A nurturing haven for your child created by caring teachers and staff.
Only exceptional teachers can create the warm, nurturing, active learning environments you’ll find at Ready Set Grow. That’s why we only employ early childhood professionals with energy, enthusiasm and real passion for the early years of development. We value the important character traits of our teachers and staff as much as we do their education and experience with children. Our teachers receive annual training to enhance their knowledge and skills in areas such as curriculum planning, positive child guidance, and health and safety. Read on to learn about our caring community of teachers and staff.
Kristy KushmaulDirector of Administration
Hi! My name is Kristy Kushmaul and I am the Director of Administration for Ready Set Grow. As Director of Administration, I have responsibility for enrollment, marketing, staff acquisition, and licensing compliance. You can find me in the main building in the second office on the left.
I joined the RSG team in December 2016 to lend my education and experience to this amazing program. I graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Human Development and Family Science, and Indiana Wesleyan University with an M.S. in Business Administration.
I have worked as a teacher in all age groups and as an administrator for over 13 years. My passion has always been in providing the very best administrative and business processes to better serve children and families.
During my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, watching OSU football, working on our house with my husband, Tyler, and reading a good book. We have two precious furry children, Apollo, the Siberian Husky, and Carmen, the Chocolate Lab and are expecting our first child, Carsyn this summer.
Maggie SpanglerDirector of Education
Hi! My name is Maggie Spangler and I am the Director of Education for Ready Set Grow. As Director of Education, I have responsibility for the educational program and staff development for our infant, toddler, and preschool age groups. You can find me in the main building in the office with the big picture window.
I was excited to join RSG in June 2015 and be a part of fulfilling our vision of a “nurturing childhood haven” for all our children. I graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Education and Ashland University with an M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education.
I have worked as a preschool teacher, trainer, educational consultant and administrator for over 30 years. My passion has always been in providing the very best early learning for young children and support for their teachers.
During my free time I do a lot of reading, study karate and Kobudo, and work with my husband on projects in my house and yard. My growing family includes seven adult children and two grandsons.
Tiffany SampselDirector of Operations
Hi! My name is Tiffany Sampsel and I am the Director of Operations for Ready Set Grow. My responsibilities include opening our buildings each day, being available to help families and staff in the morning, maintaining children’s files, and providing oversight to our food service. You can find me in the main office just inside the doors in the main building.
I joined RSG in July 2015, first providing assistance during the administrative transition, and later assuming the role of Director of Operations. I graduated from Waynesburg University with a B.S. in Elementary and Special Education, and have over 10 years of management experience.
I joined the RSG team to bring my business expertise to the financial and administrative operation while also engaging my interest in child development and education. I enjoy the challenges of business and the opportunity to solve problems, as well as building relationships with the children.
Jane ShumakerKindergarten Teacher
I have been a teacher for over 19 years and, before coming to Ready Set Grow, taught 6th grade for 13 years. Because of my own special memories of holidays with a large extended family, I enjoy decorating my classroom for the children and they get very excited for each special day. I also enjoy reading aloud every day, nurturing language development, and encouraging children to read on their own. In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors, bike riding, and going to the movies with my son, Brock.
Tess ThompsonPre-Kindergarten Teacher
I have degrees in Anthropology and French from DePauw University. I enjoy working with preschool children because of their creativity and their excitement to learn new things. There’s nothing like that “A-Ha” moment when a child discovers something for the first time. In my free time, I enjoy visiting my family, reading, hiking and camping, and sewing.
Lorena TalbertPre-Kindergarten Teacher
I’ve been working with young children for 12 years, most recently with preschoolers with special needs. I enjoy being with children as they learn and grow, and, especially, as they just enjoy life! In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my four-year-old twin nieces, going to Disney World, and traveling to new places.
Angie WoyakPre-Kindergarten Teacher
I enjoy working with children because they keep me on my toes with their honesty and curiosity about the world we live in. As a military kid and the mom in my own military family, I have visited at least 12 countries and been lucky enough to live in England and Germany. I’ve been to the White House, the Vice President’s House, and Camp David! Not surprisingly, I enjoy traveling with my family: husband, Dave, and children Gabby, Ryan and Emmett.
Heather HilemanPre-Kindergarten Teacher
I have a Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology, Human Development and Family Science from The Ohio State University and have over 20 years of experience working with children. I enjoy fostering children’s independence and trusting their capabilities to learn and grow. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two daughters, gardening, cooking and reading.
Toi NeatonPreschool Teacher
I enjoy reading stories and singing songs in large group with the preschoolers in my classroom. I have a Bachelor of Arts in English, a great love of reading (in English and in French) and can sing in four different languages. In my free time, I also like cooking, crafting, watching movies and doing jigsaw puzzles.
Jeanette GreerPreschool Teacher
Young children are so happy and it’s fun to watch their faces light up about the silliest things! I enjoy spending time with my own grandchildren, Ethan and Kylie, and my adult children, Brandon and Kayla. I also like to scrapbook and travel.
Alex LogsdonPreschool Teacher
I graduated from the University of Akron with a Bachelor of Science in Dance with minors in Business and Psychology. I have worked with children for six years, teaching dance classes and working in summer camps. When I’m not at RSG, I perform with a dance company, teach dance, watch movies, read, and go hiking with my dog, Kahlua.
Anastasia TietzPreschool Teacher
My favorite childhood memory was going fishing with my grandpa: we always named the fish, then he took them off the line and we threw them back. I had a Barbie fishing pole and always caught the most fish! I’m studying graphic design at Columbus State Community College and in my free time I enjoy making art, crafting, travelling and spending time with my family.
Lauren BarrettPreschool Teacher
Bio Coming Soon!
Amanda ShockEarly Preschool Teacher
I’ve been working with children for over 10 years and completed college courses in early childhood education. I’m also certified in dental assisting and radiology. My favorite thing about young children is their laughter! In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Matt, cooking, writing music and playing the guitar.
Kassidy LongEarly Preschool Teacher
My interest in children began by babysitting for my family and friends. One of my favorite things to do is spend time with my sweet little niece, Lydia, and all my family. I have had a love for singing since I was a little girl and when I’m not working I enjoy singing and playing the guitar. I also get to hang out with my dogs, Lacey and Chip.
Mary Jo RevercombEarly Preschool Teacher
My favorite childhood memory is my mom reading chapter books to me at bedtime. Now, I enjoy reading with the children in my classroom and watching them discover things for the first time. After working at Ready Set Grow for more than 13 years, the children in my first class are now in high school and I still keep in touch with many of them.
Becca SprouseEarly Preschool Teacher
In my short time working with young children, I greatly enjoy developing relationships with them and watching them grow. I am currently pursuing a Child Development Associate credential with my ultimate goal to attain an advanced degree in early childhood education. In my free time, I enjoy shopping and adding to my mug collection.
Amanda SwickardEarly Preschool Teacher
I have worked with children for over 11 years and really enjoy developing creative activity ideas for the classroom. My favorite childhood memory is riding my bike and pretending to be a dragon. Now, I enjoy making stories come alive for the children and enhancing their dramatic play. In my free time, I enjoy playing RPG games.
Crystal MillerEarly Preschool Teacher
I have enjoyed over 15 years working with children as they learn and grow – I love to see them smile! I also have education and experience in the areas of medical assisting and surgical technology. In my free time, I enjoy craft shows, scrapbooking, baking and hiking. I also enjoy snorkeling with manatees and diving with sharks!
Raini WorthingtonEarly Preschool Teacher
Days full of smiles and laughter are the best part of working with young children! I also enjoy helping them learn new things and be proud of what they’ve learned. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, going on road trips, and taking my fur baby, Bailey the St. Bernard, on long walks.
Alyssa LaVeckToddler Teacher
Before joining the Ready Set Grow team, I worked with adults with developmental disabilities. I enjoy watching children learn new things and develop their own personalities. In my free time, I like to catch up on family time with my fiancé, Ron, our daughter, Annaleigha, and our dog, Sissy.
Deanna DayToddler Teacher
I have been working with children for five years. I enjoy watching them grow and seeing their personalities develop. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my boyfriend, Dakota, traveling and getting my nails done. I’m also an amazing pool player!
Shari JulianToddler Teacher
I have a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Ohio Dominican University and over 10 years of experience working with children. I started dancing at five years old and continued until I was a young adult. Now, I enjoy singing and moving with the toddlers! In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Joseph, and our daughter, Jessa.
Madison StortsToddler Teacher
I enjoy working with toddlers because they are so energetic and fun! It’s amazing to make a difference in their lives by caring for them. In my free time, I sing and play seven instruments. I also enjoy painting, coloring, reading and spending time with friends.
Joanna RoyerToddler Teacher
I’ve been working with children for over 11 years. I enjoy watching them grow and develop their own unique personalities. My favorite childhood memory is going to the beach at night with my family, counting and naming the stars. In my free time, I still enjoy spending time with my family, especially my husband and two children.
Amber WilsonToddler Teacher
After completing classes in medical assisting, I chose to work with young children because I enjoy watching them grow and seeing the smiles on their faces each day. When I’m not working at RSG, I enjoy camping, fishing and shopping. I dream of visiting another country one day.
Arnie RothInfant Teacher
Originally from the Philippines, I played outdoors a lot with my siblings and cousins: sliding down hills on palm leaves, making rafts from banana trees, catching fish and swimming. I have a Bachelor of Elementary Education from Cebu Normal University and over five years of experience working with children. I enjoy singing with the infants and making silly faces with them which results in priceless smiles!
Casey MummaInfant Teacher
My interest in young children began when my family child care provider allowed me to help take care of the infants when I was a preschooler. I have continued to enjoy nurturing children, watching them develop physically and mentally. I have a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from OSU and I have interests in medical science and psychology. In my free time, I enjoy being outside, hiking, spending time with my family, and making jewelry.
Jessica WhitemanInfant Teacher
I’m currently I student at Columbus State Community College studying business management. In my 11 years working in child care, I have enjoyed watching so many children learn and grow. In my free time, I enjoy playing with my daughter, Noelle and my son, Tycen, reading and listening to music, and spending time with my boyfriend, John. We will welcome our son, Tycen, in November!
Nikkie HemingerInfant Teacher
I live with my husband, Josh, our dogs, Tibby, Lika, and Oliver, and our cats, Simba and Luna. I enjoy reading and visiting with friends and family. I’m so glad to begin working with young children because they are so interesting and never leave you bored!
Heather GladiganInfant Teacher
I enjoy working with infants because there is so much growth during the first year and seeing them do things on their own for the first time is a real blessing. I have an Associate of Arts from Columbus State Community College and am classically trained in flute performance. I also work as a cosmetologist. In my free time, I enjoy painting, drawing and making things for others.
Megan BanikInfant Teacher
I’ve been working with young children for over two years and enjoy watching them discover the world. I’ve been riding horses since I was three years old and treasure my early childhood memory of riding my pony, Bart. In my free time, I still ride horses as well as hike, hunt, fish, and run.
Tori MontgomeryFloat Teacher
I’ve been working with children for over six years and enjoy watching them grow and accomplish their goals. At Ready Set Grow, I have the pleasure of working with a variety of age groups and knowing all the children. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my wife, Melissa, and our daughter, Zoe, especially playing video games and board games.
Caleb AndersonFloat Teacher
I’m a recent graduate of New Albany High School and am starting my first semester at Columbus State Community College. I live with my mom and my little brother, Adam and I enjoy just relaxing and spending time with them. I have enjoyed getting to know the children, experiencing their wonderful personalities and genuine happiness.
Julie WolfeFloat Teacher
I have a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Science from The Ohio State University and over seven years of experience working with children. I enjoy building a relationship with each child and experiencing the bonds of trust that are formed. In my free time, I enjoy watching movies, attending musicals and plays, and reading.
Ariel DoomyFloat Teacher
I have a Bachelor of Science in Early and Middle Childhood Studies. I’ve had the great opportunity to work with all the age groups here at Ready Set Grow. I enjoy spending the day with children because they still get excited about the little things in life. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Chris, and our dog, Simon.
Sharan RogersFloat Teacher
I’ve been married 39 years to my high school sweetheart, Dave: we have two sons, one daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren. For 35 of those years, I’ve been working with children as both a teacher and an administrator in child care and early learning programs. There’s nothing better than the smile children bring to every day! In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, baking for others, and crafting.
Ashlee PocanFloat Teacher
I believe it is very important to help children learn self-love and mutual respect at a young age, so I turned my many years of babysitting into a new career in early childhood education. I have a variety of interests: I qualified for the Junior Olympics in sport shooting two years in a row and was almost selected for “The Voice.” In my free time, I write poetry, sing and write music, paint and study psychology.
Mikayla BoiseFloat Teacher
I’m currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and plan to attend graduate school to earn a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I have been working with young children for five years; their curiosity inspires me to look at the world differently and be brave enough to ask questions. In my free time, I’m planning my wedding to my high school sweetheart!
Kelsey NoeFloat Teacher
I recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and have been caring for children since I was 12 years old. I enjoy watching them grow, develop and learn new things! In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, playing soccer, travelling and reading.
Mallory FischerFloat Teacher
I recently graduated from Muskingum University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and will be attending NYU for graduate school in fall 2018. In my free time, I enjoy singing, participating in theatrical productions, reading and travelling.
Whitney VanGundyFloat Teacher
I have over 10 years of experience caring for young children and enjoy the opportunity to grow with them! I also have a certificate in Medical Assisting. In my free time, I enjoy playing video games, drawing, and going on adventures with friends.
Chad ScottFloat Teacher
Bio coming soon!
Hilary MayTeacher's Aide
I have been working with children for five years and this year earned my Child Development Associate credential. I enjoy watching the children learn and grow, and experiencing their different personalities. In my free time, I enjoy reading, listening to music, scrapbooking, and playing board games.