Teachers & Staff

Amanda Crites is a teacher at Nora Stewart

Amanda Crites | Assistant Teacher

Hello Friends!

I am an assistant teacher in the Lion’s Classroom. I have two beautiful little girls ages 10 and 7 and a handsome little boy who is 17 months. I was born and raised in Columbia, MO and have strong ties to the community.

I have been working with young children for 9 years and have been on the team at Nora Stewart for 5 years. My interest in teaching young children began early in high school. I currently just graduated with my Associate degree in Human Services.

I love every minute of working with young children. I strive to provide excellent instruction and support to foster learning. Additionally, I work to promote healthy social and emotional development to prepare my kiddos for school readiness!

Kyra Wong | Teacher

Hello, my name is Kyra Wong. I am the lead teacher in the Tiger’s classroom. I am originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, but I grew up in Imperial, Missouri. I am a graduate from Southeast Missouri State University. I received my BS in Elementary Education with a concentration in mathematics. Teaching is an absolute passion of mine and I enjoy being someone children can turn to and look up to. I look forward to working with your child along with many other students!

Kyra Wong is a teacher at the Early Learning Center
Kyra Wong is a teacher at the Early Learning Center

Kyra Wong | Teacher

Hello, my name is Kyra Wong. I am the lead teacher in the Tiger’s classroom. I am originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, but I grew up in Imperial, Missouri. I am a graduate from Southeast Missouri State University. I received my BS in Elementary Education with a concentration in mathematics. Teaching is an absolute passion of mine and I enjoy being someone children can turn to and look up to. I look forward to working with your child along with many other students!

Linda Davis is an assistant teacher at Nora Stewart

Linda Davis | Assistant Teacher

I am Linda Davis, an assistant teacher in the Tigers classroom. I grew up in St. Louis, MO and after graduating from high school, I moved to Columbia, MO to attend college. I am pursuing my Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Missouri-Columbia. I have always had a passion for working with children. I am thankful for the opportunity to work in a nurturing early learning center where l can help children learn and take on new challenges for a successful future. 

Margaret Frye | Teacher

My name is Margaret Frye. I am a native New Yorker and have been a part of Nora Stewart since March of 2015. I began my teaching career in New York and Connecticut school districts, decided to become TEFL certified around 2006, had the chance to live abroad for a while, came back to the US and worked with Columbia Public Schools for about a year, traveled abroad again then returned to the US for the birth of my first grandson. Now there are two and I’m still here.

Margaret Frye is a teacher at the Early Learning Center
Margaret Frye is a teacher at the Early Learning Center

Margaret Frye | Teacher

My name is Margaret Frye. I am a native New Yorker and have been a part of Nora Stewart since March of 2015. I began my teaching career in New York and Connecticut school districts, decided to become TEFL certified around 2006, had the chance to live abroad for a while, came back to the US and worked with Columbia Public Schools for about a year, traveled abroad again then returned to the US for the birth of my first grandson. Now there are two and I’m still here.

Teacher Emalie Walker at the Early Learning Center

Emalie Walker | Lead Teacher

Bonjour mes amis! (Hello friends!)

I am Emalie Walker from Arlington, TX.  I began early childhood education through my high school work program and, after a short hiatus, I moved back to Missouri.

I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in English with a minor in French.  My career and hobbies all reflect my interests in music, literature, food, culture/travel, and fun.  I share my adventures with the children through creative activities and lessons!  My goal is to foster a joy for learning, imaginative play, and critical thinking.  When I’m off the clock I’m writing books to get published and looking for new adventures with my family!

Brett Bell | Assistant Teacher

Hi, my name is Brett Bell and I am an assistant teacher at Nora Stewart Early Learning Center. I am currently attending Moberly Area Community College finishing up my Early Childhood Education Certification. I’ve always enjoyed children’s company and I have decided to dedicate my time and energy to help. I’m also interested in cosmetology later on in my life. I also have a passion for making people feel great about who they are and their appearance.

Brett Bell is an assistant teacher
Brett Bell is an assistant teacher

Brett Bell | Assistant Teacher

Hi, my name is Brett Bell and I am an assistant teacher at Nora Stewart Early Learning Center. I am currently attending Moberly Area Community College finishing up my Early Childhood Education Certification. I’ve always enjoyed children’s company and I have decided to dedicate my time and energy to help. I’m also interested in cosmetology later on in my life. I also have a passion for making people feel great about who they are and their appearance.

Chamonique Blair is a teacher for children ages 0-5

Chamonique Blair | Teacher

Hello, everyone my name is Chamonique Blair and I’m from Columbia Missouri. I have been working with children since 2010. I’ve worked with children aging from 0-5yrs. I do not have any children of my own yet, but I have 2 nephews and 1 niece that are a big part of my life.

 

I just recently joined the Nora Stewart family and have already bonded with the staff, children and the families. I am happy to be a part of the Nora Stewart Family, it feels like the right place for me to be.

Cheryl Howard | Executive Director

Cheryl Howard who is a native of Columbia, MO has been the Executive Director of Nora Stewart Early Learning Center since October 2006. She holds a Masters of Education in Counseling from Stephens College. She oversees the main mission of Nora Stewart Early Learning Center to provide education for children 6 weeks to age 8 years in a safe educational and nurturing environment. Her goal is to make sure every child who attends Nora Stewart Early Learning Center is to prepare to enter kindergarten.

Cheryl Howard is our executive director
Cheryl Howard is our executive director

Cheryl Howard | Executive Director

Cheryl Howard who is a native of Columbia, MO has been the Executive Director of Nora Stewart Early Learning Center since October 2006. She holds a Masters of Education in Counseling from Stephens College. She oversees the main mission of Nora Stewart Early Learning Center to provide education for children 6 weeks to age 8 years in a safe educational and nurturing environment. Her goal is to make sure every child who attends Nora Stewart Early Learning Center is to prepare to enter kindergarten.

Aqua Washington is the office manager at Nora Stewart

Aqua Washington | Office Manager

Hi! My name is Aqua Washington, I am the Office Manager at Nora Stewart Early Learning Center (NSELC). I was born and raised in Columbia, MO. I also attended Nora Stewart Early Learning Center in my preschool years. I graduated from David H. Hickman High School and from Lincoln University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. I love being around and working with children so Nora Stewart Early Learning Center is the perfect match! My 3 year old son also attends Nora Stewart Early Learning Center, he has been here since he was 6 weeks old and to this day he loves it at Nora Stewart Early Learning Center. I am excited and proud in helping Nora Stewart Early Learning Center to achieve a dynamic future for our children in my role as Office Manager.

Jackie Ford | Cook

Hello, everyone my name is Jaqueline Ford I was born and raised in Saint Louis Missouri, I moved to Columbia Missouri in 1995. I am the mother of an amazing young man who has always been my pride and joy. Along with being a mother, I am also a grandmother of two talented girls.

 

I have been working with young children for 26 years and have been a part of Nora Stewart Early Learning Center for 10 years. Before I joined the Nora Stewart family I worked for Columbia Public Schools at Benton Elementary for 9 years as a paraprofessional.

 

When I joined the Nora Stewart family in 2006, I worked as the Lead Teacher in the 4 and 5-year-old classroom for 9 years and just recently moved to the kitchen. Even though I have the pleasure of preparing meals for the children, I am still able to do hands-on activities with the children. I am pleased to be a part of Nora Stewart and making a difference in ever child’s life.

Jackie Ford is our cook
Jackie Ford is our cook

Jackie Ford | Cook

Hello, everyone my name is Jaqueline Ford I was born and raised in Saint Louis Missouri, I moved to Columbia Missouri in 1995. I am the mother of an amazing young man who has always been my pride and joy. Along with being a mother, I am also a grandmother of two talented girls.

I have been working with young children for 26 years and have been a part of Nora Stewart Early Learning Center for 10 years. Before I joined the Nora Stewart family I worked for Columbia Public Schools at Benton Elementary for 9 years as a paraprofessional.

When I joined the Nora Stewart family in 2006, I worked as the Lead Teacher in the 4 and 5-year-old classroom for 9 years and just recently moved to the kitchen. Even though I have the pleasure of preparing meals for the children, I am still able to do hands-on activities with the children. I am pleased to be a part of Nora Stewart and making a difference in ever child’s life.

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