Teachers & Staff

Personalized learning in a warm and nurturing community.

Ready Set Grow is selective when choosing teaching staff to fulfill the needs of the children. Our staff is trained in CPR, first aid, communicable disease, and child abuse prevention, and several teachers hold degrees in Education or a related field. You’ll find exceptional teachers and learning environments that encourage children to learn, play, and explore in a safe and nurturing environment.

  • Kristy Kushmaul

    Director 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, and reading a good book. We have two precious furry children, Apollo, the Siberian Husky, and Carmen, the Chocolate Lab.

  • Maggie Spangler

    Director 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 Sampsel

    Director 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 Shumaker

    Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Jane has been an educator for 16 years. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. Ms. Jane was formerly a 6th grade teacher for 13 years. In her free time, she enjoys spending quality time with her son Brock, family, and friends. She looks forward to working with the Kindergartners each day and bringing to the classroom much excitement through the learning process.

  • Tess Thompson

    Teacher

    Miss Tess has a Bachelors Degree from DePauw University with focus on Anthropology and French. She has traveled extensively and brings those experiences to the classroom. Miss Tess incorporates her knowledge of French to bring diversity to the learning experience in her classroom at Ready Set Grow. In her free time she enjoys reading, sewing and has a real passion to travel.

  • Shari Johnson

    Shari Julian

    Teacher

    Miss Shari comes to Ready Set Grow with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Ohio Dominican University. She has many years experience working with children. Miss Shari lives in Johnstown with her husband and daughter where she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

  • Heather Gladigan

    Heather Gladigan

    Music Teacher

    Miss Heather is Ready Set Grow’s music teacher. She comes from the Akron area where she spent many years participating in band and orchestra. Miss Heather has an Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in music performance and music education. Miss Heather volunteers at her church in the kid’s ministry and enjoys movies, hiking, and camping.

  • Wendy Gladigan

    Wendy Gladigan

    Language Arts Preschool Teacher

    Miss Wendy is one of the Language Arts Preschool teachers. She received her Associate of Arts Degree from Columbus State Community College. She also attended the University of Akron where she studied music. Miss Wendy truly enjoys working with preschool aged children where she provides a safe, fun, and creative environment for your child.

  • Tori Montgomery

    Teacher

    Miss Tori is the float teacher at Ready Set Grow. She attended Brescia University, studying Developmental Psychology and continuing her passion for playing soccer. Miss Tori lives in Newark.

  • Mary Jo Revercomb

    Mary Jo Revercomb

    Preschool Prep 12 Teacher

    Miss Mary Jo is a teacher in Preschool Prep 12 and has been with Ready Set Grow for 11 years, she has worked with preschool children for over 20 years. Miss Mary Jo brings her extensive experience along with many hours of education in service hours to her classroom. She lives in Blacklick and enjoys reading and crafting.

  • Amanda Swickard

    Amanda Swickard

    Teacher

    Miss Amanda received her Certification in Early Childhood Education from the Mid-East Career and Technology Center. She has over 3 years experience in a school setting and 6 years of experience in “in home” babysitting. Miss Amanda is married with one son and enjoys swimming, watching movies and playing board games with family and friends.

  • Joanna Royer

    Joanna Royer

    Teacher

    Miss Joanna has been with Ready Set Grow for 5 years with overall teaching experience being 7 years. She has taught children from infant to age 3. Miss Joanna has 2 boys and resides in Westerville. She enjoys boating and time with family.

  • Tanaya Corbett-Weaver

    Tanaya Corbett-Weaver

    Creative Floater

    Miss Tanaya is a Creative Floater at Ready Set Grow and has experience with all age groups. She has prior experience as a summer camp counselor and as a before and after school teacher. Miss Tanaya is currently attending ITT Technical Institute, seeking a Bachelors Degree in Network Administration

  • Anastasia Tietz

    Anastasia Tietz

    Teacher

    Miss Anastasia is pursuing her degree in Early Childhood Education at Columbus State Community College with a focus in Art Therapy. In her free time she enjoys reading, photography and working on her art.

  • Heather Hileman

    Heather Hileman

    Teacher

    Heather attended Ohio State University and has a bachelor’s degree in Human Ecology, Human Development, Family Science and Early Childhood Education. She has been a substitute elementary teacher and has several years of experience teaching young children before joining the staff at Ready Set Grow. In her spare time Heather enjoys gardening, traveling, reading and spending time with her family.