Kids First Academy Staff

Alice de Boyd Villegas

Lead Toddler Teacher

I am married and have three wonderful/crazy children, my son Diego is in 3rd grade, my daughter Isabella is in kindergarten, and my daughter Elena is in Ms. Emily’s Preschool Room.

I have been at KFA for a couple of months. I have previous experience at West Chester Nursery School in there Preschool 1 program and teaching English as a second language while I was living in South America. I’m finishing my bachelor’s in sociology at Fort Hag State University and hope to work with children and families in the Head Start Program around the area. I believe early child education is essential to the development process.

Favorites
Food: Mexican, Movie: Action, Book: Chick-Lit, Color: Blue/Green, Drink: La Croix, Season: Summer, Sports: Basketball, Fast Food: Chick-fil-A, Animal: Dog, Hobby: Reading

Amanda Puckett

Infant 1, Co- Teacher

Hello! My name is Amanda Puckett. I am 29 years old and have two wonderful daughters. My oldest daughter is 7 years old and my youngest daughter is 5 years old.

I grew up in Williamsburg and now live in Mt. Orab. I love spending time with infants. They are so much fun!

In my spare time, my family and I like to ride four wheelers. We really love spending time outside and with each other!

Please let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to caring for and nurturing your child every day at KFA.

Favorites
Food: Alfredo, Movie: The Notebook, Book: Romance, Color: Tie Die, Drink: Coffee, Season: Spring, Sports: Football, Fast Food: Anything but seafood!!, Animal: Cat, Hobby: Four wheeling

Anna Kelch

Lead Prekindergarten 2 Teacher

Hi there! My name is Mrs. Kelch or you can call me Mrs. Anna. I have been a pre-k teacher for 18 years. I absolutely love working with children in the pre-k class and getting them ready for kindergarten. My favorite part is watching that “AH HA!” moment on a child’s face as they finally understand something I have taught them. I think I get just as excited as they do. I have a passion for art and music and so you will most likely see and hear a lot of singing coming out of our classroom! I am definitely a hands on learner myself so that is how I teach as well. I am a firm believer in the saying, “It takes a village.” With that being said, in order for our classroom to be as successful as possible, know that I cannot do this without you parents! Know I will always do my part and I will take care of your children as they were my own while they are in my care. I also firmly believe that if you get children to love school at an early age you set them up for success for the rest of their lives! Together we are a Team for Success! Thank you for allowing me to educate your children!

Favorites
Food: Cuban, Italian, Mexican, Greek, Movie: Ferngully, Twister, Starwars, The little Mermaid, Book: Green Eggs & Ham, The Cat in the Hat, Miss Nelson is Missing!, Color: Blue, Teal, Turquoise, Drink: Sweet Tea, Season: Fall, Sports: Baseball, Football, Fast Food: Wendy’s, Animal: Birds, Cats, Dolphins, Hobby: Singing, Playing Guitar, Open Mic

Ava Biesenbender

Assistant Administrator

Hello, my name is Ms. Ava. I am the Assistant Director at Kids First Academy. I am 23 years old and I have a beautiful daughter named Riley. I have been here since April of 2016 and I am always looking forward to seeing your smiling (mostly sleepy) faces every morning!

When I started here at KFA, I was the Infant 2 Lead Teacher. But then a month later, I moved up as the Office Manger. I’m currently still working in the Office but have taken on the rule as Assistant Director. We have been through a lot of changes here but there is no place I would rather be. I have ran soccer camps since I was 16 years old for children that were ages 2-13. I have 6 years experience and 4 years of HR experience. I love working with children because watching them develop skills and learning makes me super proud to be a part of it all!

In my spare time I enjoy going to the gym, going to Kings Island and playing sports. My family is everything to me so we always have games of volleyball and slip n’ slid kickball going on. I may be very close to my family but I also consider everyone here family. So please do not ever hesitate to come to me with anything you need.

Carly Biesenbender

Infant 1, Co- Teacher

Hi, my name is Ms. Carly. I am the lead Infant 2 teacher. I have been here at Kids First Academy since August 2017

I have worked in a school for a few years and love watching kids learn and grow as I get to know them.

I have lived in Cincinnati my whole life, and my family loves here as well. I love traveling to new States and exploring cities. I also enjoy spending time with my four year old daughter who attends Kids First Academy.

I am so happy to be at KFA and can’t wait to see what the future holds.

Favorites
Food: Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo, Movie: Pearl Harbor, Book: Water for Elephants, Color: Green, Drink: Root Beer, Season: Summer, Sports: Football, Fast Food: Taco Bell, Animal: Elephants, Hobby: Traveling

Claudia Biesenbender

School Cook

Hi! My name is Claudia Biesenbender. I am currently a junior in College at the Ohio State University. I’m majoring in Forestry and Wildlife. Although what I am studying deals more with animals, I found that I love being around children. I have 2 nieces, 1 nephew and another one is on the way. I have been around children the majority of my life and have really grown to enjoy playing and teaching them. I look forward to seeing your children every day as I watch them grow and develop.

Favorites
Food: Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo, Movie: Pearl Harbor, Book: Water for Elephants, Color: Green, Drink: Root Beer, Season: Summer, Sports: Football, Fast Food: Taco Bell, Animal: Elephants, Hobby: Traveling

Emily Jarvis

Preschool, Lead Teacher

Hello, I’m Emily Jarvis. I have been teaching preschool for four years. I started teaching in High School. The vocational school I attended allowed me to start teaching right away. I graduated from school in 2016.

I have been with Kids First Academy since the summer of 2017. I started off helping in the toddler room, then became the lead teacher in preschool. Before coming here, I worked at another center teaching older toddlers. Throughout High School and even after graduating, I baby sat and tutored young children.

I am 19 years old and haven’t been living in the area for too long. I moved here a few years ago from a little town where I lived with my Dad and four of my six siblings.

I look forward to working with your child. My door is always open!

Favorites
Food: Chicken, Movie: Avengers, Book: If I Stay, Color: Pink, Drink: Mountain Dew, Season: Fall, Sports: Football, Fast Food: Taco Bell, Animal: Cats and Penguins, Hobby: Crafting

Jessica Bitzer

Lead Prekindergarten 1 Teacher

Hi there! My name is Ms. Jessica. I teach in the Pre-K classroom. I’ve been at KFA since April of 2017. I’m 27 years old and I have a little boy who is 6 years old named Gunner.

This is my first year working in a school. I’ve always enjoyed watching my nieces and nephews. I look forward to watching them grow and learn as we get to know each other.

I grew up here in Cincinnati. My family lives here as well. I am very close with my family. We enjoy spending every Sunday together!

I enjoy being here at KFA and look forward to what the future holds for me here!

Favorites
Food: Grilled Chicken, Movie: The Proposal, Book: Romance, Color: Grey, Drink: Coke, Season: Summer, Sports: Baseball, Fast Food: Wendy’s, Animal: Puppy, Hobby: Crafting

Kim Webb

Lead Infant 2 Teacher

Hi, my name is Ms. Kim. I have worked here at Kids First Academy for 6 Years, now as the Lead Toddler Teacher. I am a mom of three kids ranging from age 19 to 1. My youngest two attend here at KFA and love it. I have been teaching for almost 18 years and couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

I moved here from California about 9 years ago and got married to my husband and quickly started our own little family.
We enjoy going to hockey games here in Cincinnati on a regular basis. It’s a great way for us to spend some time together as a family. My kids are my life and I love what I do every day.

My door is always open to drop in and say, “Hi!’ as we stay busy here in the land of Infant 2!

Favorites
Food: BBQ, Movie: Dirty Dancing, Book: Danielle Steel Books, Color: Red, Drink: Dr. Pepper, Season: Fall, Sports: Hockey, Fast Food: Chick-Fil-A, Animal: Dolphins, Hobby: Collecting lighthouses and candles

Samantha Norkett

Toddler Closer Teacher

Hello, my name is Samantha Norkett and I am one of the many teachers here at KFA. My family and I moved to Amelia in 2016 from Troy, Ohio. It was a big change for all of us. But after settling down we had come to love it here. I also have two children of my own that attend here at KFA, as well.

Before I had moved down here I was a bus driver for a small rural school district. I spent my time getting to know each and every one of my kids whose ages ranged from kindergarten to seniors. And though my time with them had come to an end, I rejoice to know that I get to spend my time with the kids here at KFA.

Children are so precious, they learn every second of the day during these first several years of their lives. And to be able to watch them grow up to be what they will one day become. I cannot wait to get to know your children and to be able to learn and grow along with them, though not only with them but also with you as well.

Favorites
Food: Anything Chinese, Movie: All the Harry Potter Films, Book: Favorite genres are Historical Romance, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi , Color: Purple, Drink: Flavor Tea, Season: Autumn, Sports: Football, Fast Food: Chic-fil-la, Animal: Fox, Hobby: Reading, drawing, writing, playing video games

Sarah Fourman

Administrator

Hello, my name is Sarah Fourman. I have had the opportunity to work at Kids First Academy since July 10, 2017 as the Administrator. I absolutely adore Children and have loved my time here at KFA.

I have taught children for over 8 years now and couldn’t imagine working in a different field.
After teaching for 6 years, I was given an amazing opportunity to work as the Office Manager of all of the Greater Dayton YMCA Childcare Centers. After about a year, I was contacted by a former School to come back as their Curriculum Director. It was a year later that I decided it was time to relocate and joined the KFA team. I have obtained my CDA and am currently working on receiving my Associates in Business Management. I plan to one day open my own center.

Please feel free to stop by the office anytime!