Our Admin Team
Hi, I’m Martha the founder and visionary 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!
My name is Theresa Kraus and I’m the Center Director at Whiz Kidz Preschool Phoenix. I graduated in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree and soon began working in Early Childhood Education. Children are my passion and working alongside teachers brings me great joy. My journey started out by opening up my own in-home childcare business where I quickly obtained national accreditation through the National Association for Family Child Care. After my husband of 22 years 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 a director. I am blessed to be able to say I absolutely love my job and the children we care for.
My name is Taylor and I feel very blessed to be part of the Whiz Kidz Administrative Team. After spending 10+ years teaching in the early childhood field in Texas I decided I wanted to make a change and moved to Arizona in 2017. It was the Best Decision Ever! I met my husband and had a beautiful baby girl shortly after. I graduated from Grand Canyon University in 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. In my free time, I love to read, explore the city with my husband and toddler, and enjoy the beautiful Arizona sunsets. Whiz Kidz Preschool is a place where strong connections are made between home and school and that it is also a place where all staff members are committed to helping children succeed every day!
Hi my name is Susan I am fortunate enough to be the Director of our Mesa location. I have been in the Early Childhood field for 24 years. I started as a 2 year old teacher which I did for 14 years before becoming an Asst. Director then Director.
After raising our son in Michigan for 23 years we moved here to Arizona in May of 2018 along with our son Logan and our dog Molly. I started out at Whiz Kidz in July of 2018 as the Asst. Director of our Scottsdale school before moving to Mesa in Jan. of 2021. We absolutely love it here, especially the “winters”. I love working with families and giving their children a home away from home!
Hello, my name is Nicole,
It is my dream to teach and lead your children in safety here at Whiz Kidz Preschool.
I have a double masters in business management and human resources, a bachelors in intelligence operations, and a wide variety of real life experience.
I have two girls enrolled in whiz kidz, and I know this is going to be the best start for them, and yours also.
My name is Michelle Smith, I am the Assistant DIrector of our Scottsdale center.. I joined this team three years ago and it has been a life changer, I have found my place and am loving my career. There is something so special about watching a child learn and grow as well as being a part of a new family’s journey.
On a personal note, I am married to my best friend and we live in beautiful north Phoenix. In my free time I enjoy cooking, taking road trips, being a local tourist and going to concerts
Hello, My Name is Mrs. Nicole! I am the Assistant Director here at Whiz KidzPreschool –Mesa. I am married to my sweet husband Daniel and we have 2 amazing children Konrad & Penelope. I have been with Whiz Kidzfor for over 2 years 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, Konrad inspired me to get back into Early Childhood and I am so glad I did!
Hello, my name is Kassandra Perez, and I am the Assistant Director for WK Phoenix! I first started my journey with WK as the Bumblebee Teacher (3’s) and recently was promoted to Assistant Director. I have been working in childcare for six years, and it has been the most rewarding experience! I am currently furthering my education in a Bachelor of Science of Psychology of Forensics and a Minor in Business Analytics at Grand Canyon University! Working with kids has been a passion of mine and gaining knowledge each day by working in this field has really helped me want to pursue that passion with my career!
Working with the 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 such a blessing. I am so excited to see what next chapters I will be in.