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Alex Petch

Infant Teacher

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I have a degree in theatre and event management and currently attending Notre Dame College for Early Childhood Education. For fun, I enjoy musical theatre and performing. I am so happy to teach at Young Explorers because I love their innocence and their pure love for learning new things.

Desiree Hargrave

Infant Teacher

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I am a graduate from Malone University with a degree in Music Performance with a concentration in Vocal Studies. I love working with children because of the pure joy they bring when they’re happy and excited about learning.

Tori Berg

Infant Teacher

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I have spent the past 3 years helping infants grow, learn, and develop. In my free time, I am an avid dancer and love to bring the joys of music and dance into our classroom. I have such a passion for these little ones and truly strive to treat each of them like they are my own.

Aubrey Kirkland

Toddler Teacher

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I am a volunteer “Big Sister” with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of America and have been with them for the past 2 years. My favorite part about teaching is seeing the moment when something we’ve worked on suddenly connects for a child. I spend my free time with my family and learning different sign language

Kaylee Martin

Preschool Teacher

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I am currently pursuing my degree at Kent State. In my free time I enjoy playing piano and the guitar. I love every second of teaching and can’t wait to watch your children learn and grow.

Amy Sarvar

Preschool Teacher

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I have my Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a focus in Child and Youth Development. In my free time, I love to spend time with my dog, niece and nephew. I love to see the look on a child’s face when they discover something new.

Allison Shuster

Preschool Teacher

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I graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. In my free time I love spending time with my son Parker. What I love most about teaching is adapting to the individual needs of the children and seeing their face light up when they finally learn the lesson.

Taylor Chism

Floater Teacher

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I am currently working on my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Kent State University. During my free time, I love spending time with my friends and family. What I love most about teaching is seeing the look on their faces when they accomplish something new.

Amanda Seely

Preschool Teacher

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I am currently working on my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. On my free time I love to do crafts and spend time with my friends and family. Every year I can’t wait to get a new group of children that I get watch learn and grow over the year.

Erin Hovan

Toddler Teacher

About

I graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. In my spare time, I love to go rock climbing, hiking, and spend time with my daughter Harper. My favorite thing about working with children is their curiosity about the world around them.

Kaylee Via

Preschool Teacher

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I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Notre Dame College. In my free time I love shopping, and hiking. I love teaching preschool because every day is a new adventure and there is always something to laugh and smile about.

Sasha Walker

Preschool Teacher

About

I have a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a Masters in Music. For fun, I play with my son Gavin, crochet, and play music. My favorite part about Young Explorers in watching how excited the children get to learn, receiving all of the hugs and watching them grow.

Carli Blake

Floater

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I am currently finishing up my CDA. I like to hang out with friends and family. I love seeing the children grow with knowledge and they make me smile.

Hannah Thomas

Afterschool K-1

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Currently attending Kent State University for pre-med in physical therapy. I enjoy working at Young Explorers I love to teach children! In my free time I like to hang out with my friends.

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