Meet Our People

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Will Scott

CEO & CFO

About

We started Young Explorers because we wanted the ideal place for our son to learn and grow. And now it’s a community where all of our children grow to find their own confidence and voice. I'm always amazed at the joy in our families faces.

Rita Scott

President & COO

About

The everyday moments with our children when they discover something new are truly priceless. We started Young Explorers when I was pregnant with my son, who is now driving! We're still the same loving community where we strive to inspire each child to be their all.

Eileen Osborn

Executive Director of Development

About

My passion for education started when my children were young. I graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. I love working with the staff and the children at Young Explorers Montessori School which allows me to explore my true passion for the educational engagement of children.

Joanna Kelley

Executive Director of Operations

About

On my first day years ago as a classroom teacher, I fell in love with Young Explorers. I hold a degree in Early Childhood Education that has allowed me this awesome opportunity to work with students, teachers, and families every single day. In my free time I love to read, shop online, and explore nature with my own 2 Young Explorers graduates. Young Explorers is an extension of my family and I am so proud to work with wonderful people every day.

Whitney Gemuenden

Director - Streetsboro

About

I have a school-age daughter Aubrey and preschool son Bentley. I graduated from Youngstown State University with a degree in Sociology, where I also played Division 1 tennis. I have been a part of Young Explorers for over ten years. I received my International Montessori Teaching Diploma in 2013. I love being able to watch the children learn and grow.

Tiffany Bolton

Director - Aurora

About

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.

Karen Silvey

Director - Avon

About

I graduated from Bowling Green State University with my Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. I enjoy spending free time with my kids, visiting museums, and playing board games. Young Explorers does more than just care for and educate children. We celebrate childhood and all the magic in entails!

Meg Merlene

Assistant Director

About

I graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies – with a focus on early childhood development. What I love most about working with children is their passion to grow and learn with their peers and teachers. I love watching them accomplish new things and how they bring so much joy and laughter into my life!

Ashley Dean

Assistant Director

About

In 2014, I graduated from Heidelberg University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. I currently live in Twinsburg with my very spoiled puppy Lucy and cat Chase. I like to spend my free time with my friends and family going on new adventures. I have a deep passion for helping children discover and learn through exploring the world around them with their peers and teachers.

Ashley Whitfield

Assistant Director

About

I graduated from Ohio University with my Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. I love weight lifting and setting new personal records for myself. What I love most about working at Young Explorers is bonding with our children. I love getting to know each and everyone of their unique selves.

Kayley Sarver

Assistant Director

About

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.

Manshi Patel

Preschool Teacher

About

I graduated from Cleveland State University with a bachelors degree of science in Education. I spend my free time with my husband and loving my 2 boys. What I love about teaching children is how unique and different each one is in their own way and watching them grow and learn.

Brittany Hymes

Toddler Teacher

About

I have my undergraduate in Psychology with minors in child and family development and a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. I love to run and hike in my free time. It is such a joy working with toddlers every day at Young Explorers, because they are always so happy and full of life.

Nancy Russe

Infant Teacher

About

I have been working in Child Care programs for the last 12 years! I love to spend time with my family and grandchildren! With my time off you can find me crafting and completing up-cycling projects! I love working with our families and children. Our babies surely know how to put a smile on my face each day!

Kristin Rubino

Toddler teacher

About

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

About

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.

Amanda Lipscomb

Infant Teacher

About

I have a B.A. in teaching English as a second language from Kent state University. In my free time I enjoy hanging out with my friends and family. I love working in the Cadets room because I have the privilege of sharing my experiences with different cultures and languages while incorporating it into my lesson plans with the babies.

Amanda Oravec

Preschool Teacher

About

I have a degree in Educational Studies from Kent State and a diploma from the North American Montessori Center. I love to run and be crafty, in my free time I am known for working on some great DIY projects. Each child makes me smile and I love each of them as if they were my own!

Ashley Kalbrunner

Infant Teacher

About

I received my Bachelor of Science in Education from Cleveland State University. In my free time I love to explore downtown Cleveland! The best part about working with children is being able to watch them learn and grow!

Sabrina Auld

Toddler Teacher

About

I graduated from University of Central Florida with my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Outside of Young Explorers, I love DIY Projects! You can always find me on Pinterest searching for a new project to create. I love the wonder and magic that children experience every day.

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