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
                                     CenterDirector

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.

                              


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lisabeth Hemmig
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.

 

                                                                                                       

                                                   Erica Thomas    
                                                  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.

 
                                                                      Amanda Maxwell
                                  Toddler TeacherAmanda has worked with children for almost 5 years and has a certification in Childcare from Berks Career and Technology Center.  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.

 

 

                                                 Melissa Bitting
                                       Toddler Assistant Teacher                                

Melissa has worked with children for over 8 years and plans to continue her education towards a degree in Early Childhood Education.  She has 3 children whom she spends her free time with relaxing and doing fun experiences with them.

 

Shontel Johnson
Toddler 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.

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                                                                          Julie Reinert
                                                             Toddler Assistant Teacher Julie has been caring for children since she was in high school.  She was a Red Cross licensed babysitter and has always enjoyed working with children.  She greatly enjoys watching and helping the children grow and learn to become little independent individuals with big personalities.  Julie also has a little one of her own at home who she enjoys spending time with outside of work.
 
 
                                      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.                          

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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.

                                                                                           Marci Noll         
                                                   Preschool 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 enjoys working in our Preschool classroom here at Kidz Paradise.

Amber Joffred
Prekindergarten 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.


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.

 

 

Jacklin Valdez
Prekindergarten Teacher

Jacklin has been working in childcare for over 5 years.  She has a degree in Business Administration from Berks Technical Institute.  Jacklin is currently enrolled at Reading Area Community College in their Psychology program.  In addition to working at Kidz Paradise, she is CEO and Co-Founder of Triple Menance Cupcake and Things.  On her spare time, Jacklin enjoys hanging out with her kittens, doing sports and writing poetry.

 

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Gabryelle Hernandez
Floating Teacher

Gabryelle, or Ms. Gabby, has her Associate’s Degree from Reading Area Community College in Early Childhood Education.  She plans to continue to 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 working with Kidz Paradise for over a year now and we are excited to have her with us!