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Aurora Young Explorers

59 East Garfield Rd., (Rt. 82)

Aurora, Ohio 44202


Monday - Friday

6:30 am - 6:30 am


Who We Are

Inspiring Individuals, Building Communities

Our ambitious academic program exceeds Ohio Department of Education Academic Content Standards and our Montessori Method provides gentle instruction along the way to ensure our students are confidently ready for kindergarten.

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Our People

Meet the Aurora Team

We love learning. We love the freedom to think big, work together, and take risks.

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Ann Carignan

Preschool Teacher


I went to Kent State University and received a Bachelor of Science and Education Intervention Specialist. I greatly enjoy helping in educating every child and looking forward for the opportunity of working to help accomplish your child’s many new goals. In my free time I like to ballroom dance and travel.

Pam Conley

Preschool Teacher


I went to Edinboro University and graduated with a Masters of Elementary Education. I love the uniqueness each child brings to the classroom and their willingness to learn. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family.

Tiffany Bolton

Director - Aurora


I attended Hiram College and received my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. I was a classroom teacher for 13 years before becoming a Director. The thing I love them most about Young Explorers is the family feel that our school provides. I love watching the children grow. From taking their first steps in the infant room to one day watching them get off the bus from their first day of Kindergarten. I love singing, playing board games, and watching movies with my family.

Kayley Sarver

Assistant Director


I received my Montessori Infant and Toddler degree from Columbus Montessori Education Center. I love working at Young Explorers! It is my home away from home and the people who work here are like family to me. I taught in a toddler room here at Young Explorers and fell in love with the atmosphere. I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter Nora.

Catherine Rodhe

Preschool Teacher


I graduated with a bachelors degree of Arts and Early Childhood at the University of Mount Union. I am also a Montessori Certified teacher through the North America Montessori Center. I love working at Young Explorers because of the family atmosphere and how everyone truly works together. In my free time I love spending time with my son and going to the gym.

Illya Bowersox

Preschool Teacher


I went to Terra State Community College and received an Associate of Applied Sciences. I also received my Early Childhood Education Montessori degree from the North American Montessori Center. In my free time I enjoy hiking and spending time with my family.

Ally Arnold

Preschool Teacher


I received my Early Childhood Education Montessori degree from the North American Montessori Center. I love coming to work every day and getting the children excited to learn. I enjoy hanging out with my twin sister in my free time.

Kristin Rubino

Toddler teacher


I have my B.A. in early childhood and leadership. I love being able to teach the kids something new each day, while watching them soak it all in. It is so rewarding to be able to watch them grow in their own accomplishments. In my free time I enjoy listening to music, watching my favorite shows and playing video games.

Shannon Rausch

Toddler teacher


I have a bachelors degree in child and family development. The Sailors room is the place to be! We have so much fun being able to sign and dance all day while learning new things. In my free time I enjoy hanging out with my nieces and nephews.


See what parents and children are saying about Young Explorers!

Jaylene H., Daughter Grace (4), Son Tyler (1)

“Young Explorers has provided an amazing learning environment that is both fun and safe for my children. My son has several life-threatening food allergies, and the staff has bent over backwards to keep him safe. Their careful attention to our special needs has brought me much needed peace of mind when I’m away.”

Colin and Abby Waid, Sons Eric (3 years), Henry, Michael (Infants)

Our three year old has become such an intelligent, social child, in part, because of the influence of the staff at Young Explorers. We are confident that our children are in a safe, caring, and enjoyable environment every day, and we feel fortunate that such a wonderful center is so conveniently located for us.

Christine C., Daughter Hailey, 2 years old

Hailey has learned so much and the teachers are great at working with each child individually, as well as in a group which is the heart of the Montessori method. The staff is very trustworthy and I have no worries that my child is being well cared for and loved all day long.

Colleen D., Daughter Hailey, 2 years old

Since being with Young Explorers the kids have flourished socially, academically and creatively! The family atmosphere that YE provides makes it so easy to drop the kids off. They (as well as I) have formed some great relationships with the teachers, kids and other Young Explorer’s families that I know will continue well beyond our years here!

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