking, and paddling. My goal is to make a safe environment for children to grow and be a well-rounded child. I want to see them excel in all that they do.

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Alexis Caldwell

Floater

This fall, I will be a sophomore at Allegheny College and I play basketball for their Women’s Basketball team. I love playing with little children of all ages! Being able to see them laugh and see the world differently than we do is amazing. I cannot wait to see what I can learn from the kids I meet!

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Hannah Honeycutt

Floater

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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Angie Harris

Kitchen Manager

I have 3 children, and 3 beautiful grand-daughters.  I have been in childcare most of my life, as a mother,  grandmother,  pre-school teacher,  and a daycare director.  I am excited to be a part of Kiddie University's team!

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