Tania earned her Associate Degree in Child development from Ohio University-Chillicothe. She has been working in the field of Early Childhood Education since 2012 with different age groups. She believes that all children are unique and have something special that they can bring to their own education. She wants to assist children in expressing themselves and accept themselves for who they are, as well as, embrace the differences of others. Her future includes earning her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She is looking forward to welcoming a baby boy in May 2022.
Jamel strongly believes in the philosophy “The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.” Jamel earned his BS in Political Science at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU). Soon after, obtained his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. In his professional career displaying Excellence with Caring, Jamel has experience teaching in middle/high schools, formative research, interpretation of laws, adolescent development and early childhood learning. Jamel is passionate about policymaking in education and aspires to seek office for the Superintendent of Schools.
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.
Moriah Flagler, MFA
Moriah is so excited to be a part of the teaching team at ASR. Over the past twelve years she has taught all ages from early childhood to older adults in a variety of contexts. She has worked in creative drama, water safety, English & Spanish language learning, classroom teaching, professional development, community contexts, and with creative community development at OSU. She holds her BFA in theatre arts education from the University of Arizona and her MFA in Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities from The University of Texas at Austin. She is also currently studying to become a clinical mental health counselor. Some of her favorite teaching experiences have been with little ones and their limitless imaginations. Cultural humility and working with the whole child from a strength-based perspective are integral to Moriah’s teaching philosophy.
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.
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.
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.
Laura Orsini, M.Ed.
Laura has over 15 years of experience working with children of all ages in a variety of settings. She earned her degree in Early Childhood Education from Miami University in 2006 as well as an Ohio teaching license for PK-3rd grade with a reading endorsement. Laura went on to earn a Master’s degree in Reading and Literacy from Ashland University in 2009. She has a range of experience nannying, teaching preschool students, tutoring, and working as an elementary school library media teacher. Laura also spent 10 years as an educator with the Columbus Zoo. In this position, she taught virtual field trips and auditorium-style programs to K-12 students, developed and implemented teacher professional development workshops as an adjunct professor for Ashland University and coordinated a grant-funded program that provided life science outreach programs for Head Start students around the Central Ohio area. At home, Laura enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and son, working out, enjoying time outdoors and reading.
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.
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.