Our Staff

LaVenre Johnson
Owner/Operator

LaVenre, most commonly known to the children as Ms. Robbie, began her career teaching children at her In-Home Childcare.  She began to outgrow her home so she decided to open Kidz Paradise.  When she opened the center, there were six students on roster in May of 2012.  Kidz Paradise now has over 75 students enrolled in the program.  Ms. Robbie is very active in the daily on goings of the center.  She loves to be in the classroom and spending time with the children.

 

                                       Jennifer Knee
                                     Center Director

Jennifer has worked in the childcare field for over 15 years.  She has her Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Harrisburg Area Community College and has her Director Credential through Clarion University.  She is an active alumni member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and sits on the Alumni Executive Board for the Middle States Region.  Jennifer has two children whom she spends much of her free time with.  She is also an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan and attends games with friends and family each season.  Jennifer has been with Kidz Paradise since July 2013.                            


E
lisabeth Hemmig
Young Infant Teacher

Elisabeth graduated from Reading Area Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education in May 2014.  Ms. Elisabeth has almost 5 years of experience working in childcare. She has volunteered working with the youth in her church and participated in leadership programs at RACC.  She is very patient and kind, the perfect temperament for working in our infant classroom.  Elisabeth has been with Kidz Paradise since November 2014.

                                                                                                        

                                                   Erica Thomas    
                                                 Older Infant Teacher   

Erica has her Associate’s degree from Reading Area Community College and has over 10 years of experience working in childcare.  She has studied sign language and uses it while helping our infants and toddlers to communicate in and out of the classroom.  She has worked with all ages of children but greatly enjoys working in the infant classroom.  Erica has a family of her own whom she spends time with outside of Kidz Paradise.  Erica has been with Kidz Paradise since October 2016.

 
                                                                
 
Erin Flynn
Infant Assistant Teacher
 
 
 
 
                                  Amanda Maxwell
                                  Toddler Teacher
Amanda has worked with children for over 5 years and has a certification in Early Childcare from Berks CTC.  She is looking at continuing her education in the field and works very well with the children.  Not only is Amanda passionate about children, but she also enjoys spending time with her little brother.  Amanda has been with Kidz Paradise working with preschool and toddlers since June 2013.  

 

                             

                                                                           Amber Joffred
                       Toddler Assistant Teacher
Amber has nearly 15 years of experience working with children at various childcare programs and as a nanny working with all ages of children.  Amber has started courses for her CDA and plans to complete it in the near future.  She loves to watch the faces of children light up as they are learning and growing.  Amber is also a parent of two little girls and enjoys spending her free time with them.  Amber has been with Kidz Paradise since March 2016.

 

 

                                                                         
                                                Gabryelle Hernandez
                                            Toddler Assistant Teacher
Gabryelle, or Ms. Gabby, has her Associate’s Degree from Reading Area Community College in Early Childhood Education. She is continuing on for her Bachelor Degree at Millersville University. She is also a dancer at the Wanda Holdren Dance Academy. She also enjoys spending her spare time with friends and family. Ms. Gabby has been with Kidz Paradise since December 2015.
 
 
 
 
 
                                      Kourtney Bitting 
                                 Older Toddler Teacher
 
Kourtney went to Berks Technical Institute for Early Childhood Education but is currently taking some time off school.  She has completed her courses for her CDA at Reading Area Community College and is working on her assessment for it.  Kourtney has worked in childcare for 3 years now has always had a passion for working with children. She is excited to be here with us, caring for your children. Kourtney has been with Kidz Paradise since September 2015.


Amna Shahid
Preschool Teacher

Amna has a degree in Business Administration from the University of Gujrat in Pakistan.  She has almost 5 years of experience working with children in Pakistan.  She worked with Kindergarten children (ages 3 years through 5 years old).  Amna spends a lot of time with her family on her spare time.  She also has a little girl whom she loves to spend time with so she can grow and learn.  Amna has been with Kidz Paradise since February 2016.

 

Shontel Johnson
Preschool Assistant Teacher

Shontel has been working with children for over 5 years.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science – Clinical.  Shontel spends much of her spare time studying and attending class. She also has a little one of her own with whom she enjoys spending time with.  Shontel has been with Kidz Paradise since the center opened in May 2012.

 


Katie Mason
Prekindergarten Teacher

Katie has been working with children for over 5 years and has her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Harrisburg Area Community College.  Katie is currently working toward her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education.  She has worked with children infant through Kindergarten and is excited to work with your children in the Prekindergarten room.  Katie has been with Kidz Paradise since September 2014.

 

 

      Marci Noll
Prekindergarten Teacher

Marci has worked with children in childcare or school districts for over 15 years. She has her CDA from Reading Area Community College. Marci also has a daughter at home. She spends her spare time with her family going to races, watching sporting events and shopping. Marci has been working with Kidz Paradise since January 2017.

 

 

Stephanie Greaves 
Summer Camp Teacher

 

Samantha Cruz 
Floating Assistant Teacher

 

Karissa Blimline
Floating Assistant Teacher