Management Team


owner & administrator

Peg Kearns

center director

Jade Christiansen

academic advisor


Stephanie Grooms


Hello!  My name is Ms. Stephanie and I have been apart of The Teaching Tree family since 2017!  I love working with all ages and watching the children grow and learn about the world around them.  I have worked in every classroom and I also ran the kitchen for almost 2 years.   I also drive the bus for all the children to school and the fun field trips that goes on at The Teaching Tree.  I live in Powell with my husband, daughter Aubree and newest addition Brantley.  In my free time I like to play golf, hiking with the family, camping and reading.

Jimmy Schmittauer

Administration Assistant and Schoolage Teacher

My name is Jimmy Schmittauer.  I am 23 years old and a recent graduate of CSCC with an Associates in business administration.  I am currently part of the administration here at The Teaching Tree Preschool and Early Childhood Education Academy where we strive to be the best early learning center in Central Ohio.

Kacy Rodgers

Preschool Teacher

Hey there! It’s Ms. Kacy here! I’ve worked in child care for over three years with all different age groups. However, infants have stolen my heart. Outside of teaching, my hobbies include going to the gym, working on cars, and spending time with my husband and our two dogs, Simba and Titan. I’m so happy to be here at The Teaching Tree where we all have a common goal to help your littles grow!


Preschool Teacher

Hi! I’m Miss. Marsha! I have more than 11 years experience in child care. I love working with kids and teaching them many different ways to communicate. American Sign Language is one of my favorites because it opens a bridge of communication with young children. I also enjoy jogging, reading and writing poems and stories.

Sandie Dewitt

Preschool Teacher

Hi! My name is Sandie. I live in Worthington with my husband Rick and our children Zoey and Dallas. We have a dog named Marley and a cat named Jazzy. We are a very active family that loves the outdoors. My passions include; running, reading, Ohio State and spending time with my family. I have a degree in Early Childhood Development and over 20 years experience working with toddlers. I absolute love taking care of children and being a positive influence in their lives.

Shelly Mullins

Preschool Teacher

Hi! My name is Shelly. I am a mother of 4 awesome kids. I have 2 dogs, Fred and papillon/chihuahua names Zoey. I also have a hedgehog named Mavis. My passion is helping children grow in a safe, loving environment. I love what I do. Creating memories and smiles is what life is all about. Smiles are contagious! On the weekends I like to work on cars and teach my kids how to fix them.

Jennifer Ohrstedt

Pre K Teacher

Hi! My name is Miss. Jennifer. I have over 20 years experience teaching Pre K in both Early Learning Centers and Headstart Centers. I have a degree in Early Childhood Development and its my passion. Shaping young minds and watching them learn and grow is one of the worlds greatest blessings.

Tim Kearns

schoolage Teacher

Hi! My name is Tim. I have a BAS in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Law Enforcement. After graduating I started working in childcare and I just felt like it was the right fit. I grew up with my mom always working with kids and realized it must be in our genes. I love coming to work everyday and creating curriculum and working with kids. I love to teach science and technology. When I am not at work I enjoy reading, watching sports, and hiking. I also enjoy spending time with my two nephews.

Heather Fischer

Kindergarten Teacher

Hi!  My name is Heather Fischer and I am the kindergarten teacher at The Teaching tree.  I grew up in Pittsburgh and moved to central Ohio for college.  I received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Otterbein University.  I have always had a passion for teaching and wanted to continue my education and eventually teach at the college level but when I graduated from college, I started working in childcare and quickly realized that one of the greatest joys in life is to be a part of the young child’s early development.  There is nothing better than seeing the smile on a child’s face when they learn or accomplish something new.  I have had years of experience in childcare as a toddler teacher, in administration, and now as a kindergarten teacher.  

In my personal time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.  I have friends in Cleveland and friends and family in Pittsburgh, so I spend a lot of time in those two cities.  I love to spend time outdoors; hiking, kayaking, gardening, running, or trying a new adventure.   I also enjoy watching all my favorite Pittsburgh sports team in person on tv.

Ardita Fejzulla

PreSCHool Teacher

Hi!  My name is Ardita Fejzulla and I am the Hedgies teacher at The Teaching Tree Preschool and Early Childhood Education Academy.  I studied Early Childhood Education along with Psychology in Albania for three years before moving here.  I have been in Early Childhood since 2015 and couldn’t see myself anywhere else!  In my free time I love to cook, read, craft, take walks, enjoy nature and spend time with my husband and son Amellio.  

Enisa Bregasi

Preschool Teacher

Hello!  My name is Enisa Bregasi and I am the Chicks teacher at The Teaching Tree Preschool and Early Childhood Education Academy.  I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology.  I have been in Early Childhood Education since 2016 and won’t look back!  I love shaping the minds of children and it truly is my passion.  In my free time I love to enjoy time with my husband and daughter Fatjona, cooking, shopping, going on nature walks and going on vacation.  y!

Maddie Riggsby

PreSCHool Teacher

Hello!  My name is Maddison Riggsby.  I am a student at OSU studying environmental science.  I love to travel, rescue animals, and play with children!  I’ve been to many places and lived three years in Japan.  I love all things pink and sparkly.  On the weekends when I’m off I love to babysit and volunteer with the animal shelters.

Breanna Smith

Preschool Teacher

Hi!  My name is Breanna Smith.  I have been in Early Childhood Education since 2017.  I live in Marysville with my Boston Terrier, Niah.  I grew up with five sisters and have a total of eight nieces and nephews, so needless to say I have been around children for a while.  I love working with children and seeing how excited and amazed they get when they learn something new!  It is up to us to shape the minds of young children to grow up to be great people!

Krista Morgan

PreSCHool Teacher

Hello, my name is Krista Morgan.  I have worked for The Teaching Tree since September of 2018!  I love coming to work and seeing our children and parents each day!  I have three boys of my own that keep me busy; they are 3, 11 and 13 years old!  In my spare time I love doing crafts and playing softball!  

Presley Thomas


Hi!  My name is Miss Presley Thomas!  I have been in Early Childhood Education since 2016 as well as a background of three years in intervention for children with Autism.  My love for children and teaching started when I was 8 years old when my cousin Murphy was born with special needs.  During my free time, I enjoy being a mommy to my son Hunter, earning M-Perks at Meijer, and being surrounded by my family!

Amber Chaffin

Hi! I’m Amber 🙂 I grew up in a small town in Kentucky and moved here 7 years ago after high school. I have been a hairstylist for 6 years and I’m currently in school studying social work because I want to help people and be a positive influence on those who need it. I am blessed with 8 siblings. I realized after my younger sisters were born that I had a passion for teaching children and watching their faces light up when they learn something new. I’m so excited that I get to live my passion daily here at The Teaching Tree.

Linda Fejzulla

Hi! My name is Linda. I am 26-years old, married, and I have a 2-years old son. I was born and raised in Albania, and I moved to Dublin Ohio almost 4-years ago. I love cooking, travelling, reading and spent time with my  family.  I have studied Psychology and I have over 3-years experience working with toddlers. I currently work at “The Teaching Tree” and  am so happy being part of this center. I absolutely love my job and working with kids is so much fun for me. I love that no single day at work is the same. I am dedicated  to the social and emocional development of children and make it my goal to make sure that each child receives the best care and love that they all deserv

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