Josh and Stefanie Tarter are proud to call Lexington, Kentucky, their home. Like many others, the Bluegrass State won them over as a great place to live, work, and raise a family. They first met boating at Lake Cumberland, a summertime favorite still today, in 2006.
The Bluegrass quickly became home after Stefanie and Josh were married in 2009. They have four children (Daphne, Davis, Caris, and Cameron) and noticed that there was a need for a clean, safe, and state-of-the-art facility in central Kentucky. Stefanie and Josh wanted a place that would foster a love of learning through play especially outdoors. Their family keeps a garden most months out of the year and their young children take pride in its maintenance and production.
The opportunity and resources presented themselves and allowed them, to join the All About Kids family. Josh and Stefanie were excited for the opportunity to combine their business backgrounds, love for nature, and respect for education, in this venture. The opportunity not only offered a wonderful place for their kids to learn, but their neighbors’ kids as well. With their own children at the forefront, there was no doubt that they wanted to join the AAK family. They are looking forward to making an impact on those who choose their facility.
Josh and Stefanie opened their All About Kids franchise, Clays Mill Campus, in the Spring of 2018. All About Kids teaches a love for learning, resourcefulness, and good stewardship of the earth. Now these lessons can be preserved in our central Kentucky children, as All About Kids Learning Center, Clays Mill Campus, opens here in Lexington.
Hi, I’m Elisabeth Strong and I am the assistant director at All About Kids, Lexington. I graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2009 with a degree in Marketing and Public Relations and I also earned a degree in Early Childhood Development from the University of Memphis in 2011. I first taught preschool at Ascent Children’s Health Services, a childcare center for special needs children in West Memphis, Arkansas. There I worked with speech, occupational, physical and behavioral therapists to create development plans for each child and implemented their goals in the classroom. In 2013 I moved back to Lexington with my now husband and began a new teaching position at the Family Care Center with LFUCG Family Services. There I taught pre-kindergarten, preschool, and taught one year of Head Start. I also obtained my Director’s Credential while working at the Family Care Center. I began working at All About Kids at the end of July 2018 as the assistant director.
I have been married to my husband, Andrew, for five years. We have two fun-loving children, Grant and Ally Blaire that keep us on our toes! We enjoy spending weekends together as a family and introducing our children to new experiences.
Hello my name is Beth Sparks and I am the lead infant teacher at All About Kids Childcare and Learning Center. This is my second year as a teacher in a childcare facility, but I have many years of experience caring for children of all ages.
I am from Raceland, KY. My husband Jacob and I moved to Lexington in 2017. We have a daughter named Riley. I earned my Associates degree at Ashland Community College.
I love spending time with my family, taking pictures, watching movies, teaching my daughter things, and being outside.
Hello everybody I am Annalise. I am the assistant teacher in our infant room.
I was born in California. I have been in Kentucky since 2005. I have two boys, Anthony and Morrison.
This is my second year teaching. I enjoy listening to music, going to concerts, playing soccer, and shuffleboard.
Hello! My name is Anita Taylor. I moved here from Maryland in 2015, along with my husband Joel and our two border collies. I am very excited to announce my new position as Lead Teacher in the mobile infant room. I am a former teacher of La Petite Academy where I worked for 3 years as my first job in Kentucky. I have an Infant and Toddler CDA and am working towards earning my Early Childhood associate degree. I have taken several Psychology classes and worked for Homeland Defense where I had to wear a mop suit to check George W. Bush’s mail for Anthrax and was monitored by the Secret Service once a month. I enjoy being outdoors and taking long walks in the park. I love nature and being near water. I am so excited to be a part of the AAK Family and can’t wait to meet you.
My name is Kasi Peel and I’m thrilled to be the Curriculum Director and Lead Teacher of the 12-18 month old room! I was born and raised in Lexington, KY. I have my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Morehead State University, and have worked in childcare for 7 years. I have 5 years experience as teacher of the 12-18 month old room at another learning center.
I enjoy reading, family time (especially with my nieces and nephews), walking at the park, and swimming.
Hello everybody I am Marquita. I am the lead teacher in our toddler room.
I am the oldest of 14, I have 3 grown children, 6 grandchildren. I am a big cornhusker fan. I grew up on a farm.
I have over 30 years in experience. I have a Bachelors in Arts in Early Childhood Development. I have an Associates in Art and Science. I received a directors credential, childcare certificate for infants and toddlers.
I enjoy reading, cooking, crocheting, gardening, listening to old music and old movies. Art is my favorite thing. I am a positive person, I am passionate and love what I do.
Hello my name is Ashley Locker and I am the lead two year old teacher at the All About Kids Childcare and Learning Center, Clays Mill campus. I live in Lexington, Kentucky with my boyfriend, Gary and our amazing and active three year old son Mason. I have over 7 years of experience working in child care and preschool facilities. I most recently worked as the assistant teacher at the Head Start in Wilmore, Kentucky and before that the lead early preschool teacher at La Petite Academy in Lexington, Kentucky.
Some of my interests outside of my career include cooking, crafting, hiking, riding motorcycles and spending time with my family.
I have my CDA and will be returning to school this fall to get my Directors Credential Certification. I have had numerous trainings in early childhood care and education. Thank you for entrusting your child into my care and allowing me to be a part of their growth and development!
Hello everybody I am Amanda. I am the lead teacher in the early preschool room here at All About Kids. I am from Lexington where I attended Bluegrass Community and Technical College. I live with my husband, Josh and beautiful son, Cameron.
This is my first year in a childcare facility. Before here I worked at Kroger and took care of friends’ kids and the kids at my church.
I love anything nerdy, such as Star Wars or Lord of the Rings. I love being with my family. I also really love Kentucky Wildcats basketball. I enjoy cooking and traveling.
Hello everybody I am Libby. I am the assistant teacher in our toddler room.
I am from Kentucky. I have worked in childcare for a while. I attended Eastern Kentucky University where I received a Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education.
I enjoy cooking, reading and being outside in good weather. I love spending time with family and friends. I enjoy doing trivia and binge watching my favorite TV shows.
Hello everybody, I am Emily and I am a lead three-year-old teacher at AAK. I love working with this group of kids more than any other age. It is exciting to see how much students grow and learn in such a short period.
I am a Lexington native and enjoy providing quality care in education within my hometown. I have an invested interest in providing our youngest citizens with the best educational experience possible knowing that they will one day grow up to be the foundation of our local community.
I have invested a lot of personal time into my own educational pursuits which include obtaining and master’s in education from Georgetown College along with a CDA in the field of early childhood education. I am proud to have 20 years of service in this region and I look forward to continuing my work for many more.
Though I have passion for teaching, I also have a love for UK basketball, locally owned restaurants, theater, the great outdoors, cheesy syfy movies, and a good crime novel now and again.
Hello everybody I am Whitney. I am the assistant teacher in our preschool room here at All About Kids.
I graduated from Kansas State University in 2012. I have been working in childcare since graduation. I have a Bachelors in Arts from Kentucky State University. I also have a CDA in infant/toddler. I have 5 years experience in the field with a very witty and cheerful personality.
I love DIY crafts, poetry, puzzles, and life long member of Peanuts Gang. Each day is different and each day brings a new challenge, I love a good challenge.
Hello everybody I am Jestine. I am the floater in our Preschool and PreK rooms here at AAK.
I am from West Virginia. I have two dogs that I love very much. I am currently going to school to get my early childhood education degree. I also have five years experience working with kiddos. In my free time I like to camp and hike. I also enjoy spending time with my dogs and fiancé.
I look forward to working with you and your children here at AAK.
“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you anywhere.”
– Albert Einstein
Hello everybody I am Lianna. I am the lead teacher in our Pre-K room. I have been married for eight years. My husband and I have a six year old son named Hayden.
I have a Bachelors of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies K-8. I have seventeen years of teacher experience in Pre-K.
I enjoy Pinterest, reading, and playing word games. The things I love in life are Starbucks, Target, and the Dollar Tree.
Hello everybody I am Heather Watson. I am the assistant teacher in our pre-kindergarten room here at All About Kids. I moved to Lexington in 2017 from Idaho. I am married and have an 18 year old daughter who just graduated high school.
I have worked with children for 5 years now. I ran my own in home state licensed daycare in Idaho. I am working toward a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education.
I love spending time outside with my family. I enjoy hiking, biking, fishing, and camping! I look forward to my future as being a part of the AAK Family!
Bio coming soon!
Hello everybody I am Iman. I am the floater for the center.
I have had a passion for working in childcare since I was young. I helped my grandmother out at her daycare. I have been working in childcare since 2014.
I enjoy singing and dancing.