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
Our leadership team is made up of highly trained professional staff members and involved, dedicated members of the community who guide and shape the future of our organization. These passionate individuals are our greatest asset.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Hi there! My name is Amanda and I have been working in early childhood for over 16 years in every role from assistant teacher to Director, to most recently helping open or transition schools around the country. I am new to Arizona and have enjoyed every mountain sunrise so far! I am originally from Connecticut but have been living on the beach in Virginia for the past two years. Living on the beach was great, but being here is where my heart is!
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!
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!
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.
Phoenix 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.
Mesa Campus 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!
Scottsdale Campus Director
ello, my name is Ms. Lauren and I am the Director of the Scottsdale location. I just moved to Arizona from Illinois in May of 2022 and am loving it! I have been working in child care on and off for about 15 years, and served as part of the management team at my previous center for 4 years. I received my Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from National Louis University in 2021. I am very excited to get back into the world of early childhood and join the Whiz Kidz family!
E 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.
E 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.
Phoenix Campus Assistant Director
Hi! I'm Courtney and the assistant director at the Phoenix campus. I am originally from Massachusetts but I have lived in AZ for 13 years. I've worked with every age group in early education as a teacher and also been in school districts, private schools, and in-homes working with the autism community. My family and I have many pets and we
love to go on adventures.
Midtown Phoenix Campus Administrator
Hi! I’m Sophia and I am the Assistant Director at our Scottsdale Campuד. 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
MIDTOWN PHOENIX CAMPUS ADMINISTRATION
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.
Scottsdale Campus Assistant Dirtector
I am originally from South Carolina and moved to Arizona in 2000, that is when I started my career in early childhood education. I have worked with children from birth to high school age both in private and in the school district setting.
I love being a part of the Whiz Kidz community. It is a wonderful, nurturing place and I so enjoy my time with the children and their families. There isn’t a day that goes by which does not include a hug, a silly story, and smiles that make every day special.
I enjoy cooking southern cuisine, bicycling, and most of all spending time with my husband, Chris.
Scottsdale Campus Admin Assistant
Hello, I'm the administrative assistant at our Scottsdale campus! I started working for WhizKidz in June of 2019 as an infant teacher. I am originally from Chihuahua, Mexico and moved to Arizona as a young toddler. I have grown around children my entire life and found a passion in early childhood education. I am excited to continue my journey as an assistant and help teach children/ teachers and parents everything I can to help. My significant other and I have 3 children together and everyday is an adventure, they are my motivation to keep growing not only in my career path, but also as a mother and partner.
East Scottsdale Campus Admin Assistant
Mesa Campus Assistant Director
Hello, my name is Ms.Yackeline. I am the Assistant Director of the Mesa location. I started working for Whiz Kidz in February 2021, I taught in the Aspens (3’s) class and soon after got the lead teacher position in Mighty Oaks (4’s). I love being in the classroom and will definitely miss it, but now I will get the chance to be in every class and work alongside every teacher. Being in a classroom taught me many different things,and they are now tools I can use to help my team. Outside of work, I love to try out different restaurants with my husband as well as watch movies and be with my family.
Mesa Campus Admin Assistant
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.