Whiz Kidz

our admin team

Ms. Martha

CEO/ Founder

Hi, I’m Martha the CEO/ Founder of Whiz Kidz Preschools.

Thank you for considering our school for your families needs. It is my life’s work and calling to work with children and teachers alike.  I always knew I wanted to be a teacher but I never dreamt I’d be so lucky to be a teacher to so many!  I feel so blessed that as a mother of 3 and wife, I can do what I love every day while also raising my family.  Together with my husband Tom and our amazing team, we have worked to build Whiz Kidz for families like yours.  We truly understand the challenges and blessings it is to raise a family.  When I’m not at a soccer game or driving around town for work or mom taxi, I enjoy reading, cooking, hiking and traveling!

meet Our Team

Ms. Susan Support Director

Hi my name is Susan I am fortunate enough to be the with Support Director for Whiz Kidz Preschools. I have been in the Early Childhood field for 25 years. I started as a toddler teacher which I did for 14 years before becoming an Assistant Director then Director. After raising our son in Michigan for 23 years we moved here to Arizona in 2018 along with our son Logan and our dog Molly.We love it here, especially the “winters”. I started out at WK in 2018 as the Assistant Director. I love working with families and giving their children a home away from home!

Ms. Rico Safety & Compliance Director

My name is Raegina Rico, you can call me Rico! I am the operator and owner of Title 9, LLC. A company that helps Investors and Child Care Owners start and monitor their businesses. Title 9 also aids in bringing healthy, safe and great quality childcare centers to the communities in Arizona. I am an author, and I am publishing my second book this summer. My daughter was the Editor-in-Chief at Boise State and has helped with the edits and my other talented girls illustrated my books. I have worked in the childcare profession for over 30 years. As a childcare owner/center director and a student-teacher at Mesa Community College Evelyn H. Warren NAEYC Child Development Laboratory, I received my undergraduate work in Child Development.

Ms. Nicole Program Director

Hello, My Name is Ms. Nicole! I am the Program Director here at Whiz Kidz Preschools. I am married to my sweet husband Daniel, and we have 2 amazing children. I have been with Whiz Kidz since 2018 and have worked as both a Teacher and Administrator. I have 10 years of experience in Early Childhood and Youth Development. I started my career as a Pre-K Teacher for 2 years and then moved into non-profit and youth development work for 6 years. My son inspired me to get back into Early Childhood and I am so glad I did!

    Ms. Patrizia East Scottsdale Campus Director

    Hello, my name is Ms. Patrizia and I am excited to be the Director of the East Scottsdale Campus. I am originally from San Diegoand grew up in Sicily, Italy ages 1-5 and have been in AZ for 10 years now. I have one daughter, a freshman in college. Ihave been in Education for 20 years. I started at a High School as Dean of Students, worked my way to thePrivate School to work with younger kids, as Director of Admission/ Assistant Head of School and served ages 1 yrs old through Middle School aged children. I was a site manager for preschools around Scottsdale, helping teachers with classroom management and curriculum before joining the WK family.

    Ms. Kassandra Phoenix Campus Director

    Hello, my name is Kassandra and I am the Phoenix Campus Director. I started my journey with WK a Preschool Teacher and was promoted to Assistant Director and then Director. I have been working in childcare since 2016 and it has been the most rewarding experience! I am furthering my education with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology of Forensics and a Minor in Business Analytics at GCU! Working with kids has taught me strong values of patience, compassion, and most importantly understanding. Working in a company whose mission is to create a safe and joyful environment is a blessing.

    Mr. Spencer Mesa Campus Director

    Hello, my name is Spencer Kauffman, I am the director of Whizkidz Mesa! My wife and my daughter are my world! I am originally from Ohio. I am Extremely blessed to be a part of whizkidz. Not only that but I'm very grateful that my daughter gets a Whizkidz education. I've been in early childhood education for 10 years and this is by far my greatest experience in the world of childcare. I love to read and hangout with my family.

    Ms. Theresa Ahwatukee Campus Director

    Hi, I’m Theresa and I am the Director of our Ahwatukee Campus. I graduated in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree and soon began working in early childhood education. My journey started when I opened my own in-home childcare business, where I obtained national accreditation through the National Association for Family Child Care. After my husband retired from the Navy in 2014, our family returned to Phoenix and I had the opportunity to start working for Whiz Kidz Preschool, first as a Lead Teacher and now as a Director. I feel blessed to say I love my job, children are my passion, and working alongside teachers brings me great joy.

      Ms. Jessi Phoenix Campus Assistant Director

      Hello, My name is Jessi and I am the Assistant Director at the Phoenix Campus. I have been in early education/childcare since 2016. I started as an infant teacher but have taught ages 0-5. I love early childhood education and got my Associates degree in Education and a second Associate's degree in child development. I have one little boy and he is my pride and joy. I am getting married in March 2023 and am so excited for my next life adventure. I love Whiz Kidz and feel that it is such a loving, strong community based program.

      Ms. Ryann Mesa Campus Assistant Director

      Hello! I’m Ms. Ryann, I have been working in early childhood education for over 10 years. I started out my journey in the early childhood world in the classrooms, I was a lead in the Infants, Ones, and Twos for about a year each. After that, I was offered the Assistant Director position and eventually ended up as their director. I am originally from Northwest Iowa and moved out to Arizona back in August of 2012. I also am a very proud Auntie of 4 nieces and 1 nephew. I have my Bachelor’s in Business Management and I am currently pursuing my second BA in Graphic Design and Media Art which will be completed in the end of 2022!

      Ms. Andrea Ahwatukee Campus Assistant Director

      Hello, my name is Ms. Andrea. I joined the Whiz Kidz Preschool family back in the beginning of 2020 and over the years I have been a lead teacher/co teacher in our infant and one year old classrooms. I moved to Arizona in summer of 2014 to attend GCU and graduated with my Bachelors degree in Psychology. I have been working in childcare for 5+ years! Children’s creative minds are always teaching us something new and making the days more enjoyable. In my free time I enjoy being outdoors and taking road trips with my growing family. I will soon be expecting my first baby girl in the beginning of August 2022.

      Ms. Sophia Scottsdale Campus Assistant Director

      Hi! I’m Sophia and I am the Assistant Director at our Scottsdale Campus. I am a Mommy of 3 wonderful children. I am happily married to my husband Tyrone and am an animal lover. I am passionate about Early Childhood Education and have worked in this field since 2015. I am currently enrolled at CAC to further my knowledge in Education. I love getting to know all the families and continuing to serve the children here at Whiz Kidz

      Ms. Ori East Scottsdale Campus Assistant Director

      Salutations! My name is Oriana but I go by Ori. I am originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Before moving to Arizona I worked as a Summer Recreation Leader with children with special needs, which solidified my decision to work with children. There is a quote by Maya Angelou that states,“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”, and I remember for as long as I can, that every teacher I have ever had, have helped me feel loved, apart of, and more than. I can only hope that I can pass that on wherever I go. I have been a part of the Whiz Kidz Family since 2017 and it has been a beautiful journey. I am currently attending school to obtain my degree in Early Childhood Education. Through these classes and experiences in this field, I have learned how important and special early ages are, working and helping develop an early brain is no easy task, but it is certainly a rewarding one.

      Ms. Elaysha Scottsdale Campus Administrative Assistant

      My name is Elaysha and I've been with Whiz Kidz preschool since 2017. I am happily married to my wonderful husband. We have 5 beautiful nieces and nephews that we help take care of. I studied psychology at Mott community college in Flint MI. I have worked as a Whiz Kidz teacher for 5 years. I'm excited to be joining the Admin team.

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