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Kelli Robertson
Executive Director/Administrator

Kelli has joined Learn N Play in April 2015 with 20 years of experience in the Early Childhood field. She studied Early Childhood Education at the Wayne County Schools Career Center along with a few courses at the University of Akron. Kelli enjoys working with children as every day is different and full of new and exciting adventures. She loves coming into work and seeing the smiling faces of each child. During her free time, Kelly enjoys spending time with her family, swimming and reading. 

Ashlee Miller
Office Assistant

Ashlee graduated from Ohio State University with her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. She has worked at Learn N Play since 2012. Ashlee enjoys spending time with the children and getting to know their families. Ashlee and her husband enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Tonya Bowers
Assistant Teacher
Classroom:
Playful Parrots

Tonya took Child Education at the WCSCC and earned her GED in 2016. She worked in a pharmacy for 7 years until she got custody of her 2 nieces. She now has four children, her 2 nieces and 2 of her own.

There are many things she enjoys about working with children. One thing she enjoys is when a child sees her and runs up to her, knowing that she is making a difference. Tonya’s favorite thing about working with children is that they teach her as much as she teaches them and every day is a new adventure.

Outside of work she doesn’t have many hobbies but enjoys spending time with her kids and family. They enjoy taking walks and just being together as every day is a new memory. 

Denise Phillips
Assistant Teacher
Classroom:
Charming Chickadees

Denise graduated from Austin High and spent some time at Malcolm X College in Chicago and Stillman College in Atlanta. She is from the windy city Chicago Illinois and worked in the medical field for about twenty years ago. She was helping anyone and everyone she could and in her spare time was watching children for moms who had to work weekends.

Denise loves seeing the smiles on children’s faces when they arrive in the morning and how happy they are when learning new things. She also loves learning from them and watching them grow from little babies into big kids getting ready for kindergarten. Denise believes in sharing love and listening to the children when they need to talk or play.

When Denise isn’t at Learn N Play she works with her church, watches children, helps feed the community, reads and she enjoys dancing and helping whoever she can.

Laurie Boley
Lead Teacher
Classroom:
Playful Parrots

Laurie spent two years at the career center studying Early Child Care and has spent 34 years in a toddler classroom. She loves working with toddlers because they love to learn and she can be silly with them and the children love it. Laurie loves to dance and sing and the toddlers love to have stories read to them.

Laurie is married and has 4 children, 3 boys and 1 girl. Their names are Kyle, Bryant, Tristan and Taylor. She has one grandson and his name is Brantley. Her daughter is still in school and Laurie loves watching all her sports. She also loves spending time with her grandson.

Antoinette Aiken
Float
Classroom:
All

Antoinette goes by "Nettie".  She was born in Chicago, IL but has lived in Ohio most of her life.  Nettie graduated in 2013 from Wooster High School and the Career Center Early Childhood Education Program. She has a twin brother and an older sister. She enjoys spending time with her niece and nephew, who are also twins. Nettie's sister is her inspiration for working with children at her own daycare.  The best part of Nettie's day is when she makes a child smile because it makes her feel that she is doing something right.

Heidi Johnston
Assistant Teacher
Classroom:
Terrific Toucans

Information coming soon!

Courtney Nolt
Lead Teacher
Classroom:
Fabulous Flamingos

Courtney has a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Akron.  She worked for Zion Lutheran Church as the Youth and Family Ministries Coordinator and has daycare work experience.

Cortney loves working with children because it is fun to watch them learn and grow. She says that “when children learn new things they get excited and being a part of that is awesome. Every day is an adventure.”

When Courtney isn’t working with children she likes to fish and go camping. Cedar Point is one of her favorite places to go during her off time.

Kelsey Fitzwater
Cook

Kelsey graduated from Wooster High School in 2013 and has attended the University of Akron Wayne Campus for Early Childhood Education. She loves working at Learn N Play and her favorite part about working with the children is being able to help them learn. Kelsey hopes to make an impact on their lives no matter how big or small.

Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her son Kaden and enjoys being outdoors.