Our Staff

We employ mature, warm and nurturing teachers and staff who understand child development needs, are able to apply their knowledge in the classroom, and who respect each child as an individual.

Our staff are equipped with college or technical degrees and/or advanced coursework in early childhood education. Continuing education is an important part of working at Little Engine Academy. Each staff member is trained in the following: first aid, recognizing communicable diseases, recognizing and preventing child abuse, child development, and teaching methods. The required number of staff are trained in CPR. Each staff member undergoes a thorough background check and proof of a physical examination is required.

Kathy_webKathy B. Smith
Owner/Director

What is your favorite part of working at Little Engine Academy?
The enjoyment of seeing the children excited about learning. From an infant mimicking facial expressions to a preschooler writing their name.  Oh my! There are many reasons why I enjoy working here. I love the support we receive from our families and the STAFF is totally awesome.

What do you bring to Little Engine?
Ingenuity.

What do you like to do in your free time?
During my free time, I am actively involved in my son’s education and extracurricular activities.  I also enjoy professional football (Go Steelers!), walking my dog Kingsley, reading, listening to smooth jazz, swimming and dancing.

 

ChenillewebChenille Coston
Preschool Room

What is your favorite part of working at Little Engine Academy?
My favorite part is the interactions with the children. They have wonderful personalities and different characteristics.  They are very curious individuals and always eager to learn, which makes teaching so much fun.  It makes what I love to do so much easier.

What do you bring to Little Engine?
My personality.

What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time, I love to watch SpongeBob, play softball, read and spend time with family.

 

 

Mrs.White_webDorrina White
Preschool Room/ Kitchen

What is your favorite part of working at Little Engine Academy?
My favorite part of working at Little Engine is the flexibility.  I enjoy helping out as needed whether it’s in the kitchen or another classroom.

What do you bring to Little Engine?
Flexibility.

What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time, I enjoy watching movies, hanging out with friends, and family time, especially with my granddaughter and grandson.

 

More staff bios coming soon!