Our Staff

LaVenre Johnson

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.  You may see Ms. Robbie around the building throughout the day as she loves to visit with them and talk to them.  

                                       Jennifer Knee
                                     Center Director

Jennifer has worked in the childcare field for nearly 20 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 daughters and a step daughter 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.  Her passion for children and our families shines through in her work here at Kidz Paradise.  Jennifer has been with Kidz Paradise since July 2013.                            

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.  Ms. Elisabeth keeps all our infant parents in the loop about what is going on with their children while in our care.  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 is our creative mastermind in the infant classroom so she is always keeping the classroom looking fun and exciting for the children!  Erica has been with Kidz Paradise since October 2016.


                                                    Neysha Alfonso
Older Infant Teacher

Neysha is from Puerto Rico and we are excited to have her here with us at Kidz Paradise.  She has a master’s degree in criminal justice and has taken classes in conflict and mediation.  Neysha works great with our infants and young toddlers and she has the patience of a saint.  Ms. Neysha is always open to meeting new people and spending time with the kiddos.  Neysha was with Kidz Paradise from September 2018 till April 2019 and came back in August 2019.   

                                                     Joan Hartford 
                                               Young Infant 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.  Ms. Amanda is our toddler super star and has an amazing bond with all our toddler friends here at Kidz Paradise.  Amanda has been with Kidz Paradise working with preschool and toddlers since June 2013.


 Abigail Timberlake
                                 Toddler Teacher

Ms. Abby is a toddler co-teacher here at Kidz Paradise. She graduated from Wilson High School and attended Reading Area Community College for her associate degree in Early Childhood Management.  Abby is recently married and has a love for children.  She also loves the beach and Disney.  Ms. Abby is caring and compassionate for all our children.  Abby has been with Kidz Paradise since August 2019.  


Shamice Gabriel
Toddler Teacher

Shamice went to Morris College in South Carolina for her Bachelor Degree in Communication and a minor in psychology.  She started working with children while attending college and realized that she has a passion for it.  Shamice is currently enrolled at RACC for her Child Development Associate Certification.  She loves spending her spare time with her dog, Rocco, teaching yoga, making jewelry and photography.  Shamice has been working for Kidz Paradise since March 2020.  

Brandi Lush
Older Toddler Teacher

Brandi has been working with children since she graduated high school in 2014.  She has her Child Development Associate Credential and is our lead older toddler teacher at Kidz Paradise.  Brandi also has a passion for fittness and is a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE).  She also enjoys reading, writing, drawing and painting.  Brandi has been with Kidz Paradise since June 2020.  

Samantha Neider
                                             Preschool Teacher

Samantha has worked with children for well over 25 years.  She ran an in-home childcare and has 4 children of her own.  Sam enjoys working with children of all ages!  She enjoys working with our preschool children and helping them to learn how to channel their energy appropriately and how to play with the friends nicely.  Ms. Sam has a passion and natural knack for working with children.  Sam  has been with Kidz Paradise since September 2018.


                                               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. Ms. Amber is our artist on site and has the patience of a saint with all our friends!  Amber has been with Kidz Paradise since March 2016.

Shontel Johnson
                                           Preschool/Prek Teacher

Shontel has been working with children for over 5 years. She enjoys working with children of all ages. It is very rewarding loving, nurturing, and caring for the children she feels she dedicates her time to.  Shontel has her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science. She also has a daughter of her own.  She looks forward to working with your child and your family.