Kim has thirty years of experience in working with young children and families in the central Ohio area. Previously, Kim worked for the YMCA of Central Ohio, and in this role, she helped to bring a licensed preschool program to the Hilliard Ray Patch Family YMCA serving children ages three to five. Her passion is to make sure that all children have an experience in high quality preschool environments that will increase their future success in education. Kim earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Family Relations and Human Development in 1989. When not at work, Kim enjoys spending time with her husband, and catching up with what is going on in the lives of her two college aged daughters.
Claudia Ellerbrock, Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™
Claudia worked as an intern at the Schoenbaum Family Center before becoming a full-time assistant teacher. She is currently working on obtaining her Child Development Associate (CDA) credential for infants/toddlers.
Amber Fridley, BA
Amber graduated with her BA in child and youth studies from The Ohio State University. She has been working in the field of Early Childhood Education since 2006 with a focus on infant and toddlers. She has attended early childhood conferences and plans to continue her growth and understanding of education in child development.
Misty Ganguly, MSW
Misty has been a teacher since 2005 and truly enjoys working with children to watch them grow to their full potential. She graduated from the Ohio State University with a Master’s degree in Social Work. She is originally from east India and has been living in the Columbus area most of her adult life. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, loves cooking, and spending her down time painting.
Jessica Junk, BS
Jessica received her BS in Human Development from Ohio State and previously worked at the Schoenbaum Family Center from 2007 to 2009. She has experience working in several college affiliated settings including The Sophia Bremer Child Development Center in Washington State, Columbus State Child Development Center, as well as the Ohio State Childcare Program.
Emily Manahan, BA
Emily earned her BA in Early Childhood Education from Bluffton University and is a licensed Ohio teacher (certified PreK-3). She has been at ASR since 2013 and specializes in Infant and Toddler Development and Mentoring.
Oliva Diaz Melgarejo, ATT
Oliva earned her Associate Degree in ECE in 2009 at ISE, Asuncion, Paraguay. She worked three years as a kindergarten lead teacher in her country and has been working as a preschool teacher in the U.S. since 2017. She has experience working with ages 0 to 5 as a support teacher and ages 4 to 5 working as an associate teacher in a Pre-Kindergarten room. Oliva enjoys dancing, reading with her son and sharing her native languages with kids through songs and games. She is interested on learning new languages and cultures, she believes with creativity, passion and hard work people can make great impacts in the life of others, especially with kids. Oliva is working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Sciences.
Maureen Moore, BA
Maureen has a BA Degree in Individual and Family Studies from Kent State University with an emphasis in child development. Maureen has 12 year’s experience working in classes with children ages 2-6. Her future plans include earning a master’s degree in human development or psychology.
Virginia received a Bachelors in Communications from the Ohio State University in May 2020. Her experience working with children began as a volunteer at Burbank Early Childhood School in Upper Arlington, Ohio. Virginia also provided child care for many families in and out of her community, as well as tutored and provided virtual learning assistance to children in grades Pre-k to 5th grade. Virginia started at ASR in October of 2020 as a school aid and hopes to continue her studies at the Ohio State University and to continue her professional development at ASR.
Michele Quinn, BA
Michele holds two degrees in Early Childhood Education, in addition to obtaining PreK-3 Licensure in the State of Ohio. During her career that spans over twenty years, she has served as a classroom teacher from infancy through 3rd grade, a Title 1 Literacy Support teacher, a private reading & math tutor and a long term substitute teacher in Olentangy Local Schools. She also conducted home classroom and family education as the Head Teacher for Early Head Start, Sussex County, NJ. Michele also enjoys volunteer work in her community, has co-authored and illustrated children’s books (Doodle Dog series) for charity and most recently worked with Alzheimer Patients for Heartland Hospice in Delaware County.
Meredith Schilling, MS
Meredith earned a BS in Human Development and Family Science and a MS in Early Childhood Development and Education from Ohio State. Throughout her studies, she worked as a student teacher and substitute teacher in the preschool classroom at the Ohio State Lab School and in Ohio State’s Human Development and Family Science Department.
Vanessa has over a decade of experience with young children in therapeutic and classroom settings. She earned her BA in Psychology from Ohio University, her MS in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and earned her MSW at Ohio State while teaching at ASR. Vanessa has previous experience providing community and school-based mental health and behavioral interventions with young children and applied behavioral analysis interventions to children with developmental disabilities. She has presented at several state level conferences on supporting challenging behaviors in the classroom. Vanessa is passionate about all children receiving a high-quality early childhood education to form a strong base for future school careers and life.
Alexis is a Lead teacher at the A Sophie Rogers School. Alexis earned a BS Degree in Early Childhood Education at Ohio University in 2017. As an undergraduate she completed her professional internship in Dublin, Ireland. Before coming to A Sophie Roger’s school Alexis taught kindergarten and worked in an infant room at OSU Childcare Center. Alexis is working on her Master’s Degree in Teaching and Learning and plans to pursue a PhD after.
Lacey earned her BS Degree in Early Childhood Education from The Ohio State University in 2017 and holds an Ohio teaching license, specializing in K-3. She previously worked as a student intern at the Schoenbaum Family Center from 2013-2016 and served as a substitute teacher for elementary schools in the Columbus area after graduating.
Whytnie Strain received her Bachelor of Science in Education and Human Ecology from The Ohio State University in 2010. She has experience working with youth in many roles including child care provider, tutor, educational aid, reading specialist, 1st and 2nd grade teacher, and adaptive behavior specialist.
Dilshad Tolliver, BS
Dilshad earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from The Ohio State University in 2002. She has 18 years of experience working with infants and toddlers in a mixed-age setting. Dilshad presents at local and national conferences on topics including creating home-like environments, social-emotional development and guidance and discipline strategies. She is committed to provide high-quality education and care to young children while promoting diversity and inclusion.
Kari Welch, AS
Kari has over a decade of experience working with young children in both classroom and library settings. Previously the literacy technician for our school, Kari has developed and implements high-quality language and literacy programming for the children and families at our school and within the Weinland Park community. Her passion is working to encourage language and literacy development across the curriculum through shared book readings, immersive art, and movement activities. Kari earned her associates degree with a focus in early childhood education in 2012 and is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Child and Youth Studies from The Ohio State University. When not at work, Kari can be found chasing her daughter, reading in her hammock, or exploring the many parks around Columbus.
Eshelle Yarborough, Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™
Eshelle earned her Child Development Associate (CDA) credential while working as an intern in the A. Sophie Rogers School infant/toddler classrooms. She has over 18 years experience in home care, and plans to continue her education.