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.
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.
Sharan RogersKindergarten/ Pre-Kindergarten 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.
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.
Lisa AtkinsPre-Kindergarten Teacher
I have been working with children for over 39 years: their conversations and hugs really keep me smiling! I married my high school sweetheart 40 years ago, have two adult children, and six grandchildren. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family, volunteering with a dog rescue group, reading and watching movies.
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.
Aubrey HoytPreschool Teacher
I am an Occupational Therapy Assistant with an Associate in Applied Science. Currently, I am completing a Bachelor of Occupational Science and plan to become an Occupational Therapist in the future. I come from a family of animal lovers: we have one dog and seven cats! I am a homebody and in my free time I enjoy catching up on my shows and reading.
Lindsey HendersonPreschool Teacher
I have a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion from the University of Charleston where I played soccer. I am also a Certified Personal Trainer and a coach. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my fiancé, Taylor, traveling to see friends, and going to Virginia Tech games with my family.
Ally RansbottomPreschool Teacher
I have a Bachelor of Arts in English Education from Marshall University. I recently moved to Ohio with my husband, Sam, and our two St. Bernard-Husky rescues, Biscuit and Scout. In my free time, I like to read books of all genres. I’m also training to run a half-marathon and trying to learn to cook.
Nikki McNameePreschool Teacher
I am completing a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a focus on pediatric psychology at Kent State University and have been working with children for over four years. I enjoy their creativity and imagination and love to listen to the stories they tell about their artwork. In my free time, I enjoy painting and taking my Corgi, Winston, to explore new parks in Columbus.
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.
Ariel DoomyEarly Preschool 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.
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.
Allie HammondEarly Preschool Teacher
I have been working with children for over ten years. They are so eager to learn and I enjoy seeing them excited about new things! In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, and volunteering at church. I also like country music, Disney movies, and stand-up paddle-boarding!
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.
Anastasia TietzEarly Preschool 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.
Raini WorthingtonEarly Preschool Teacher
Bio coming soon!
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.
Lexi SimpsonToddler Teacher
I’m currently a student at Columbus State Community College studying social work. I enjoy working with children and being with them as they achieve developmental milestones, like saying their first words and learning to walk. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my older brother, Zach, my twin sister, Abby, and my dog, Bentley.
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!
Julie WolfeInfant 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.
Wendy GladiganInfant Teacher
After receiving an Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Development from Columbus State Community College, I’ve had the pleasure of working with a variety of age groups and I enjoy experiencing each child’s growth and development. I also work as a cosmetologist. In my free time, I enjoy reading and biking with my sister.
Megan SayersInfant Teacher
I’ve been working with children for over four years and I enjoy seeing their smiling faces every day! In my free time, I enjoy being with my family, spending time with my baby girl, going on walks (even better if those walks are on a beach) and playing piano.
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.
Heather SeiboldInfant Teacher
I’ve been working at Ready Set Grow for over five years. I enjoy being with children as they experience new things and seeing the expression on their faces as they figure things out for the first time. I studied art at The Ohio State University and in my free time I enjoy scrapbooking, painting, reading and sewing. I also like to travel with my family and friends.
Tanaya Corbitt-WeaverSchool Age & Float Teacher
I have a Bachelor of Science in Network Systems Administration and am currently pursuing a degree in business. I’ve been working with children for over six years and am constantly reminded by their pure joy and excitement to live in the moment! In my free time, I enjoy running, writing, watching movies and cuddling with my furry friends, Evie and Benny.
Joe YangSchool Age & Float Teacher
I have a Bachelor of Science in International Studies from The Ohio State University and have been working with children for over five years. I enjoy their spontaneity and the joy they find in everything. In my free time, I enjoy hiking with my dogs and rooting for Cleveland and OSU sports teams.
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.
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.
Renee SayersFloat Teacher
I became an aunt when I was 12 years old and I’ve been caring for children ever since! It’s great when children remember you and run up to give you a big hug. I am a certified chef and have my own cake decorating business. In my free time, I enjoy reading, drawing, and watching movies.
Tracy Al-MuhtasebFloat Teacher
I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminology from Ohio University. Although new to working in a child care program, I have been babysitting since I was 15 years old. I enjoy being a positive influence on children’s social and academic development. It’s truly fascinating to see how quickly they learn! In my free time, I enjoy baking, painting and travelling.
Camryn WalkerFloat Teacher
I enjoy working with children because they motivate me to be a better person. I’m currently working on a degree in holistic nutrition and natural healing, and my dream is to open my own yoga studio open to everyone. My family – husband, Jonathan, angel baby, Noah Samuel, and fur babies, Keo and Charley – are so important to me. In my free time, I enjoy painting, vintage shopping, listening to music, and, of course, yoga!
Jessica WhitemanFloat 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, reading and listening to music, and spending time with my boyfriend, John. We will welcome our son, Tycen, in November!
Sydney HathawayFloat Teacher
Ready Set Grow is my first experience working with children; I really enjoy getting to know them and watching them grow. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and my two dogs, Henry and Buster.
Mariah HuntFloat Teacher
I’ve been working with children for five years and I enjoy watching them grow each and every day. I am also a certified massage therapist. As a child, I enjoyed hunting, fishing, and all sorts of outdoor activities. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends.
Ana CraigFloat Teacher
I enjoy working with children because of their creativity, imagination, and fearlessness to try new things. I’m also very creative, have published a poem, and won awards for my artwork. In my free time, I like to draw, snuggle with my dog, EC, skateboard and root for the Dallas Cowboys.
Shelby LinkousFloat Teacher
I am studying early childhood education at The Ohio State University and have many years of experience caring for children. I really enjoy experiencing all their individual personalities! I have a wonderful fiancé and two dogs named Leo and Oliver. In my free time, I enjoy reading, taking my dogs to the park, and spending every opportunity with family and friends.