History

Adventure Place is an outreach ministry of Advent Lutheran Church to families in the community and beyond. Originally called “Latch Key”, this ministry launched in 1987 and provided before and after school care to 12 children. This wonderful ministry realized the dream of many hardworking, dedicated members of Advent. From its humble beginnings of a paid staff of two and two volunteers, Latch Key continued to grow beyond what anyone could have imagined, ministering to hundreds of families throughout the years. As the program evolved, it was renamed Adventure Place. This ministry now provides care to an average of 75 children year round, Monday-Friday, 6:30am-6:30pm.  We are blessed that Adventure Place is recognized as such a valued outreach ministry to our community.

Ms. Sara Kantorik

Miss Sara is the director at Adventure Place. Miss Sara has her associate degree in Early Childhood Education. Miss Sara has been in the field for over 20 years and at Adventure Place since 2013. She has been a lead toddler teacher, preschool teacher, assistant director, and director.

Miss Sara’s philosophy on child care is that children need freedom and boundaries at the same time. They need to be free to make mistakes, explore without hesitation, and create their surroundings. Boundaries need to be set so that children learn manners, respect and how to live safely. Her philosophy is incorporated by educating her staff in age-appropriate topics to better themselves and strengthen their classroom. She is always on hand to assist and guide the children in the classroom when needed and to offer suggestions. She works one on one with the teachers as well as a team to come together to make Adventure Place successful. She is always raising the bar for her staff and encouraging them to think out of the box. She thinks big and does what it takes to get the job done.

Director

Miss Brittany Marquardt

Miss Brittany is the administrative assistant at Adventure Place. She has been with the school since 2014. She has her Preschool Child Development Associate credential.

She enjoys working with the families to support their child’s transition into our program. Taking the time to know the family and their child during the enrollment process is what she enjoys most. She loves seeing the children’s reaction as she tours the facility with them.

Miss Brittany serves as our number one resource for staff education. She creates monthly communication between home and school and is the person to contact in the director’s absence.

Administrative Assistant

Miss Kathryn Dreher

Miss Kathryn is our Lead Cutiepillars (Infant) teacher. She has been at Adventure Place since April 2017. Miss Kathryn has attended classes at Walsh University and did her post-secondary internship teaching K-5 at Northwood and Greentown Elementary. She is currently working on receiving her Toddler CDA (Child Development Credential).

She believes that children learn and grow the most when they feel they can be themselves. When surrounded by positive, strong and enthusiastic teachers, the sky is the limit from a very young age.

Miss Kathryn plans on leading by example. She always welcomes the children in her class with a smile. She maintains the patience needed to help each child explore, create and grow to their full potential.

Lead Infant Teacher

Miss Kimberlee Kelly

Miss Kim is an assistant teacher in our Cutiepillar (Infant) room. She has been in the field since 2017 and is currently attending Walsh University for Early Childhood Intervention Specialist.

Miss Kim believes that children learn best when you let them do things hands-on and interact with them. By giving them hands-on activities, you are encouraging their self-help skills as they are exploring things and figuring them out for themselves.

Assistant Teacher

Miss Kaitlyn McCoy

Miss Kaitlyn is an assistant in our Cutiepillar (Infant) room. She has been at Adventure Place since October 2018. Miss Kaitlyn is a graduate of Louisville High School and is currently attending Stark State College for Early Childhood Development.

Kaitlyn believes that children not only learn by the adults they see in their everyday life but by the way they play. Children learn so many skills from playing with one another, from social to cognitive learning. Just simply sitting on the floor playing can have amazing outcomes.

She plans on implementing her philosophy on play by doing just that. She plans on sitting with the children and interacting with them while implementing not only the early social skills they need but focusing on all areas of development as well.

Assistant Infant Teacher

Mrs. Angie Keagy

Miss Angie is our lead Amazing Owls (toddler) teacher. She has her associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Stark State and has been in the field since 2003.

Miss Angie believes the foundation of learning is play. She believes that when children can explore and let their imagination take over, great things happen.

She plans on incorporating her philosophy in her classroom by engaging with the children throughout the day. She will use age-appropriate toys and activities to spark their imagination while leading by example and having a balance of fun and structure.

Lead Toddler Teacher

Mrs. Kathy Taylor

Miss Kathy Taylor is our assistant teacher in the Amazing Owls (18-27 months) classroom. Kathy has been in the childcare field since 2017. She has worked with all ages of children with the majority of her experience being with toddlers. When working with the children, Miss Kathy enjoys spending one on one time with each of the children creating a special bond with them.

Miss Kathy believes having a safe and nurturing environment helps each child learn self-confidence, life experiences and helps them reach their developmental mile stones. Maintaining a strong relationship with the families in the classroom is important to Miss Kathy. She feels every child is unique and that is it important to embrace their differences.

Assistant Toddler Teacher

Mrs. Patty Luciano

Miss Patty is our lead teacher in the Jungle Cubs (27-36 months) classroom. She has her Early Childhood Education associate’s degree from Stark State College of Technology. She has been in the field since 2005 and has worked with all ages.

Patty believes that children learn best with they are having fun and given the time and materials to be creative.

She will allow the children to create their own projects giving them plenty of time and materials to explore. She plans on equipping the classroom interest areas around the current theme giving the children more hands-on experiences to what they are learning.

Assistant Teacher

Miss Jordin Roberts

Miss Kim is an assistant teacher in our Cutiepillar (Infant) room. She has been in the field since 2017 and is currently attending Walsh University for Early Childhood Intervention Specialist.

Miss Kim believes that children learn best when you let them do things hands-on and interact with them. By giving them hands-on activities you are encouraging their self-help skills as they are exploring things and figuring them out for themselves.

She plans on implementing her philosophy with the infants by giving them a lot of sensory things for them to touch, feel, mouth and just explore at their will. She will be there to encourage and guide through these activities ready to take them to the next level as needed.

Assistant Toddler Teacher

Miss Kelley Snider

Miss Kelley is our assistant toddler teacher in the afternoon. She is a graduate of St. Thomas High School and plans on pursing her Infant/Toddler CDA.

Miss Kelley believes that children learn best in a loving, creative and well thought out environment. She plans on implementing her beliefs by interacting with them in such a way that make them feel safe and the desire to learn. She will offer guidance through hands on play and always act as an appropriate role model for them. 

Assistant Toddler Teacher

Mrs. Kristen Chase

Miss Kristen is our lead Teddy Bear (3 year-old) teacher. Kristen has a Bachelor Degree in Psychology. She has had many years of childcare experience and has substitute taught all ages. Miss Kristen has taken classes at the Early Childhood Resource Center to obtain her Preschool Level Child Development Associate Credential (CDA). She has been at Adventure Place since 2012.

Miss Kristen’s philosophy on teaching is that fun, hands-on learning experiences make the best teachers. Her classroom is always digging into something and exploring in ways that some would think unimaginable. Miss Kristen is not afraid to get her hands dirty and is always taking her creativity to the next level. She is very hands-on with her class and provides them with snuggles, education, and boundaries all at different times during her day!

You will always find age-appropriate themes and activities planned for her three-year-olds. Miss Kristen is always challenging her class by asking questions. There is no better way to gauge what a child has learned than by talking to them. Listening to what they have to say and hearing their thoughts is Miss Kristen’s key to being a successful teacher.

Lead 3 Year Old Teacher

Mrs. Julie King

Julie is our Teddy Bear (3 year olds), Assistant. She has been at Adventure Place since 2017. When working with children, Julie likes having fun with them all while they are learning about the world and themselves. She loves interacting with children on a social level.

Julie incorporates her philosophy by having fun with the children! She presents them with new experiences to learn from. She engages in situations that promote social skills, manners, patience and respect. Julie loves hearing how the children interact with one another, watching them learn new things and grow up to become preschoolers.

Assistant 3 Year Old Teacher

Mrs. Nicole Watts

Mrs. Nicole Watts is our lead teacher in the Fantastic Fours; she has been at Adventure Place since August 2016. She is a graduate from Stark State College of Technology with her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. Nicole has 11 years of experience teaching preschool. She recently took some time out to stay home with her two children.

Nicole believes that children are naturally curious and want to learn. She believes that through play and age-appropriate activities children develop new knowledge and skills. She will incorporate this philosophy in her classroom by offering engaging activities that will create confident young learners!

Lead 4 Year Old Teacher

Miss Rachelle Cox

Miss Rachelle is the assistant teacher in our Fantastic Fours classroom. She has been at Adventure Place since 2019. Before Adventure Place, Rachelle worked with toddlers.

Miss Rachelle’s philosophy on how children learn is through play.  She believes that children need hands on activities because they are naturally curious and learning should be fun! She plans on incorporating this philosophy by giving them a balance of free play and teacher directed, structured play. 

Assistant 4 Year Old Teacher

Ms. Nicole Ferguson

Miss Nicole is the lead teacher in our Busy Bee (5-year-old) classroom. She has her associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education for Stark State with a concentration as an Intervention Specialist and then continued on with her degree as an Intervention Specialist Moderate/Intensive special needs at Kent State. Miss Nicole has been teaching preschool for 13 years and has been at Adventure Place since 2019.

Nicole’s philosophy on education is to educate all students and give everyone equal opportunity as a means to succeed in life. Through knowledge and skills, all students can achieve greatness. In addition, common values such as following rules, cooperation, learning to work and get along together as well as a sense of responsibility are all important factors of a quality education.

She plans on implementing her philosophy in her classroom by using her education to provide a warm, protective environment for my students. The behavior towards children is to give them care, love, respect, lead, teach and form a safe and pleasant environment for them to grow and thrive in.

Lead 5 Year Old Teacher

Miss Dawn Penn

Miss Dawn is the assistant teacher in our Busy Bee (5-year-old) classroom. She has her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Cleveland State University and has been a lead preschool teacher for the past 15 years.

 

Miss Dawn’s philosophy on how children learn is by giving them hands-on experiences allowing them to explore their surroundings with every sense. She plans on incorporating this philosophy by providing hands-on activities for them and encouraging growth.

Assistant 5 Year Old Teacher

Mr. Chris French

Chris is our assistant school age teacher. He has been at Adventure Place since 2018. Chris has done volunteer work with the Louisville YMCA as a basketball coach and at Stark State College with their summer learning programs for kids.

Mr. Chris’s philosophy when working with kids is that they learn best when they are able to interact with what they are learning. Giving kids hands-on activities along with extra resources to accomplish their project is hoe he teaches his lessons. He thinks it’s important that learning is not viewed as “boring”. He works at making his lessons interesting by getting the kids involved with plans and project ideas. He takes their thoughts and expands.

Assistant School Age Teacher

Miss Hannah Taylor

Miss Hannah is a school age teacher at Adventure Place and has been with us since 2019. Hannah is a graduate from Coventry High School. Hannah has worked at other centers and has experience with various age groups.

Hannah believes each child is different and they all learn in their own way. Some need the one on one interaction and some prefer to learn in a group. She will incorporate her philosophy in her classroom by taking the time to get to know the children and see what their needs are. By having discussions with the kids, she finds out what their interests are and incorporates them in the classroom and her lesson plans.

School Age Teacher

Mrs. Vicky Witter

Miss Vicky is a floater at Adventure Place. She has been with the school since 2005. She has been a preschool and school-age assistant and the cook.

Vicky believes that children learn best when you model for them. By showing them how to have healthy relationships when communicating with and positive interactions with peers set the tone for a healthy classroom environment where the children will feel safe and allow them to explore. Vicky will implement her beliefs by doing all of that in any and all classroom she is assisting in.

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